Help Yourself is the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon.
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 in "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.
Steve is a huge Beatles fan so getting the opportunity to work with John's Son was a thrill. He fondly recalls meeting Julian for the first time and Julian's first words were, "would you like a cup of tea" . Julian is one person he would like to work with again someday and not just for his tea making skills.
He remembers Julian handing him a guitar and saying, "can you tune that up for me" then in passing saying "it was dad's".
Hearing Julian count off songs in his headphones gave Steve goose bumps and he has only good memories of the recording of this album.
Steve went to the meeting when the label executives listened to the finished product and were clearly unhappy with the end result, they had wanted a more pop style album.
It was a huge disapointment for Julian and for everyone involved.
'Saltwater' was a successful single, Steve recalls that George Harrison had come up with something for the first half of the solo and Julian had come up with the second half. Steve's job was to learn both peoples ideas and put them together into one cohesive solo. He used an old 50's Fender Lap Steel for the solo.
Julian Lennon is a huge advocate for World Causes and below you will find links to The White Feather Foundation, he is also a respected photographer so there is also a link to that page.
Julian Lennon Supports The White Feather Foundation
Julian Lennon Official Site: http://www.julianlennon.com
Julian Lennon Photography: http://bit.ly/195LZGF
"Get a Life"
"Maybe I Was Wrong"
"Other Side of Town"
"New Physics Rant"
"Take Me Home"
"Keep the People Working"
Julian Lennon – vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, mandolin, drum programming
Steve Hunter – guitar
John McCurry - guitar
Justin Clayton - guitar
Bob Ezrin – keyboards, percussion, programming
Scott Humphrey – programming
Louis Molino – drums
Allan Schwartzberg – additional drums
Paul Buchanan – vocals on "Other Side of Town"
Main Photo By Mark Maryanovich
Julian Lennon - Help Yourself