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Re: Argentine tango wedding song
Posted by belleofyourball
8/28/2010  12:22:00 AM
Argentine doesn't lend itself so easily to inspirationally Carpenter's Top of the World themed wedding dances. It tends to be more a dance of passion, frustration, lust. I love to dance tango but a wailing bandoneon...okay that is my diatribe.

I am going to assume you don't know Tango Vals but if you do Gotan has a beautiful and properly wedding(y) song on their new album. It's called Erase una vez. Vals dancers and teachers are a little bit rare in the US anyway.

Two others that are pretty and to the tango style I'm guessing you are looking for are Otra Luna by Narcotango and Celos which is a standard and done by many different groups in many styles but one of the prettiest I've ever heard across the genre.

If you want to go with the old world Metrotango has cleaned up and remixed a Gardel standard called Anclao'En Paris and it has a haunting beauty that most wedding guests would like...that way you get something old and something new.

Good luck.
Re: Argentine tango wedding song
Posted by Telemark
8/28/2010  4:22:00 AM
Subject only to the lyrics being wholly unsuitable (I've no idea!), that's a lovely idea for a wedding tango vals.

BTW, for anyone who knows the track, do you know what instrument makes the wierd 'electronic' sounding noise during the intstrumental middle section. I came across the answer quite accidentally the other day, watching a video clip of Daniel Melingo singing one of the tracks from the soundtrack to 'El Gaucho' (music done by two out of the three Gotan stalwarts). It must have been recorded at about the same time.

Anyone care to guess? Don't give the game away if you already know!
Re: Argentine tango wedding song
Posted by TangoFandango
8/28/2010  5:45:00 PM
'Electronic Instrument?'
Is there a very obtuse hint in the top sentence of the previous post to yours?
(And add my vote for Otra Luna please...)
Re: Argentine tango wedding song
Posted by belleofyourball
8/29/2010  12:01:00 AM
Well, I don't know for sure. Tango bands in Argentina have interesting instruments from the old wind machines to long saws and I'm guessing it's a long thin saw...
Re: Argentine tango wedding song
Posted by Telemark
8/29/2010  1:03:00 AM
Yes, it is. Its fascinating to watch someone 'play' one, and I can't work out how on earth they control the pitch.

Very interesting clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Woc1_8Fo2Q4 (Look out from 1:23 for the saw!)

I really like Daniel Melingo: his album Santa Milonga has some very good milonga tracks, and a couple of good danceable tangos too (but not really wedding dance stuff). He provides vocals on the El Gaucho soundtrack too (another side to Muller & Makaroff - nothing like their Gotan stuff), and a very successful tanda can be made from the two versions of Andres Retamal (the track with the saw & the remix), sandwiched between Comodoro Rivadavia I as an interlude.
Re: Argentine tango wedding song
Posted by TangoFandango
8/29/2010  4:00:00 AM
"Bend it like Beckham" I first saw the saw played on b/w TV, and the carpenters (sorry, bonus point if you got the link) in my family had often seen it as a music hall act.

Back on thread, a couple of nice slowish suggestions, the first having a greek flavour:-
To Tango Tis Nefelis and El Dia Despuses

(Anyone seen spoons played in tango?...)
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