|(2010, download, - , crossfire publications)|
|(2011, flash-drive, usa, crossfire publications)|
paul buff presents the pal and
original sound studio archives, vol.19
- 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
torpedoes: nothing's too good for my car (stereo mix)
the cruncher (alternate mix)
johnny barakat and the
vestells: go surfer mo (el zebra)
persuaders: organ stomp
bob guy: letter
the bongo teens:
the sonny wilson
band: cotton pickin' rock
she's got a 60 cycle brain (demo)
gene gray and the
stingerays: surfer's mood
organization: summer avenue
(aka crystal circus): in relation
(aka crystal circus): merry-go-round
persuaders: persuasion (lp version)
the masters /
chester martin: come back my love (single-tracked vocal)
persuaders: tijuana (stereo lp mix)
the pal studio band:
fountain of love
torpedoes: so long ago (stereo mix)
blue christmas day
organization: upside down world (demo - version 7)
liner notes by Greg Russo
to Volume 19 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.
sides of The Friendly Torpedoes single appear in stereo mixes that debut on this
release, so we're already making waves! The Rotations' "The Cruncher"
is presented without its surf tape as well.
surf title, Johnny Barakat's "Go Surfer Mo (El Zebra)," takes us into
The Hollywood Persuaders' "Organ Stomp." That HP track was not
released until recently. The Frank Zappa-written B-side of the Bob Guy single,
"Letter From Jeepers," is yet another piece of lunacy!
Jump" by The Velveteens was the B-side of their single "Dog Patch
Creeper" (Volume 1). There is a really embarrassing bad sax note during the
recording that should not have been released, so we've put together the mix
correcting that error that Emmy should have issued the first time! The Bongo
Teens' "Forget It" was a Buff/Aerni piece that Paul Buff got more
mileage from when it was remixed for the Hollywood Persuaders album "Drums
A-Go-Go." A considerably longer Bongo Teens version of "Forget
It" is available on "Raw Tracks."
Pickin' Rock" by The Sonny Wilson Band is the only other existing Pal
master by the band without its leader. It was done in 1961 and makes its debut
on this release. Paul Buff's demo of "She's Got A 60 Cycle Brain" is
missing many of the overdubs present in the finished version, but it's
interesting to hear what the song sounded like in its primitive form.
Gray And The Stingerays' "Surfer's Mood" was cut at Pal and was
released as a B-side on both the Linda and Dot labels. The top side "Surf
Bunny" was on Volume 10. The Buff Organization's "Summer Avenue"
evolved from the earlier song "Windows" that we previously presented
on Volume 14. In its complete form, "Summer Avenue" showed how well
Paul and Allison Buff worked together in the studio.
Munford was the lead vocalist on Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense And
Peppermints," but he was not a member of that group. He sang on it because
it was best suited for his voice. When the record was released on All-American
and then licensed to Uni to become a #1 hit, the group got rid of manager Bill
Holmes, didn't use Munford again and struck out on their own. Holmes countered
by creating some "replacement" Strawberry Alarm Clock groups, which
were all playing live in different locations at the same time. One of these was
called Strawberry SAC. This group, which included Greg Munford, recorded the
All-American single "In Relation" that had so many elements of
"Incense And Peppermints" in its arrangement that it was incredible!
Despite this, "In Relation" proved that Strawberry SAC could exist on
their own and produce excellent music. They went on to record an album, which
was billed to Crystal Circus after the original Strawberry Alarm Clock hysteria
died down. The B-side of the "In Relation" single was
"Merry-Go-Round," also featured here. You've heard this story before -
the album only existed as a test pressing before it was released in Italy.
trio of Hollywood Persuaders tracks, the album version of
"Persuasion," the stereo LP mix of "Tijuana" and the
recently released "Cruisin'" are surrounded by The Masters/Chester
Martin single-tracked version of "Come Back My Love" and the seventh
version of The Buff Organization's "Upside Down World." Cut at the
same time as his Original Sound single, Ricky Dean's "Blue Christmas
Day" has never been released until now. It was his final recording session.
Pal Studio Band weighs in with "Fountain Of Love," and it's longer
than the mix on "The Lost Episodes." We know that Ray Collins was its
lead vocalist, but Paul Buff, not Frank Zappa, was its fuzz bassist.