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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Piazzolla CD for musicians, but not for tango lovers, 27 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Maestro and Revolutionary (Audio CD)
Another year, another compilation of tango's bad boy, Astor Piazzolla.

On this double album, Nascente have taken the unusual step of including from different record labels and thus different periods of Piazzolla's career, including not just his most famous work on Sony/BMG but a lot of selections from his time in Italy (Aldo Pagani-Carosello and Milan Music). Was it a good idea? I'm not sure. In a nutshell, most of the good stuff is from the 1980s and the other selections are a bit hit and miss. Full track list at the end (note that at the time of writing, CD1 and CD2 are reversed on the mp3 version, here are my comments on selected tracks:

Disc 1
Track 2: "Tres Minutos Con La Realidad" - sounds like a bandoneón version of the fight scene from west-side story.
Track 3: "Vuelvo al sur" - classic track from the 1980s with Goyeneche.
Track 5: "Soledad" - one of Piazzolla's best compositions from his Italian years
Track 6: "Milonga Del Ángel" - a beautiful version
Track 9: "Oblivion" - beautiful track from the 1980s. will live for ever.
Track 10: "Los Sueños" - classic track from the 1988 film 'Sur'
Track 11: "Los Sueños" - beautiful and rare solo bandoneón version
Track 14: "Volver" - again, a beautiful and rare solo bandoneón version

Disc 2:
Track 2: "Balada para un loco" - we get the historically important recording with Amelita Baltar, but we should have had the far superior live version with Goyeneche.
Track 3: "Luna" - a lovely track not often heard.
Track 4, "Chin Chin" is Piazzolla at his mad worst/best
Track 5: "Lo Que Vendrá" - beautiful violin playing from Antonio Agri
Track 6: "Cambalache" - here is Goyeneche at last, but with a track that doesn' really belong in Piazzolla's repertoire
Track 9: "Hace Veinte Años" - disastrous
Track 10: "Goooal!" - do you like 70s guitar in the background of your tango? Didn't think so...
Track 12: "La Casita De Mis Viejos" - beautiful bandoneón solo
Track 14: "Introducción A Héroes Y Tumbas" - genius

In summary: possibly worth it to get the good stuff, but there's some dreadful tripe mixed in.

CD 1

1 Escualo
2 Tres Minutos Con La Realidad
3 Vuelvo Al Sur
4 Adios Nonino
5 Soledad
6 Milonga Del Angel
7 La Muerte Del Angel
8 La Resurreción Del Angel
9 Oblivion
10 Los Sueños
11 Los Sueños - solo bandoneón version
12 Invierno Porteño
13 Primavera Porteño
14 Volver

CD 2

1 Libertango (live version)
2 Balada Para Un Loco (with Amelita Baltar)
3 Luna
4 Chin Chin
5 Lo Que Vendrá
6 Cambalache (with Roberto Goyeneche)
7 Jeanne y Paul
8 Bandoneón
9 Hace Veinte Años
10 Goooal!
11 Otoño Porteño
12 La Casita De Mis Viejos (with Roberto Goyeneche)
13 Milonga de La Anunciación
14 Introducción a Heroes y Tumbas
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