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  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Alex
  • ASIN: B00008ENO8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had always wished that things had been different and that he had at least once performed in his dads place with the Beatles. I think his story is very sad and he is as equally talented as his dad John. I intend to collect all his albums. My heart goes out to Julian, I wish his life had been better and that his future bodes him well.
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A timely reissue see's the welcome return of Julian Lennon's second album...THE SECRET VALUE OF DAYDREAMING.....Released in 1986 this was a perhaps hurried follow up to the exceptional... VALOTTE... from two years previous. I've listened to the 2009 reissue and there doesn't appear to have been any remastering carried out nor any rare/unreleased tracks or detailed track annotation. Plus the original credits are not present. A shame really and I hope next time whoever reissues this consults Julian. Anyway back to the music...Julian's initial success was mainly Stateside and this album catered for that. So it's a slick and safe route travelled in time to coincide with his 1986 tour...In the UK the singles barely reached the Top 75 and the album did relatively quiet business. The finest moments are when Julian's unique gift for melody and harmony are allowed to shine on I'VE SEEN YOUR FACE..and..EVERYDAY..(wasted as the b-side to THIS IS MY DAY..) At the same time Julian was trying to move away from the musical dynasty that dogged him at every turn. With this album he was trying to keep everyone happy and mostly didso.....His best was still up ahead.
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a good cd with great songs as usual by julian lennon has a great voice just like his dad john you should buy his new album everything changes out now
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HASH(0x8cca5d5c) out of 5 stars Give It A Break 26 Sept. 2006
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
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Julian Lennon had the hardest act to follow of any musician-being the spitting image (even musically) of a musical legend.His debut 'Valotte' only validated this and so after his world tour Julian put this album together with Phil Ramone. Compared to the rich variety of pop found on 'Valotte','The Secret Value Of Daydreaming' (from 1986) found Lennon distancing himself from the melodic style of his father and towards a more contemporary sound. Ramone produced these songs with a lot of sonic attributes for a pretty decent mid 80's pop/rock sound,with some very interesting nods to classic rock and jazz fusion along the way.

The songs are slick and often end up as more strong grooves then anything else and on "Stick Around","You Got What You Want","I've Seen Your Face" and "Coward To The End" that is exactly what happens.The next five cuts are far more crafted-'Everyday' is the only tune here that really shows John's influence and it is one of the best songs here.On "This Is My Day",'Let Me Tell You",which actually had a very McCartney-like reggae break in the bridge and "You Don't Have To Tell Me" Julian actually offers up three excellent uptempo pop/rock and all have great hooks worthy of his debut.The album ends with the beautiful ballad "Want Your Body",a passionate exploration of longing squarely in the family tradition.True Julian is the first Beatle baby and therefore had some very big shoes to fill but rather then try to be imitative Julian went on being his own individual self.

"Always Think Twice" is the one song that borrows most from fusion and it points out why this album may be less popular with fans then some of his others-all the songs here tend to be very dark hued and melancholy-the lyrics are very cryptic on some of the songs and few of the melodies leap out at you but most land on their feet. Julian proved with this album that his fans were not yet willing to accept him producing denser songs with more jazz and reggae influences that took to develop but rather more concise pop on the line of his debut.To my ears I appreciate 'The Secret Value Of Daydreaming'-it's definitely something of a slap in the face to commercialism and (actually) I think John Lennon would be proud to see his son trying something different musically.And it's more then worth hearing too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cca5db0) out of 5 stars This album is not his best work, but I still love it!!! :) 2 Feb. 2007
By J. Williams - Published on
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Considering he only had 2 months to write and record this album after a long, tiring tour for Valotte, I'd say he did an excellent job with this. Some of the songs, you can tell, have the potential to being great songs. It's a shame he didn't have more time to polish them. And even as they are, they are good songs to listen to. :)

My favorites songs on this album are Stick Around (Michael J. Fox appeared in the video...COOL!), You Get What You Want (performed with Billy Joel), Coward Till The End, and This is My Day.

If you love Julian Lennon's music, this is a definite must have.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cef6ac8) out of 5 stars Daydreaming 22 Sept. 2013
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i think Daydreaming is a great sequel to Julian's masterpiece Valotte-does not quite match it,but it is a superb album-This is my day is a great upbeat song and i love the drums on ive seen your face-the other songs are very good also-no clunkers on this album in my opinion-Julian does have his dad's genes-a great songwriter.
HASH(0x9b61a7a4) out of 5 stars Another great listening album from a great artist 8 April 2012
By J. ALLEN - Published on
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I enjoyed his first album Valotte so much, I wore out the first one and bought another. So, I was excited to hear he had made his second album. They are both great easy listening music. He is a very talented man.
HASH(0x8ccb2204) out of 5 stars Wonderful music! 29 Oct. 2014
By Lori Carlson - Published on
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Julian comes into his own with every album. His voice is enchanting and the songs are brilliantly written.
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