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Nothing improves your dancing so much as a good feeling for the special qualities of tango music. The idea of the club was to help you build a library of good tango music, tailored to your own tastes.

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 (April 2015):

Fulvio Salamanca - Sus Grandes Éxitos
Rodolfo Biagi - Solos de Orquesta Tango Collection - Carlos Di Sarli Alfredo De Angelis - Los Priméros Instrumentales

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Fulvio Salamanca - Sus Grandes Éxitos

Fulvio Salamanca - Sus Grandes Éxitos

EMI 541713

Fulvio Salamanca has recently become popular with salon dancers looking for something a little richer for their performances. Here for instance, are Sebastián Jimenez & María Inés Bogado dancing to Bomboncito just a few weeks ago.

The music is hard to describe. Salamanca was pianist with D'Arienzo from 1940-1957 but with his own orchestra he forged a different style (as did Héctor Varela). He avoids the camp excesses of D'Arienzo's later vocals whilst keeping up the drama. There are even hints of Pugliese, who covered Salamanca's instrumental Matraca (a TV clip on youtube has unfortunately disappeared, but you can listen to the music here) - a track also included on this album. At the same time, the music feels quite rich. To my ear, this is the best vocal music from the end of the 1950s. This is a slightly adventurous choice for the club, but that's partly what the club is for - to encourage you to experience new music. I recommend it to you.

Track List

  1. Adiós corazón
  2. Mano cruel
  3. Gallo ciego
  4. Alma en pena
  5. Que te pasa Buenos Aires
  6. Nueve puntos
  7. Bomboncito
  8. Yo tengo un pecado nuevo
  9. El taita
  10. El polquita
  11. Hasta siempre amor
  12. Todo es amor
  13. Chiqué
  14. Dame mi libertad
  15. Vuelve amor
  16. Matraca
  17. El mareo
  18. La rayuela
  19. Ansiedad
  20. Milonga sentimental milonga


Rodolfo Biagi Solos de Orquesta

Rodolfo Biagi Solos de Orquesta

Reliquias 541689

I remember when this cd came out because suddenly we were all dancing to this fantastic new instrumental El yaguarón. Biagi truly had manos brujos (enchanting hands) - there's something compulsive about his exaggerated, frequently off-beat rhythm.

FAQ: Bélgica really is named after Belgium; Cielito lindo is not composed by the Fresedo brothers, it really is the famous Cuban bolero of the same name, arranged as a tango by Fresedo; La cumparsita is Biagi's instrumental version, not the one with glosas (spoken lyrics) by Jorge Ortíz. And yes of course you get the stunning Racing Club: it's the opening track.

Track list

  1. Racing Club
  2. A la gran muñeca
  3. La viruta
  4. El internado
  5. El recodo
  6. La huella
  7. El irresistible
  8. La cumparsita
  9. Sentimiento gaucho
  10. Bélgica
  11. Didi
  12. Quejas de bandoneón
  13. El entrerriano
  14. Re-fa-si
  15. La marca de fuego
  16. El yaguarón
  17. El estribo
  18. Pura clase
  19. El 13
  20. Cielito lindo

Tango Collection - Carlos Di Sarli

Tango Collection - Carlos Di Sarli Instrumental 1928-1931

RGS 1653

Wow! A fabulous CD of Carlos Di Sarli's sextet, and the only one now available. The quality is so high, I won't even bother naming individual tracks.

These fabulous sides won't be to everyone's taste. Beats me though. I just can't get enough of this period.

Despite the title, don't forgot that there is an estribillista (refran singer) on Maldita.

Track list

  1. T B C
  2. La guitarrita
  3. Cuando bronca el temporal
  4. Soy un arlequín
  5. Un lamento
  6. El paladín
  7. Sos una fiera
  8. Mi pibe
  9. Barrilete
  10. Belén
  11. Che bacana
  12. Algo bueno
  13. Sábado
  14. Criollo viejo
  15. Don José María
  16. Racing Club
  17. Palito
  18. Añorándote
  19. Una noche de garufa
  20. Maldita

Alfredo De Angelis - Los Priméros Instrumentales

Alfredo De Angelis - Los Priméros Instrumentales

DBN 595166

A great CD with a misleading title.

"First" normally means "early", but these instrumentals are only first in the sense that he carried on recording right through the sixties and some of these tracks are from the 50s. Unless you have the old El Bandoneón CD, you won't have heard most of these tracks The vals Imaginación is a storm - to my ears it sounds nothing like De Angelis - but you don't buy this CD for the atypical track. Pura mana, El chañar and El entrerriano are classic De Angelis instrumental tangos - light, almost delicate but still with substance and interest. A super disc - only the duos with Dante and Martel are stronger in De Angelis' repertoire.

Track list

  1. La cumparsita
  2. Pura mana
  3. El pial
  4. El chañar
  5. El entrerriano
  6. El taladro
  7. Jorge Duval
  8. Imaginación vals
  9. El otario milonga
  10. Nueve de julio
  11. Largaron
  12. Cuando llora la milonga
  13. El choclo
  14. El once
  15. Rayito
  16. Para ustedes
  17. La loba
  18. Guardia vieja
  19. El vazquito
  20. Olga vals

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