Your Tango Music Collection - Part 3 - The Two Angels - D'Agostino/Vargas

Your Tango Music Collection - Part 3 By Donald Cooper.

The next orchestra we suggest adding to your music collection is that of Angel D’Agostino and his singer Angel Vargas, often referred to as The Two Angels.  Their partnership continued from 1940 until 1946 and they made more recordings during this time than most of their contemporaries.  Most of their music is very danceable and remains popular today. Michael Lavocah says, “The combination D'Agostino / Vargas stands with Troilo / Fiorentino as one of the greatest of the 1940s.”

CDs

The CDs in the Tangos De Los Angeles series, Volumes 1 through 4 are all good to have, although they are not always readily available.  Currently, limited supplies of Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available.


Tangos De Los Angeles Vol. 1 - BMG/Tango Argentino 41291

20 tracks: 17 tangos, 2 milongas, 1 vals.  Titles include:

Muchacho - 1940 T

Tres Esquinas - 1941 T

Ahora No Me Conoces - 1941 T

Adios Arrabal - 1941 T

El Yacare - 1941 T


Tangos De Los Angeles Vol. 2 - BMG/Tango Argentino 41292

20 tracks: 17 tangos, 2 vals, 1 milonga.  Titles include:

Hotel Victoria - 1945 T

Tristeza Criolla 1945 V

Rondando Tu Esquina - 1945 T

Mano Blanca - 1944 T


Tangos De Los Angeles Vol. 3 - BMG/Tango Argentino 63337

20 tracks: 14 tangos, 4 milongas, 2 vals. Titles include:

El Aristocrata (Shusheta) - 1945 T

Yo Tengo Una Novia - 1942 V

Que Me Pasara - 1941 V

Asi Era El Tango - 1944 T

Entre Copa y Copa - 1942 M


Solo Compasion (1941) is one of the most popular songs the pair recorded, but is only available as a digital track today.  Unless you are able to find a CD of Volume 4 you will also be missing the tune Cafe Dominguez (1955) and I recommend listening to or getting a digital copy of it.  This is one of those tunes with an interesting backstory. Julian Centeya voices the glosa or spoken introduction.  

Digital Music

The four CD albums listed above do not seem to be available in digital format from the following sites.  However most of the tunes can be found individually from various compilations, with varying quality, depending on the source album.

TangoTunes.com

This web site has a over 100 tunes by Angel D’Agostino with Angel Vargas.  They offer an album Ángel 1 containing most of their hits.  These are quality transfers and can be individually purchased.  Titles include nearly all of those listed above.

lapl.freegalmusic.com

This site has many of the tunes cited above, although they are scattered amongst several albums.  One of the better albums is from El Bandoneon: Angel D' Agostino y Su Orquesta Típica 1940-1945 and another is from Magenta Records: D Agostino Vargas – Tango Popular.

itunes

Magenta Records: D Agostino Vargas – Tango Popular is available on iTunes, and there is also from Thai Records: El Tango de Los Ángeles, Orquesta de Angel D’Agostino.  You can find most of their tunes on these two albums.


The album Me Llama Tango, a compilation of various orchestras provides about the only available source today to purchase the tune Cafe Dominguez.


The excellent CD album from the French company Le Chant du Monde, titled The Masters of Tango: Ángel D'Agostino - Café Domínguez, which is no longer available as a CD is available for listening under Apple Music, but I could not find it for purchase in iTunes.


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Full CD Playlists For Reference

Tangos De Los Angeles Vol. 1 - BMG/Tango Argentino 41291


1. Muchacho

 2. Un Copetin

 3. Tres Esquinas

 4. Ahora No Me Conoces

 5. Adios Arrabal

 6. Agua Florida

 7. Una Pena

 8. El Choclo

 9. El Yacare

 10. Adios Para Siempre

 11. Viejo Coche

 12. Esquinas Portenas

 13. Trasnochado

 14. Pero Yo Se

 15. Noviecita Mia

 16. Llora Vida Mia

 17. Ninguna

 18. Barrio de Tango

 19. El Portenito

 20. Compadreando


Tangos De Los Angeles Vol. 2 - BMG/Tango Argentino 41292

20 tunes: 17 tangos, 2 vals, 1 milonga

1. A Pan y Agua

 2. Esta Noche en Buenos Aires

 3. Madreselva

 4. Hotel Victoria - 1945 T

 5. Mentiras

 6. Palais de Glace

 7. El Espejo de Tus Ojos

 8. Destellos

 9. Mas Solo Que Nunca

 10. La Ultima Cita

 11. Ave de Paso

 12. Tristeza Criolla 1945 V

 13. Rondando Tu Esquina - 1945 T

 14. Bailarin de Contrasena

 15. Munequita

 16. El Morocho y El Oriental

 17. Demasiado Tarde

 18. Mano Blanca - 1944 T

 19. La Cumparsita


Tangos De Los Angeles Vol. 3 - BMG/Tango Argentino 63337


1. Tomo y Obligo

 2. El Aristocrata

 3. En Lo de Laura

 4. Traiga Otra Cana

 5. Madre Hay Una Sola

 6. Quien Tuviera 18 Anos

 7. Yo Tengo Una Novia

 8. Que Lento Corre El Tren

 9. El Cuarteador

 10. Al Volverte a Ver

 11. Senores, Yo Soy Del Centro

 12. Como El Hornero

 13. El Cocherito

 14. Todo Termino

 15. Que Me Pasara

 16. Asi Era El Tango

 17. Entre Copa y Copa

 18. Pinta Blanca

 19. Porque Me Siento Feliz

 20. El Trompito