Archive for October, 2006

Nightmare for a tango music collector

Posted in Music on October 11th, 2006

I’m going through a painful process – trying to rescue some if not all my Club de Tango (bootleg) CDs. It was a dream to get those CDs 2 years ago. Club de Tango, as far as I know, is one of the places where you can get rare tango recordings which are not available in commerical CDs. Though the situation starts to change since the tango labels like Buenos Aires Tango Club, Archivo RCA, Colección 78 R.P.M., TodoTango appeared, Club de tango is still the only place where you can get lots of Canaro’s music (Canaro recorded at least 3000 something songs and think about how many you can get from the commercial CD market), Fresedo’s music, huge collection of not-so-famous orchestra like Edgardo Donato and Tipica Victor, plus other recordings from unknown (to us) musicians and orchestras.

Then it is a nightmare to realize, after 2 years, that those CDs cannot last long. Most, if not all, suffer different degree of deterioration. Few became unplayable: I was shock when I input a CD into my computer and the computer read it as a blank CD. For the rest, some of the songs in the CDs became unplayable or broken. I’m glad I kept some mp3s in my computer and I can still have some of those bootleg CDs’ music back, but unfortunately, I lost few CDs forever. ;(

So, if you bought some bootleg CDs from Club de Tango before, please listen to them and see if they are still in good condition. If they are still playable, then you better make an extra copy. If you’re going to buy some bootleg CDs from Club de Tango, then you better immediately input those music into your computer and then make an extra copy.