(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)
(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)

various artists

paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.3

2010 download - crossfire publications

    (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 Paul Buff


  1. bobby ray:  my brother

  2. conrad and the hurricane strings: sweet love  (ed sigarlaki)  -  produced by curry (frank zappa) and irvin (aerni)

  3. ron roman: tell me  (kenny williams)

  4. brian lord: not another one!

  5. the masters: sunday blues

  6. sonny wilson: i ain't giving up nothin'  (wilson, b.benton)

  7. the pal studio band: why don't you do me right? (demo)  (frank zappa) -  feat.frank zappa

  8. mel moss: zing zoing

  9. the ascots: i'm touched

  10. bobby and linda: i'm mostly lonely  (bob walker)

  11. the genteels: take it off

  12. ricky dean: blue tears

  13. arty & the supremes: hombre (first single version)

  14. lori allison: going out of my mind

  15. the pauls: 'til september  (buff, aerni)

  16. the tornadoes: vaquero  (g.tomsco) - produced by dave aerni and engineered by frank zappa.

  17. the buff organisation: studio 'a' (version 1)  (buff)

  18. paul buff: donna


liner notes by Greg Russo:

Welcome to Volume 3 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.

Bobby Ray was an excellent vocalist that cut a handful of tracks at Pal in 1963. Dave Aerni was the bassist in Bobby Ray's band The Gents, with Aerni and Buff producing Bobby's recordings. Only one single was released on Emmy in June 1964 - the 20th and last on the label - and "My Brother" was the A-side.

As a sideline to his Pal activities, Dave Aerni used the pseudonym Jack Irvin when producing tracks for his Daytone label. Frank Zappa also had a pseudonym - Curry - when he co-produced these Daytone releases. The A-side of Conrad And The Hurricane Strings' sole Daytone release, "Hurricane," was on Volume 2. This volume includes the record's B-side, "Sweet Love." Both sides of the record were written by rhythm guitarist Ed Sigarlaki.

Another Aerni release, this time on his Daani label, was "Tell Me" by Ron Roman. Contrary to common perception, "Tell Me" was the A-side, with the flipside "Love Of My Life" appearing on Volume 1. Kenny Williams, brother of Ronnie, wrote "Tell Me." Roman also cut the track "Please Tell Me They're Lying" at the same session, but no remnants of that recording exist today. "Not Another One!" was the B-side of "The Big Surfer," and Buff and Aerni were clearly influenced by The Tornadoes' "Bustin' Surfboards." "Not Another One!" was a reference to the fact that they had to churn out another B-side to complete a record.

The Masters' "Sunday Blues" was the B-side of "T Bone," and featured Buff, Ronnie Williams and Johnny Fisher. The record received a good review in Billboard, but did not sell. Sonny Wilson's "I Ain't Giving Up Nothin'" was co-written by Brook Benton, who would later score big with "Rainy Night In Georgia" in 1970.

This Pal Studio Band demo version of Frank Zappa's "Why Don't You Do Me Right?" has never been heard. Even though it was very crudely recorded and it exists only on a tape mastered from an acetate, the track is an interesting document of how the song was originally conceived.

Mel Moss' "Zing Zoing" was recorded at Pal in early 1959 and was the fourth and final release on the Pal Records label. It was actually the B-side of a record ("It's Springtime In Hawaii") by vocalist Carmen LePala that Moss was co-credited on. Moss overdubbed numerous parts to create a unique and catchy instrumental.

Vocal group The Ascots were produced by Paul Buff at Pal in 1962 with the idea of releasing a record on Buff's Plaza label. Instead, their single "Perfect Love"/ "I'm Touched" was released by the Ace label. The B-side is included here. The record is coveted by collectors, but not because Paul was shown as "Paul Bluff" on the label!

Bobby & Linda were a vocal duo that was highly respected by Paul Buff, and he released their single "I'm Mostly Lonely"/ "Say A Little Prayer" on Emmy in October 1963. Bob Walker wrote both sides of the disc. This was their only record.

The Genteels took advantage of the interest in songs like David Rose's "The Stripper" to create "Take It Off." Their 1962 single was first released on the Stag label, and manager/DJ George Babcock and Paul Buff produced it. Capitol licensed the single from Babcock and Buff, but they didn't do much with it. "Take It Off" also appears on the burlesque documentary "Behind The Burly Q," which was first screened on February 27, 2010. A completely different edition of The Genteels later cut the single "The Force Of Gravity."

Ricky Dean's "Blue Tears" captured many of the elements of contemporary Bobby Vinton, but it was a completely in-house production. Ward Allen was responsible for the string arrangement for this original Emmy release.

Speaking of arrangements, Arty & The Supremes took Leiber & Stoller's "Smokey Joe's Café," turned it upside down, and created a rave-up of their own - "Hombre." It was released on Dave Aerni's Ador label in 1964, and it's probably the only Ador single. Perhaps for publishing reasons, the band added a voice sounding like Mr. Ed saying "Hombre!" for a re-release of the single. However, the original release is presented here. The later version will appear soon.

When not recording with her husband, Allison Buff recorded under a couple different names - Lori Allison and Lori Lynn. Paul Buff's "Going Out Of My Mind" was the A-side of Lori Allison's only single for Original Sound in 1964. The aim was to produce a Leslie Gore-type of release, but not enough sales action resulted to release anything further.

Paul Buff and Dave Aerni got together to write The Pauls' "'Til September." It was licensed to the Donna label and is extremely rare. The Tornadoes' version of The Fireballs' "Vaquero" is just as good as the original version. Written by Fireballs guitarist George Tomsco with Norman Petty's name added for publishing purposes, "Vaquero" is a classic instrumental performance by both bands. The Tornadoes' version was produced by Dave Aerni and engineered by Frank Zappa.

The Buff Organization recorded many "sunshine pop" tracks in late 1967, but only one single ("Studio 'A'"/ "Upside Down World") was released by Original Sound the next year. Here is the first of nine versions of "Studio 'A'" that Paul and Allison Buff prepared.

Closing out this volume is Paul Buff's solo version of Ritchie Valens' "Donna." On to the next one!