Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tanda of the Week 30 / 2014 - Ángel D'Agostino and Ángel Vargas - second release

1. Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas - "Pero yo sé" 1942 - TangoTunes
2. Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas - "Trasnochando" 1942 - TangoTunes
3. Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas - "Cantando olvidaré" 1943 - TangoTunes
4. Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas - "Ninguna" 1942 - TangoTunes continues with more great releases as they put out already the fourth (!!!) D'Agostino compilation bringing the total of released songs to 87! I think I was still so happy about the first one that I missed the second and third release. I will do some catching up and start introducing songs from the second compilation in this very tanda and go into the third and fourth in the following weeks. As I've mentioned before, a lot of the D'Agostino catalog has been difficult to get in even playable quality, and you can clearly hear the difference in quality comparing the tracks on Spotify/Deezer to the ones now available from When comparing the quality of releases - for starters you should look and listen at the lenght and speed/pitch of the song and how much filtering has been used. Also if you like your music even more hi-fi remember you can get the songs also in FLAC format. (For more on the quality topic look below for the comment section)

This tanda was affected a lot by what songs I could find on Spotify... so I'd like to point out other great songs from the second compilation also like: "Guitarra que llora", "Llora vida mía", "Todo terminó" and "Tomo y obligo"....

"Pero yo sé" was composed and written by Azucena Maizani in 1928. You can listen to her version of the song here - Spotify/Deezer.

"Trasnochando" is one of the big tango classics and the ultimate version is of course by Caló/Berón - Spotify/Deezer - but I like the D'Agostino version as well.

"Cantando olvidaré" is a less known but amazingly beautiful song that has an ending which I'd love to finish the tanda with... but I like to finish with something more well known, therefore...

"Ninguna" ends the tanda. I believe this is the best known version of the song and it seems like the song became a popular standard for singers a little bit later in the 50's and 60's. From the 40's I'd recommend the version of Ricardo Malerba also.

D'Agostino, Ángel - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes
Vargas, Ángel - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tanda of the Week 29 / 2014 - Francini-Pontier valses by DJ Peter Rücknagel

1. E. Francini, A. Pontier / R. Berón - "Con ella en el mar" 1946
2. E. Francini, A. Pontier / R. Berón, R. Rufino - "Primer beso" 1948
3. E. Francini, A. Pontier / A. Podestá - "El mismo dolor" 1946 weeks tanda comes from DJ Peter Rücknagel from Bremen Germany. Here's what he had to say about the tanda: "This is a tanda of deeply emotional valses telling storries about aspects of love. They are far away from the somehow Vienna style valses which are so popular in Europe. Francini and Pontier, who played in the famous formation of Miguel Calo together with other great musicians like Domingo Federico and Osmar Maderna, later formed their own orquesta which, due to its high quality, was very much appreciated. It is a pitty that their beautyful music is allmost neglected in nowadays Milongas. I made this Tanda to remind the audience of this outstanding orquesta that recorded with the most acknowledged singers of their time. Among others with Raul Beron, Roberto Rufino and Alberto Podesta who can be heard in this vals tanda."

Thank you Peter! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tanda of the Week 28 / 2014 - Anibal Troilo 100 Años!!!

1. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Uno" 1943
2. Aníbal Troilo / Francisco Fiorentino - "Corazón, no le hagas caso" 1943
3. Aníbal Troilo / Floreal Ruíz - "Naranjo en flor" 1944
4. Aníbal Troilo / Raúl Berón - "Malena" 1952 is the 100th Anniversary of Aníbal Troilo, one of the most iconic musicians and orchestra leaders of tango. The Anniversary is celebrated through out the tango world in numerous events and milongas and also here on Tanda of the Week! Also there's been quite a buzz with everyone waiting for the release of Michael Lavocah's new book "Tango Masters: Anibal Troilo", which will, naturally, be published today.

This tanda showcases everything that was exceptional about Aníbal Troilo, the songs, arrangements, musicianship and he was joined by some of the greatest tango singers ever to walk this earth. This is music that really will live forever. I wanted to put the second version of "Malena" into the tanda to have the four of my favorite singers for Troilo in it... as well as show that yes Raúl Berón did sing for Troilo! Unfortunately the songs are only a few and very hard to find in decent quality.

I will be playing tonight in the La Yumba Milonga in Hamburg and you can expect even more than the usual amount of Aníbal Troilo tandas. Have a great celebration and weekend!

Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo -

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tanda of the Week 27 / 2014 - Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas and

1. Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas - "Agua florida" 1941
2. Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas - "No aflojés" 1940
3. Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas - "Un copetín" 1941
4. Ángel D'Agostino / Ángel Vargas - "Muchacho" 1940 news for DJ's and tango lovers worldwide! has released their first compilation of freshly squeezed (=digitized) D'Agostino shellacs! A lot of the D'Agostino discography has been almost impossible to find in good quality but look no further. The first 22 songs are released and more are to come.

Check out the Ángel 1 collection by Ángel D'Agostino and Ángel Vargas at!

Also check out the previous tandas by Ángel D'Agostino on TOTW.

D'Agostino, Ángel - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Vargas, Ángel - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store