I've been listening to the different versions I have of Getz/Gilberto and I'm not sure I've read any information about the common mix that was on the majority of Verve compact discs through the 80's and 90's. I’ve read most of the info on the forums about this title and most of Steve Hoffman's posts as well. @Steve Hoffman has written, “The album was recorded in 1963 at A&R in NYC on a three channel machine and a mono machine, simultaneously. The left channel had piano, A's vocal, the center had Sax, Gilberto's vocal, guitar, usually slightly left and the right channel had percussion and bass but sometimes the bass was centered. Late 1963, The three channel tape was used to do a reduction mix to two channels (basically splitting the center channel of the three track tape to both channels of the two track tape.) The mix was made by A&R right after recording and editing the three track reel. Phil Ramone made the reduction mix and the three track tape was FILED AWAY, not touched again until 1997. Got that?” Note that I have no experience with vinyl of this title. But I do have a number of CD and SACD versions and my questions are about the mix presented on the pre-remix, and second version of the Verve cd’s sold through the 80’s and 90’s. The very early (84-85?) black faced Verve compact discs, pressed in W Germany, have what I gather is the reversed channel mix presented on vinyl over the years with hard panning (Astrud on the right/high hat on the left). That version was quickly replaced (upgraded?) by what came to be the ubiquitous version on Verve cd until the remix in 1997. This 2nd version reversed the channels, correcting L/R orientation to what's on tape, but NOT ENTIRELY. For instance, Astrud’s vocals on “The Girl From Ipanema” are panned mostly to the left but with a small amount on the right. The illusion is that she is on the left but if one listens to the right channel, she’s clearly there at a low volume. It’s also worth noting that this version is also more transparent than the black faced German Verve (better tape source?). I suspect the 2004 Japanese SACD (UCGU-7031) used this same tape/mix because there is bleed between channels - BUT the channels were swapped so they are opposite to what they are on the Verve cd, described above (this makes it the only version like this that I know of ie.with bleed and this L/R orientation). When and where do you think the mix with the channel bleed, used for most of the Verve cd’s up to 1997, came from? Is it possible that it was an undisclosed mid-eighties re-mix to correct the channels and the somewhat clearer sound suggests the earlier tapes 3 track tapes were used? *Although I don't have vinyl, I'm led to believe that the panning is hard and without bleed. If that's not the case, please correct me. That would probably answer the questions, too.