Listening to a clean original pressing of Dinah Washington's SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN tonight. It's a beautiful record, but the mixing drives me crazy. It's like 2.0 sound, without even a phantom center. These tunes were recorded late '50s, obviously to two-track. Dinah is hard left, I mean, almost in the kitchen, while most of the band is far right. The weird thing is the violins are with Dinah, but the echo chamber on them bleeds clear across to the right, giving the illusion she is surrounded by an orchestra. Her vocals are bone dry. Such a bizarre mix for this period of music. Sarah Vaughan's early stereo stuff (also Mercury), features the same bizarre mixing. I have an early stereo LP of Don Gibson - THAT GIBSON BOY - on RCA that seems to have the same lack of phantom center and no reverb on the vocals. Is this because stereo was new and perhaps labels patched mics into one channel or the other without using a mixing board first? Curious to hear thoughts on this.