Monday, June 1, 2015

Tanda of the Week 23/2015 - TangoTunes.com - Juan D'Arienzo 1935-1939, Vol 4, Golden Ear Edition


1. Juan D'Arienzo  - "El caburé" 1937 - TangoTunes
2. Juan D'Arienzo  - "El cencerro" 1937 - TangoTunes
3. Juan D'Arienzo  - "La mariposa" 1938 - TangoTunes
4. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Melodía porteña" 1937 - TangoTunes


http://open.spotify.com/user/anttiveikko/playlist/4QlNv4Df3bvIXY8khOqjJg http://www.deezer.com/playlist/882753291The 4th release in the Juan D'Arienzo 1935-1939, Golden Ear Edition is now available in the TangoTunes.com store! I've made this tanda so that the first two songs are from the 3rd part of the compilations and the third and fourth songs are from the latest release.

I like to play these songs and tandas similar to this in the earlier part of the set and save some D'Arienzos that hit harder for a bit later. You can compare this tanda for example to the previous D'Arienzo tanda that I posted. The tanda is from the same time period but the songs have a lot stronger beat and feel.

Please notice that the Spotify and Deezer playlists I provide do not include the same versions of the songs, as all the TangoTunes.com releases are exclusive. And especially in this case it was impossible to find good quality versions of some of the songs available online. Some of the songs are too fast and/or have a lot of reverb. So for direct comparison in quality, remember to also listen to the songs on the TangoTunes links provided above. And get your copies now!

Enjoy!

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

8 kommenttia:

  1. Great selection!

    Not so great recording quality. Those TangoTunes samples conceal the bad distortion at the start of tracks #1, #2 and #3 that became apparent to me only after I bought the tracks. I have to say I think these tracks are substantially worse quality than the existing CD releases and so probably a complete waste of money for a DJ.

    #4 Melodía porteña though is undistorted, bright and clear and a big improvement on the existing releases known to me. Well worth the price.

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  2. Hi Chris, this is Christian from TangoTunes. We are sorry to hear that you don't like the quality of the tunes but it is not plausible for us especially when you highlight Melodia porteña. In fact, all four tunes are from an outstanding quality.
    But we are curious to listen to the CD releases you are referring to which are of significant better quality than the direct shellac transfer from TangoTunes. Please indicate the name of the CDs where you identified better transfers.
    If you feel that TangoTunes gave you inferior quality please write to our support and we will find a solution.

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  3. Christian from TangoTunes wrote: "We are sorry to hear that you don't like the quality of the tunes but it is not plausible for us especially when you highlight Melodia porteña. In fact, all four tunes are from an outstanding quality. But we are curious to listen to the CD releases you are referring to which are of significant better quality..."

    I hope Antti won't mind me using his blog to conduct a poll.

    Readers, I have posted 30s clips from the TangoTunes release and a CD release of track #1 above, without identifying which is which. Please listen to Sample A and Sample B here and say which you think is the better quality in a reply this this comment. Thanks.

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  5. Great tanda!

    Re Chris's sound test, I find B much better.

    RE general sound quality of the Tango Tunes versions:

    I find my version of El caburé much clearer.

    Apart that the Tango Tunes El cencerro has a hiss at the front of the sound all the time, the sounds of the instruments sometimes run together, the violins squeal in a nasty way and the sound has a harsh edge none of which is to do with the playing.

    The music comes through better in my version of this track. The instruments are clearer and more distinct with no noise around the music.

    The problems I find with the TT El cencerro also apply to version A of Chris's sound test on El caburé, esp at 20s,

    TT La mariposa has a bit of noise at the front of the sound and occasionally the same harshness as in El cencerro. I thought the sound here was pretty good, better than any of the versions I have, of which none are great. The version I tested against from El gran d'Arienzo vol 2 somehow feels faster & has more energy. It doesn't have the crackle but the sound is a bit duller than the TT version.

    My version of Melodia Porteña sounds far away, a bit echoey and less distinct. I think the TT one is much clearer, despite the slight noise/hiss you hear in front of the music.

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  6. Uff, we are running into a completely different understanding of music perception. I have no idea with which audio equipment you are listening.
    Version B is an extremely cut version in the frequencies. Close the eyes and try to imagine a true orquesta next to you. B is behind three doors.
    A is stereo and wav now which means a conversion took place which is not the easiest so I'd prefer to have seen the original .aif
    The hiss is the surface noise of the shellac which cannot go away unless you remove music as well.
    If you play this song on a Milonga you won't hear this hiss after a few seconds as your brain is filtering it away and/or the crowd's general noise will overlap it.
    I admit that music perception is a daughter of the times as well. Everything has to be glossy, unruffled, clean - the current iphone 6 is impossible to use without a protection because it slides through your hands.
    Vegetables are not allowed to see a rest of soil on them and so on and so on I don't want to bother you.
    With all respect, to identify Version B as "better" is the same result as if somebody tells me he prefers FastFood to a hand made meal from an inspiring cook/chef.
    Taste (think about wine when you first tried or other experiences) has to be trained and listening as well. I know that I am insulting you with this statement and please accept my full pardon for it but the situation does not allow other means.

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    1. >> " I have no idea with which audio equipment you are listening."
      I call them "ears".

      I do not mind your comments.

      I nearly didn't mention the surface noise because I do not mind it and I knew someone would make a fuss about it. I accept it in a way that I do not accept the other things I mention.

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    2. Christian from TangoTunes wrote: "to identify Version B as "better" is the same result as if somebody tells me he prefers FastFood to a hand made meal from an inspiring cook/chef."

      Readers taking that to indicate Version B is not the one sold by TangoTunes would be correct :)

      A here is the TangoTunes version.

      B here is from the "40 Grandes exitos" CD on the Blue Moon label (08427328146104).

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