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

various artists

paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.13
- 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 buff organization: fuzz instrumental

  2. frank zappa: love of my life (piano intro)

  3. the penguins: memories of el monte (stereo mix)

  4. the masters: t bone (stereo undubbed backing track)

  5. the bongo teens: baja rhythm

  6. the buff organization: chains

  7. ricky dean: little betty limbo (single mix)

  8. sonny wilson: troubled times (demo)

  9. the masters: sunday blues (outtake 2)

  10. buddy and the crickets: it's gonna work out fine

  11. buddy and the crickets: jezebel

  12. paul buff: you will never have to dream (version 1)

  13. the buff organization: these boots are made for walkin'

  14. the hollywood persuaders: rush street

  15. paul buff: piano/bass/drums

  16. johnny barakat and the vestells: sophisticated surfer

  17. the buff organization: groovy summer afternoon

  18. johnny barakat and the vestells: smack

  19. the ragamuffins: two much

  20. the thundermugs: captain midnight

  21. hunger!: portland 69 (revised lp version)

  22. birmingham sunday: prevalent visionaries

  23. the thundermugs: muffin man

  24. the buff organization: allison research telephone message

liner notes by Greg Russo

Welcome to Volume 13 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.

The Buff Organization has invaded this volume, and that's a good thing! We begin with a bang - Paul Buff's "Fuzz Instrumental." A powerhouse of a track, too bad it was not heard by the public until now. Frank Zappa's brief tinkering on the piano for "Love Of My Life" goes right into a stereo mix of The Penguins' "Memories Of El Monte," which of course Frank wrote with Ray Collins. Many people have not heard it in stereo, but here it is! Another stereo track is "T Bone" by The Masters. This is the same take as the one used for the single, but this is the stage before Ronnie Williams added the bass to a mono mix of this track.

The Bongo Teens' "Baja Rhythm" was another tune that was only released in Mexico. Paul Buff and Dave Aerni covered different ground on this one. Compared to most of their other tracks, "Chains" by The Buff Organization also went into a different direction. Sung by Allison Buff, "Chains" covered the restrictions of '60s society.

In the more innocent part of the '60s - the pre-Beatles period - songs like Ricky Dean's "Little Betty Limbo" reigned supreme. We've heard an alternate version before, but here is the original single version that was written by Paul Buff. He never received a cent for it, but that will change!

A lot of time was spent on getting Sonny Wilson's "Troubled Times" just right. Before they got there, though, they recorded a demo version at a different pace. The same applied to The Masters' "Sunday Blues," which appears in its second outtake version.

On Volume 10, we heard the song "Jezebel" by Johnny Barakat And The Vestells. That was recorded in early 1963 with Frank Zappa producing and providing backing vocals. This volume has something even rarer - both sides of a late 1962 Pal acetate from the unknown group Buddy And The Crickets (of course, not related to the late Buddy Holly's group!). Frank Zappa, in his first production role, was involved with both tracks. The group was a little rough around the edges, but the unmistakable FZ production greatly raised their quality. The instrumentals recorded were a cover of the Ike And Tina Turner hit "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" (released in July 1961) and Wayne Shanklin's "Jezebel" (popularized by Frankie Laine). Many thanks to Don Weddle, who found the acetate in a thrift shop in Alta Loma, California!

Paul Buff also gave two tries to his song "You Will Never Have To Dream." This is a very rough first attempt before he went all out for the second one. No retakes were necessary for The Buff Organization's cover of the Nancy Sinatra smash "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'." You can hear Allison Buff during the stops, but it's not clear if Allison planned to do a vocal at some point. This is the way that it survives, so that's the way we're going to enjoy it!

Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" was the clear inspiration for The Hollywood Persuaders' "Rush Street," but Buff made sure to take it where it never went before. You can never go wrong with those old familiar chord changes, so Paul would occasionally record those bits as things like "Piano/Bass/Drums."

Johnny Barakat & The Vestells were very busy at Pal Studios during 1963, as their "Sophisticated Surfer" and "Smack" indicate. Their sound was almost as rough as The Velveteens at times, but both groups shared the same enthusiasm in playing their material. Barakat's reference to "Candid Camera" will probably pass by many younger people today, but the older folks will remember how popular that TV show was!

The Buff Organization's "Groovy Summer Afternoon" has 1967 all over it. The song was done by Paul Buff under numerous titles, but the arrangement remained the same. Check out all the Buff Organization releases to hear all of them!

Volume 12 included The Ragamuffins' "Talk Me Down," one of four tracks done at Original Sound prior to their expansion to The Music Machine. This volume contains another aggressive Sean Bonniwell tune from that Ragamuffins session: "Two Much." Although influenced by the British pop groups that dominated the American scene at the time, "Two Much" also had some of Bonniwell's attitude going on as well. When The Music Machine came up with their public image (dyed black hair, wearing one black glove, etc.), there was a lot of attitude going on!

The Thundermugs recorded for All-American and were led by main songwriter and vocalist John Robert "Jack" Lutz. "Captain Midnight" was a single A-side dealing with our beloved policemen! Two tracks after this is The Thundermugs' "Muffin Man." No, it's not the World Of Oz or later Frank Zappa song - it's Jack Lutz's own creation. "Muffin Man" is another of Jack's excellent storytelling songs. It was not released at the time, but it later turned up in Italy. This Thundermugs group was not related to the later Canadian band Thundermug.

In-between the Thundermugs tracks is a track by Hunger! That was not a joke - the band spelled their name with an exclamation point! Hunger! was a group from Portland, Oregon that moved to L.A. in an attempt to make it. Their only album "From Hunger!" was originally released on their own Public label based in Hollywood. When they met up with All-American label honcho Bill Holmes, the band agreed to beef up some of the organ-based tracks laid down at Original Sound with help from Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist Ed King. The plan was to release the new edition of the LP on All-American, but the disc never got past the test pressing phase. The later version of "Portland 69" is featured on this volume. It takes a while to unravel, but it is well worth it. Fans agree that it is one of the best tracks on both editions of the album.

The A-side of Birmingham Sunday's All-American single, "Prevalent Visionaries," is on this volume. Lyrically and musically, the group was much more advanced than most of its competition. From a commercial standpoint, neither this A-side or its flip ("Egocentric Solitude" on Volume 12) had no chance. That didn't matter. Birmingham Sunday offered highly intelligent psych-based pop that still stands up - that matters!

Closing this volume on a humorous note, you can now hear the telephone message that greeted you when you called Paul Buff's company Allison Research after hours!