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Great post on a lost gem.

I think that the "hat trick" for any pop singer would be to have a hit as a member of a group, a solo hit and, perhaps, a title track of a hit movie. (Maybe this was his bid to do so). Of course, "Grease" would eventually come along and complete the mission.

At the time I think Valli's voice was at its best. There seemed to be an ease yet confidence in his vocals, including his efforts on "Half & Half". Mostly Joe Scott arrangements by the way.

By the time Motown came along he seemed to be trying too hard. I sensed quite a bit of straining. (not that there weren't recordings).

I personally don't think that he gained this same confidence back until the "Close Up" lp.

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