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Valotte (Album) | 1984

Tracklist

  • 1.
    Valotte
    4:15
  • 2.
    O.K. for You
    3:38
  • 3.
    On the Phone
    4:42
  • 4.
    Space
    4:22
  • 5.
    Well I Don't Know
    4:35
  • 6.
    Too Late for Goodbyes
    3:30
  • 7.
    Lonely
    3:50
  • 8.
    Say You're Wrong
    3:25
  • 9.
    Jesse
    3:48
  • 10.
    Let Me Be
    2:12

Valotte was Julian's debut album produced by Phil Ramone.

The majority of the songs came from demos that were written during a 3 month stay at the remote Manor de Valotte, a French chateau near Nevers during the fall of 1983.

Valotte was certified  Gold by the RIAA on January 9, 1985 and then Platinum by the RIAA on March 13th, 1985. Julian also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist for his work on the album at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards.

The first US single, Valotte, made it's debut on the Billboard Top 40 on November 10th, 1984. It stayed in the top 40 for 12 weeks and spent a month in the top ten peaking at #9. The second single, Too Late For Goodbyes,  was the album's second top ten hit on the national Adult Contemporary charts and stayed there for five weeks with two weeks as number 1!

When Valotte was released, Paul McCartney sent Julian a telegram saying "Good luck, old fruit" and after he heard it he called as told Julian "I love it." In an interview Paul said: "I think it's great! What surprised me is he's got a very good voice, 'cause I knew that I'd heard that he sounds like his dad, and I guessed that Phil (Ramone) was doing a sort of Lennon sound-a-like record. But I found it very surprising. His voice goes to some very pleasant places.

Recording

The album was recorded from February - August 1984 at several studios in America, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama; Bear Tracks Recording Studio, Suffern, New York; A & R Recording Studios, New York City; Clinton Recording Studios, New York City; and The Hit Factory, New York City. Along with long-time mate Justin Clayton, Julian is joined by a group of top-ranked supporting players for the recordings. Incidentally, the album is finished and mixed at The Hit Factory on the same console used by John Lennon to record Double Fantasy. During work at The Hit Factory, Phil Ramone reportedly asks Julian, "Do you feel the ghosts?" Julian replies, "They feel good for me. The vibes feel good and I want to be here!" Recording was coordinated by Joseph D'Ambrosio... the album was Engineered by Bradshaw Leigh & Pete Greene.

Musicians

Julian Lennon: Lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, Simmons drums & percussion
Guitars: Justin Clayton & Carlton Morales
Keyboards: Barry Beckett, David Lebolt & Peter Wood
Drums: Roger Hawkins & Steve Holly
Bass Guitars: David Hood, Marcus Miller & Carmine Rojas
Percussion: Ralph MacDonald & Steve Holly
Background Vocals: Rory Dodd, Eric Troyer & Julian Lennon
Trumpets: Jon Faddis & Joe Shepley
Saxophones: Michael Brecker, George Young, Lawrence Feldman & Ron Cuber

Cameo Appearances:

Michael Brecker: Saxophone solo on Lonely
Jean "Toots" Thielemans: Harmonica on Too Late For Goodbyes
Martin Briley: Guitar on Too Late For Goodbyes
Dennis Herring: Guitar on Jesse

Additional Information

The cover photo was taken by David Michael Kennedy, Sleeve Design by Bob Defrin & Julian Lennon.