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The Singles [Extra tracks]

Unit 4+2 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B0000DIJLO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Green Fields
2. Swing Down Chariot
3. Sorrow And Pain
4. The Lonely Valley
5. Concrete and Clay
6. When I Fall in Love
7. (You've) Never Been in Love Like This Before
8. Tell Somebody You Know
9. Hark
10. Stop Wasting Your Time
11. You've Got To Be Cruel To Be Kind
12. I Won't Let You Down
13. Baby Never Say Goodbye
14. Rainy Day
15. For a Moment
16. Fables
17. I Was Only Playing Games
18. I've Seen the Light
19. Too Fast, Too Slow
20. Booby Trap
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited Singles Compilation 17 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
At long last, a compilation CD of Unit 4+2's singles which complements the other Repertoire CD which consists of the tracks from the groups 2 LP's.
Some of these tracks have never previously been available on CD and have long sionce been unavailable on Vinyl, and the two bonus tracks are completely new to the UK.
It's a great mystery why this group only had 2 Top 20 hits and only 5 hits altogether. Some of their other singles deserved to do considerably better. Most of the B sides are also well worth a listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 60's melodic pop act 20 Jan 2008
By Unsmart
Format:Audio CD
Unit 4 + 2 were 2 years behind contemporary bands during most of their career, at least soundwise. Their first records in 1964 sounded like they were made pre-Beatles, instead more like the Critters or maybe the Honeycombs. In 1966 they caught up with the typical vocal-harmonized merseybeat done by the Beatles or the Hollies around 1964. And long after "Pet sounds" and "Revolver" they became a bit more experimental. But what's the rush?
I don't care too much for the first 12 tracks or so here (except for the hit "Concrete and clay"). Pre-merseybeat-but-softer-than-rock'n'roll isn't really my thing. But the rest of it is really good. This is a good example of a mediocre group evolving into a really fine band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unit 4+2 - The Singles 30 Dec 2013
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Great little CD collection this. Unit 4+2 were a bit different to many groups of the day, and were insistent on going their own way with their folky-sounding songs and sweet harmonies, which apparently bemused sections of their audiences, some of whom were geared up for Beat Groups and Rock 'n' Roll. It took acts like the Seekers and the Association to produce endearing sounds that could happily sound sweet and commercial at the same time.

That said, the difference that is Unit 4+2 is what makes them stand apart from many of their contemporaries. It is true that "Concrete And Clay" would not have made number 1 in it's original arrangement. Thanks to some quick-thinking in the studio, implenting a faster tempo, an intermittent Bossa-Nova beat, and intertriwn the lot with some energetic vocals classy acoustic guitar licks / solo, and it's a compelling-sounding tune. It's a pity, then, that subsequent releases on Decca were either recreating that sound, or were wildly different, all of which came together to not gel their audiences with ongoing commercial success.

This CD set has introduced me to some new songs and re-acquainted me with a few old friends. Standouts for me include "Sorrow And Pain", their two big hits, "I Was Only Playing Games", plus "3:30", "Butterfly" and "I Will" from their last phase with Fontana before breaking up at the end of the decade.

To get the idea of the more regular sound of the group, listen to their first LP, issued elsewhere on CD. "Concrete And Clay" was therefore very different, and it's follow-up, "You've Never Been In Love Like This Before" harks back to the preferred sound Brian Parker and Tommy Moeller had in mind.
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By Mrs B
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Although they only had 4 Top 50 hits " Green Fields" You've never been in love like this before" " Baby never say goodbye" and the No1 "Concrete and Clay" (although only No1 for one week) they were a fine band indeed. Concrete and Clay is on one of my fav 60's songs and would be in my Top20 all time hits......Its a good album many tracks and good songs inc a quaint version of "When I fall in love". IF you love the 60's pop this is GOOD Quality 60s Pop and you will love every track. It was brand new and sealed. Good value indeed/ Check out Tommy Moeller's website (google it) he is still touring
"Concrete and Clay" still sends shivers down my back even after1 48 years...I was driving wjen I first played this CD and had to stop as it was so emotoional to listen to.. Soppy me hey? But I love this I recommend it....Yes YES YYYYYYYYesss!!!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Four Sides Of Their Two U.S. Nationally-Charting 1965 Singles Are Here 19 Aug 2013
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Within the plethora of groups that formed the 1964 British Invasion, a period from there to about 1966 that saw a flood of artists from the U.K. follow on the heels of The Beatles in dominating the North American Pop singles charts, came this six-man folk, pop/soft rock band from Hertfordshire, England in 1965 (vocalist Peter Moules, guitarists Howard Lubin and David Meikle, keyboardist Thomas Moeller, bassist Rod Garwood and drummer Hugh Halliday).

Their impact on the Billboard Pop Hot 100 was, however, minimal, with only Concrete And Clay (written by Moeller and Brian Parker) getting into the Top 40 at # 28 in May 1965 b/w When I Fall In Love on London 9751. The follow-up You've Never Been In Love Like This Before then barely made the Hot 100 at # 95 in July b/w Tell Somebody You Know on London 9761, and later that year Hark/Stop Wasting Your Time on London 9790 was shut out completely.

Their style and choice of material was more of the type heard in the late 1950s/early 1960s and seemed more suited to the Adult Contemporary (or Easy Listening) charts that Billboard had introduced in 1961. Indeed, their biggest hit here, Concrete And Clay, did much better on those listings, reaching # 9. Perhaps had more of their singles been released in North America and geared towards that audience, they may have had better commercial results.

Their only LP released on this side of the Atlantic titled "Unit 4+2 # 1" (London PS-427) came out in 1965 with these tracks: 1. Butterfly; 2. I Will; 3. Face In My Head; 4. 3:30; 5. Too Fast, Too Slow; 6. Something I Can Believe In; 7. (Living In) The World Of Broken Hearts; 8. Loving Takes A Little Understanding; 9. Booby Trap; 10. I Can't Stop.

All four sides of their two U.S. charters plus all from the LP except tracks 3, 6, 7 and 10 are in this volume, which comes with very good sound reproduction.

A simultaneous U.S. cover by Eddie Rambeau (real name Edward Flurie) from Hazleton, Pennsylvania also got into the Hot 100 Top 40 at # 35, as well as # 13 Adult Contemporary. Ironically, he too would only ever have one other nationally-charted single, the July 1965 # 30 Adult Contemporary/# 112 Hot 100 Bubble Under My Name Is Mud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unit 4 + 2 11 Jan 2007
By J. L. H. Walkinshaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An excellent CD. Although I have been trying for a few years to obtain a CD of Unit 4 + 2, the wait has been worthwhile. Excellent value.
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