baby ray and the ferns

Baby Ray and The Ferns documents one of the early collaborations of Ray Collins and Frank Zappa. The track got recorded in studio Z in Cucamonga.

from the "Paul Buff presents the PAL and Original Sound studio archives, vol.2" liner notes by Greg Russo:
"The next three tracks were licensed for single release on Donna. Baby Ray And The Ferns' "How's Your Bird?" is the first one, inspired by Steve Allen. It was written before Zappa's appearance on Allen's show in March 1963, and Frank talked about it during his appearance. FZ wrote and produced "Everytime I See You" for The Heartbreakers, a Mexican teenage duo. The other side of the record was "Cradle Rock," which will be covered later. The Pauls' "Cathy My Angel" features Paul Buff on numerous overdubs - hence, The Pauls. It's a prime example of early '60s pop before The Beatles shook things up."

 

 

  baby ray and the ferns: how's your bird / the world's greatest sinner
    (1963, 7", usa, donna 1378) both tracks written by frank zappa
 
  various artists: please give me a home
    (19??, 7", usa, moxie)
 
  various artists: 10 c rare meat
   (1983, 12", usa, del fi / rhino) - feat. early zappa productions
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  various artists: rare meat
   (1983, 12", usa, del fi / rhino) - feat. early zappa productions ; different cover due to legal action by frank zappa
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  various artists: cucamonga years the early works of frank zappa
   (1991, cd, jpn, msi) - presenting early zappa productions

  various artists: frank zappa - early works 1963 - 1964
   (1992, cd, jpn, del-fi / tecx) - presenting early zappa productions

  various artists: rare beefheart - vintage zappa
   (1992, cd, nl, disky) - presenting early zappa productions and rare beefheart material
  various artists: rare meat early works of frank zappa
   (1994, cd, usa, del-fi) - presenting early zappa productions

  various artists: cucamonga 
    (1997, cd, usa, del-fi records dfcd 71261) - incl. various studio Z recordings

  various artists: how's your bird
    (1998, 10", italy, abraxas get 525) - incl. various studio Z recordings
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  various artists: for collectors only
    (2002, cd, nl, disky pure gold go 905010) - incl. various studio Z recordings

 

various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.2
 
   (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.10
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications) - feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  various artists: paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives: the collection
    (2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications) = the complete 35 album series, with bonus liner notes on pdf and 56 extra tracks
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  various artists: paul buff presents highlights from the pal and original sound studio archives
    (2012, 5cd-box, usa, crossfire publications) = a selection of the pal and original sound studio collection // feat.contributions by frank zappa

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  frank zappa: masked turnip cyclophony
    (2015, cd, uk, gonzo multimedia)

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  frank zappa: masked turnip cyclophony
    (2016, 2lp, uk, let them eat vinyl letv408lp) = reissue of the 2015 cd with a slightly altered album cover

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The "How's Your Bird / The World's Greatest Sinner" single is included in the following bootleg album:

 


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