|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and
original sound studio archives, vol.16
- 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
the pal studio band:
paul conrad (paul buff):
chocolate milk (demo - short version)
the bongo teens:
she's got a 60 cycle brain (single version)
mr. clean: mr.
clean (alternate mix)
the bongo teens:
organization: orchestral instrumental
the tired 4:
somethin' stupid (mix 2)
funny (version 1)
flowers (alternate stereo mix)
encinada way (backing track 2)
the pal studio band:
the bongo teens:
american indian piano
(johnny fisher): indian maid (backing track 1)
johnny barakat and the
vestells: static (take 1)
persuaders: last night
e.s.p. (first single version)
push don't pull
organization: upside down world (instrumental demo - version 5)
you for me to love
gotta get the first plane home
she's got a 60 cycle brain (backwards fragment)
liner notes by Greg Russo
to Volume 16 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.
Hollywood Persuaders' "Thunderbird" gets us off to a flying start,
with a shorter version of Paul (Conrad) Buff's demo of "Chocolate
Milk" a short time later. Paul's single version of "She's Got A 60
Cycle Brain" goes off in a different direction and still sounds strange,
even though it was done in 1965! An alternate mix of "Mr. Clean" with
Frank Zappa on guitar takes us into an instrumental version of Buff's
Speaking of Frank Zappa, he produced The Pal Studio Band track "Smoky Night" (Volume 8) in early 1963. From the same FZ-produced sessions come two more numbers: "Sun Dog" and "Cucamonga Surf." The influences of Dick Dale and the popular "Moon Dawg" are in evidence on the first song, while more Dale-inspired guitar chugging accompanies the sax melody of "Cucamonga Surf." Listen for Frank announcing "4" (as in Take 4) just before "Sun Dog" starts! Alternate takes of both songs will appear on Volume 17 along with a final track that Zappa produced from the session: "Straight Ahead."
Buff Organization's "Orchestral Instrumental" was an adventurous and
grand presentation of a very melodic Buff theme. The inspired craziness of The
Tired 4's "Somethin' Stupid" (in its second mix) and Buff's first
version of "Funny" is finally grounded by an alternate stereo mix of
Ricky Dean's "Flowers" and the second backing track of Bobby Ray's
Zappa-engineered "Raw-Hide" by The Tornadoes is a compact but powerful
take of the Link Wray tune, with The Bongo Teens' instrumental version of
"Surfin' U.S.A." accomplishing the same task.
Native American portion of our program consists of a brief Paul Buff piece
called "American Indian Piano" followed by the first backing track of
Johnny Atlan's "Indian Maid." It's been a long time since it was
mentioned, but Atlan was Johnny Fisher!
first take of Johnny Barakat's "Static" follows, and we get more of
Johnny yelling at his dad at the end! "Last Night" was recorded by
Paul Buff as The Bongo Teens and The Hollywood Persuaders, but the latter is
included here. Unlike the other song that both outfits recorded ("Forget
It"), the HP version of "Last Night" is a completely different
comes the power! Giant Crab's "E.S.P." was a cover of the popular Rain
song, and this is the first mix that first appeared on Uni before it was sold to
All-American and credited to their new band name: Big Brother Featuring Ernie
Joseph. It is actually the clearer and less phased mix of the two that Paul Buff
created. An unreleased intermediate mix will appear on Volume 17. Another
mix/edit of "E.S.P." with tons of phasing was billed to their updated
moniker, and was used on later All-American singles and the subsequent album
"Confusion." It will be included on Volume 20.
last of The Ragamuffins' fall 1965 tracks, "Push Don't Pull," finds
its home on this volume. It was one of the Sean Bonniwell songs that the trio
performed live for months before they found their lead guitarist (Mark Landon)
and keyboardist (Doug Rhodes) to become The Music Machine.
fifth Buff Organization version of "Upside Down World" was an
instrumental demo that shows the song in transition from its original piano demo
to the more elaborate showcase it eventually became.
next pair of tracks by Thee Sixpence is "Hey Joe" and "Gotta Get
The First Plane Home." The first was the Billy Roberts classic done in an
arrangement similar to the Love version but with additional time changes. It was
the B-side of the "In The Building" single from November 1966.
"Gotta Get The First Plane Home" was written by Ray Davies, and it was
recorded by The Kinks for their LP "The Kink Kontroversy." The version
by Thee Sixpence was the B-side of initial copies of the "Heart Full Of
Rain" single in January 1967. "Gotta Get The First Plane Home"
was quickly replaced on that single by "Fortune Teller." In-between
Thee Sixpence's tracks is The Thundermugs' "You For Me To Love." One
of Jack Lutz's best songs, its impact was enormously enhanced by the shimmering
echo effects that Paul Buff placed on the track.