|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.6
(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
liner notes by Greg Russo:
to Volume 6 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 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.
first track is The Pal Studio Band's "Waltz." Written by Frank Zappa
and transferred from an acetate, "Waltz" shows Frank experimenting
with some guitar phrasing over a moving rhythm track. There are some occasional
rough spots, but this is yet another unheard tune from 1963.
& Ray's "Do What You Feel" was the B-side of "Queen Of My
Heart." They made sure to mention all the dances of the time! Mike Dineri
cut "Saxville" during the same five-track session in 1962.
"Saxville" is in the style of Boots Randolph, but it's a Dineri track
all the way.
up is the familiar single mix of The Hollywood Persuaders' "Grunion
Run." The "Drums A-Go-Go" album features alternate stereo and
mono mixes of this tune with searing Zappa guitar solos. It's an early FZ
triumph! Speaking of Zappa, he co-produced The Rhythm Surfers' "Big City
Surfer" with Dave Aerni for the latter's Daytone label.
Buff, as Lori Lynn, cut an acetate of her husband Paul's song "Heart
Stealer" in 1964. Since the track only exists this way, we've done our best
to make it as presentable as possible! Terri & Johnnie coupled their version
of "Your Tender Lips" by the original song "I Miss You So."
Clearly, these two were (and are) a great couple - personally and vocally.
Dupree cut "Jive 'N" at the same session as "Chaser" from
the previous volume, and it's another stellar Dino guitar showcase. One of Bobby
Ray's most powerful vocal performances was on his "Three Months," the
story of a student's freedom during summer vacation. The full studio session has
Bobby Ray saying at the beginning, "I'm finally coming to (life)!"
single mix of Johnny Fisher's "Dream Tonight" is next. It was the
flipside of his "Tell Me Yes" from 1960. Two experimental stereo mixes
of "Dream Tonight" will appear later in the series.
early Hollywood Persuaders track, "Evil Underneath," appears in the
first of its two versions on this volume. Unusual for a Hollywood Persuaders
recording, piano is the main instrument. Also featuring a prominent piano with
guitar, Paul Buff's "Bolero Death Song" was an early experiment. The
unreleased Hollywood Persuaders cut "Rollin'" was a more rhythm based
number using everyone's favorite - the 1-4-5!
Tired 4's strange take of "The Stripper" showed that Paul Buff always
wanted to experiment and that nothing was sacred! Neither was "Got My Mojo
Working" and "Mojo Workout," which Ronnie And The Casuals turned
into "Moe Joe." The group (as Ronnie And The Pomona Casuals) went on
to record a couple singles and an album for Donna.
Beach" was one of Paul Buff's best melodic Hollywood Persuaders
instrumentals. Like "Romance Theme," it's a wonder why more people did
not cover it. The second version of The Buff Organization's "Studio
'A'" follows, and it's one of many variations that the song went through
before its final single version. Check out The Buff Organization's albums for
more of this song and lots of other prime '60s tracks.