Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tanda of the Week 2012 / 51 - Ricardo Tanturi y Alberto Castillo "Así se baila el tango"


1. Ricardo Tanturi / Alberto Castillo - "Cuatro compases" 1942
2. Ricardo Tanturi / Alberto Castillo - "Al compás de un tango" 1942
3. Ricardo Tanturi / Alberto Castillo - "El tango es el tango" 1942
4. Ricardo Tanturi / Alberto Castillo - "Así se baila el tango" 1942

Here's a very classic tango tanda from Ricardo Tanturi with Alberto Castillo as the singer. Tanturi performed and recorded a selection of songs targeted directly for the milongueros and here are four tangos about tango. You can read more about "Así se baila el tango" at the website.

I've recently started another blog called "Tango, vals & milonga", in which I recommend tango playlists, music and albums on Spotify, as well as try to find the best quality versions available online or elsewhere. There are a lot of Tanturi releases out there with bad quality versions of these songs. Making this tanda for TOTW made me buy new versions of all the songs. Some songs had too much reverb and there are two versions of "El tango es el tango" with different pitch. I recommend DJ's to try to tune their ear to the tone of the vocals, which usually tells you if the song is in the wrong pitch. Another indicator is ofcourse the actual lenght of the song.

About the tanda itself: You could (and some say should) put "Asi se baila el tango" as the first song (and "Cuatro compases" as the last one), but this time I chose to do it this way due to "Cuatro compases" having a different beginning of the song compared to the other three songs. All the others have a very direct start getting right down to business with the strong rhythm and bandoneons, where "Cuatro compases" makes you wait a bit and then treats you with the beautiful violin solo. So having the different beginning in the very beginning of the tanda will have the rest of the tanda flowing smoothly.

Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Castillo, Alberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

3 kommenttia:

  1. so do you now have "Al compás de un tango", "Así se baila el tango" and "Cuatro compases" without reverberation? if so then where can i buy them? (preferably in digital format, not physical disc)

  2. Antti wrote: "Making this tanda for TOTW made me buy new versions of all the songs. Some songs had too much reverb... "

    To my ears these versions of #1,#2 and #4 have as much reverb as do the versions published on various CD albums for years. As you say , this is too much reverb. Perhaps the Spotify links need amending to point to the new versions having less reverb?