Friday, April 26, 2013

Tanda of the Week 09 / 2013 - Orquesta Típica Víctor (vals)

1. Orquesta Típica Víctor / Mario Pomar - "Temo" 1940 - iTunes
2. Orquesta Típica Víctor / Carlos Lafuente - "Intima" 1940- iTunes
3. Orquesta Típica Víctor / Ángel Vargas - "Sin rumbo fijo" 1938 - iTunes

My favorite valses from Orquesta Típica Victor. A few interesting things to notice here are the singers Mario Pomar, who would later sing with Di Sarli in the 50's, and Ángel Vargas, who of course became legendary with the D'Agostino orchestra. You can listen to this tanda on Spotify.

Orquesta Típica Víctor - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Tanda of the Week 08 / 2013 - Edgardo Donato

1. Edgardo DonatoH. Lagos, L. Morales, R. Gavioli - "Sinfonía de arrabal" 1940 - iTunes
2. Edgardo Donato / Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales - "Sombra gaucha" 1939 - iTunes
3. Edgardo Donato / Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales - "Chapaleando barro" 1939 - iTunes
4. Edgardo Donato / Horacio Lagos, Lita Morales - "Carnaval de mi barrio" 1939 - iTunes

Here's a tanda I've been playing for a long time. I concider these as some of the best uptempo vocal tangos from Donato and I usually leave "Sinsabor" for other tandas although it's definitely some of the best from Lagos and Morales together. Depending on the situation I might start with "Sombra gaucha" and let the intro pass before dancers fully recognize what's ahead. But especially after breaks and speeches, when I need a strong start to get people back on the floor fast, I start with "Sinfonia de arrabal". There is also a versions of "Sombra gaucha" without the intro part but I prefer having the intro. There are also versions of "Chapaleando barro" in different speeds so be careful which one you purchase and play. I believe this is the right speed version. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Donato, Edgardo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store

Tanda of the Week 07 / 2013 - Juan D'Arienzo y Jorge Valdez

I don't play much of 50's vocal D'Arienzo, if any. Sometimes the exception has been songs with Jorge Valdez, rather than Alberto Echagüe, Armando Laborde or Mario Bustos. There's something about his softer but versatile use of his voice that appeals to me a lot more. However I'm always a bit torn about which songs to choose. Often when Valdez gets played, the dj's choose the renditions of classics like "Adiós, corazón" (Spotify), "Hasta siempre, amor" (Spotify), or even "Nada más" (Spotify). For me, however, these fall into the category of "others did these better" and therefore the more unfamiliar songs put the D'Arienzo/Valdez combination in a much better light. I hope it's not just me trying to be different. "Destino de flor" however is quite suprisingly a better version (for me) than the version by Carlos Di Sarli with Roberto Florio (Spotify) .  
A shout-out for the inspiration to DJ Sebastian Alzogaray (BsAs/Berlin) who played a similar tanda last friday. He started also with "Destino de flor" and immediately got me giving random hand signs of great approval and appreciation while making my way to the dance floor.

-- EDIT: I posted this tanda originally with "Juan D'Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica – Diez Años" but after listening to the song for a few more times I decided to remove it. I rarely change any tandas I've posted but I thought this change was definitely for the better. And so "Hasta siempre amor" gets to start the tanda....

D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango - iTunes Store

Friday, April 5, 2013

Tanda of the Week 06 / 2013 - Carlos Di Sarli (instrumentals)

1. Carlos Di Sarli - "El recodo" 1951 - iTunes Store
2. Carlos Di Sarli - "Germaine" 1951 - iTunes Store
3. Carlos Di Sarli - "La viruta" 1952 - iTunes Store
4. Carlos Di Sarli - "Los treinta y tres orientales" 1952 - iTunes Store believe I might be quilty for playing more Di Sarli than most of the other tango dj's and I love everything from "Corazon" (1939) with Roberto Rufino (check out the Rufino discography on Spotify) all the way to the early and late 50's recordings, both vocal and instrumental. While not completely forgetting the early 30's recordings like the very enjoyable to dance to "Chau pinela", I have lately enjoyed playing the early 50's instrumentals Di Sarli recorded for the Music Hall label between November 1951 and April 1953. The recordings for Music Hall were altogether 84 releases where the vocalists Oscar Serpa and Mario Pomar can also be heard. These releases can be more difficult to obtain than other Di Sarli recordings but you can find at least most of them on Spotify and iTunes. Here is a tanda of Di Sarli classics better known as versions from the 1940's or from the later 50's recordings to the Victor record label. Like many of the succesful orchestras, Di Sarli recorded the big hits multiple times and for example there are versions of "Los treinta y tres orientales" from 1948, 1952 and 1955.

In order for you to purchase the right versions of the songs, I have linked iTunes Store links to the albums which contain the songs in the tanda. Enjoy!

Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tanda of the Week 05 / 2013 - Osvaldo Fresedo (instrumentals)

1. Osvaldo Fresedo - "Tigre viejo" 1934 - iTunes Store
2. Osvaldo Fresedo - "Arrabalero" 1939 - iTunes Store
3. Osvaldo Fresedo - "Poliya" 1939 - iTunes Store
4. Osvaldo Fresedo - "Derecho viejo" 1941 - iTunes Store

Even though it seems that the vocal songs from Osvaldo Fresedo are more common in milongas in Europe, it is the instrumentals that get more play in Buenos Aires. The instrumental songs from Fresedo have suprisingly different dynamics in comparison to the super smooth vocal songs and often when I play these songs I get asked what was the orchestra..... Enjoy!

Fresedo, Osvaldo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store