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Demare: Vocals with Raúl Berón

El pescante (1943)
Tal vez será su voz (1943)
Como se hace un tango (1943)
Canta, pajarito (1943)

I’ve already posted a tanda of Raúl Berón’s classic tangos with Miguel Caló. After he left Caló’s orchestra, he recorded some iconic tangos with Lucio Demare, presented in this tanda here—though some aficionados will note that I have omitted their versions of “Oigo tu voz” and “Una emoción,” which are more famous in the Tanturi/Campos versions. The tango “Tal vez será su voz” was originally called “Tal vez será mi alcohol,” but the military junta ruling at the time did not approve of such libertine themes. Di Sarli recorded a nice version of “Canta, pajarito” with Rufino that may appear in a future tanda here on the blog.

Demare: The Poetry of Homero Manzi

Mañana zarpa un barco, singer Juan Carlos Miranda  (1942)
Solamente ella, singer Horacio Quintana (1944)
Torrente, singer Horacio Quintana (1944)
Telón, singer Juan Carlos Miranda (1938)

Here I go again, mixing singers—but my excuse this time is that these tangos by Lucio Demare‘s orchestra all have absolutely wonderful lyrics by the great tango poet Homero Manzi, and I’ve translated all of them on Poesía de gotán. This tanda is one of my favorites, and though the recordings span six years (and go from latest to earliest right at the end), it has a nice coherent texture that is both sweet and darkly dramatic. For a more greatest-hits feel, I would substitute one of the songs, most likely “Telón” or “Torrente,” with the 1942 version of Manzi’s iconic “Malena,” featuring Juan Carlos Miranda.