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The club ran for 8 years, from December 2008 to December 2015, but was forced to close because of the reducing supply of tango CDs, itself a consequence of on-line listening (youtube and spotify) and of course copying.

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This month's cds (November 2013):

The Masters of Tango - Ricardo Tanturi - La Vida Es Corta
The Masters of Tango - Osvaldo Pugliese - La Yumba Osvaldo Pugliese en el Colón Juan D'Arienzo - Meta Fierro - Yunta Brava (1939-1940)

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The Masters of Tango - Ricardo Tanturi - La Vida Es Corta

The Masters of Tango - Ricardo Tanturi - La Vida Es Corta

LCDM 2742317

This album is a one-stop introduction to Tanturi's entire oeuvre, and, if you already have as much of singers Alberto Castillo and Enrique Campos as you wish, then it provides a great sampling of the later recordings with Osvaldo Ribó and Roberto Videla, which are not in great fidelity on Tango Argentino. The disc starts in 1947 and works its way back to 1941. Of the earlier material, the transfer of El moro is the best I've heard so far.

Track list

  1. Vagabundo
  2. San José de Flores
  3. Callejero
  4. De todo te olvides [Cabeza de novia]
  5. Tiene razón amigazo
  6. Como aquella muñeca
  7. Llévame carretero
  8. Barrio viejo
  9. Calor de hogar
  10. Cuatro lágrimas
  11. Guiseppe le zapatero
  12. Discos de Gardel
  13. Bailongo de los domingos
  14. Barajando recuerdos
  15. La última copa
  16. A otra cosa che pebeta
  17. Canción de rango
  18. Recuerdo
  19. Cómo se pianta la vida
  20. La copa del olvido
  21. Recuerdo malevo
  22. El moro
  23. Noches de Colón
  24. Comparsa criolla
  25. La vida es corta

The Masters of Tango - Osvaldo Pugliese - La Yumba

The Masters of Tango - Osvaldo Pugliese - La Yumba

LCDM 2742316

A good compilation but with stiff competition, this will be bought by those looking for the prettiest album rather than the one that makes the best basis for your collection. Malandraca is missing and I would have loved to see the 1946 La yumba. Nevertheless, this is a good album which would make an excellent Christmas gift.

Track list

  1. La bordona
  2. Yunta de oro
  3. Pata ancha
  4. Marrón y azul
  5. Nochero soy
  6. Suipacha
  7. A Roberto Peppe
  8. A mis compañeros
  9. La rayuela
  10. Seguíme si podés
  11. La yumba (1952)
  12. El embrollo
  13. Si sos brujo
  14. Entrador
  15. Para dos
  16. Olivero
  17. El refrán
  18. Bien milonga
  19. Don Atilio
  20. El tobiano
  21. Don Aniceto
  22. De floreo
  23. Pinta brava
  24. Chuzas
  25. Negracha

Osvaldo Pugliese en el Colón

Osvaldo Pugliese en el Colón

EMI 522273

Al Colón! Al Colón!

This is the landmark concert Osvaldo Pugliese gave in the Teatro Colón on 26/12/1985, shortly after the maestro's 80th birthday and two years after the full of the military junta following the calamitous Falklands war. Originally issued on two lps, and first re-issued on two CDs, this is a wonderful cd.

The sound fanatic will find much of which to disapprove in these recordings. The cavernous space of the Colón does not make for the best presentation of the orchestra. Even worse, the cd appears to be an lp transfer, rather than being remastered from the original tape - there is a clear wobble on the opening note of A Evaristo Carriego, which would have been the first track on side two of the first lp.

All of this is, of course, just so much straw compared to the electric atmosphere of this historic night. That the maestro - frequently denied the opportunity to work by successive military regimes - was able to give this concert at all, at a time when tango had been out of the public ear for many decades, is news enough; that it should have taken place in the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires's hallowed opera house - perhaps the greatest in the southern hemisphere - is all the more remarkable. With characteristic humilty, Pugliese describes himself and his orchestra as just a screw in a machine that sometimes is useful, and other times isn't, whilst bringing the house down with every number. The sense of a city rediscovering itself is palpable.

Track list

  1. Arrabal
  2. Los mareados
  3. Después
  4. Quinto año
  5. Chacabuqueando
  6. A Evaristo Carriego
  7. Melodia de arrabal
  8. Almagro
  9. Recuerdo
  10. Chiqué
  11. Mala junta
  12. La canción de Buenos Aires
  13. Contame una historia
  14. Copacabana
  15. Protocoleando
  16. Milonga Para Gardel milonga
  17. Desde el alma vals
  18. La yumba
  19. La mariposa
  20. Toda mi vida
  21. El encopao

Juan D'Arienzo - Meta Fierro - Yunta Brava (1939-1940)

Juan D'Arienzo - Meta Fierro - Yunta Brava (1939-1940)

Sony-BMG 669333

This is the third CD in Sony-BMG's 15 CD Homenage en RCA Victor, The first fourteen tracks display the skills of the 1939 orchestra, which featured Juan Polito on piano playing more or less in the Biagi style. However in March 1940, D'Arienzo lost his entire orchestra and his singer Alberto Echagüe when Juan Polito left D'Arienzo to set up his own outfit. D'Arienzo persuaded bandoneónista Héctor Varela to put his orchestra at D'Arienzo's disposal, recruited Cayetano Puglisi as violinist, and placed an 18 year old Fulvio Salamanca in the pianist's chair. The new orchestra was even more successful than the old one. Five milongas, four waltzes.

Track list

  1. Yunta Brava
  2. Meta Fierro milonga
  3. Maipo
  4. Derecho Viejo
  5. Milonga Del Recuerdo milonga
  6. Mandria
  7. Castigo vals
  8. Felicia
  9. De Antaño milonga
  10. Santa Milonguita
  11. La Cicatriz milonga
  12. Pampa
  13. Que Dios Te Ayude
  14. Ay Aurora vals
  15. La Bicoca
  16. El Tigre Millan
  17. Rie Payaso
  18. Milonga Del 83 milonga
  19. Flor Del Mal vals
  20. Miedo vals


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