|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and
original sound studio archives, vol.18
- 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: drums a-go-go (stereo mix)
bumble bee stomp
paul buff: the
girl i'd like to marry
organization: new theme
the masters: come
back my love (backing track)
the bongo teens:
the happy surfer
organization: the square (mono mix)
dream tonight (first stereo mix)
the masters: t
bone (outtake 1 - stereo mix)
the music machine:
johnny b. goode
johnny barakat and the
vestells: 5-4-3-2-1 surf!
betty jane (backing track with flute)
the music machine:
sunday: mr. waters (the judge)
(revised lp version - edit)
/ steve allen: cyclophony
torpedoes: nothing's too good for my car (intro insert)
organization: dance with the chickens
sonny wilson fragment
circus time again
liner notes by Greg Russo
Welcome to Volume 18 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 underway with Paul Buff's classic drum showcase,
"Drums A-Go-Go." This Hollywood Persuaders selection now appears in
its original stereo mix. Besides surf tunes, The Tornadoes also covered other
ground. This volume includes their unique versions of "Bumble Bee
Stomp" (based on "The Flight Of The Bumble Bee") and Chuck
Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." Both were engineered by Frank Zappa. The
Tornadoes were joined on these tracks by 15-year-old keyboard player Larry
Paul Buff has lots of cameos this time around, from
"The Girl I'd Like To Marry" to "Organ 1" to "Piano
4" to "Organ 3" to an alternate version of "Betty Jane"
with flute to "Circus Time Again." All of these were not meant to be
heard on their own, but it's surprising how they work in-between all the other
song styles that are going on during this volume!
The Buff Organization's "New Theme" is a
harpsichord-led extravaganza that is yet another standout track for Paul's
1967-1968 venture. The Masters are represented by the backing track of
"Come Back My Love" and the first outtake version of "T
Bone" in stereo. These two, and 30 other tracks, are on The Masters' album
"Singles & Rarities."
The Bongo Teens' "The Happy Surfer" is the
original stereo mix and is just as the title describes! Two other alternate
mixes of songs released on other volumes include a mono vocal mix of The Buff
Organization's "The Square" and the first stereo mix of Johnny
Fisher's "Dream Tonight." Johnny Barakat chips in with his rough,
energetic Pal session "5-4-3-2-1 Surf!".
We also have some brief pieces from The Friendly
Torpedoes (the introductory piece of "Nothing's Too Good For My Car"),
The Buff Organization ("Dance With The Chickens") and a fragment from
Sonny Wilson's "Fall In Love With You" session.
Besides the Friendly Torpedoes fragment, Sean Bonniwell
is also represented kicking and screaming two originals with The Music Machine:
"Masculine Intuition" and "Wrong." Both tracks come from the
band's lone Original Sound album. "Masculine Intuition" was the B-side
of The Music Machine's single "The People In Me" (Volume 14), and we
feature the stereo album mix with its full ending for the first time.
"Wrong" turned up again as the flipside of The Music Machine's last
Original Sound single "Hey Joe."
Birmingham Sunday's "Mr. Waters (The Judge)"
was recorded for their All-American album "A Message From Birmingham
Sunday" but was not released. As was usual for that label, a test pressing
was created. The later Italian release of the album had numerous problems on
this track. Other than some slight phasing in a couple spots towards the
beginning, you will find that this presentation is considerably better.
"Mr. Waters (The Judge)" proves that all the elements that made
Birmingham Sunday unique are firmly in place.
"Workshop" by Hunger! is yet another
highlight from their album "Strictly From Hunger!". The original album
had a 4+ minute version with lots of edits and an abrupt ending, and the
subsequent All-American test pressing had a complete, 7+ minute mix that was too
much of a good thing. Here, we have a version which is just right. It contains
the entire original version and the best parts that didn't make the cut of the
original album. Plus, the ending is much better resolved. You'll also notice
that the vocal and organ switch positions in the mix as it develops. This edit
also has Ed King's sedate but effective guitar solo after the three-minute mark.
As Paul Buff knows very well, a little pruning here and there can make a big
difference in a song's impact. That's very true here.
Our first volume had the complete Frank Zappa interview
with Steve Allen and their joint performance of his "Cyclophony" on
his sister Candy's bicycle. If you just want to hear the live performance with
studio extracts created at Pal, here it is!
Closing out this volume is a demo version of Terri And The Velveteens' "I'm Waiting." Just like their B-side "La Flor," this recording only exists on a beaten up acetate, but for historical purposes, it's gold!