|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)
paul buff presents the pal and original sound studio archives, vol.8
(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
pal studio band: smoky night
dineri: stormy weather (take 2)
rene & ray:
i can't let you go
come on twist
terri & the
velveteens: you've broken my heart
fall in love with you
squirrel cage (outtake/master)
(allison buff): save your kisses
torpedoes: nothing's too good for my car (single mix)
torpedoes: so long ago (single mix)
i'll never love another (stereo single mix)
paul buff: you
are the one i love
pal studio band: love of my life (original version)
buff organisation: too young (version 2)
mr. clean: jessie
liner notes by Greg Russo:
Welcome to Volume 8 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
We start out with an unissued track by The Pal Studio
Band: "Smoky Night." No one remembers who played on it! Regardless,
it's an excellent Pal instrumental that everyone should enjoy.
There's no question about who played on the next track!
It's Mike Dineri with his second take of "Stormy Weather." Note the
different sax solo at the end compared to the version on Volume 4. Rene &
Ray's "I Can't Let You Go" was the B-side of their "Too
Late" single for Donna in 1962.
Jody Reynolds' "Come On Twist" is a rockin'
version of Jody's song that was clearly inspired by the recent success of Chubby
Checker's "The Twist." Jody's track is one of his most compiled songs,
and this series is no exception!
Terri Bonilla's "You've Broken My Heart" is
one of the best tracks that she did with The Velveteens. As with the A-side
"Bells Of Love" (Volume 7), it is highly in demand by collectors of
East L.A. music.
Sonny Wilson is represented by a pair of unreleased
tracks - "Fall In Love With You" and "Squirrel Cage." Both
are different than the Elvis-inspired material that he is known for. As an added
bonus, the first (breakdown) take of "Squirrel Cage" is included
before the final version.
The Catalinas released "Gonna Tell" as the
Original Sound B-side of "Your Tender Lips." Unlike the A-side,
"Gonna Tell" features Allison Buff in the lead with Paul doing the
bridge. Allison Buff is also on this volume as Lori Allison for the B-side
"Save Your Kisses." It was the 1964 flip of "Going Out Of My
Mind," and the full session has been included.
When Paul Buff worked with (Thomas) Sean Bonniwell
after the breakup of The Music Machine, no one knew how it was going to turn
out. This series has three mixes of "Citizen Fear," but only one
single resulted from their pairing. Buff and Bonniwell were called The Friendly
Torpedoes and recorded the single "Nothing's Too Good For My Car"/
"So Long Ago" in late 1969 for release on Original Sound the next
year. Completely different than Bonniwell's garage rock style, the single
explored different aspects of Sean and Paul's abilities. The single mixes of
both sides are included on this volume. The A-side covered a guy's love for
outfitting his car, while the other side dealt with Bonniwell's
semi-autobiographical story to date.
"I'll Never Love Another" was the other side
of Ricky Dean's "Flowers" single for Original Sound. Ricky wrote the
tune, and unusually for the record label, it was a stereo single release. Note
Allison Buff's Mamas & The Papas-styled backing vocals! Paul Buff's
"You Are The One I Love" is a little cameo recorded in stereo, unlike
most of his song drafts.
Now we're talking - the original Ray Collins-sung Pal
Studio Band version of Frank Zappa's "Love Of My Life." We've heard
Ron Roman's version on an early volume, but this is the real deal with the
The second version of The Buff Organization's "Too
Young" follows. It has a different arrangement and backing track than the
first version, so you can choose which one you like better! Mr. Clean's
"Jessie Lee" (written by Zappa) is right on its heels. Most FZ fans
already know about this one.
While at Original Sound, Paul Buff recorded all of the
acts that appeared on Bill Holmes' All-American label. One of these acts, Big
Brother Featuring Ernie Joseph, was known as Giant Crab and also as Durango when
they recorded for Uni. For their second album "Cool It - Helios,"
Giant Crab recorded the Scott English/ Mark Barkan song "Trust
Somebody." The entire session has been included. More from Ernie Joseph and
the guys later!