|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
the buff organization
demos & rarities - volume 1
(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications) = the complete 35 album series, with bonus liner notes on pdf and 56 extra tracks
upside down world (demo - version 1)
the land of in-between (piano/vibes demo)
thinking of you (paul buff vocal)
studio 'a' (version 6)
groovy sunday afternoon (demo)
windows (paul buff vocal)
chains (backing track)
too young (version 1)
the land of in-between (version 2)
contemplate your life (version 2)
wxdt jingle (mix 1)
studio 'a' (version 4)
upside down world (demo - version 2)
liner notes by Greg Russo:
The Buff Organization released only one single during the ‘60s: “Studio
‘A’”/ “Upside Down World” on Original Sound in 1968. However, Paul
Buff and his wife Allison recorded many tracks between 1964 and 1969 that have
not been released until now. Drawn from the original masters and work tapes from
Buff’s archives, the three volumes of “Demos & Rarities” are
fascinating studies of the creative process and how Paul and Allison Buff
constantly worked on making the most of each track.
Paul Buff was the owner of Pal Studios in Cucamonga, California from December 1957 to August 1, 1964, when he sold Pal to Frank Zappa. Many of the tracks recorded at Pal during this period are available on the 20-volume set “Paul Buff Presents The Pal And Original Sound Studio Archives.”
In the spring of 1963, Paul Buff was asked by Original Sound owner and legendary DJ Art Laboe to re-equip the label’s studio. Buff completed the studio by the time he sold Pal, and he was busy recording at Original Sound using many different names. After this period, Paul and Allison Buff used just one name – The Buff Organization – to market their more adventurous pop music.
At the same time, Buff was engineering recordings at Original Sound by artists such as The Music Machine and those signed to the All-American label created by Bill Holmes. All-American artists tended to be more psychedelic with deluxe vocal arrangements by hired vocal coach Frank Davis. This modern approach was naturally filtered into The Buff Organization’s sound. Today, this type of music is known as “sunshine pop” or “soft psych,” but regardless of what box one places it in, The Buff Organization was part of that scene.
Paul Buff likes to call himself a “song mechanic,” working with the different elements of a recording (arrangement, performance, effects, mixing, etc.) to get the most out of a song. It is an approach he still uses today. Numerous versions of each song were prepared until Buff was happy with the results.
This is the first of three volumes of Buff Organization demos and rarities. Exclusive titles in this edition include Paul Buff’s vocals on his songs “Thinking Of You,” “Windows” and “Too Young,” the parody “Tarzan,” the first mix of “WXDT Jingle” and “Original Sound Tag.”
Check out the “Studio ‘A’” album, “Mono Mixes” and the other volumes in the “Demos & Rarities” series!