In March of this year, the classic bossa nova album Getz/Gilberto, a collaboration by tenor sax legend Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist and singer João Gilberto, celebrated its 50th anniversary.  In March of last year, the original West German CD pressing of Getz/Gilberto was featured in this spot (click here).  Back then, it was noted that West German pressings showed differences in the mastering and the inserts.  In fact, it was said that a follow-up post highlighting these variations would be offered “in a few months.”  Oops!  Well, if you consider 14 months a few, then all is well.  In any case, we look here at a later West German pressing that shows the aforementioned variations when compared to the original West German disc.

To summarize, here are key features of the first West German pressing of Getz/Gilberto, featured in the March 2013 post:

  • Black paint coating with silver text on disc
  • Matrix code is “810048 2 05”
  • Astrud Gilberto’s vocals in the right channel in “The Girl From Ipanema” (incorrect orientation)
  • No catalog number printed on the front cover
  • No track times printed on the back insert

Later West German pressings of Getz/Gilberto have a more common label design with black text over aluminum (i.e., no paint coating).  The original mastering with Astrud Gilberto’s vocals in the right channel in “The Girl From Ipanema” can be found with this later label design.  This disc has the same matrix code as noted above, meaning that the same glass master was used for discs showing both label designs.

It would seem that Verve discovered the incorrect channel orientation in “The Girl From Ipanema” fairly early, as West German pressings exist with a different mastering where the channel orientation is correct.  These discs have the later label design of black text with no paint coating and matrix codes of the form “810 048-2 XX”.  The last two numbers of the matrix code vary, indicating different glass masters being used.  Here, we consider a West German pressing of Getz/Gilberto with matrix code “810 048-2 07 *”.   Like the original pressings cited above, this disc was pressed by the Polygram plant.  The asterisk may have been added by Polygram to indicate a different mastering from the original pressings.

The “07 pressing” of Getz/Gilberto has the correct channel orientation for Astrud Gilberto’s vocals in “The Girl From Ipanema” (left).  Additionally, the front cover has the catalog number printed in the top right corner.  The back insert now has the track times added.

Shown below are the inserts for the 07 pressing of Getz/Gilberto, along with the disc.  Compare these pictures to the ones shown in the original post from March 2013.

 

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The cover for a later West German pressing of Stan Getz and João Gilberto featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim Getz/Gilberto (Verve, catalog number 810 048-2).  The catalog number is printed in the top right corner.  The cover associated with the earliest West German pressings does not show the catalog number.

 

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The back insert for a later West German pressing of Stan Getz and João Gilberto featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim Getz/Gilberto (Verve, catalog number 810 048-2).  The track times appear next to the song titles.  The back insert associated with the earliest West German pressings does not show track times.

 

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A later West German pressing of Stan Getz and João Gilberto featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim Getz/Gilberto (Verve, catalog number 810 048-2).  This disc has the second and more common label design of black text with an aluminum background.  The matrix code on this disc is “810 048-2 07 *″.  Unlike the earliest West German pressings, this 07 pressing has the correct left-channel orientation for Astrud Gilberto’s vocals in “The Girl From Ipanema”.

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