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Julian Lennon - Valotte [Atlantic 7 80184-1] (1984)

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Artist:

Julian Lennon

Title:

Valotte

Released: 1984
Label: Atlantic
Catalog: 7 80184-1
Genre: Rock, Pop
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Valotte
02 O.K. For You
03 On The Phone
04 Space
05 Well I Don´t Know
06 Too Late For Goodbyes
07 Lonely
08 Say You´re Wrong
09 Jesse
10 Let Me Be
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Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

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.


Julian Lennon - The Secret Value Of Daydreaming [Atlantic 81640-1-E] (1986)

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Title:

The Secret Value Of Daydreaming

Released: 1986
Label: Atlantic
Catalog: 81640-1-E
Genre: Pop/Rock
NOTE: BMG Record Club Edition
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Stick Around
02 You Get What You Want
03 Let Me Tell You
04 I've Seen Your Face
05 Coward Till The End?
06 This Is My Day
07 You Don't Have To Tell Me
08 Everyday
09 Always Think Twice
10 Want Your Body
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Stephen Thomas Erlewine

On The Secret Value of Daydreaming, the follow-up to his successful debut, Julian Lennon emphasizes his mainstream pop leanings by adding a tighter, more polished production which brings out the best in his songs. That is, it does when the songwriting is up to par. Lennon had some difficulty producing a consistent set of songs for his second album, with only a handful of tracks -- including the hit "Stick Around" -- standing out amidst the slick, immaculately produced material.


Julian Lennon - Mr. Jordan [Atlantic 7 81928-1] (10 March 1989)

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Artist:

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Title:

Mr. Jordan

Released: 10 March 1989
Label: Atlantic
Catalog: 7 81928-1
Pressing: Specialty Records Corporation
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock
Note: Promotional Copy, jacket has a cut-out


Matrix / Runout (Side A):
STA-887229A DMM Precision SP1-1

Matrix / Runout (Side B):
STA-887230B DMM SP2-1 Precision
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Now You're In Heaven
02 You're The One
03 I Get Up
04 Mother Mary
05 Angillette
06 Open Your Eyes
07 Make It Up To You
08 Sunday Morning
09 Second Time
10 I Want You To Know
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Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

Julian Lennon did an about-face on Mr. Jordan, abandoning the polished mainstream pop of his first two albums for a darker, more rock-oriented sound. Lennon also changed his style of singing, choosing a deeper timbre that was eerily reminiscent of David Bowie -- which was appropriate, because the thick guitars that dominated the album were reminiscent of a kinder variation on Bowie's early-'70s hard rock. Although Lennon's new sound was promising, he only came up with one song, the minor hit ''Now You're in Heaven,'' that could support his musical visions.

Eclectic Ephod [allmusic.com]

I think this is a brilliant album. Back when this was reviewed in the 80s all they had to say was he sounds too much like his dad, yeah well you can't do much about that can you, and is that really a bad thing? His dad was a great musician and I think so is he. Personally I think the rock orientation of this album suits him better then his pop music. Mother Mary, Open Your Eyes, and Second Time are some of my favorites on this album.

Julian Lennon's Biography

Steve Huey [allmusic.com]

The son of John Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia, Julian Lennon parlayed a remarkable vocal similarity to his father into a successful singing career. John Charles Julian Lennon was born on April 8, 1963, in Liverpool, and as a child, inspired several Beatles compositions: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" reportedly arose out of a drawing Julian made of a classmate, and following his parents' divorce, he became the subject of Paul McCartney's sympathetic "Hey Jude." Julian began playing guitar and drums at age ten, adding piano as a teenager; he alan_parsonseared as a drummer on the track "Ya Ya" on the John Lennon album Walls and Bridges. Following his father's assassination, Lennon decided to pursue a singing career, although he worried that his vocal and stylistic similarity to his father would prove detrimental. He initially signed a contract to record an unreleased song taken from John Lennon's vaults, but after thinking better of it, he enlisted Yoko Ono's help in buying out the contract.

Lennon signed with Atlantic and recorded his debut album, Valotte, at a French chateau of the same name. The album produced four chart singles, including the Top Tens "Valotte" and "Too Late for Goodbyes"; Lennon was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. The follow-up, 1986's The Secret Value of Daydreaming, reached the Top 40, along with its single "Stick Around."

Lennon returned in 1989 with Mr. Jordan, an album that found him trying to break away from his father's influences, with a darker style reminiscent of David Bowie. The single "Now You're in Heaven" cracked the Top 100, and reached number 59 in Great Britain. Following 1991's Help Yourself, Lennon temporarily retired from the music industry and spent nearly seven years in seclusion. In the spring of 1998, he returned with Photograph Smile, an indie album initially issued only in Europe and Japan but given American release the following year.

Lennon spent much of the 2000s relatively quietly, at least in regards to music. He dipped his toe into photography, internet businesses, and charities, establishing the White Feather Foundation -- an environmental and humanitarian endeavor -- in 2009. He returned to music in 2011, releasing Everything Changes.
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