|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and
original sound studio archives, vol.9
- feat.contributions by frank zappa
(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
organization: sunshine girl (long version)
gas house rock
organization: thinking of you (version 2)
arty & the
dino dupree & the
pharaohs: hi-fi mama
the masters / chester
martin: come back my love (double-tracked vocal)
the masters / chester
martin: let me love you
drowning in an ocean of tears
the biscaines: summertime
dino dupree & the
pharaohs: why jean why
persuaders: juarez (single mix)
the rhythm surfers
(the pharos): steel wheels
little betty limbo (alternate version)
cause i love you
delicious: is it love
liner notes by Greg Russo:
to Volume 9 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.
though The Buff Organization released only one single in the '60s, Paul and
Allison Buff recorded a lot of unreleased material. Two unissued masters,
"Sunshine Girl" and "Thinking Of You," debut here.
"Sunshine Girl" was one of Paul Buff's best songs, and it has the full
1967 treatment. Volume 7 featured Paul's vocal on "Thinking Of You,"
but this version has Allison singing over a completely different backing track.
sides of The Biscaines' "Gas House Rock"/ "Summertime"
acetate from Pal are featured on this volume. Energetic performances all around
on these! The Durby Wheeler-led Esquires were just teenagers when they laid down
"Flashing Red"/ "What A Burn" at Pal in 1963. They issued
the record themselves on their Durco label. "Flashing Red" is here,
while the B-side will turn up later.
& The Supremes' "Bruno" was a vocal number about a dog of the same
name. While nowhere near as stunning as the A-side "Hombre," we have
to be complete here! Dino Dupree's two other 1960 demos ("Hi-Fi Mama"
and "Why Jean Why") are also on this volume. These are the two vocal
cuts that accompanied the instrumentals "Chaser" and "Jive
'N" on previous volumes.
on previous volumes, you've heard The Masters' backing tracks of "Come Back
My Love" and "Let Me Love You." Here, we finally hear Chester
Martin's vocals on them. "Come Back My Love" was done with one vocal
and with two. The double-tracked version is here.
Wilson's "Drowning In An Ocean Of Tears" is different than all his
other unreleased tracks thanks to the harmonica that runs throughout. Dave Aerni
wrote "The Tornado" for his management client The Tornadoes, who
recorded it as a drum showcase for Leonard Delaney. It was engineered by Frank
Rhythm Surfers were previously known as The Pharos, and the latter name was the
one that appeared on the acetate for Aerni's road song "Steel Wheels."
Produced by Aerni and Frank Zappa, "Steel Wheels" makes its released
debut right here.
Dean's "Little Betty Limbo" was written by Paul Buff and was demoed at
Pal Studios, but the final version was laid down at Radio Recorders. It was
released on Donna as the B-side of "Little Girl." But, that's not the
version that we have here. This is a version with additional instrumentation
that has never been released.
Buff's "Cause I Love You" was the flip of his 1965 Original Sound
single "She's Got A 60 Cycle Brain." One of Buff's most accessible
songs, "Cause I Love You" could have been covered by Ricky Nelson if
he knew about it!
Fatimas' "Sandstorm" is one of those mystery recordings that no one
knows much about after all this time. What is known that Southern California DJ
"Emperor" Bob Hudson wrote the track with Richard D. Grove and Joe
Petagno. When it was submitted to Art Laboe of Original Sound, it was done under
the title "Hoochy Coo" with a female vocal group. Since there was only
one side of a potential single, Art Laboe wanted to create an instrumental side
that emphasized the song's striking Arabic feel. So, Laboe asked Paul Buff to
add some sound effects to the supplied backing track and out came
"Sandstorm." Those effects actually made "Sandstorm" the
much better side of the resulting single in 1967. Hudson passed away in
September 1997 at the age of 66.
the engineering desk, Paul Buff recorded lots of music for Bill Holmes and his
All-American label. One of the tracks that was unreleased at the time was
"Is It Love" by Indescribably Delicious. Written and sung by Greg
Munford, the voice of Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense And
Peppermints," "Is It Love" is an excellent period piece. Paul
Buff was very impressed by Munford's abilities and engineered many of Greg's