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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited Singles Compilation, 17 Dec 2003
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Roger Grew "Roger" (Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 60's melodic pop act, 20 Jan 2008
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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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Adie Barrett (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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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. Bear in mind the clear, firm, strident beat helped that single, but that it only got to number 15 on the back of a number 1 and you'll see my point. With hindsight, the plus points far outweight the minus ones and the groups' output as a whole is very good, and very listenable, occasional revisits to the world of "Concrete And Clay" aside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars there wer 10 members at one time!!! Unit 6 plus 4?????!!, 6 Sep 2013
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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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