This British group originally comprised Peter Moules (lead vocal), David Meikle (guitar), Howard Lubin (guitar) and Thomas Moeller (keyboards) and was called Unit 4. Before achieving any success, Rod Garwood (bass) and Hugh Halliday (drums) joined. Rather than change the name to Unit 6 (the obvious new name), they became Unit 4 + 2.
Their music was a blend of folk, pop and rock'n'roll. Their first hit was The green fields, which just scraped into the British chart. The next single, Sorrow and pain, failed to chart at all. The real breakthrough came via their third single, the British chart-topper, Concrete and clay, which was also an American top thirty hit. The follow-up, You've never been in love like this before, was a British top twenty hit but only just got into the American chart. Ten more singles were released but none of them charted, during which time there were several personnel changes.
This compilation includes all the hits and several of the A-sides that failed to chart - there were too many failures to include them all here. It also includes covers of Cotton fields, 500 miles, La bamba, You've lost that loving feeling and Swing down chariot - four different songs with very different origins.
Unit 4 + 2 made some entertaining music, but history will record them as a one-hit wonder. This collection is for those (like me) who are deeply into sixties music and who want to explore its obscure backwaters.
am 10. August 2006
Unit 4 + 2 hatten einen einzigen Top-Hit: "Concrete And Clay" war ein eingängiger Popsong mit ungewöhnlichem Bossa-Nova-Rhythmus. Weniger bekannt ist, dass die Engländer es von 1964 bis 1969 auf insgesamt 14 Singles brachten.
1993 hat Repertoire Records bereits eine CD von Unit 4 + 2 auf den Markt gebracht. Damals kompilierten sie die beiden LPs "Concrete And Clay" (1965) und "Unit 4 + 2" (1969) und fügten noch 7 Bonustracks hinzu, zusätzliche Single-A- und B-Seiten. Die vorliegende CD fasst nun sämtliche Singles zusammen, immerhin bekommt man 3 A- und 9 B-Seiten dazu und hat mit beiden CDs alles, was die Band jemals veröffentlicht hat, einschließlich einer seltenen Single der Parker-Moeller-Reunion von 1974.
Wer den Folk-Beat der Band mag, ist mit diesem Digipack plus tollem, 12seitigem Farb-Booklet bestens bedient.