|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.2
(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications) = the complete 35 album series, with bonus liner notes on pdf and 56 extra tracks
various tracks recorded by
and the hurricane strings: hurricane
(ed sigarlaki) -
produced by curry (frank zappa) and irvin (aerni)
fortune: alone and cryin'
biscaines: blue skies
masters: sixteen tons
wilson: lonely nights
hollywood persuaders: go-go music
dean: little girl
masters: rolling blues
buff: betty jane
pal studio band: masked grandma
(frank zappa) - feat.frank
ray and the ferns: how's your bird?
heartbreakers: everytime i see you
pauls: cathy my angel = paul buff
and nelda: surf along with ned and nelda
gee: cruisin' mainstreet usa
catalinas: your tender lips = paul buff
friendly torpedoes: citizen fear (final mono master)
liner notes by Greg Russo:
to Volume 2 of Paul Buff's 20-volume series of recordings from Pal Studios and
Original Sound Studios! Pal Records was a record company run by his mother
Olivia and stepfather Ward Allen. After Paul Buff was honorably discharged from
the military, he finished putting together Pal Studios in December 1957. The
studio costs were $12.50/hour for mono recording and $15/hour for stereo. Local
musicians booked the studio to make recordings of their rehearsals and
repertoire. When Pal Records wound itself down in mid-1959, Paul Buff created
his first record label - Emmy. Other labels (Plaza, Yukon and Vigah!) would
follow shortly thereafter. The music presented on this series was released on
extremely rare records that would literally cost thousands if you can find them.
In addition, there are many unreleased tracks spanning from 1960 to 1969. Paul
Buff is now making them available again for everyone to appreciate.
associate Dave Aerni first came by the studio in late 1962 when his management
client The Tornadoes wanted a different sound. The Tornadoes scored with their
first single "Bustin' Surfboards," but their follow-up, the two-part
single "The Gremmie," did not do well. The Tornadoes' output at Pal
will be covered throughout this series on other volumes.
had four record labels going at once: Aertaun (The Tornadoes' label), Daani,
Daytone and Ador. Volume 2 kicks off with the Daytone release
"Hurricane" by Conrad And The Hurricane Strings. It was produced by
Curry (Frank Zappa) and Irvin (Aerni). This track from January 1964 was sampled
by Frank Zappa on his album "Lumpy Gravy." It is a classic of the surf
up is the B-side of Johnny Fortune's first Emmy single, "Alone And
Cryin'." Its heavy reverb is typical of Johnny's early rockabilly style.
Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" was done by The Biscaines for Paul Buff's
Yukon label in November 1960. It was reissued a few months later on Felsted. Led
by sax player Tom Funk, The Biscaines cut one single and a two-song acetate at
Pal. Paul Buff thought so much of the song that he recorded it with Dave Aerni
as The Bongo Teens in 1963.
Williams and Paul Buff served up an unusual instrumental arrangement of Merle
Travis' "Sixteen Tons" as the second Masters A-side in 1961. The song
was a big hit by "Tennessee" Ernie Ford in 1955. Sonny Wilson's
"Lonely Nights" was first released on the Plaza label in August 1961.
This is the song that Frank Zappa loved and mentioned in interviews, but he
mistakenly called it "Lonely Lips." This was the only song from the
recording session licensed to Candix that was not reissued on that label. Candix
instead went with "I Ain't Giving Up Nothin'" and "Troubled
Times" as their single pairing.
of Paul Buff's recording personas was The Hollywood Persuaders, and it was his
most popular venture. Nearly all the instrumental recordings made under this
name featured Buff playing all the instruments. A perfect example of The
Hollywood Persuaders' style is the unreleased track from 1965 - "Go-Go
Music." It would have fit perfectly on any of the dance shows that appeared
on television during the mid-1960s.
were many Mexican-American performers after Ritchie Valens that wanted to break
into the English-speaking market. Rick Martinez, known professionally as Ricky
Dean, was one of them. His Emmy single "Blue Tears"/ Little Girl"
was licensed to the Donna label shortly after release in August 1962. Ricky Dean
would go on to record additional tracks for Donna before turning up on the
Original Sound label in 1967 for the Paul Buff co-written and produced single
Blues" was the B-side of the third and final Masters single in August 1961.
As with all the Masters tracks, Ronnie Williams' guitar playing was well ahead
of his contemporaries. Ronnie struck out with his group Tom Kendall And Gentrys
a few years later, but he unbelievably never released anything else. "Betty
Jane" is an unreleased Paul Buff track from 1963 that features Paul as a
one-man-band. As with some of the tracks on this series, the entire session has
been included for your enjoyment.
Pal Studio Band returns with a Zappa doo-wop extravaganza that no one has ever
heard - "Masked Grandma." Yes, little Frankie is in love with
someone's grandmother! Everyone at the Pal stable at the time (Buff, Zappa, Ray
Collins) are all over this track. The tape box shows that this song was to be
jokingly billed as Little Franky & The Frogs!
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.
And Nelda's "Surf Along With Ned And Nelda" cashed in on the sudden
interest in surf music, but in a very satirical way. Zappa and Collins made sure
that there was no commercial potential!
most Emmy label singles which were done at Pal, Larry Gee's "Cruisin'
Mainstreet USA" was done at Original Sound in the fall of 1963 while Paul
Buff was putting together a new studio. In addition to surf records, car songs
such as Larry Gee's were popular. This is one of Emmy's rarest releases.
And Johnnie had cut "Your Tender Lips" at Pal for release on Donna,
but their version was not a hit. So, Paul Buff did his own version as The
Catalinas for Original Sound. Unlike Terri And Johnnie's version as a
male/female duet, all the vocals on The Catalinas' version were by Paul.
recording the entire output of The Music Machine at Original Sound, Paul Buff
got together with Music Machine leader/vocalist (Thomas) Sean Bonniwell to do
some tracks as The Friendly Torpedoes. They released an Original Sound single
("Nothing's Too Good For My Car"/ "So Long Ago") in 1970,
but "Citizen Fear" never turned up until the Music Machine CD
"Ignition" in 2000. Actually, the backing track of "Citizen
Fear" is exactly the same as The Buff Organization B-side "Upside Down
World" from late 1967, but Bonniwell was called in to write new lyrics and
vocalize them in 1969. This is one of three mixes that were made of
"Citizen Fear," with the others following later.
out this volume is a brief theme that Paul Buff recorded as The Buff
Organization - "Original Sound Tag." It has the sound of the '60s all