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DJ Matías

Collector, connoisseur and DJ of Argentine tango music

Music collection

Currently, the tango music collection of DJ Matías consists of ~2.000 original albums, i.e. commercial pressed original CDs (compact discs), which amount to ~40.000 original recordings gathered from record companies virtually from all over the world. The broad majority of the releases covers genres usually performed at a traditional milonga, i.e. tango, milonga and vals cruzado.

The collection also comprises recordings of musical styles which are rather rarely played like candombe, tango-milonga, canyengue, foxtrot, polca and ranchera as well as contemporary trends like neo- and electrotango. The collection is spiced up with a selection of Argentine folklore (chacarera, zamba, gato, escondido, etc.) and the greatest hits of rock nacional (Argentine rock).

The world-wide best audio quality for tango music is provided from transfers of shellac (78 r.p.m.) recordings made by collectors in Tokyo (東京), Japan (日本国). The collection of DJ Matías features three excellent (and nearly complete) series of the most famous Japanese collectors:

 

 

CTA

Club Tango Argentino

Akihito Baba (馬場明人)

 

 

227 / 261 original albums

87 %

 

A.M.P.

Asociación de la Música Porteña

Yoshihiro Oiwa (大岩祥浩)

 

 

209 / 211 original albums

99 %

 

AP

Audio Park

Yasuhiko Fukukawa (福川正彦)

 

Época de Oro

11 / 11 original albums

= 100 %

 

Jazz & Blues

78 / 78 original albums

= 100 %

These unfiltered shellac transfers stand out due to:

Deteriorating sound manipulation techniques like:

are completely avoided.

Good audio quality is provided by the well-known Argentine releases of commercial record labels:

 

Reliquias

S.A.I.C.

 

 

164 / 164 original albums

= 100 %

 

Euro Records

S.A.

 

 

132 / 132 original albums

= 100 %

 

Tango Argentino

S.A.

 

 

64 / 64 original albums

= 100 %

 

Tango Collection

S.A.

 

 

36 / 36 original albums

= 100 %

High-quality releases from record companies based in other countries like:

 

Harlequín

Interstate Music

Ltd.

 

 

34 / 34 original albums

= 100 %

 

Sondor

Fonográfico Sondor

S.A.

 

 

55 / 55 original albums

= 100 %

 

Viamas

Danza y Movimiento

GmbH

 

 

11 / 12 original albums

92 %

 

Harmonia Mundi

Le Chant du Monde

S.A.R.L.

 

 

12 / 12 original albums

= 100 %

provide impeccable sound quality and are featured in the collection as well.

Semi-professional releases of private tango clubs such as:

 

Serie BATC

Buenos Aires Tango Club

Civil Entity

 

 

190 / 214 CD-R albums

89 %

 

Serie Diegón

Buenos Aires Tango Club

Civil Entity

 

 

90 / 90 CD-R albums

= 100 %

offer a variety of interesting collector editions and often provide rare recordings in good quality.

Labels notoriously known for their low audio quality and erroneous discographic information like:

 

El Bandoneón

Blue Moon Producciones

S.L.

 

 

76 / 158 original albums

48 %

 

Maestros

Blue Moon Producciones

S.L.

 

 

20 / 54 original albums

37 %

 

Magenta

Discos Magenta

S.A.

 

 

15 / 27 original albums

56 %

 

Lantower

Lantower Argentina

S.A.

 

 

15 / 52 original double albums

29 %

 

Orfeón

Discos Orfeón

S.A.

 

 

9 / 15 original albums

60 %

are only utilized if they provide recordings that are elsewhere not available.

Pirate releases from bit-torrent sites or file hosting services usually exhibit low-bitrate audio file formats and consistently deliver extremely poor sound quality. Consequently, these miserable recordings are – irrespective of legal considerations – excluded from the collection.

Excellent album

Juan D’Arienzo – Época de Oro (Vol. 2) – Audio Park (APCD-6502)