|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.1
(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
fortune: if you love me (i want to know tonight)
fisher: tell me yes
velveteens: dog patch creeper
masters: t bone
masters: breaktime (buff,
williams, zappa) - feat. frank zappa
wilson: troubled times
conrad: chocolate milk (1961/2007 version) = paul buff
= paul buff
dupree: little princess
pal studio band: can't stand up -
buff and ray collins: deserie (buff,
buff: slow bird
guy: dear jeepers (frank zappa)
lord: the big surfer (frank
and nelda: hey nelda (zappa, collins)
roman: love of my life (frank
liner notes by Greg Russo:
to Volume 1 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.
first Emmy release was by Johnny Fortune (born John Stephen Sudetta). Fortune
found Pal Studios through an ad that Buff placed, and his first single "If
You Love Me (I Want To Know Tonight)" was released in September 1959.
Johnny recorded two singles for Emmy before moving on to numerous other
companies, including Johnny Fisher's Park Ave. label, when he issued his
well-known instrumental "Soul Surfer" in 1963.
Fisher started out at Pal Studios as a singer/guitarist, and he recorded the
Emmy single "Tell Me Yes" that was released in early 1960. "Tell
Me Yes" used the same phasing effect that was recently used on Miss Toni
Fisher's "The Big Hurt." Because of this intended similarity, John
Fisher's disc was considered an "answer song." Fisher was also part of
The Masters and appeared as the rhythm guitarist on their "T Bone"
single. After recording a handful of tracks for Emmy, Fisher left Pal to create
the Park Ave. and Crusader labels.
Velveteens were a family affair - namely, the Valenzuela family. (Mario) John
Valenzuela was the leader of this Pomona, California-based instrumental band who
backed many different artists in the early '60s. "Dog Patch Creeper"
was the A-side of their Emmy single and is an excellent example of what Paul
Buff calls "the power of amateurs." Their sound could be described as
rough or crude, but they delivered their material with an irresistible charm.
Masters started out as Paul Buff, lead guitarist Ronnie Williams and rhythm
guitarist Johnny Fisher. After releasing the single "T Bone"/
"Sunday Blues," The Masters were just Buff and Williams on
multi-tracked parts. The only exception was "Breaktime," a mid-1961
track that was co-written by Buff, Williams and guitarist Frank Zappa, a friend
of Ronnie Williams who first came to Pal Studios in late 1960. As nearly all
Zappa fans know, "Breaktime" was his first released recording and the
record sells for hundreds of dollars.
Wilson was an Elvis-styled vocalist. Like Elvis, Sonny recorded a single for the
Sun label ("The Great Pretender") as his debut release. Sonny Wilson's
backing band sometimes included Paul Buff and Dave Aerni, and they played local
bars when not recording. This extra money was essential for Buff to keep Pal
going. "Troubled Times" was first issued on Buff's Plaza label in
August 1961 before an edited version was licensed to Candix. It was produced by
Paul Buff and John Fisher. Wilson recorded many tracks at Pal, but only three
were released at the time. This 20-volume series will eventually include all of
Sonny Wilson's recordings.
Buff wanted to create a solo single for his Plaza label in 1961, so he took his
middle name (Conrad) and became Paul Conrad. The A-side "Chocolate
Milk" was a humorous song dealing with the popular drink. When this volume
was initially assembled, this track was transferred from the only copy of the
record (beaten up of course!) that is known to exist. It has since been cleaned
up and will appear on a later volume of this series, but for now, you can hear
some of the original with Paul Buff's 2007 version following it.
Anthony Battaglia, known professionally as Dino Dupree, was Frank Zappa's
replacement in Joe Perrino And The Mellotones. In fact, Zappa taught Dino the
band's set during this two-week changeover period. Dino Dupree cut the Plaza
single "Little Princess"/ "Ambrosial" at Pal during the fall
of 1961, and the A-side features Buff's stepfather Ward Allen on numerous
overdubbed violin parts. "Ambrosial" was an adventurous instrumental
that went beyond the typical three chords to create something fresh and
Pal Studio Band featured Paul Buff, Frank Zappa and whoever else was around at
the time. For the track on this volume, "Can't Stand Up," Buff and
Zappa took the recent Dovells hit "You Can't Sit Down" and created
their own reinterpretation in the spring of 1963. Zappa taught Paul Buff the
drum roll that frequently turns up on this track, and Frank did multiple guitar
parts. One of these parts is a fuzz solo that spans the second half of the song.
This is the first of the unreleased Pal tracks on this series that feature Frank
of Zappa's friends, vocalist Ray Collins, did the vocals on a song that he and
Paul Buff wrote called "Deserie." Yes, that is the correct spelling!
The song was later done by Zappa with The Mothers Of Invention as
"Deseri" on the "Cruising With Ruben And The Jets" album in
1968. This version of "Deserie" has Buff playing all the instruments
and Collins singing.
licensed two of his instrumentals, "Slow Bird" and "Blind Man's
Buff," to the Donna label in 1963. "Slow Bird" is included here,
and the B-side will appear on another volume. Once again, Buff played all the
instruments - a process that he would frequently employ on nearly all of his
other recordings throughout the 1960s.
single licensed to Donna was Bob Guy's "Dear Jeepers"/ "Letter
From Jeepers." Guy was a local radio personality and Zappa wrote both of
these Dracula-inspired send-ups. The A-side is included here, and again, the
flip will be featured later.
common theme here is that when Buff and Zappa did not release a record
themselves, they licensed the record to whatever large record company was
interested. The Vigah! label was created by Paul Buff to handle Buff/Zappa
records that they could not initially place with the biggies. Vigah! was how
President John F. Kennedy pronounced the word "vigor," and since the
label's first release featured radio personality Brian Lord's JFK impression, it
was a fitting start for the label. Zappa's "The Big Surfer" was the
A-side, and featured an ending reference to the Peace Corps. After Buff and
Zappa proved to Capitol Records that the record was hot (because they bought all
the copies at local stores but didn't tell Capitol!), Capitol released the disc
but recalled it after just two weeks when civil rights activist Medgar Evers was
killed. The B-side was The Midnighters' "Not Another One!," which was
Paul Buff and recent Pal associate Dave Aerni on guitar.
other Vigah! release was considered so odd that it was not sold to another
label. "Hey Nelda" by Ned And Nelda (aka Frank Zappa and Ray Collins)
was a parody of Paul & Paula's "Hey, Paula." The other side of the
record was "Surf Along With Ned And Nelda," which will appear on
of Frank Zappa's earliest serious vocal numbers was "Love Of My Life."
The original recording was sung by Ray Collins, but this version (with revised
lyrics by Dave Aerni) was sung by local vocalist Ron Roman. It was released on
Dave Aerni's Daani label in July 1963. This was Roman's first recording, and he
turned up later in the '60s as the lead vocalist of Proposition and The Mystic
Astrologic Crystal Band.
out this volume is Frank Zappa's appearance on Steve Allen's television show in
March 1963. This master was transferred from the original film, so it is the
best quality presentation of this track that has ever been released.