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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony International
  • ASIN: 5554085725
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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This is an excellent two disc introduction to the work of Carlos Gardel done by BMG's Mexico subsidiary, focussing on his most enduring work, notably the recordings made in New York for the films he made with Paramount in 1934-1935. It has very likely been prepared not from 78s, but from LPs (transferred from 78s decades ago) issued in Mexico. LP transfers often have better sound fidelity than newer ones made from 78s, because even mint condition 78s deteriorate over time (due to degradation in the materials from which they were made). In effect, the LP takes a snapshot of the 78 at a particular time. Considering that LPs came in in the 1960s, that could be 50 years ago.

I bought this album on the strength of my friend Sasha's recommendation and compared it to the transfers on EMI Hemisphere's The Best Of Carlos Gardel. In order to do this, it's essential to normalize the track volume correctly because louder transfers sound better - they just fool the ear. The transfers on this album are louder than those on the EMI Hemisphere CD, but even once normalized they are better - sometimes much better, having a much fuller sound.

On the minus side, a few of the tracks have some reverberation - a common trick when the fidelity of the track is not perfect. This would almost certainly have been present on the LPs. On Disc 1, the reverberation on "Mano a mano" is really terrible (sorry Sasha) - the performance suffers really badly and this is the one track that is basically unlistenable. You can also hear some reverb on "Silencio" and "Siga el corso" on Disc 2, but it's not nearly so bothersome.

A number of tracks are presented with introductions.
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This double bill is fantastic. While the disc by EMI "The best of Gardel" is better known and sold, the sound in most of the tracks common to both releases is better in "Lo mejor de lo mejor", to me the sounds appears more alive and less muted/filtered. Besides, you get *almost* all of Gardel best songs that are missing in EMI's disc: the highlights being "Mano a Mano", "Milonga Sentimental", "La cumparsita"

My only complaint is that they missed "Lejana tierra mia" and "Mi noche triste", which I'd have rather seen instead of, say, the camp "Rubias de New York"... Otherwise, I don't know what you are waiting for, get this disc! :)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a36ef90) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x8a3738dc) out of 5 stars Y cada día canta mejor.... 16 July 2001
By Fabian E Ares - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sintesis absoluta del alma del tango. Porteño por eleccion y no por nacimiento. A casi 70 años de su muerte, la leyenda sigue vigente y como dicen aca en BS AS, cada día canta mejor y se lo extraña mas... En esta recopilación podemos escuchar sus mejores y mas famosos temas y soñar a Buenos Aires. Puedo pasar de Radiohead o Peter Murphy a Gardel sin sobresaltos, ya que se ve, que la belleza de la angustia y la nostalgia es tan fuerte en Londres como en BS AS. Por favor escuchen Malevaje...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a4b0b04) out of 5 stars The best tangos from the greatest tango singer 27 Aug. 2005
By Pourpier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These original recordings sound of course like the oldies with some "scratching" in the background. But that's what it takes to witness listening to the first and grandest tango singer of all times, still venerated as a Tango God everywhere. His voice rolls on the tango waves, and the lyrics sound so well adjusted to the music. I realized how beautiful the lyrics of Volver were; it is the story of a coming back from exile. Those familiar with the American movie "scent of a woman" will easily recognize the music on which Al Pacino, the blind retired officer, dances with the anonymous young woman. It is "Por la Cabeza" of course. Who has never heard "la cumparsita"? It Just gives you the taste to go further, look for a ballroom dance with Argentine Tango (By respect to Carlos Gardel, no one ever dances those tangos on his voice. What a pity...). You will go on looking for information about his life story, his companion songwriter who died in the plane crash with him, you will find out tango concerts and events dedicated to him by his afficiandos, in the USA, in France, Argentina and everywhere else. And you will end up looking for a Spanish class to learn speaking it! The door to a new world will only open to you! A must to have.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a723204) out of 5 stars Excelente coleccion 6 Mar. 2003
By Pocho - Published on Amazon.com
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Esta es una excelente coleccion de varias de las mejores canciones del mas grande interprete del tango en toda la historia. Es refrescante volver a oirlas de nuevo despues de tanto tiempo, pues nuestros LP's viejos y rayados hace años que no los oimos. Vale la pena tener este CD.
HASH(0x8a3262a0) out of 5 stars Excellent, good fidelity introduction to Carlos Gardel 28 Sept. 2011
By Mike L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent two disc introduction to the work of Carlos Gardel done by BMG's Mexico subsidiary, focussing on his most enduring work, notably the recordings made in New York for the films he made with Paramount in 1934-1935. It has very likely been prepared not from 78s, but from LPs (transferred from 78s decades ago) issued in Mexico. LP transfers often have better sound fidelity than newer ones made from 78s, because even mint condition 78s deteriorate over time (due to degradation in the materials from which they were made). In effect, the LP takes a snapshot of the 78 at a particular time. Considering that LPs came in in the 1960s, that could be 50 years ago.

I bought this album on the strength of a friend's recommendation and compared it to the transfers on EMI Hemisphere's Best of Carlos Gardel, which was transferred at the world famous Abbey Road studios in London and is the best single disc Gardel compilation available. In order to do this, it's essential to normalize the track volume correctly because louder transfers sound better - they just fool the ear. The transfers on this album are louder than those on the EMI Hemisphere CD, but even once normalized they are better - sometimes much better, having a much fuller sound.

On the minus side, a few of the tracks have some reverberation - a common trick when the fidelity of the track is not perfect. This would almost certainly have been present on the LPs. On Disc 1, the reverberation on "Mano a mano" is really terrible (sorry Sasha) - the performance suffers really badly and this is the one track that is basically unlistenable. You can also hear some reverb on "Silencio" and "Siga el corso" on Disc 2, but it's not nearly so bothersome.

A number of tracks are presented with introductions. Many of them are extracts from the films in which the songs appeared. These are tremendously atmospheric (you can sometimes here the girl sighing in the background as he speaks!) but a bit confusing if you don't speak Spanish. The remainder, which I've marked with an asterisk *, are short spoken introductions (exordiums) which Gardel recorded at the beginning of the 78rpm disc before the performance began. I prefer these in a way, since the introductions from the films were not immediately followed as they are here by the songs (which in any case were re-recorded in a sound studio for release on 78).

They are, on Disc 1: Volver, Soledad, Cuesta Abajo, Amargura, Soledad and Golondrinas (6 tracks); and on Disc 2, Silencio*, Mi Buenos Aires querido, Volvió una noche*, Melodía de arrabal and Rubias de New York (5 tracks).

In case you are thinking that a double album is too much: let me tell you it isn't for a voice of this quality, possibly the best latin voice of all time. He really does sing better every day.

In summary: a great album, if a little pricey, but worth the extra.
By JOSE M FLORES - Published on Amazon.com
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I love it. It is the best collection of Gardel's song that I now have. It is a must for anybody that like old tango music.
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