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

various artists

paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.5

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

various tracks recorded by Paul Buff


  1. the pal studio band: cookin' turnips
  2. the masters: under the earth
  3. ronnie and the casuals: one degree south
  4. rene & ray: queen of my heart
  5. rosie and ron: so dearly
  6. sonny wilson: my proudest possession
  7. the cordells: i love how you love me  (produced by irvin (dave aerni) and curry (frank zappa))
  8. johnny fortune: i'm in heaven (when you kiss me)
  9. terri & johnnie: your tender lips
  10. paul buff: romance theme
  11. the buff organisation: the square (stereo mix)
  12. the pharaos: chaser
  13. bobby ray: encinada way
  14. the tired 4: somethin' stupid (mix 1)
  15. the rhythm surfers: 502 (like tetting pinched on a 502)  (produced by irvin (dave aerni) and curry (frank zappa))
  16. larry gee: last goodbye
  17. the friendly torpedoes: citizen fear (paul buff master)
  18. the bongo teens: another wipe out


liner notes by Greg Russo:

Welcome to Volume 5 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.

Our first track by The Pal Studio Band is familiar to Zappa fans as “Speed Freak Boogie,” but that’s not what it was originally called. Frank Zappa wrote the titles of the original tape reel’s songs on the back of a “While You Were Out” note, and the original title was “Cookin’ Turnips.” Doug Moon was the acoustic rhythm guitarist. This is the original presentation of the tape without any embellishments.

“Under The Earth” was the third and final Masters A-side. Released in August 1961, “Under The Earth” once again shows how well Ronnie Williams played guitar. Collectors know how difficult this record is to get, but now everyone can have it!

Ronnie Duran was the leader of Ronnie And The Casuals, who cut the late-period Emmy single “Moe Joe”/ “One Degree South” in 1963. The B-side “One Degree South” (included here) was a takeoff of The Mar-Keys’ album track “One Degree North.”
Two duos follow next – Rene & Ray and Rosie And Ron. Paul Buff co-wrote Rene & Ray’s “Queen Of My Heart,” considered a vocal classic of the period (1962). Rene & Ray were Pablo "Rene" Valenzuela (of The Velveteens) and Ray "Spider Ray" Quińones. Contrary to the Rosie And Ron billing, Rosie Hamlin and Ron Holden did not record the single “So Dearly.” Lucy Duran and Ray Quińones respectively imitated Hamlin and Holden on this January 1961 recording with The Velveteens backing them. Both records were licensed to the Donna label, with “Queen Of My Heart” doing extremely well in California and selling moderately throughout the country.

Sonny Wilson was always compared to Elvis Presley, and when he covered a song like “My Proudest Possession” that Elvis was known for, the comparisons were unavoidable. Despite his vocal similarities to Elvis, Sonny Wilson added enough of himself to deliver an excellent version of the song. It has not been released until now.

The Cordells’ “Happy Time” was on the previous volume, and now we have its B-side – “I Love How You Love Me.” Considering how raucous the A-side was, a relaxed instrumental version of “I Love How You Love Me” was a big surprise. The Paris Sisters had a big hit with the song in 1961. Like the A-side, “I Love How You Love Me” was produced by Curry (Frank Zappa) and Irvin (Dave Aerni).

Johnny Fortune’s second and final Emmy A-side was “I’m In Heaven (When You Kiss Me).” Cut in 1960, he still had a rockabilly flavor with heavy reverb. After doing some session work in 1961 and 1962, Johnny returned as an instrumentalist before going back to vocal material.

Volume 2 included The Catalinas’ version of “Your Tender Lips.” On this volume, we have the original version by Terri & Johnnie that was licensed to the Donna label. Terri Bonilla and Mario John Valenzuela were married the same year as this record (1962), and Terri recorded a couple singles with The Velveteens that will turn up later in this series.

Paul Buff wrote “Romance Theme” and almost sold it to Screen-Gems, but the deal didn’t happen. It is a lush, orchestrated piano theme that should have been recorded by one of the many piano-based artists of the time. About five years later, Buff wanted to create his own version of a Sonny Bono song. Sonny had scored in 1965 with the solo single “Laugh At Me,” so Paul Buff wanted to create a song about hair! The Buff Organization’s “The Square” was the result, complete with Sonny-esque vocals from Buff.

Before he recorded his solo single “Little Princess”/ “Ambrosial” at Pal, Dino Dupree laid down four rough Pal demos with The Pharaohs in 1960 that only exist on acetates. Two of the tracks were instrumentals, with the other two being vocal numbers. One of the instrumentals, “Chaser,” is featured here.

Bobby Ray was very productive at Pal in 1963, but he had little to show for his efforts. One of his unreleased tracks was “Encinada Way.” This Spanish-styled number was cut a few times at Pal, but this is the completed vocal version.

The Tired 4 was Allison Buff and three friends produced by Paul Buff during studio downtime at Original Sound Studios in 1967. They wanted to cut a single for Original Sound, but the two tracks they completed (“Somethin’ Stupid” and “The Stripper”) were not released. These were very strange and uncommercial instrumental arrangements, not unlike what Frank Zappa might have done if he attempted them. The then-recent Frank & Nancy Sinatra #1 hit “Somethin’ Stupid” is included here in its first mix.

The Rhythm Surfers, previously known as The Pharos, cut three tracks at Pal Studios. “502 (Like Getting Pinched On A 502)” was the A-side of their September 1963 Daytone single. A “502” was (and is, in some areas) the penal code for driving while intoxicated! Dan Braymer was the drummer for this short-lived outfit, and was the driving force for this wild track produced by Curry (Frank Zappa) and Irvin (Dave Aerni).

Larry Gee’s “Last Goodbye” was the B-side of his Emmy single. A pop number balancing his cruising A-side, “Last Goodbye” formed Gee’s last recording. Paul Buff’s master of The Friendly Torpedoes’ “Citizen Fear” is included on this volume, and the final mono master was released on Volume 2. This recording with former Music Machine honcho Sean Bonniwell will also appear in another mix later in the series.

Finishing out this volume is an acetate from The Bongo Teens – “Another Wipe Out.” Clearly inspired by The Surfaris’ “Wipe Out,” this is Paul Buff and Dave Aerni’s interpretation of a similar theme. The original acetates sounded like they were done in a tunnel, but we have presented the track with the best possible sound from such a fragile disc. You should have heard it before!