Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to "TOTW"

Welcome to "Tanda of the Week"!  A tanda of tango music will be uploaded on the blog once a week for your listening and dancing pleasure. This blog was created to educate dancers about tango and the orchestras of the golden era and beyond, as well as to share tandas and create discussion between dancers and dj's about good tango to dance to. This is a non-profit tango blog but if you wish you can support the blog by donations on Paypal.

Most of the tandas on the blog are by Dj Antti Suniala but tandas from guest dj's are welcome too! Below you will find a list of the most important orchestras featured on TOTW and a link to the tandas to listen to from each orchestra. For more information about the orchestras you can study the articles on the Todo Tango website. On www.tango.info you can find very useful listings of recordings from all the orchestras. Welcome and I hope you enjoy the blog!

Biagi, Rodolfo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Calo, Miguel - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - iTunes Store
Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
Carabelli, Adolfo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
D'Agostino, Ángel - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
De Angelis, Alfredo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
Demare, Lucio - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Donato, Edgardo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Firpo, Roberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
Fresedo
, Osvaldo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Laurenz, Pedro - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Lomuto, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Orquesta Tipica Victor - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Pugliese, Osvaldo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Rodriguez, Enrique - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store

Tandas by category:

Favorite tandas by Dj Antti Suniala - All the favorites on Spotify
Tandas by guest DJ's

Tango - Vals - Milonga tandas

1920's - 1930's - 1940's - 1950's tango music

Tandas with vocals
Instrumental tandas
Tandas with both instrumentals and vocal songs


Individual tandas available on Spotify are marked with the Spotify logo. Click here for the full playlist of all tandas on Spotify.

Tanda of the Week is now also available in Deezer.com. The individual tandas available on Deezer are marked with the Deezer logo. Click here for the Tanda of the Week on Deezer profile.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tanda of the Week 16 / 2014 - Pedro Laurenz (vals)


I have moved back to Berlin (!) after spending the winter in Barcelona. I had the pleasure of playing in two of the finest milongas in Barcelona, Aquelarre Tango and the 15th Anniversary of Milonga Casa Valencia. This friday, the 18th of April, I will be playing in La Yumba in Hamburg and on 30.04. in Parma and 01.05. in Modena in Italy. You can check out my tour dates here.

I have prepared a promotional letter for organizers of milongas, festivals, marathons and encuentros and if you'd like to hear me play in your area, I'd appreciate if you can pass this forward in your community! You can also subscribe to my DJ mailing list here or at the bottom of this post for updates on tour dates, some exclusive tandas and recommendations for milongas and music. Thank you. Now for the tanda of this week.

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1. Pedro Laurenz / Alberto Podestá - "Paisaje" 1943
2. Pedro LaurenzAlberto Fuentes - "María Remedios" 1942
3. Pedro Laurenz / Alberto Del Campo - "Caserón de tejas" 1943

 http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/1vgw4bqtOdHMyYyWuQa7m1Here are three beautiful valses from the orchestra of Pedro Laurenz with the three Albertos on vocals. The very classic "Paisaje" has been featured on the blog before in the tanda 23/2012.

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/840690571To my knowledge, "Caserón de tejas", which was composed by Sebastián Piana, was not recorded by other orchestras of the golden age than Laurenz, but for some reason (it's a beautiful song obviously) it was picked up later by many modern groups and singers in their repertoire. Just do a search on Spotify and you'll find version after version of the song as if it was one of the biggest classics comparable to a jazz standard. There is a version by Libertad Lamarque from 1942 but I don't know the exact date of the recording so can't say if Laurenz recorded it first of after.

"Maria Remedios" in my opinion is not an exceptional song but works well as a bridge between the two other valses. I still find it great to dance to and especially enjoy the short piano and bandoneon variacion almost at the end of the song.

Another song that I could use is "Temblando" but it was also on the previous Laurenz vals tanda on the blog and it is clearly more downtempo as well. Out of the small vals discography of Laurenz (which is missing "Flores del alma") we could also choose "Mascarita" or "Mendocina" but these two I find a lot more cheerful both in style and lyrics than the three more melancholic valses of this tanda.

Laurenz, Pedro - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Podestá, Alberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store  



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tanda of the Week 15 / 2014 - Francisco Lomuto


1. Francisco Lomuto - "Sentimiento gaucho" 1942
2. Francisco Lomuto - "Criolla linda" 1942
3. Francisco Lomuto - "Zorro gris" 1941
4. Francisco Lomuto - "Catamarca" 1943

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/5ZsMPLCZljfdOIQj94CZ24I was asking my readers on the TOTW Facebook group which orchestra they http://www.deezer.com/playlist/833476731would like to here this week and one of the requests was for Francisco Lomuto so here it is. This tanda was sent to me by a fellow DJ from Finland Jaana Hänninen. Thank you Jaana!

These are all classic songs so you can also compare "Sentimiento gaucho" to the version of Rodolfo Biagi, "Criolla linda" to the version of Donato or Héctor Varela Y Su Orquesta, "Zorro gris" to the versions from Enrique Rodríguez and Alfredo De Angelis and Lomuto's "Catamarca" from 1943 to Di Sarli's version from 1940.

Lomuto, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tanda of the Week 14 / 2014 - Miguel Caló with Raúl Iriarte

Raúl Iriarte


1. Miguel Caló / Raúl Iriarte - "Marión" 1943
2. Miguel Caló / Raúl Iriarte - "La vi llegar" 1944
3. Miguel Caló / Raúl Iriarte - "De seis a siete" 1943
4. Miguel Caló / Raúl Iriarte - "Nada" 1944

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/5a9Habp43U2joXIqvD9FmWSome classic songs from the amazing Miguel Caló and Raúl Iriarte. I was thinking "Gime el viento" as the third song but it was not available on Spotify. I've posted another tanda of Caló/Iriarte as TOTW50/2010.  Enjoy!
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/828342171
Calo, Miguel - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - iTunes Store

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tanda of the Week 13 / 2014 - Héctor Varela instrumentals



1. Héctor Varela - "La catrera" 1957
2. Héctor Varela - "Nueve de julio" 1957
3. Héctor Varela - "Mi dolor" 1953
4. Héctor Varela - "Pa' que te oigan bandoneón" 1956

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/5E8o968GujxwHfcE0NY6S1
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/819796401One of my favorite milongas in Berlin is the "Café Dominguez" in Mala Junta on sundays. It is a milonga from 3pm to 9pm and it  often ends with such high energy that you think you're in one of the best festivals ever... until you remember it's just the normal sunday milonga. The music is excellent and it's wonderful to finish a milonga when the floor is fully packed until the very last song and many people still have energy enough to continue to the next sunday milonga, Max & Moritz.

Another interesting thing about Cafe Dominguez is that they have a crew of five Dj's taking turns as the musicalizador of the night. This tanda is inspired by one of the last tandas of a set from Dj Frank Seifart in a Cafe Dominguez milonga a long time ago. I have forgotten the actual songs and all I do remember from it was that I was dancing to massive Varela instrumentals and was expecting the tanda to finish with the biggest of them all,  "Pa' que te oigan bandoneón", as it did. Mr. Seifart managed to capture the high energy of the dance floor perfectly and got the dancers to give even more. For me, this song trumps even the bigger than life "Este es El Rey" from D'Arienzo. It's not full steam all the way but when the song hits the 1:30 mark you know you're in a tango roller coaster of passion like no other.

I was juggling the songs back and forth to find a right order for them. I like the intro of "Nueve de julio" for an opening of a tanda, but I feel it works better as a second song, as after the intro I get slightly lost in trying to recognize the song and thinking if I like this or not. So therefore I chose to go with "La catrera", which is a fine version of the classic song and I think it starts strong, clear and is more inviting than basically any of the other songs. The massive intro of "Pa' que..." might scare off a lot of people, if I had it as the first song, but by the end of the tanda I believe they're more attuned to embracing all that Varela has to give. And for the people who would rather sit out Varela I hope the first song gives them a clear enough signal to do just that. The third song "Mi dolor" from 1953 takes a small step back from the grand later 50's sound and I feel it gives a small breather before the finale of the tanda.

All comments about the tanda are appreciated. I was making this one watching Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona and now just danced to the tanda myself and I loved it on both occasions. But, needless to say this tanda is not for every dancer and every milonga.

anyways... Enjoy the tanda!

I came across a good discography of Varela here.

Varela, Héctor - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tanda of the Week 12 / 2014 - Alfredo De Angelis / Carlos Dante - valses - Dj Antti Suniala




http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/75YRgzboZAkfokAM5wAxxGhttp://www.deezer.com/playlist/815809591While the tangos of Alfredo De Angelis are often not that well received, I've hardly ever heard anybody saying that they don't like the valses of De Angelis. The cream of the crop might be the valses recorded by the Carlos Dante and Julio Martel duet but these valses with only Dante as the singer are superb too. "Pampa y cielo" is a more unknown vals and a few times I've played it the ending has come as a suprise to many dancers, therefore I have it as the second song. There's a second version of "Ilusión azul" by De Angelis from 1964 with the singers Juan Carlos Godoy and Roberto Mancini.



De Angelis, Alfredo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
Dante, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tanda of the Week 11 / 2014 - OTV / Marcucci / Carabelli

http://www.viento-norte.de/


1. Orquesta Típica Víctor / Carlos Lafuente - "Nunca tuvo novio" 1930
2. Adolfo Carabelli / Alberto Gómez - "Alma" 1932 - TangoTunes
3. Carlos Marcucci / Carlos Lafuente - "Si supieras" 1931
4. Adolfo Carabelli / Alberto Gómez - "Manón" 1932


http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/5yiOuujkB3FRtvgDczN2H2
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/808765291I had a great weekend in Germany playing in Nou Mitte in Berlin on Friday as well as the 2. Viento Norte Festivalito Milonguero in Eckernförde on Saturday. Viento Norte was an Encuentro of about 180 dancers all dedicated to the art of perfecting the ronda and dancing in small space. It was my second encuentro that I went to and in both cases the dancing, floorcraft and atmosphere were exceptional. And it is not only great to experience it on the floor but it is also a great pleasure to play for such a crowd. The encuentros are definitely something I'm looking forward to participate and Dj at more in the future.

Although this, for me quite exceptional, tanda doesn't really represent my set too well, I decided to share it here on the blog since a few people came to ask me what was the last song of the tanda. I played only one tanda of early 30's tango and decided to combine some of my favorites from that time period. This whole tanda can be seen as a variation of a tanda of various orchestras I had previously posted on TOTW28/2012. This time Carlos Lafuente is joined by Alberto Gomez as a singer. The last song is "Manón", which has been recorded as well by Osvaldo Fresedo in 1942. The Fresedo version is not that bad at all until it gets ruined by the hammond taking the song from the bedroom straight to the elevators of a shopping mall.

Enjoy!

Orquesta Tipica Victor - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Carabelli, Adolfo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tanda of the Week 10 / 2014 - Miguel Caló y Alberto Podestá



1. Miguel Caló / Alberto Podestá - "Percal (second take)" 1943
2. Miguel Caló / Alberto Podestá - "Yo soy el tango" 1941
3. Miguel Caló / Alberto Podestá - "Si tú quisieras" 1943
4. Miguel Caló / Alberto Podestá - "Dos fracasos" 1941

5. Miguel Caló / Alberto Podestá - "Me casé con un sargento" 1941

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/2wq2bY4NrL7WcPiESNJFgzThis weeks tanda is again a contribution from Stefan Ok from Germany.

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/801549581"I use the transfers of Buenos Aires Tango Clubs "Cuatro Compases". This compilation includes the second take of the famous Percal, which sounds more direct, clear and less dramatic than the version of the first take, that we are all used to hear [The version on Spotify is not of great quality - Antti]. If the time is right I offer a 5th song, like a "hidden bonus track", the Caló/Podestá polca "Me case con un sargento", actually recorded on the same day as "Dos fracasos". This is a funny piece, which is actually quite danceable and a lot of dancers and Dj's already showed their agreement on the dance floor. If I want to keep the energy serious and official I just don't play it, but if you need an icebreaker for friday night for example, then people are getting really relaxed by this song without distracting them too much."


Thank you Stefan!

Unfortunately the polca is not available on Spotify, but you can listen to "Me casé con un sargento" on YouTube. I hope Stefan doesn't mind me choosing one of the most famous Finnish polcas "Säkkijärven Polkka" for a cortina on Spotify.

As a peculiar side note, the second take of "Percál" is available on Spotify but only on three compilations of Cuban music (or music popular in Cuba). "Percál" was indeed a huge international hit but why it was the rare version of "Percál" that was chosen for these compilations, I do not know. But knowing how much effort is not put into making some compilations, I will not lose my sleep over this. 

If you have trouble recognizing the different versions and are unsure if you have the both versions in your collection or not, I recommend listening to the ending of the songs. The first take has a longer ending than the second take. Start counting beats from the last "per-CAAAL" and you'll notice the difference.

Calo, Miguel - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - iTunes Store
Podestá, Alberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tanda of the Week 08 / 2014 - Milongas - De Angelis/Tanturi/Federico


1. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Bien criolla y bien porteña" 1945
2. Alfredo De Angelis / Julio Martel, Néstor Rodi - "Buenos Aires de ayer" 1943
3. Domingo Federico / Carlos Vidal, Oscar Larroca - "Zapatos" 1945 - TangoTunes

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/4UQJsnE7hvuzlHQSbGf3Kn
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/795236711Here's a new milonga tanda I played in the saturday afterparty of the 4th edition of Helsinki International Tango Festival - Tango Frostbite. I find that all of these songs, from three different orchestras, have a similar mid-40's sound, energy and danceability to them and go well together. When I played the tanda I left out the speech intro from the De Angelis milonga.

I played from 03:30 to 07:00 following Punto y Branca, who played the Grand Milonga of the festival just before. I had decided that since I have time for only two milonga tandas, the first one will be more uptempo, unknown and challenging, while the second one later into the morning hours will be slower, more known and less challenging (it was Canaro).

What do you think of this tanda? All comments are appreciated. Unfortunately the De Angelis milonga was not available on Deezer. ...and the version of Zapatos is too fast on Spotify/iTunes. Get it from TangoTunes.

Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
De Angelis, Alfredo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store
Federico, Domingo - TOTW - tango.info -TodoTango - TangoTunes

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tanda of the Week 07 / 2014 - Ricardo Tanturi, Enrique Campos y TangoTunes



1. Ricardo Tanturi - "Mariposita" 1947 - TangoTunes
2. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "El corazón me decia" 1944 - TangoTunes
3. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Encuentro" 1944 - TangoTunes
4. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "La abandoné y no sabía" 1944 - TangoTunes

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/4fAl8mu8KzWEBMcUYK8CY6
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/781076415The TangoTunes store is offering also some digitized vinyl recordings on the side of their impressively growing collection of digitized shellacs. Here I've put up a tanda of Ricardo Tanturi from songs available on two of the albums available on the store "Que me quiten lo bailao!" and "Discos de Gardel (Serie Tangos de Oro)".

I was happy to find out that their version of "Mariposita" is a lot better than what I had from the "Grandes del Tango 33" compilation and a few other sources. Many Tanturi cd releases have had the problem of badly digitized recordings and a lot of added reverb. While I believe I can hear extra reverb on some of the songs of these vinyl collections, it is far from the horrendous levels of many cd releases. Some songs might have just a bit too much bass (Dj's, learn to use the EQ's!) or some distortion and record noise but I'll take that over reverb and too much filtering anytime. I recommend listening to the short samples of the songs that TangoTunes offers and comparing those to your previous copies of the songs and some other compilations like "Serie 78 RPM : Ricardo Tanturi Vol.2" and "Ricardo Tanturi y su orquesta tipica. Los Indios". I'm sure these releases by TangoTunes will satisfy some of your needs for Tanturi... while waiting for TangoTunes to release digitized shellacs of Tanturi hopefully sometime in the future.

Now... a few words about the tanda itself. First, I wanted to make a tanda of the songs available on these albums. Second, I wanted to feature the instrumental "Mariposita" even though it would mean playing it with vocal tangos. I do not personally mind this mixing of instrumentals and vocals, BUT... First, I will not play more than one or two of these tandas during a night (I still favor very classic set ups for tandas and think some Dj's over do the mixing of vocal and instumental songs). Second, I will follow the instrumental with songs that, in my opinion, have similar melodies, energy, mood and dynamics as well as tempo. This means I want to use songs that on top of the above qualities have the tempo around 62-63 beats per minute when "Mariposita" has a tempo of 63.85 beats per minute (according to my Traktor Pro 2 Dj software). This way the dancing to these songs remains similar (although there are of course more factors to this than simply just the tempo of the songs). Third, I wanted to choose somewhat popular songs but still songs that are not featured on the blog yet. Meaning that I might play in an actual milonga something else with "Mariposita". Nevertheless, I like this tanda and believe it works well. This just to explain more about the thought process behind creating another tanda. I hope you enjoy it!

Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Campos, Enrique - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store 
 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tanda of the Week 06 / 2014 - Federico Domingo and TangoTunes


1. Domingo Federico - "Saludos" 1944 - TangoTunes
2. Domingo FedericoCarlos Vidal - "Yuyo verde" 1944 - TangoTunes
3. Domingo FedericoCarlos Vidal - "Senda florida" 1945 - TangoTunes
4. Domingo FedericoCarlos Vidal - "Yo" 1944 - TangoTunes


http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/4p74zTimKRlDcNBMUIocw3
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/772994541TangoTunes delivers another great release with the Domingo Federico's "Futuro" compilation of 22 freshly digitized shellacs from 1944-1945. I know this is something many Dj's have been waiting for a long time since it has been difficult to find cd's of Federico and especially hard to find ones with good quality. For me
this TangoTunes release greatly upgrades the quality of all the featured songs compared to the previous versions I had, along with including some tracks I did not have yet. As you can hear from the short audio samples on TangoTunes, the songs available on Spotify/iTunes Store are far lesser quality.

Overall the compilation showcases the original style of Domingo Federico and surely many of these recordings will be heard more in the milongas in the future. Maybe even the milonga "Zapatos" which passed the dance-it-in-your-living-room-first-before-playing-it-in-a-milonga test with flying colors although the ending confused me quite a bit. Next time I'll get it right.

Before starting his orchestra Federico played bandoneon in the orchestra of Miguel Caló and he is also famous as the composer of many classic tangos like "Al compás del corazón", "Percal" and "Tristezas de la calles Corrientes".

Domingo Federico was featured on the blog earlier in the Tanda of the Week 27/2012.

Federico, Domingo - TOTW - tango.info -TodoTango - TangoTunes

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tanda of the Week 05 / 2014 - Florindo Sassone instrumentals



1. Florindo Sassone - "La guitarrita" 1951
2. Florindo Sassone - "Don Esteban" 1948
3. Florindo Sassone - "Maipo" 1951
4. Florindo Sassone - "La trilla" 1951

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/0Q0tt30UkupU5ebencEJiAI recommend everybody that are interested in what's going on in the Dj's head to have a look at SuperSabino's tango blog, which includes numerous interviews from Dj's around the world. Also my interview can be found there.

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/768308711Another interesting thing on the blog is how SuperSabino has compiled some statistics of favorites and dislikes of the Dj's interviewed. The "Orchestras or singers not tolerated" post lists De Angelis, Varela and Sassone as the most disliked by the Dj's. 

When you read the individual interviews you might find more of the reasons for why some orchestra might be considered "not tolerated". A few things to remember are that a lot of artists had long careers and while someone might not stand or want to play for example Osvaldo Pugliese from 1950s and beyond, the same person might be a lot more accepting for Pugliese pre 1950s (although personally I was very suprised to see names like Troilo, Rufino, Fiorentino and Berón on this list). I believe part of the hate that this weeks featured orchestra Florindo Sassone gets is exactly because of this. At least for me there is a clear difference in the style of Sassone's recordings depending on the time of recording. I am also aware that it is said that Sassone gets hate in Buenos Aires for imitating Carlos Di Sarli. Then again Jorge Palacio phrased his view and praised Sassone's style in the following manner in his article of Sassone in TodoTango:

"Little by little he was shaping a style of his own, a rare blend of Osvaldo Fresedo's and Carlos Di Sarli's, but he achieved something which had nothing of the two of them but it was all Florindo Sassone's. It is notable how an artist can be influenced by other artists and in spite of that being able to reach a personality absolutely his own."


What I've heard played in milongas from Sassone has been the late 50's and 60's recordings which has been available in good quality and I can totally understand the hate actually even from the Di Sarli comparison reason. For me the earlier Sassone had more edge and a personal style but later ends up sounding more like a watered down Reader's Digest version of Di Sarli.

I have not yet been able to find the late 40's and early 50's recordings in a quality that I'd be comfortable playing in a milonga apart for some songs. So for example I'd gladly play the songs in this tanda, especially "Maipo", if I could find them in great quality. "La Trilla" is the only one in good quality. Even the "Archivo RCA: Florindo Sassone" compilations turned out to be ripped from earlier bad quality releases instead of actual original shellacs as I was hoping.

I'm totally aware of how way too challenging for dancing almost all of the vocal songs (with Roberto Chanel, Jorge Casal and others. Great singers but....) are and therefore I'm more a fan of these few great instrumentals of Sassone. In general I believe that the early fifties was a great time for instrumentals. For example I can't stand much of early 50's vocal D'Arienzo although I love the instrumentals. For further proof listen to this playlist of mine of the instrumental tangos from 1952.

So... the point of this long post is... Yes Sassone deserves a lot of the hate. Yes there are still some good recordings from Sassone in my opinion. And... where can I find "Maipo" in good quality?

This is what happened in this Dj's head today.

Ps. I can't be 100% sure on the recording dates of the songs of the tanda.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tanda of the Week 04 / 2014 - Octeto Tibidabo


1. Octeto Tibidabo - "En esta tarde gris" 1966
2. Octeto Tibidabo - "Malena" 1966
3. Octeto Tibidabo - "Garúa" 1966
4. Octeto Tibidabo - "Percal"


http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/5TAtonMFeQfQpGGtyRLrQV
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/761647141Octeto Tibidabo is an orchestra that I was introduced to by Ignacio Varchausky from the Tango Digital Archive. First song he played for me was "La Ví Llegar" (YouTube) to showcase the quality of the whole orchestra and in this song particularly the violin of Enrique Francini (violin for Caló, Francini-Pontier and numerous other orchestras).

Story goes that although Octeto Tibidabo consisted of only seven musicians, Mario Kaminsky, who was a producer for the Microfón Argentina record label and who to my understanding put the "octeto" together, thought that octeto sounded a lot better than septeto.

The members of the orchestra were Leopoldo Federico and Osvaldo Montes on bandoneons, Enrique Mario Francini, Reynaldo Nichele and Mauricio Mise on violins, Enrique Marchetto on contrabass and Atilio Stampone on piano. I remember Varchausky telling me it was also Stampone who was conducting the orchestra. And searching for what little information I could find about Octeto Tibidabo I was only able to find that Stampone had played in a cabaret called "Tibidabo" already as a teenager. (And since I'm currently temporarily living in Barcelona, I was happily suprised to wander into an amusement park called Tibidabo.)

The octeto released an album in 1966 called "Soy del 40"and the recordings are all instrumental versions of great classics of tango from what looks like to be the repertoire of Anibal Troilo. Unfortunately online stores like the iTunes Store as well as Spotify only have a compilation album "Bailando Tangos del 40", which has only five of the twelve recordings. However they are great songs and I decided to make a tanda of the songs available on Spotify. You are surely able to find more of the songs for listening on YouTube. To my knowledge the original album has yet not been released on CD.

So if you're looking for something post golden age to play but want to stick to more traditional compositions and arrangements with a high level of musicians, Octeto Tibidabo could be your choice, especially if you can get your hands on the full original album. Enjoy!

Stampone, Atilio - TodoTango
Federico, Leopoldo - TodoTango
Francini, Enrique Mario - TodoTango






Friday, January 17, 2014

Tanda of the Week 03 / 2014 - Di Sarli y Durán


1. Carlos Di Sarli - Jorge Durán - "Vieja luna" 1945 - TangoTunes
2. Carlos Di Sarli - Jorge Durán - "Yo" 1945 - TangoTunes
3. Carlos Di Sarli - Jorge Durán - "Qué no sepan las estrellas" 1945 - TangoTunes
4. Carlos Di Sarli - Jorge Durán - "La vida me engañó" 1946

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/1rEPsB7y2awoQCkZrF79sv
http://www.deezer.com/playlist/756074511Happy New Year everyone! Again, I'm sorry for the lack of updates and new tandas, but I have been too busy or distracted with life in Barcelona (moving back to Berlin in April) and also working for my other real job of circus arts and directing a new show for a festival in Finland (see the trailer here YouTube - Vimeo). I decided that I will post tandas when I have the right time and the right mood and loosen up on the goal to post one tanda every single week. But do not fall in to despair. I still love doing this blog and many guest dj's and readers are showing great support and giving more reasons to go on.

So here you have the Tanda of the week three by Di Sarli with Durán on the vocals. Jorge Durán recorded with Di Sarli between 1945-1947 and 1956-1958 and these songs are from the first time period. You can also listen to a tanda of Di Sarli and Durán that I posted earlier on Tanda of the Week (TOTW 44/2010).

I recommend checking out Carlos Di Sarli on TangoTunes.com for high quality digitalizations of original Di Sarli shellac recordings.

PS. I will be Dj'ing in the 4th Tango Frostbite Festival in Finland in February and in the 2nd Viento Norte Festivalito Milonguero in Germany in March.

Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store
Durán, Jorge - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - iTunes Store 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tanda of the Week 36 / 2013 - More D'Arienzo valses!



1. Juan D'Arienzo / Roberto Lemos - "Desencanto" 1950
2. Juan D'Arienzo / Roberto Lemos - "No llores, madre" 1951
3. Juan D'Arienzo / Roberto Lemos - "Penumbras" 1951

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http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/0rtSywuMlynfmbBYCeMl4T And now... To continue with the recent trend of vals tandas (and D'Arienzo) here's a tanda from another regular contributor to the blog, Dj Stefan Ok from Germany.

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/699387145"Following a strong D'Arienzo preference in these days i wanted to propose you some nice valses with Roberto Lemos for Tanda of the Week. It's like a wonder that D'Arienzo and Lemos were recording only 7 pieces but 3 [of them were] valses. Right enough for a nice tanda with typical 50s D'arienzo sound, slightly before the "El Puntazo"-climax in 1952, but with an unfamiliar singer. They have everything... power, melody, strong bandoneons, lovely violins and sparkling piano fill-ins!"

Thank you Stefan!

I'd like to add that "No llores madre" has been recorded twice by D'Arienzo. The first version is a great instrumental recording from 1936 and you can listen to it here: Spotify or Deezer

D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store




Monday, December 16, 2013

Tanda of the Week 35 / 2013 - Juan D'Arienzo instrumental valses 1935-1936


1. Juan D'Arienzo - "Pabellón de las rosas" 1935
2. Juan D'Arienzo - "Corazón de artista" 1936
3. Juan D'Arienzo - "Orillas del plata" 1935

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/2JJLzvmdhsTlJYAkYvZqqgHere's a guest Dj tanda from one of TOTW's regulars, Chris from UK. Here's what he had to say: 

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/699327975"Tanda of the Week has three tandas of D'Arienzo vals, but given how great is D'Arienzo vals, I think it deserves at least one more :) So here is one from me. These never fail to bring a smile to dancers' faces. I last played this tanda at one of the finest milongas in the English Midlands - Geoff and Pauline's milonga in Stafford. You can see the complete set list here: http://bit.ly/1cmETuO ."

Thank you Chris!

To purchase these songs for yourself I recommend either TangoTunes or the above pictured De Pura Cepa compilation. To study D'Arienzos discography I recommend Tangoteca discography of D'Arienzo or D'Arienzo at www.tango.info.

D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango tango.info - TangoTunes - iTunes Store