THE UNITED TRAVEL SERVICE – \”Wind And Stone\” / \”Drummer Of Your Mind\” (Ridon 854) November 1967
THE UNITED TRAVEL SERVICE – \”Gypsy Eyes\” / \”Echo Of You\” (Ridon 860) October 1968
The suggested location for this band was Portland, OR ….
The United Travel Service may be my favourite 60s group never to have made an album. This is an injustice because over the four sides on these two 45s songwriter Ben Hoff certainly laid down killer psychedelic folk tunes. The high quality on offer makes me certain they had enough in their repertoire to make a classic psychedelic LP.
I played bass with United Travel Service in the fall and winter of 1967. At that time, the band was based in Corvallis, Oregon where at least a couple of us were students. We made a field trip to Portland to record with Rick Keefer in a dentist\’s basement. I honestly don\’t remember what tunes we did, except that I sang \”Mister You\’re A Better Man Than I\” for a B-side, and was chided by Rick for faking an English accent. The basement belonged to a dentist who dabbled in recording and had a home-made 3-projector 16-mm Cinerama setup in his basement. This was also the studio (I DO remember the tape recorder: I went on into pro recording and later knew it was an Ampex 300
I will dig thru old photos and notes to see if I have any other info. My memory for such things is terrible, and my stay with the band was brief. I don\’t know their story before or after. Other members at the time were Steve Bennett and Dale Sweetland, I think. I\’m still in Oregon and maybe I can scare up some more information. Let me know if you hear more.
I never got a record, even from the session I was on. Oh well.
All the best,