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

various artists

paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.12
- feat.contributions by frank zappa

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. the hollywood persuaders: grunion run (stereo mix)

  2. the masters: drivin'

  3. paul buff: why

  4. the hustlers: hangin' five (alternate take)

  5. the tornadoes: the inebriated surfer (single mix)

  6. the truants: sunset surf

  7. the rotations: the cruncher

  8. the bongo teens: baja bongos (stereo mix)

  9. the esquires: what a burn

  10. rosie and ron: bring me happiness

  11. the buff organization: upside down world (single mix)

  12. johnny barakat & the vestells: happy time

  13. the hollywood persuaders: atijuana (single mix)

  14. johnny fortune: the battle of jericho (take 2)

  15. the hollywood persuaders: aeve of destruction

  16. the bongo teens: surfin' bongos (without bongo overdub)

  17. thee sixpence: long day's care

  18. the ragamuffins: talk me down

  19. birmingham sunday: egocentric solitude

  20. thee sixpence: my flash on you

  21. the buff organization: happy birthday to you (for allison)

liner notes by Greg Russo:

Welcome to Volume 12 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.

By now, The Hollywood Persuaders need no introduction. However, the first-time stereo mix of "Grunion Run" certainly has to be commented upon! Art Laboe of Original Sound had this tape in his archives all these years, and Paul Buff had completely forgotten that he made stereo mixes of songs that had never appeared in stereo anywhere. This is a great opportunity to start off this volume! Later on, you'll also hear the single mix of The Hollywood Persuaders' "Tijuana" and a cover of the Barry McGuire smash "Eve Of Destruction." All of them have the unmistakable and irresistible presence of Paul Buff.

"Drivin'" is an unissued Masters track featuring just Paul Buff and Ronnie Williams on numerous overdubs. Note the Chuck Berry-influenced break that Ronnie takes midway through the song. There are many more unreleased Masters tracks on their album "Singles & Rarities." Buff went for pure silliness when he put together the song sketch "Why." Check it out!

Hustlers leader Chauncey Romero had no idea that tapes existed for his group's early recordings until recently, and he was equally surprised to find out that there was an alternate version of their B-side "Hangin' Five." Now you know as well!

We're still riding a wave here, so let's hit the next five surf tracks. Frank Zappa was behind the board when The Tornadoes recorded (James) Norman Sanders' "The Inebriated Surfer," the B-side of their single "Moon Dawg." This single mix is different than the later album mix. The Truants' "Sunset Surf" is a very sedate piece, with Edward Rea's guitar going into Duane Eddy territory. If you listen closely, you can hear where Rea changes guitar effects during the song! The Rotations' "The Cruncher" was the B-side of "Heavies" and another respected surf work. Of course, The Rotations was another name that Paul Buff and Dave Aerni used when they were not recording as The Bongo Teens, so we have a stereo mix of "Baja Bongos" that was not originally released. Our last surf track in this run is The Esquires' "What A Burn," done at the same session as their A-side "Flashing Red."

Rosie And Ron's "Bring Me Happiness" featured The Velveteens as the uncredited backing band, and was the flipside of their single "So Dearly." The Buff Organization's "Upside Down World" was hard to get when it was released. Fans that have subsequently heard it as "Citizen Fear" or its uncredited use on the first Giant Crab album have marveled at its quality. It certainly has 1967 all over it, and it's right up there with Paul Buff's masterworks. Here is the very rare single mix.

Johnny Barakat & The Vestells' "Happy Time" is completely unrelated to The Cordells' tune of the same name. The Barakat song was the A-side of his single on the Dell-Star label in 1963. What is related is Johnny Fortune's second unissued take of "The Battle Of Jericho," which has more reverb than the first version released on an earlier volume. On this edition, you can also hear The Bongo Teens' "Surfin' Bongos" before the bongo player came in!

The previous volume featured two sides by the pre-Strawberry Alarm Clock group Thee Sixpence. We have another two here: "Long Day's Care" and "My Flash On You." The fuzzy rave-up "Long Day's Care" was the A-side of their first All-American single, released in August 1966. Thee Sixpence was obviously enamored with Arthur Lee's group Love, as they covered Arthur's songs "Can't Explain" and "My Flash On You" as their first two B-sides. Both of those songs were thinly veiled rewrites of "Hey Joe," which Thee Sixpence even covered as their third B-side! More tracks from Thee Sixpence will follow on later volumes.

In 1965, three musicians disgusted with the folk scene wanted to create a more rock-based group. They were vocalist rhythm guitarist Thomas Harvey (Sean) Bonniwell, bassist Keith Olsen and drummer Ron Edgar. Bonniwell had been with The Wayfarers, Olsen had played for vocalist Gale Garnett and Edgar was a member of The Goldebriars. As The Ragamuffins, they cut four tracks at Original Sound with Paul Buff engineering: "Two Much," "Chances," "Talk Me Down" and "Push Don't Pull." The strongest of these, "Talk Me Down," is on this volume. In the spring of 1966, they added keyboardist Doug Rhodes and lead guitarist Mark Landon to become legendary punksters The Music Machine. "Talk Me Down" was later re-recorded by this expanded group, but it was not issued while this lineup was together.

One of the most adventurous groups that came into Original Sound in 1968 to record for Bill Holmes' All-American label was the Carson City, Nevada-based Birmingham Sunday. This sextet released the single "Prevalent Visionaries"/ "Egocentric Solitude" during their lifetime, but their album never made it past the test pressing stage at the time. The album has since been released in Italy. For this collection, "Egocentric Solitude" gives you a good idea of how advanced their music was at the time - mellotron and all! Birmingham Sunday's vocal strength perfectly suited their material, which covered aspects of folk, psychedelia and pop.

We close this volume with a private birthday wish from Paul to Allison Buff!