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Valotte

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227988012
  • Catalog Number: 80184
  • Sales rank: 36,829

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Valotte (4:16)
  2. 2 O.K. For You (3:39)
  3. 3 On The Phone (4:49)
  4. 4 Space (4:23)
  5. 5 Well I Don't Know (4:36)
  6. 6 Too Late For Goodbyes (3:35)
  7. 7 Lonely (3:52)
  8. 8 Say You're Wrong (3:29)
  9. 9 Jesse (3:50)
  10. 10 Let Me Be (2:05)
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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
Ted Jensen Mastering
Phil Ramone Producer
Bob Defrin Cover Design
Bradshaw Leigh Engineer
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