|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)
paul buff presents the pal and
original sound studio archives, vol.10
- feat.contributions by frank zappa
(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
persuaders: (i can't get no) satisfaction
johnny barakat & the
the genteels: hitch hiker
johnny fortune: chinese surfer (demo)
delicious: brother, where are you
fat daddy holmes: where yo is
fat daddy holmes: chicken rock
gene gray and the
stingerays: surf bunny
the hustlers: barefooted venture
the tornadoes: moon dawg
the truants: the truant
the bongo teens: surfin' bongos
the rotations: heavies
baby ray and the
ferns: the world's greatest sinner
bobby ray: ella marie
the hustlers: hangin' five
torpedoes: citizen fear (unequalized mix)
phil freeman: wild child
liner notes by Greg Russo:
Welcome to Volume 10 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're off to a strong start with The Hollywood
Persuaders' version of the Stones classic "(I Can't Get No)
Satisfaction." It's one of the very few tracks that Paul Buff used other
musicians on. Johnny Barakat & The Vestells' version of "Jezebel"
has never been released, and who do you think sang the bass vocal? Yes, it's Sir
F of Z!
"Hitch Hiker" was crafted by Paul Buff and
George Babcock as the B-side of The Genteels' "Take It Off." It
simmers very nicely. Next, we have another unreleased track - the demo of Johnny
Fortune's "Chinese Surfer." Fans that have Johnny's 1963 album are
familiar with the song, but this Pal demo was cut more than 21/2 years earlier!
In fact, he didn't have a title for it at the time.
Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Brother, Where Are You"
was released by mistake as the B-side of the Big Brother Featuring Ernie Joseph
single "E.S.P." on All-American. There were two different versions of
"E.S.P.," so the mistake was made twice! The real artist on
"Brother, Where Are You" was Indescribably Delicious.
Speaking of the All-American label, owner Bill Holmes
did some recording in 1960 as Fat Daddy Holmes. His first record label was
called Jet, and "Where Yo Is"/ "Chicken Rock" is a record
that many collectors have searched for over the years. Actually, Holmes was only
on "Where You Is," and guitarist Bill Bartlett played on the guitar
solo piece "Chicken Rock." Five decades later, no one remembers why
two different artists were involved! Regardless, the record is a minor classic.
James Eugene Hofford went to Pal Studios and recorded
the single "Surf Bunny"/ "Surfer's Mood" in 1962. First
released on Linda, it was soon licensed to Dot after regional success. Hofford
called himself Gene Gray and his band was The Stingerays (that's not a typo!).
"Surf Bunny" has been reissued many times due to fan demand, and here
it is again!
Another surf single from Pal that is even harder to
find is The Hustlers' "Barefooted Adventure"/ "Hangin'
Five." The House Of Note music store released this record, which is super
rare and costs hundreds. Paul Buff had a master tape of both sides, including an
alternate version of the B-side. On this volume, you get both sides of the
record - what a value! The unused version of "Hangin' Five" will
The Gamblers, featuring lead guitarist/writer Derry
Weaver and future Mothers Of Invention rhythm guitarist Elliot Ingber, recorded
the original version of "Moon Dawg." The Tornadoes turned in one of
the very best cover versions ever done, and Frank Zappa engineered and
unofficially produced the recording at Pal. "Moon Dawg" is considered
a precursor of the surf sound.
While we're on a surf kick, The Truants' single
"The Truant"/ "Sunset Surf" is also considered a surf
essential. It was tracked at Pal in 1963 and was issued by the Rock-It label run
by the late Bill Bellman. Lead guitarist Edward Rea (now a minister) wrote both
sides and played brilliantly. Rhythm guitarist Dick Zeiner later switched to
keyboards and played for two decades with former members of The Tornadoes in the
Redlands, California-based group The Gross Prophet.
More surf is on the way! The Bongo Teens' "Surfin'
Bongos" was Paul Buff, Dave Aerni and a long-forgotten bongo player, and
note the sped-up guitar parts! Another one of Buff and Aerni's surf classics,
this time as The Rotations, was "Heavies." "Heavies" was
sampled by Frank Zappa at the beginning of side two on The Mothers Of
Invention's album "We're Only In It For The Money."
Bobby Ray cut the track "Ella Marie" during
the same sessions as his other tracks. You're hearing it for the first time. An
unequalized mix of The Friendly Torpedoes' "Citizen Fear" is the last
presentation of the track in this series. The vocal is a bit loud in spots, but
the collector in you wants it!
Phil Freeman (born Phil Muehlberg) came into Pal
Studios one day looking to make a record, and he did. Paul Buff released
"Wild Child" as the fourth release on his Emmy label. It is another
in-demand Emmy record, which are all hard to find. The B-side "Memory
Lane" is so old-fashioned that we're saving it for one of two albums of
"old school" tracks done at Pal between 1956 and 1960!
The last track is one of Paul Buff's brief song
sketches on piano. To make things easier, we've numbered these sketches for you!
This one is called "Piano 1." There are many more!