|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.7
(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
arty & the
supremes: hombre (second single version)
(johnny fisher): indian maid
the masters: let
me love you (backing track)
& the vestells: all night long
gee, but i miss you
pal studio band/ allison buff:
i'm losing status at the high school
rene & ray:
terri & the
velveteens: bells of love
the day my baby left me
the masters: for sonny
memories of el monte (single mix)
buff organisation: thinking of you (version 1)
flowers (stereo single mix)
liner notes by Greg Russo:
to Volume 7 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.
heard "Hombre" by Arty & The Supremes on a previous volume, but
the slightly shorter version with that Mr. Ed-sounding guy occasionally saying
the title hasn't turned up until now! We'll leave it up to you as to which one
is better, but both versions are fun recastings of "Smokey Joe's Café."
were lots of songs in rock's early years about what "damage" it would
cause if you were exposed to it. Johnny Atlan's "Indian Maid" was
about the exposure of Native Americans to rock and roll! Atlan was Johnny Fisher
in disguise, but no one got to hear "Indian Maid" because he left Pal
before the record's flipside ("Far Across The Sea") was cut in 1961.
Now you can hear it! Two versions of the song's instrumental track will turn up
backing track of The Masters' "Let Me Love You" was done for otherwise
unknown vocalist Chester Martin. The Metallics' version of "Let Me Love
You" was co-produced by Plaza artist Dino Dupree in 1962, but The Masters
had no idea about that version when they did theirs. Ronnie Williams and Paul
Buff cut the backing track, which is very reminiscent of Santo & Johnny, at
around the same time. Once again, Ronnie Williams' guitar mastery shines
through. The vocal version will be featured on a later version, and please check
out The Masters' album for all of their recordings.
late Johnny Barakat was a lesser-known surf guitarist on the scene, but he was
one of the most prolific within a short period. Disabled as a child by a
shooting at his father's store, Barakat developed his guitar skills to get him
through his recovery period. He formed the backing group The Vestells and he was
on his way. Johnny released just one single at the time ("Happy Time"/
"Long Ride"), but all of his known studio works at the time (all done
at Pal Studios) were released in 1996. That is, until now. A tape of three
unreleased Barakat masters was located recently, and one of them, "All
Night Long," appears here. It's short but powerful.
Dineri chips in with his "Shanda," a guitar-led instrumental before
Dineri takes over! "Gee, But I Miss You" was first recorded by Johnny
Fortune in 1956 as the B-side of his first single. He re-recorded it at Pal for
the flipside of "I'm In Heaven (When You Kiss Me)" (Volume 5).
Losing Status At The High School" was the first version of what Frank Zappa
would later call "Status Back Baby" when he did it with The Mothers Of
Invention. This Pal Studios version features Allison Buff as the female
vocalist. Note the sped-up vocals, a technique that Paul Buff would use years
later on Shapes Of Sound's "Twisted Conversation."
& Ray's second single "Too Late" was completely ignored when it
was released by Donna in July 1962. The old-school way of thinking was that if
you had some success with a record, you would record a very similar-sounding
follow-up tune. "Too Late" was very similar to "Queen Of My
Heart," but perhaps too similar to make it.
was not familiar sounding was Jody Reynolds' "Dusty Skies." The late
Reynolds was a master at very descriptive story songs, especially dealing with
negative consequences. Jody had a big hit in 1958 with "Endless
Sleep," but he never again enjoyed widespread commercial success.
"Dusty Skies" is one of Jody Reynolds' most obscure recordings - in
fact, very few people know about it. It was released by Emmy in the middle of
1962 backed with "Come On Twist."
& The Velveteens' "Bells Of Love" was issued by the small Kerwood
label, but it was cut at Pal Studios. This track and its flipside "You've
Broken My Heart" are very sought-after tunes from the era. Too bad no one
ever heard Sonny Wilson's "The Day My Baby Left Me" because it was
never released. This 1960 Pal recording is one of Sonny's first after releasing
his Sun single.
Buff and Ronnie Williams, as The Masters, laid down "For Sonny"
in-between sessions. It has the familiar Pal sound, but it's completely
different than anything else that Buff recorded with Sonny Wilson.
early success for Frank Zappa was "Memories Of El Monte," which he
co-wrote with Ray Collins for The Penguins. Zappa and Collins signed their
publishing agreement for the song on August 23, 1962, but the record was not
released until February 1963. Cleve Duncan was the only real Penguins member on
board, but no matter. It's a well-known and classic song of the period.
Of You" was one of the first Buff Organization tracks, coming out of the
brief period as The Catalinas. This version has Paul Buff singing, and there's
another version with Allison Buff doing the lead vocals. It has not been
released until now.
Dean returned to the recording scene in late 1967 to record "Flowers"
for Original Sound. Dean and Paul Buff wrote the song, which Paul produced.
Allison Buff is the female vocalist and she turns in an excellent performance.
The Velveteens' "Maria" is another unreleased track rescued from an
acetate and is a Johnny Valenzuela-led vocal tune.
things up this time is "Something Else" - another track rescued from
an acetate. Definitely one of the rarest Hollywood Persuaders tracks that no one
has listened to, but it's one of the best!