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

the buff organization

mono mixes

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. studio 'a' (single mix)

  2. groovy summer afternoon

  3. fuzz instrumental

  4. the land of in-between

  5. chains

  6. orchestral instrumental

  7. upside down world (single mix)

  8. the parrot goose song

  9. new theme

  10. sunshine girl (short version)

  11. you

  12. the square

  13. summer avenue

  14. turquoise day

  15. studio 'a' (version 3 - backing track/vocals)


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, "Mono Mixes" is a collection of Buff Organization mixes meant for radio.

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.

In addition to Original Sound single mixes of "Studio 'A'" and "Upside Down World," this volume includes a version of "Upside Down World" with different lyrics called "Turquoise Day" and the exclusive backing track of "Studio 'A'" with backing vocals.