- Audio CD (7 Jun. 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Vocalion
- ASIN: B0001Z2RPK
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Spain/The All-Time Top Tangos
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The recording transfer is top class with every note crisp and clear.
"Valencia" "Ritual Fire Dance" and "Malaguena" are the stand out tracks. Black's arrangements are vivid and exciting and give you a real Spanish flavour.
I cannot recommend this album highly enough.
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Which brings us to Stanley Black. Unlike Pedro Garcia, which is an authentic Argentinian band, Black arranged all the songs here with his usual flair of style and impeccable conducting, with of course, his trusty piano frills sprinkled through out. No other conductor has made the Argentinian tango sound this smooth. Using a full string band, brass, percussion and two accordians, these are surely the best arrangements of these classic tango songs. I dare ANYONE to match the minor keyed ecstasy Black achieves in El Choclo. Granted it was arranged by Roland Shaw (he arranged 3 of the 12 songs) but it is done in the Black style. You can not even tell that it is not a Black arrangement. For Rosita, Black plays the verse with such mystery, that all the other arrangements of this song (except the vocal version by Mel Torme) just sound bland. The only song that falls short of true brilliance is Jealousy. After Arthur Fiedler made the first recording, many have been variations but have rarely improved upon that original recording. This is no exception. The one arrangements that really brings a sense of tango ecstasy is Mantovani. Black's version is much more subdued than Mantovani's highly charged version. Despite this, this is definitely one of the GREATEST tango albums ever made. So good, that when Black did a follow up album to this, it's not even in the same class. Skip his sequel and stick to this great album.
The second album here is Spain. This has been previously issed in a Phase 4 edition with two bouns tracks. This cd reproduces the LP and does not contain the two extra cuts. As with the tango album, this album also has some GREAT arrangements. Maleguena is one of them. Black has three versions of this song, but this one is by far the best. Kind of reminiscent of Michel Legrands classic version. Using a HUGE orchestra and chorus, this version is very exciting. Same with Valencia, the close miking of the Phase 4 process is wonder for the ears and the strings are very present and lush. Black even adds two authentic flamenco tunes.
So if you want great Spanish and Argentinian music, you can not go wrong with this CD. The remastering is PERFECT. Matches my open reel originals perfectly!