Victim of Love (album)

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Victim of Love
Studio album by Elton John
Released 13 October 1979
Recorded August 1979
Genre Disco
Length 35:45
Label MCA (US/Canada)
The Rocket Record Company
Producer Pete Bellotte
Elton John chronology
The Thom Bell Sessions
(1979)
Victim of Love
(1979)
Lady Samantha
(1980)
Singles from Victim of Love
  1. "Victim of Love"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Johnny B. Goode"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]
Robert Christgau (C-)[3]

Victim of Love is the thirteenth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1979.

It is a disco album, released shortly after the peak of disco's popularity. Recorded at Musicland, Munich and Rusk Sound Studios, Hollywood, it was not critically or commercially well-received, and is his third lowest charting album to date in the US, after 1986's Leather Jackets and 1985's Ice on Fire. It is the shortest album of Elton John's career at under 36 minutes. The only B-side released on a single, "Strangers", appeared as a bonus track on his previous album, A Single Man, as it was recorded during those sessions.

It is atypical of John's recording career in several respects. John neither wrote nor played instruments on it; he only provided vocals. It was his first album without any of his original band members, which would not happen again until his 2010 collaboration with Leon Russell, The Union. Along with A Single Man, it is also one of only two studio albums as of 2012 without lyricist Bernie Taupin.

When the album was released as a CD in the 1980s, the track breaks got mixed up. The first 45 seconds of "Spotlight" is part of the previous track, and similar errors occur in other tracks as well. The album was reissued in a digitally remastered format in 2003, with these issues corrected, and with improved sound and instrumental setup.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) – 8:06
  2. "Warm Love in a Cold World" (Pete Bellotte, Stefan Wisnet, Gunther Moll) – 4:30 (3:22 on older pressings)
  3. "Born Bad" (Bellotte, Geoff Bastow) – 5:16 (6:20 on older pressings)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Thunder in the Night" (Bellotte, Michael Hofmann) – 4:40
  2. "Spotlight" (Bellotte, Wisnet, Moll) – 4:24
  3. "Street Boogie" (Bellotte, Wisnet, Moll) – 3:56
  4. "Victim of Love" (Bellotte, Sylvester Levay, Jerry Rix) – 4:52 (5:02 on older pressings)

B-sides[edit]

Song Format
"Strangers" "Victim of Love" 7" (US/UK)

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[4] 20
Canadian Albums (RPM100 Albums)[5] 28
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 44
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 41
US Billboard 200[9] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Victim of Love (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "CG: elton john". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 32, No. 10, December 01 1979". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Elton John – Victim of Love". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Elton John – Victim of Love". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Elton John | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Victim of Love - Elton John - Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 September 2013.