Julian LennonValotte

Label:Charisma – JLLP 1, Virgin – JLLP 1
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Pop Rock


Written ByLennon/Clayton/Morales
Written-ByMorales*, Lennon*, Clayton*
A2O.K. For You
Written ByLennon/Clayton/Luggeri/Morales
Written-ByMorales*, Luggeri*, Lennon*, Clayton*
A3On The Phone4:42
A5Well I Don't Know4:35
B1Too Late For Goodbyes
GuitarMartin Briley
Saxophone [Saxophone Solo]Michael Brecker
B3Say You're Wrong3:25
GuitarDennis Herring
Written-ByChina Burton
B5Let Me Be2:12

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Back cover:
Famous Charisma Label Ltd.
℗ 1984 Charisma Records Ltd.
© 1984 Charisma Records Ltd.

Inner sleeve:
Ralph MacDonald appears courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.
Martin Briley appears courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.

Recorded at:
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama
Bear Tracks Recording Studio, Suffern, NY
A&R Recording Studios, New York, NY
Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY
The Hit Factory, New York, NY

Mixed at The Hit Factory
Mastered at Sterling Sound
Photo by David Michael Kennedy, NYC

All songs published by Charisma Music/Chappell Music, ASCAP except **[track A3] published by Charisma Music/Chappell Music/Ripples Music Ltd., adm. by Almo Music Corp., ASCAP and + [track B4] published by Virgin Music, ASCAP.

Management: Dean Gordon/D.A.G. Promotions Ltd., London

The Famous Charisma Label

℗ 1984 Virgin Records Ltd
Distributed by [Virgin logo] Records Ltd
© 1984 Charisma Records Ltd

Original sound recording made by Charisma Records Ltd

Distributed by Virgin Records Ltd. Manufactured in the UK

Label side one:
(1, 3-5) Charisma Music Pub Co Ltd/Chappells (2) Ripple/Rondor/Charisma Music Pub Co Ltd/Chappells

Label side two:
(1-3, 5) Charisma Music Pub Co Ltd/Chappells
(4) Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): JLLP 1-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): JLLP 1-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched/stamped variant 1): ARUN JLLP 1 A-1U-1-1-0
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped variant 1): JLLP 1 B-1U-1-2-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout stamped and etched variant 2): JLLP 1 A-2U-1-1- ARUN
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout stamped variant 2): JLLP 1 B-1U-1-3-3

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Valotte (LP, Album)Virgin, Charisma28VB-1002Japan1984
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Valotte (LP, Album, Club Edition, CRC)AtlanticA1 80184US1984
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Valotte (LP, Album)Virgin, RCA, Charisma104.8313Brazil1984
Valotte (LP, Album, Stereo)Virgin, Virgin, Charisma206 683, 206 683-620Europe1984
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Valotte (CD, Album)Charisma, CharismaJLCD1, JLCD 1UK & Europe1984



  • ganzha_18's avatar
    After the tragic events of December 8, 1980, the name Lennon reappeared in the headlines and music columns of specialized music publications in the fall of 1984. Interest in a surname so significant for world popular music was caused by the release of Julian Lennon's first solo album. The record was named "Vallot" after a place in southern France where Julian lived for a long time and prepared the musical material for this album, which, according to music critics, became an international success for the then 21-year-old (edited by I.L.) then musician, singer and composer ...

    He was born on April 8, 1963 in Liverpool. His father John Lennon was then 22 years old. Together with his friends from the Beatles quartet, John had yet to completely change popular music, spread the characteristic sound of the Liverpool Merci-Beat throughout the world. In England, the album "Please make me happy!" Was already on the first position of the "charts". Beatlemania was brewing.

    Music from the very cradle entered Julian's life. Already at school, he began to compose music with his friend Justin Clayton. But Julian came to the modern rock scene a little differently than his peers. Most of all, he was interested in the work of contemporary jazz-oriented groups such as Styles Dan or Keith Jarrett's filigree piano miniatures. Since he was calm and dreamy at home, his heart was dear to the quiet songs of modern rock music, including the lyrical ballads of the Beatles. He often recalls that time in numerous interviews: "It was a unique feeling when I heard this voice, and it finally became clear to me that it was my father singing."

    After leaving school, Julian lived in Wales and, along with his friend Justin Clayton, made a living washing dishes in a bistro. In the evenings they played music together, wrote a lot. “I got carried away with music very simply,” Julian recalls. “When I was at home, I sat at the piano and started playing. Little songs were often born. Friends heard something and were delighted. It gave me confidence, and I decided to try my forces in the studio. "

    A number of good and experienced musicians helped him in the work on the Valotte record: saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist from Miles Davis' ensemble Marcus Miller, keyboards player Peter Wood, Jean “Toots” Tielemans played the harmonica, the record was produced by Phil Ramone. During the recording, Julian himself sang, played bass, keyboards, Simmons electronic drums and percussion.

    Analyzing the disc, music critics noted that the meaning of the songs, their compositional and content basis, independence of interpretation, modern sounding and, finally, the disc's drama prove that there is a direct relationship, musical inheritance. So, firstly, it was the starting point of creativity and, secondly, the resulting search for your own profile. Julian did not hide under a pseudonym, did not put on a mask. In some ways he can even be confused with his father [compare "Well, well, I don't know with the songs from John's album Walls and Bridges." learned it correctly ["It's too late for goodbye"].

    Of course, writing his own ballads, Julian had certain remorse, doubts. He threw a lot that was already on the staff in the trash can. Of course, he also thought about creating a completely different music. In one of the interviews that appeared after the release of the Valotte album, Julian Lennon recalled this process: “I started writing songs. At first they were too complicated and in the end they did not lead to anything. Then I listened to my father's solo albums again. It opened my eyes: the songs were clearly directed, they had a sincere feeling, character ... My father always seemed to me an old sage. I learned a lot from him: well, at least by observing what he did and how I, of course, am not yet who he was. First of all, it concerns his political views. For this I am too young. Noah from the same tree, believe me. "

    These words contain true pride, self-awareness, and all this is on the foundation of genuine talent. No wonder, probably, in respectable musicological journals over reviews of the "Valotte" disc one can most often find the title "Honor to the Great Name".
    • kwakdk92's avatar
      Why no Korea version?? I have Korea version vinyl... please add Korea version...


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