Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tango documentaries, part 1: Volver Tango

Between 1995 and 1998, the Argentine TV channel Volver screened a series of tango documentaries. The series was directed by Eduardo Berti, and includes valuable testimonies from many great musicians and vocalists, as well as commentary from journalists and collectors. As is often the case with things tango-related, there is very little information available about them. The list that follows was reconstructed from references found in magazines, newspapers, and other reliable sources. I managed to obtain copies of most episodes, which I have since uploaded to my YouTube channel and which you can watch by clicking on the corresponding links below.

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My discographies of the major tango orchestras

A while ago I noted that the discographies of the tango orchestras are scattered all around the web. In that post, I provided links to what I took to be the most complete and reliable discography of each major orchestra. I have since realized, however, that these discographies are still incomplete and unreliable, and have as a consequence decided to create new discographies that supplement and correct the existing ones. (The only exceptions are the excellent discographies of Canaro, by Christoph Lanner, and D’Arienzo, by Johan.) In the coming months and years, I will be posting these new discographies publicly, in separate posts corresponding each to a different orchestra. These posts will also include a link to a Google spreadsheet containing additional information not found in the posts themselves (such as record labels, matrix numbers, and the like).

Although I am unable to list all the sources I consulted in conducting my research, I should note that I relied extensively on Gabriel Valiente’s Encyclopedia of Tango and the sites, and TodoTango (including its public forum). The booklets of the CDs in my own tango collection were also of great help.

I hope that these discographies will supersede the existing ones. Inevitably, they will still contain inaccuracies, and for this reason I kindly ask readers to notify me—by leaving a comment or sending me an email—of any errors that they manage to spot.