DDPs Favorite Tandas:

D’Arienzo: 1930s Vocals with Alberto Echagüe

No mientas (1938)
Mandria (1939)
Nada más (1938)
Pensalo bien (1938)

Alberto Echagüe has a distinctive, almost rough voice that Argentines call reo. He and D’Arienzo teamed up several times throughout their careers, but my favorites are the earliest 27 songs they recorded between 1938 and 1939. Like the early instrumentals, they are fast yet hypnotic. I like to end this tanda with “Pensalo bien,” the most iconic and familiar of the group…perhaps because it was featured in Sally Potter’s film The Tango Lesson.


About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.

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