Monday, June 15, 2020

More U.K. Obscurities On U.S. Labels: Unit 4+2

UNIT FOUR PLUS TWO-You've Never Been In Love Like This Before/Tell Somebody You Know US London 45 LON 9761 1965

Unit Four Plus Two will best be remembered by American's for their catchy one off hit "Concrete And Clay" (a minor hit in April 1965 which rose to #28) and the track's use in the Wes Anderson film "Rushmore". The band's second release came in July in the shape of "You've Never Been In Love Like This Before", a composition by band members Tommy Moeller and Brian Parker (also the author's of "Concrete And Clay"). The track was previously issued in the UK in May as Decca F 12144.

"You've Never Been In Love Like This Before" is an interesting track. It's a beat ballad of sorts but the chord changes have a slight Motown feel to them and it accents the band's harmonies perfectly and best of all it skips the pitfalls of so many mid 60's beat records by not sounding like it's predecessor!

The flip "Tell Somebody You Know" is a pedestrian slice of beat balladry, nothing remotely interesting to these ears I'm afraid!

Both sides are available on a RPM CD collection "Concrete And Clay: The Complete Recordings".

Watch a UK Pathe film of "You've Never Been In Love Like This Before":


 Hear "Tell Somebody You Know":

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