Hemisphere releases the greatest, most beloved voice of tango, Carlos Gardel, making a song his best- known songs. Remastered from 78’s at Abbey Road Studios, it forms a part of Hemisphere’s best- selling mid-price series. The Best of Carlos Gardel shows that tango music still lives on.
The dates and facts surrounding the birth of Carlos Gardel, even his real name and nationality, are still argued about–more than 60 years after his death in a plane crash. But his place as the greatest singer within the history of tango is indisputable. Gardel not only nearly singlehandedly defined the tango-cancion (sung tango) and set the standards of interpretation. For plenty of, he embodied the very spirit of tango–urbane yet streetwise, romantic but in addition tough, sensual but oh-so-cool. This collection, smartly selected and somewhat improved aurally, offers ample proof. North American audiences would possibly recognize songs such as El Dia Que Me Quieras (sung by Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias), Mi Buenos Aires Querido (Iglesias) and Por Una Cabeza (soundtrack True Lies). Gardel brings to his performance impeccable intonation, precise phraseology and just the best pathos. These are the definitive versions by a master on the peak of his powers. –Fernando Gonzalez