Unit Four Plus Two

  • Real Name: David Meikle (Buster)
  • Birth Date: 1st March 1942
  • Tommy Moeller
  • 23rd February 1945
  • Peter Moules
  • 14th October 1944
  •  Russ Ballard
  • 31st January 1947
  • Rodney Garwood
  • 27th March 1944
  • Hugh Halliday
  • 12th December 1944
  • Bob Henrit
  • 2nd May 1944
  • The east Hertfordshire based 'Unit Four Plus Two' had originally been formed as a four piece (Unit Four) by the former lead guitarist of the Hunters, and member of Adam Faith's Roulettes, Brian Parker. Parker dropped out of the original line up (Parker, Moeller, Meikle, and Moules) because of failing health, but stayed in the background. The band's style was closer to folk music than 'progressive beat', but they gained a recording contract with Decca. Their singles were largely ignored and failed to make the chart until Parker produced the song 'Concrete and Clay'. This was untypical of the material the band had been working with and two of Parker's former colleagues from the Roulettes (Russ Ballard and Bob Henrit) were drafted in to boost the rhythm section. The resulting record was a smash hit in the UK and managed #28 on the other side of the Atlantic.
    The EP illustrated here, Decca DFE 8619 is the only one issued for the group during the 1960s.Although it sold in reasonable quantities, it is much sought after and now quite difficult to find.
    Sadly, the group were unable to consolidate this success, despite recording some quite good songs including some written by the talented Russ Ballard who would achieve further fame with Argent and as a solo artist in later decades. However the band struggled on until they disbanded during 1969.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Upper list includes UK 45 singles releases only
    • See Lower list for UK EP releases.
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Decca F11821 1964 Green Fields/ Swing Down Chariot #48
    Decca F1194 1964 Sorrow And Pain/ The Lonely Valley  
    Decca F12071 1965 Concrete And Clay/ When I Fall In Love #1
    Decca F12144 1965 You've Never Been In Love Like This Before/ Tell Somebody You Know #14
    Decca F12211 1965 Hark/ Stop Wasting Your Time  
    Decca F12299 1965 You've Got To Be Cruel To Be Kind  
    Decca F12333 1966 Baby Never Say Goodbye/ Rainy Day #49
    Decca F12398 1966 For A Moment/ Fables  
    Decca F12509 1966 I Was Only Playing Games/ I've Seen The Light  
    Fontana TF834 1967 Too Fast Too Slow/ Booby Trap  
    Fontana TF840 1967 Butterfly/ A Place To Go  
    Fontana TF891 1967 Loving Takes A Little Understanding/ Would You Believe What I Say  
    Fontana TF931 1968 You Ain't Goin' Nowhere/ So You Want To Be A Blues Player  
    Fontana TF990 1969 I Will/ 3.30  

    EP Discography

    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Decca DFE8619 1965 "Unit 4 + 2" #11
    Cotton Fields/Cross A Million Mountains/To Be Redeemed/Wild Is The Wind

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