LP Review – Young Talent Time

“The Little White Cloud That Cried” – Jamie Redfern

It made sense for Jamie Redfern to open the album, he was at the time the most popular member of the Young Talent Team having captured the attention of the Australian public in 1971.

“The Little White Cloud That Cried” was perfect for showcasing Jamie’s famous vocals, the production quality seems like it was above what the rest of the album had but this one was a non-Young Talent Time single for Jamie so that explains it quite well.

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Vicki Broughton

This song is sung faster than the version made famous by Simon and Garfunkel.

Listeners get to hear how good Vicki was as YTT record listeners got limited opportunities to hear her sing and most of her TV performances ended up being wiped.

This was a good version of a classic song and if you can do a classic right, you’re all set.

“Words” – Rod Kirkham

Songs like Words were perfect for Rod Kirkham as he could sing them with ease.

There’s no doubt that Rod could have sung the song with the Bees Gees and made it work out.

“It’s Too Late” – Debra Byrne

It was pretty easy to see from this performance that Debra Byrne was going to go places, she had the mature sound down pretty well by the end of 1971 and would only improve from there.

“Hooked On A Feeling” – Philip Gould

This song was sung faster than B.J. Thomas’ version of the song, Blue Swede’s version of the song would not come along for a couple more years.

It is an enjoyable performance though it wouldn’t properly showcase Philip’s abilities.

“Downtown” – Jane Scali

This song is performed quickly, and it sounds joyful, that’s the advantage of youth, it is easy for them to sound so cheerful in song.

The Rain, The Park And Other Things – Young Talent Team

The team combined to sing this Cowsills’ song and it did not disappoint as you really get a good sense of how good all six members of the Young Talent Team were.

A highlight was when Rod, Philp and Jamie all sang the word “Happy” with each one doing it once and it was sung higher as each team member said it.

The song was used in the short film “Caravan Holiday” which was released in 1972, Julie Ryles and Greg Mills are seen singing the song in the film but are not part of the recording as they weren’t part of the team for a couple more months.

This song was a great end to Side 1.

“Wobbly” – Rod Kirkham

Rod Kirkham opened Side 2 with “Wobbly”.

This song is very different to his Side 1 offering of “Words” and that was a good thing as listeners got to hear Rod sing something a little faster than “Words”.

Its a bit funny that the song featured lines like “you turn me on and make me wobbly” as it’s a bit adult material for a show that welcomed in kids.

“I Don’t Know How To Love Him” – Debra Byrne

One of the best performances on the album, Debra just done it so well and it has stood the test of time.

If you haven’t heard it, try finding a copy of it as it is worth the listen.

“I’ve Gotta Be Me” – Jamie Redfern

Jamie Redfern could do no wrong and “I’ve Gotta Be Me” was no exception as it is a great performance, the future King of Pop of 1974 was undoubtedly the King of Pop on Young Talent Time for his one season on the show.

“My Boy Lollipop” – Jane Scali

Another song that was sung with enthusiasm though was it the right choice for a singer like Jane Scali?

It feels like a song that goes up and down in volume with some lines sung louder than other lines, but it was still enjoyable to listen to.

“Falling In Love Again” – Philip Gould

This Ted Mulry classic was much more suited to Philip’s abilities than “Hooked On A Feeling”, YTT fans got to enjoy Philip’s singing for many more YTT albums which was a good thing.

“For All We Know” – Vicki Broughton

This one is a great track; it just sounds so good from start to finish; it really did show just how good Vicki was as a singer and hopefully listeners came to the same conclusion.

“All My Loving” – Johnny Young

This song of course is the show closer but instead of a team singalong like it was on TV, it was Johnny Young that brought the album to a close, after all it was his show.

This song is much slower than the famous Beatles version, but it was just right for Young Talent Time.

This version was used as the closer for internet radio show “Songs of YTT” when it ran in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s.


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