Help Yourself (Julian Lennon album)

Help Yourself is the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon.

Help Yourself
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Studio album by
Released20 August 1991 (US)
26 August 1991 (UK)
RecordedMay–December 1990
GenrePop[1]
Length58:22
LabelAtlantic (US)
Virgin (UK)
ProducerBob Ezrin
Julian Lennon chronology
Mr. Jordan
(1989)
Help Yourself
(1991)
Photograph Smile
(1998)
Singles from Help Yourself
  1. "Saltwater"
    Released: 5 August 1991
  2. "Help Yourself"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Rebel King"
    Released: 1991 (promo only)
  4. "Listen"
    Released: 1991 (promo only)
  5. "Get a Life"
    Released: 6 April 1992

ReleaseEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]
Chicago Tribune    [2]
Rolling Stone     [3]

It was released in August 1991, on Atlantic Records in the US and on Virgin Records in the UK. The album was a commercial success in Europe for Lennon, spawning a UK No. 6 hit "Saltwater" (as well as topping the charts in Australia for four weeks); however, it did not do as well in the US, where Atlantic Records were said to have under-promoted the album.[4]

The album features uncredited guitar contributions from George Harrison (disputed).

The album was reissued, along with The Secret Value of Daydreaming and Mr. Jordan, on 8 September 2009 by Noble Rot Records.[5]

Track listingEdit

Side one
  1. "Rebel King" (Julian Lennon, Anthony Moore, Bob Ezrin) – 5:51
  2. "Saltwater" (Lennon, Mark Spiro, Leslie Spiro) – 4:07
  3. "Get a Life" (Lennon, Glenn Martin Tilbrook, Scott Humphrey) – 4:17
  4. "Would You" (Lennon, Moore) – 6:19
  5. "Maybe I Was Wrong" (Lennon, Justin Clayton) – 4:27
  6. "Help Yourself" (Lennon, John McCurry) – 4:41
Side two
  1. "Listen" (Lennon) – 5:04
  2. "Other Side of Town" (Lennon, Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell) – 5:34
  3. "New Physics Rant" (Lennon, Moore, Ezrin, Humphrey) – 4:48
  4. "Take Me Home" (Lennon, Ezrin, Clayton) – 4:26
  5. "Imaginary Lines" (Lennon, Moore, Clayton, Ezrin) – 5:12
  6. "Keep the People Working" (Moore) – 3:36

PersonnelEdit

MusiciansEdit

  • Julian Lennon – lead and backing vocals, keyboards, guitar, mandolin, bass and drum programming, percussion
  • Bob Ezrin – keyboards, programming, percussion, backing vocals
  • Scott Humphrey – keyboards, synthesizer programming, computer programming, backing vocals
  • John Haeny – sound effects
  • Justin Clayton – guitar
  • Steve Hunter – guitar
  • John McCurry – guitar
  • George Harrison – guitar [uncredited, disputed]
  • Matt Bissonette – bass guitar
  • Louis Molino – drums
  • Allan Schwartzberg – additional drums
  • Bobbye Hall – percussion
  • Paul Buchanan – lead vocals (8)
  • Maxi Anderson – backing vocals
  • Kim Edwards-Brown – backing vocals
  • Peter Fletcher – backing vocals
  • Clydene Jackson – backing vocals
  • Bobette Jamison-Harrison – backing vocals
  • Carmen Twillie – backing vocals
  • Clarise Wilkins – backing vocals
  • Paul Winger – backing vocals
  • Olivia D'Abo – additional backing vocals
  • Mark Spiro – additional backing vocals
  • San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Troop 592 – additional backing vocals

ProductionEdit

  • Bob Ezrin – producer
  • Lenny Derose – recording
  • James Guthrie – mixing
  • Martin Horenburg – recording assistant, mix assistant
  • Marko Olson – recording assistant
  • Robert Hrycyna – production supervisor, technical supervisor
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • PhD – art direction, design
  • Mark Hanauer – photography
  • Tony Smith – management
  • Paddy Spinks – management

Studios

  • Recorded at The Enterprise (Burbank, California) and Amigo Studios (North Hollywood, California).
  • Mixed at The Enterprise
  • Mastered at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, California).

ChartsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen. "Help Yourself – Julian Lennon : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ Caro, Marc (22 August 1991). "Julian Lennon Help Yourself (Atlantic)". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review: Julian Lennon: Help Yourself". 31 October 1991. Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Help Yourself Menu at Hey Jules". Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2006.
  5. ^ "JULIAN LENNON'S ATLANTIC YEARS REISSUED ON NOBLE ROT THROUGH COLLECTORS' CHOICE MUSIC". Top40-charts.com. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  6. ^ "australian-charts.com Julian Lennon – Help Yourself". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original (ASP) on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Julian Lennon > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  8. ^ "ARIA Monthly Certifications 1990–Present". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 1 June 2013.