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

the buff organization

demos & rarities - volume 3

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

paul buff
allison buff


  1. upside down world (demo - version 6)

  2. chains (vocal version 2)

  3. thinking of you (allison buff vocal)

  4. you (backing track 2)

  5. groovy sunday afternoon (mono mix)

  6. the land of in-between (version 5)

  7. too young (version 2)

  8. windows (paul/allison buff vocals - reverb mix)

  9. studio 'a' (version 8)

  10. wxdt jingle (mix 2)

  11. it's a good feeling (first national bank commercial 2)

  12. happy birthday to you (for allison)

  13. allison research telephone message

  14. happy birthday joyce

  15. upside down world (allison buff vocal)


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 third of three volumes of Buff Organization demos and rarities. Exclusive titles in this edition include Allison Buff's vocal on "Thinking Of You," Paul Buff's second version of "Too Young," the second mix of "WXDT Jingle," a different mix of "Windows," a radio commercial, two birthday greetings and the telephone message that you received if you called Allison Research after normal business hours!

Check out the "Studio 'A'" album, "Mono Mixes" and the other volumes in the "Demos & Rarities" series!