Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Travel Agency - Time

Travel Agency - Time (Kookaburra 502. 1967)

The Travel Agency story is a complicated one. What is known is they are from California, formed in San Francisco and featured Frank Davis who had previously worked in the studio with the Fever Tree in Texas. They then appear to have relocated to Los Angeles and released two excellent 45s on LA labels Tanqueray ("Time/Made For You". 1966) & Kookaburra ("Time/Emit". 1967). Both of these are excellent folk-rock 45s with Time being the same version on both 45s.

The confusion then begins as "Made For You/MFY" was also issued on Kookabura, credited the Act III. I havn't heard this 45 but I understand it's the same version, and I assume the b-side is an instrumental version. Perhaps someone can clarify this?

A self-titled LP, produced by Bread's James Griffin, was released on LA's Viva Records in 1968. This was followed by a final Viva 45 ("What's A Man/She Understands") in 1969. Both tracks were different edits to the LP versions. The assumption is that this LP is the same band that recorded the earlier 45s, however hasn't been confirmed.

Both pre-LP 45s are very cool and highly infectious West Coast folk-rock tracks including the Kookaburra track here, "Time". Emit is an instrumental version of the top side.

8 comments:

maxmyndblown said...

wrt Travel Agency, here's an unpublished update to my entry in Fuzz, Acid & Flowers. If you have deadwax info for your Kookaburra 45I may be able to date it (I'm hoping it's a Monarch pressing - a triangle followed by 5 digits).

Travel Agency *rewrite*
Personnel incl:
TOM BEAL ? AB
BUSBY ? A
(FREDERICK) STEVE HAEHL gtr, vcls ABC
MICHAEL S. AYDELOTTE aka MICHAEL SAGE ? BC
FRANCISCO (FRANK) LUPICA dr BC

ALBUM:
1 (C) TRAVEL AGENCY (Viva 36017) 1968

45s:
1 ? Made For You / M.F.Y. (Kookaburra 501) 196?
2 ? Time/Time (Kookaburra 502) 196?
3 ? Time/Made For You (Tanqueray 20102) Dec. 1966
4 (C) What's A Man/She Understands (Viva 637) 1969
n.b. (1) credited to Act III; (1) and (2) release dates unknown and may have been
released AFTER (3).


San Francisco's Travel Agency formed in 1966 and appear to have been known as Act III
for a while, as billed on the first(?) Kookaburra 45, which couples two versions of Made
For You.

M.F.Y. is just an almost-instrumental version, i.e. the vocals are mixed down to near
inaudibility. At the tail-end of '66 this jangly Byrdsy folk-rocker reappeared on the
flip of Time, a breezy West Coast romp with crystalline guitars, chiming guitarwork,
superb harmonies, restrained fuzz solo, and an Eastern influenced denouement.
Song credits imply that the personnel included Steve Haelh, Tom Beal, and Busby at
that juncture.

Drummer Frank (real name Francisco) Lupica joined a little later, prior to the LP.
IMPORTANT NOTE: for the last time, Frank Davis was NOT in this band as has long been
mis-reported.

Lupica had previously been in Us, a Bob Segarini-led garage band who'd recorded for
the Autumn label in 1965 but whose sole 45 was not released due to a dispute over
arrangements between Segarini and the label - see the CD compilation Nuggets From
The Golden State: Dance With Me for the full story. Us split soon after and Segarini
went on to lead a succession of more successful bands (Family Tree, Roxy, Wackers).

When Tom Beal left the Travel Agency, he was not replaced and the band carried on
as a trio; it was this latter line-up that recorded the LP, produced in L.A. by
sessioneer James Griffin (later of Bread) on Snuff Garrett's Viva label.
Side One is the stronger; the haunting and stately neo-prog keyboard intro which
blossoms into the poppy What's A Man, strong fuzztone on Cadillac George, and gentler
love songs Lonely Seabird and So Much Love. There are fast commercial rockers (Make
Love and Old Man) and catchy pop (That's Good). Perhaps because of this diversity and
the lack of band identity, thanks to the absence of any member info or credits, the
album was overlooked and remains underrated.

Steve Haehl and Frank Lupica reappeared a couple of years later in Shanti, whose
eponymous Eastern-influenced LP was released in 1971. Two tracks thereon were composed
by non-member Mike Aydelotte, aka Michael Sage when he was in Travel Agency.

Lupica went on to a solo career and, billed as Francisco, performed one-man shows all
over California playing numerous exotic instruments including a self-built electrified
I-beam; adorned with keyboards and other devices, he dubbed it the Cosmic Beam. Read
more about this at
http://www.virtualvenice.info/music/francisco.htm

In 1976 he released his proto-new age LP, Cosmic Beam Experience. In the same year he
was musician and composer for Tanka, a very short animated film about Tibetan thankgas
(images from the Tibetan Book Of The dead) alongside former Shanti bandmates Ashish Khan
and Pranesh Khan; in 1979 he was sound effects creator for Star Trek - The Motion Picture;
and in 1998 his music was used and sampled in the film The Thin Red Line. He played viola
on the Deep Song CD by Ranee Lee.
(Max Waller with thanks to Jeff Jarema)

RP said...

Max,

Thank you for the update on the rather complex Travel Agency story!

It would appear this is a Monarch pressing, the deadwax being a triangle followed by 63872 - Hope thats enough to date it?

RP

maxmyndblown said...

Greetings RP,

That monarch # is excellent news, dating it as November 1966. The Tanqueray 45 is from December 1966 (monarch #64467). This confirms that the Kookaburra 45s came first and that ACT III was an earlier monicker. My copy of the Act III 45on Kookaburra 501 has nothing to date it but I think it's fair to assume now that it was from earlier in '66.

Here's the newly revised entry -I've tried to improve the textual 'flow' too. It's beginning to make more sense now....

Travel Agency *rewrite*
Personnel incl:
TOM BEAL ? AB
BUSBY ? A
(FREDERICK) STEVE HAEHL gtr, vcls ABC
MICHAEL S. AYDELOTTE aka MICHAEL SAGE ? BC
FRANCISCO (FRANK) LUPICA dr BC

ALBUM:
1 (C) TRAVEL AGENCY (Viva 36017) 1968

45s:
1 (A?) Made For You / M.F.Y. (Kookaburra 501) 1966
2 (A?) Time / Time (Kookaburra 502) Nov. 1966
3 (A?) Time / Made For You (Tanqueray 20102) Dec. 1966
4 (C) What's A Man / She Understands (Viva 637) 1969
n.b. (1) credited to Act III.

San Francisco's Travel Agency formed in 1966 and were billed as Act III on the first Kookaburra 45, which couples two versions of Made For You. Perhaps they were a trio at the time? The B side, M.F.Y., is an almost-instrumental version, i.e. the vocals are mixed down to near inaudibility.

At the tail-end of '66 this jangly Byrdsy number reappeared on the Tanqueray 45 backing Time, a breezy West Coast romp with crystalline guitars, superb harmonies, restrained fuzz solo, and an Eastern influenced denouement. The song credits imply
that the personnel at that time included Steve Haelh, Tom Beal, and Busby (first
name unknown).

Some time later, prior to the LP, drummer Frank (real name Francisco) Lupica joined.
***IMPORTANT NOTE: for the last time, Frank Davis was NOT in this band as has long been mis-reported.***
Lupica had previously been in Us, a Bob Segarini-led garage band who'd recorded for
the Autumn label in 1965 but whose sole 45 was not released due to a dispute over
arrangements between Segarini and the label - see the CD compilation Nuggets From
The Golden State: Dance With Me for the full story. Us split soon after and Segarini
went on to lead a succession of more successful bands (Family Tree, Roxy, Wackers).

When Tom Beal left the Travel Agency, he was not replaced and the band carried on
as a trio; it was this line-up that recorded the LP, produced in L.A. by sessioneer
James Griffin (later of Bread) on Snuff Garrett's Viva label. Side One is the stronger:
a haunting and stately neo-prog keyboard intro blossoms into the poppy What's A Man;
Cadillac George features strong fuzztone; and there are gentler moments with Lonely
Seabird and So Much Love. There are also fast commercial rockers (Make Love and
Old Man) and catchy pop (That's Good). Perhaps because of this diversity and the lack
of band identity, due to the absence of any member info or credits, the album was
overlooked then and remains underrated.

Steve Haehl and Frank Lupica reappeared a couple of years later in Shanti, whose
eponymous Eastern-influenced LP was released in 1971. Two tracks thereon were composed
by non-member Mike Aydelotte, aka Michael Sage when he was in Travel Agency.

Lupica went on to a solo career and, billed as Francisco, performed one-man shows all
over California playing numerous exotic instruments including a self-built electrified
I-beam; adorned with keyboards and other devices, he dubbed it the Cosmic Beam. Read
more about this at
http://www.virtualvenice.info/music/francisco.htm

In 1976 he released his proto-new age LP, Cosmic Beam Experience. In the same year he
was musician and composer for Tanka, a very short animated film about Tibetan thankgas
(images from the Tibetan Book Of The dead) alongside former Shanti bandmates Ashish Khan
and Pranesh Khan; in 1979 he was sound effects creator for Star Trek - The Motion Picture;
and in 1998 his music was used and sampled in the film The Thin Red Line. He played viola
on the Deep Song CD by Ranee Lee.
(Max Waller with thanks to Jeff Jarema)

RP said...

Great detective work!

The B-Side of "Kookaburra 502" is listed on the 45 as Emit and is a straight instro, unlike the vocal mix down of M.F.Y.

I wonder if they performed around SF under the Act III moniker?

Gray Newell said...

According to Tim Forster's WCPAEB article in Shindig! magazine, Francisco Lupica also played percussions on some tracks on the WCPAEB's second album.

Gray

Gray Newell said...

According to Tim Forster's WCPAEB article in Shindig! magazine, Francisco Lupica also played percussions on some tracks on the WCPAEB's second album.

Gray

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