|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and
original sound studio archives, vol.12
- 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
grunion run (stereo mix)
paul buff: why
hangin' five (alternate take)
the inebriated surfer (single mix)
the bongo teens:
baja bongos (stereo mix)
what a burn
rosie and ron:
bring me happiness
upside down world (single mix)
& the vestells: happy time
atijuana (single mix)
the battle of jericho (take 2)
aeve of destruction
the bongo teens:
surfin' bongos (without bongo overdub)
long day's care
talk me down
sunday: egocentric solitude
my flash on you
liner notes by Greg Russo:
to Volume 12 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.
now, The Hollywood Persuaders need no introduction. However, the first-time
stereo mix of "Grunion Run" certainly has to be commented upon! Art
Laboe of Original Sound had this tape in his archives all these years, and Paul
Buff had completely forgotten that he made stereo mixes of songs that had never
appeared in stereo anywhere. This is a great opportunity to start off this
volume! Later on, you'll also hear the single mix of The Hollywood Persuaders'
"Tijuana" and a cover of the Barry McGuire smash "Eve Of
Destruction." All of them have the unmistakable and irresistible presence
of Paul Buff.
is an unissued Masters track featuring just Paul Buff and Ronnie Williams on
numerous overdubs. Note the Chuck Berry-influenced break that Ronnie takes
midway through the song. There are many more unreleased Masters tracks on their
album "Singles & Rarities." Buff went for pure silliness when he
put together the song sketch "Why." Check it out!
leader Chauncey Romero had no idea that tapes existed for his group's early
recordings until recently, and he was equally surprised to find out that there
was an alternate version of their B-side "Hangin' Five." Now you know
still riding a wave here, so let's hit the next five surf tracks. Frank Zappa
was behind the board when The Tornadoes recorded (James) Norman Sanders'
"The Inebriated Surfer," the B-side of their single "Moon
Dawg." This single mix is different than the later album mix. The Truants'
"Sunset Surf" is a very sedate piece, with Edward Rea's guitar going
into Duane Eddy territory. If you listen closely, you can hear where Rea changes
guitar effects during the song! The Rotations' "The Cruncher" was the
B-side of "Heavies" and another respected surf work. Of course, The
Rotations was another name that Paul Buff and Dave Aerni used when they were not
recording as The Bongo Teens, so we have a stereo mix of "Baja Bongos"
that was not originally released. Our last surf track in this run is The
Esquires' "What A Burn," done at the same session as their A-side
And Ron's "Bring Me Happiness" featured The Velveteens as the
uncredited backing band, and was the flipside of their single "So
Dearly." The Buff Organization's "Upside Down World" was hard to
get when it was released. Fans that have subsequently heard it as "Citizen
Fear" or its uncredited use on the first Giant Crab album have marveled at
its quality. It certainly has 1967 all over it, and it's right up there with
Paul Buff's masterworks. Here is the very rare single mix.
Barakat & The Vestells' "Happy Time" is completely unrelated to
The Cordells' tune of the same name. The Barakat song was the A-side of his
single on the Dell-Star label in 1963. What is related is Johnny Fortune's
second unissued take of "The Battle Of Jericho," which has more reverb
than the first version released on an earlier volume. On this edition, you can
also hear The Bongo Teens' "Surfin' Bongos" before the bongo player
previous volume featured two sides by the pre-Strawberry Alarm Clock group Thee
Sixpence. We have another two here: "Long Day's Care" and "My
Flash On You." The fuzzy rave-up "Long Day's Care" was the A-side
of their first All-American single, released in August 1966. Thee Sixpence was
obviously enamored with Arthur Lee's group Love, as they covered Arthur's songs
"Can't Explain" and "My Flash On You" as their first two
B-sides. Both of those songs were thinly veiled rewrites of "Hey Joe,"
which Thee Sixpence even covered as their third B-side! More tracks from Thee
Sixpence will follow on later volumes.
1965, three musicians disgusted with the folk scene wanted to create a more
rock-based group. They were vocalist rhythm guitarist Thomas Harvey (Sean)
Bonniwell, bassist Keith Olsen and drummer Ron Edgar. Bonniwell had been with
The Wayfarers, Olsen had played for vocalist Gale Garnett and Edgar was a member
of The Goldebriars. As The Ragamuffins, they cut four tracks at Original Sound
with Paul Buff engineering: "Two Much," "Chances,"
"Talk Me Down" and "Push Don't Pull." The strongest of
these, "Talk Me Down," is on this volume. In the spring of 1966, they
added keyboardist Doug Rhodes and lead guitarist Mark Landon to become legendary
punksters The Music Machine. "Talk Me Down" was later re-recorded by
this expanded group, but it was not issued while this lineup was together.
of the most adventurous groups that came into Original Sound in 1968 to record
for Bill Holmes' All-American label was the Carson City, Nevada-based Birmingham
Sunday. This sextet released the single "Prevalent Visionaries"/
"Egocentric Solitude" during their lifetime, but their album never
made it past the test pressing stage at the time. The album has since been
released in Italy. For this collection, "Egocentric Solitude" gives
you a good idea of how advanced their music was at the time - mellotron and all!
Birmingham Sunday's vocal strength perfectly suited their material, which
covered aspects of folk, psychedelia and pop.