by Julian LennonJulian Lennon


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Julian Lennon released his debut, Valotte, in 1984, not even a full four years after his father John's assassination. The wounds were still fresh and there were millions of listeners ready to embrace the son of a Beatle, particularly when he sounded remarkably like his father on the stately piano-led ballad "Valotte," the first single from the album. Its elegant evocation of late-period Beatles -- deliberate but not self-conscious -- invited some carping criticisms that Julian was riding on his father's coattails when the reality is this: any pop singer/songwriter of Julian's generation was bound to be influenced by the Beatles. At his best on Valotte -- particularly the title track, but also the caramelized psychedelic chorus of "Well I Don't Know," the tightly wound "Say You're Wrong," and the spare, simple closer "Let Me Be" -- Julian demonstrated a keen ear for Beatlesque pop songwriting, drawing equally from Lennon and McCartney. At his worst, he followed synthesized '80s conventions, relying a little bit too heavily on rigidly sequenced rhythms and canned keyboards. These are the elements that date Valotte, taking down some otherwise charming songs like the bouncy "Too Late for Goodbyes," but beneath this shiny gloss, this is by any measure the debut of a gifted pop melodicist.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2009
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227988012
catalogNumber: 80184
Rank: 7476


  1. Valotte
  2. O.K. For You
  3. On The Phone
  4. Space
  5. Well I Don't Know
  6. Too Late For Goodbyes
  7. Lonely
  8. Say You're Wrong
  9. Jesse
  10. Let Me Be

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julian Lennon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,Soloist
Ronnie Cuber   Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
George Young   Saxophone
Martin Briley   Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Justin Clayton   Guitar
Rory Dodd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lawrence Feldman   Saxophone
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Dennis Herring   Guitar
Steve Holley   Percussion,Drums
Steve Holly   Drums
David Hood   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dave Lebolt   Keyboards
Marcus Miller   Bass,Bass Guitar
Carlton Morales   Guitar
Carmine Rojas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Joseph J. Shepley   Trumpet
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Eric Troyer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Wood   Keyboards
Joe Shepley   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Julian Lennon   Cover Design,Simmons
David Matthews   Horn Arrangements
Barry Beckett   Arranger
Pete Greene   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Bob Defrin   Cover Design
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer

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