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Monday, 30 March 2015
It Takes Two to Tango
A recent acquisition from a Prestwick charity shop is Libertango by Sharon Shannon and Friends.
The friend in question on the title track is the late great Kirsty MacColl and as the sleeve notes acknowledge this was first recorded by Grace Jones and is based on a tune of the same name by Argentinian accordionist Astor Piazzola.
Grace uses the title I've Seen that Face Before (Libertango) and the sleeve notes of Island Life state this combines the role of the Parisian chanteuse with a new more irresistable rhythm base. The bistro accordion and Grace's French dramatic asides bring an old role to life by combining tango and reggae,blending chic with street.
Whatever - it is a great tune.
Sharon Shannon with Kirsty MacColl - Libertango
Grace Jones -I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)