Unit 4+2

Concrete and Clay

Composed by Brian Parker / Tommy Moeller

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Tommy Moeller was a singer, pianist, and guitarist from Hertfordshire, England, who, in the early '60s, put together a folk group called Unit Four, one of whose other members was guitarist Brian Parker. Parker did not stay in the group long, but he and Moeller formed a songwriting partnership. By 1963, the quartet was filled out by Peter Moules as second vocalist, and Howard Lubin and David Meakle on guitars. In the wake of the Merseybeat boom, the group's manager suggested they add a rhythm section, so in came bass player Rodney Garwood and drummer Hugh Halliday, and the re-christened Unit Four Plus Two signed to Decca Records. Their first single was an adaptation of the folk song "Green Fields" that made the U.K. charts, but after their second single, "Sorrow and Pain," flopped, they took a more up-tempo approach to their next record. It was Moeller and Parker's "Concrete and Clay." With the assistance of Russ Ballard and Bob Henrit of the Roulettes, they turned the song into a sprightly, Latin-influenced tune that was irresistibly catchy from its opening percussion to its unusual vocal parts. The song concerned indestructible love in a way that recalled George Gershwin's final song, "Our Love Is Here to Stay": Once again, seemingly permanent landscapes were expected to give way before the narrator's affection would. "Concrete and Clay" became a massive British hit, topping the charts in April 1965. In the U.S. it was released on Decca's London subsidiary, quickly followed by a cover version sung by Eddie Rambeau on Dyno Voice. The two competing versions effectively canceled each other out, both making only the Top 40. (One chart that combined the two ranked "Concrete and Clay" near the Top Ten.) The song attracted a few more covers in the mid-'60s and has enjoyed the occasional one since, notably a revival by Randy Edelman that almost made the U.K. Top Ten in 1976, though it is best remembered in its original recording.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1978
Various Artists
London 2:18
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
All Night Long [Epic] 1993
Various Artists
Epic 2:17
Concrete and Clay/Unit 4+2 1994 Repertoire 2:15
Treasured Tunes, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:18
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Number Ones: The 60's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:18
60's Mix [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:14
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Varese
Rock N' Roll Hits of the 60's 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:22
British Rock, Vol. 1 [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 2:21
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:18
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1965 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:21
25 Hits from the British Invasion 2002
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:18
Sixties [UK Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:16
Singles A's & B's 2003 Repertoire 2:18
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:21
The British Invasion Box 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:18
Rolling Back the Years: 40 Hits from the 60s 2005
Various Artists
Dove 2:22
Journey Through the 60's 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:21
100 Hits: Drive Time 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:18
The Solid Silver 60s: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:13
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 2:15
The Ultimate Collection: 60s - 100 Hits 2011
Various Artists
Ultimate / Ultimate Collection 2:18
A Groovy Kind of Love 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:17
Greatest Ever! Bubblegum Pop: The Definitive Collection 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:16
Box of Rock [Disc 9]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:21
No Image
Various Artists
Sire 2:15
No Image Air Mail Music
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