Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tanda of the Week 18 / 2011 -
Orquesta Tipica Victor (vals)


1. Orquesta Tipica Victor / Alberto Gomez - "Amor cobarde" 1933
2. Orquesta Tipica Victor - "Ensueño" 1927
3. Orquesta Tipica Victor / Ángel Vargas - "Sin rumbo fijo" 1938

I love this tanda. Not only is it from the great Orquesta Tipica Victor but it has two of my (many) favorite singers Alberto Gomez and Ángel Vargas and a great instrumental also. The songs are also clearly from three different periods of time (early 30's, late 20's and late 30's) but still work together nicely in my opinion. I hope you don't mind but I cut the intro of the first song a bit.


I know this isn't the most traditional way of putting a tanda together and I usually don't mix instrumentals with vocal songs but I also don't have anything against it if the songs work well together. And really rarely I mix different time periods together. But like I said I believe these songs go together great and "Sin rumbo fijo" continues from where "Ensueño" left off using a similar sound and main theme in the song. All the songs also have similar sound quality. The fact that one song has vocals while the other song doesn't isn't really the main issue for me. I think the flow of music continues perfectly from the first song to the last although it has three songs you wouldn't automatically put together and you can notice the diffence in time periods. Going from the oldest to the newest might be better for the structure of  the tanda but then again Amor Cordabe will get the people on the floor faster. There are other great valses from OTV like "Temo" and "Intimo" which I end up playing more than "Ensueño".

Orquesta Tipica Victor - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tanda of the Week 17 / 2011 -
Carlos Di Sarli

Carlos Di Sarli 1957
1. Carlos Di Sarli "El recodo" 1941
2. Carlos Di Sarli "La cachila" 1941
3. Carlos Di Sarli "La torcacita" 1941
4. Carlos Di Sarli "Ensueños" 1943

http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/6b8bLsAoSVQ9KeSXspetNxOne of my favorite instrumental tandas from Di Sarli. Enjoy. Unfortunately I was unable to find the 1941 version of "El recodo" on Spotify. Here's the 1950's version Spotify/Deezer.
Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo Tangotango.info - iTunes Store

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tanda of the Week 16 / 2011 -
Ricardo Tanturi

Listen to the tanda - MP3 - Spotify

1. Ricardo Tanturi / Alberto Castillo - "Recuerdo malevo" 1941
2. Ricardo Tanturi / Alberto Castillo - "Noches de Colón" 1941
3. Ricardo Tanturi / Alberto Castillo - "La vida es corta" 1941
4. Ricardo Tanturi / Alberto Castillo - "Pocas palabras" 1941

Alberto Castillo
"Tanturi's great success would come in 1939 when he incorporated Alberto Castillo, a great attraction for the public. Castillo, with his perfect tune, master ability in the use of pitches and mezza voce, seduced the audience in many possible ways: with his exaggerated gestures, his masculine elegance and neat hair style, his gynecologist degree (obtained in 1942) and that sometimes intimate sometimes lively mood, all of which made a show of each and every tango."

- Todo Tango http://www.todotango.com/english/creadores/tanturi.html

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tanda of the Week 15 / 2011 - Rodolfo Biagi (milonga)


1. Rodolfo Biagi / Teofilo Ibañez - "Campo afuera" 1939 - TangoTunes
2. Rodolfo Biagi - "Picante" 1941 - TangoTunes
3. Rodolfo Biagi / Carlos Saavedra - "Por la güella" 1948 - TangoTunes

I was talking to a dancer at a milonga and she was complaining that the dj was always playing the same milongas. I tried to explain her why this might be the case. First, there are this many recorded tangos (a huuuge hand sign), this little valses (clearly a lot smaller hand sign) and only this few milongas (a very very small hand sign) meaning that there's a lot more selection of tangos and valses to choose from. Second, a lot of milongas are not very danceable so this cuts down the amount of milongas to choose from even more. Then there's also the matter of the tempo of the songs and a lot of milongas are very fast so in order to have variation in the tempos the dj's might play the few slower ones they have quite often (for example some of Canaro and Donato). So it's a greater challenge for the dj to be original when selecting the milonga tandas but there are still enough options when choosing from different orchestras, tempos, styles, vocal songs or instrumentals. When putting in enough work and consideration the dj can still sound fresh but it's obvious that some of the same milongas get played a lot.

Back to the tanda of this week... It was time for more Rodolfo Biagi and as I try to follow the TTV-TTM order also in my blog I had to come up with a milonga tanda. I have all the seven milongas from Biagi listed on www.tango.info and out of these I can or like to play only four. There might be more milongas from Biagi out there but I don't have them. So if you've heard this tanda before now you know why.

Biagi, Rodolfo - TOTW - Todo Tango - tango.info - TangoTunes

Tanda of the Week on Spotify

Hola todos!
Tanda of the Week is now also available on Spotify. Spotify is a great online music service currently available at least in Finland, Sweden, Norway, France, Great Britain, Netherlands and Spain. I will make one playlist for all the tandas as well as playlists featuring the individual tandas. Not all of the songs are available yet on Spotify but I will try to cover as many tandas as possible. So get on Spotify and follow my playlist!

The Tanda of the Week playlists