Probably one of Troilo’s most known, most played and most loved tracks, En esta tarde gris (On this grey afternoon). Fiorentino’s voice shines through and the track has a mix of rhythm and pace, and the deep message of sorrow and solitude. Troilo’s versions are light-years ahead of other orchestas who attempted to play this track. Yes, you read it right, versionS. There is a version that rarely gets played in milongas, recorded almost 30 years after that gem with Fiorentino. And it is about this version that I want to talk about. The version with the infamous “El Polaco”.
You hear it and from the word go the music is completely over the top! The pace is much slower, and the instruments are much more noticeable. They go up to almost delusional and sometimes low like in a depressive state. Sometime oppressive and sometimes oppressed.
The other difference is that Goyeneche starts singing straight away, using the might of his broad voice, unlike Fiorentino, who gave the track a whole cycle until he started to start with this beautiful enchanting tones.
Usually I end my posts saying that I do not understand why this or that track is not played more often. Not this time. I am actually quite glad that I hear this very seldom. I have only played this version twice in the 300+ sets I have DJed. This track is an A bomb. It should only be played at the right milonga of the right event when the right people are there. Or you will risk an empty dance floor. Remember of the first rule of DJing – you play for the dancers!