GETZ/GILBERTO album reissued on vinyl

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Jazz critic Marc Myers has some holiday gift suggestions including the above record. He said Verve did a splendid job reproducing the sound--far better than what was around decades ago on vinyl. The master tape must still be in decent shape.
 

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I don't know what version he's referring to (this thing is reissued every few years), but the go-to version is the 45 RPM set on Analogue Productions, mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound back in 2011:


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But good luck finding a set now, as it's awaiting a repress and copies with shipping are probably close to $100 now. There is the SACD by Analogue Productions (still available, $30) as well as downloadable DSD files with the same mastering, which is good if you like the album enough to spend that much.

It depends on who mastered the recent Verve reissue, plus their pressing quality leaves much to be desired. (I have yet to own any Universal product that isn't fundamentally flawed in some way--if they get the mastering right, the vinyl is noisy, or the mastering sucks and the vinyl is halfway decent! Even the recent Stonebone is flawed--a local pal and myself both have one where side two is noisy.)
 

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Verve's SACD from the mid 2000s was too bright, and I believe the channels were reversed on that one as well.
 

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Excellent! That's good to read, then. With Analogue Productions behind that newest release, it would sound as good as it gets. Too bad they didn't do it at 45 RPM, but I doubt Universal has any interest in that.

Acoustic Sounds is the online sales operation, Analogue Productions their record label, and they operate Quality Record Pressing (QRP) for record production as well as Sterling Sound for mastering and cutting lacquers, which they very recently purchased and moved to Salina, Kansas as part of their operations. That gives Chad Kassem everything in-house that he needs to create series like these, both for his own Analogue Productions label and contracted deals with other labels such as this Universal series he is spearheading.
 

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Too bad they didn't do it at 45 RPM, but I doubt Universal has any interest in that.
The 45 RPM version from a few years ago is still available, as is Jazz Samba. I wish there were a good vinyl reissue of the album with Laurindo Almeida.
 

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I have a preorder in for Ray Charles: Genius + Soul = Jazz. It's the latest in the Verve/Acoustic Sounds series, along with Gil Evans' Out of the Cool. (I'm not as fond of Gil Evans, so I'm passing on that one. I have that album on another vinyl pressing and honestly never warmed to Evans' arrangements.)
 
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