Una Valli

Teenage Sensation

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Mid-'60s girl group-style rock & roll LPs by a South African singer on a major label are not exactly common items, which might pique the curiosity of '60s collectors looking for something new and different in the unlikely event they stumble across this disc. From the very first notes of "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (here titled "Do-Wah-Diddy"), however, it's obvious that's not going to be the case. Una Valli, on these and some of the other covers occupying this album (à la "Maybe I Know"), has a horribly stiff delivery that sounds as if she's not so much trying to interpret these for a different market as neutralize them. On most of the other tracks, Valli does acquit herself better, but neither she nor the backing musicians have a natural feel for rock & roll in general or girl group-style music in particular. Aside from the American hits she covers, the songs are pretty makeweight tunes in a similar style. And as for the back cover's claim that she recorded "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" "long before anyone else in the world," that's as ridiculous as trying to claim that she's on par with singers such as the ones who did record this first, the Exciters.