Victim of Love (album)

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Victim of Love
Album Victim of Love.jpg
Studio album by Elton John
Released 13 October 1979
Recorded August 1979
Genre Disco
Length 35:45
Label MCA (U.S.)
Rocket (UK)
Producer Pete Bellotte
Elton John chronology
The Thom Bell Sessions
Victim of Love
Lady Samantha
Singles from Victim of Love
  1. "Victim of Love"
    Released: September 1979
  2. "Johnny B. Goode"
    Released: December 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, released in 1979, is the thirteenth official album release for Elton John. It is a disco album, released shortly after the peak of disco’s popularity. It was not critically or commercially well-received, and is Elton John's third lowest charting album to date in the U.S., after 1986’s Leather Jackets and 1985’s Ice on Fire.

The title track of the album, however, was moderately successful as a single. It reached No. 31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and No. 46 in Canada.


It is the shortest album of Elton John's career at under 36 minutes.

It is atypical of John's recording career in several respects. John neither wrote the songs nor played pianos or keyboards 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. There was no tour to promote Victim of Love, and none of its songs have ever been played live by Elton.[4] It is also the only studio album in Elton's discography to not have any songs of the album performed on stage.

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.

When the album was released as a CD in the 1980s, the track breaks were incorrect. 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.


Recorded at Musicland, Munich and Rusk Sound Studios, Hollywood.

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)


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


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[5] 20
Canadian Albums (RPM100 Albums)[6] 28
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 44
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 41
US Billboard 200[10] 35


  1. ^ Victim of Love (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1] Archived 15 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "CG: elton john". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  4. ^ Elton John setlists by album
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 32, No. 10, December 01 1979". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  7. ^ " – Elton John – Victim of Love". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  8. ^ " – Elton John – Victim of Love". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Elton John | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Victim of Love - Elton John - Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 September 2013.