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December 18, 2008

Mandragora's Christmas Gift to You

I've made 3 compilations that fit nicely on one CD each. Suffice it to say, very few of these tunes are appropriate for dancing. In actuality, no tango can really melt your face, but these tangos really burn hard and get in your face. The music may defile your soul if you are not careful. I created this mix to show my classical-music-snob friends the depth of tango music as high art. If Jazz is the art music of the United States, Tango is the art music of Argentina. Both have a deep and rich repertory that is often overlooked in academia. Any of these tunes would be at home in a European classical concert hall, but most of them are unknown outside of Argentina. I originally made the "Cougars of Tango" compilation for Rachel Miloy, a flamenco singer friend of our who has a huge voice totally outsized for her small stature. She is starting to sing with us from time to time and really lighting up the stage. In case you didn't know, "Cougar" is American slang for an attractive older woman who prefers the company of younger men; sort of a "trophy wife" in reverse. I'm using this term to refer to the raw sexuality these women put into their singing, regardless of their age. If this term still offends you, please assume that I am referring to the Mercury Cougar of tango and accept our apologies

I've also included some paper cd cases that you can print out on 8.5"x11" paper (US standard) and fold into a neat little envelope that has the tracklist printed on the back. The folding directions are here

You can open each compilation in a separate window so you can listen while surfing the web:
Or you can listen to them here:

Mandrágora Tango wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Fine Solstice, Good Festivus and all the best in 2009. We hope to see you then!

-Bob, Mateo, Laura and Rahn

PS: We hope to finish our new CD sometime in 2009, 2010 or 2011. (2013 at the very latest!!!) Meanwhile, here are a 6 tracks (35M) to whet your appetite. You can also listen in a new window or click below:

Posted by bbarnes at December 18, 2008 1:36 PM