Victim of Love (album)
|Victim of Love|
|Studio album by Elton John|
|Released||13 October 1979|
|Elton John chronology|
|Singles from Victim of Love|
|Rolling Stone||(not rated)|
Victim of Love, released in 1979, is the eighteenth 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 US, 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.
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.
- "Johnny B. Goode" (Chuck Berry) – 8:06
- "Warm Love in a Cold World" (Pete Bellotte, Stefan Wisnet, Gunther Moll) – 4:30 (3:22 on older pressings)
- "Born Bad" (Bellotte, Geoff Bastow) – 5:16 (6:20 on older pressings)
- "Thunder in the Night" (Bellotte, Michael Hofmann) – 4:40
- "Spotlight" (Bellotte, Wisnet, Moll) – 4:24
- "Street Boogie" (Bellotte, Wisnet, Moll) – 3:56
- "Victim of Love" (Bellotte, Sylvester Levay, Jerry Rix) – 4:52 (5:02 on older pressings)
|"Strangers"||"Victim of Love" 7" (US/UK)|
- Elton John – lead and backing vocals
- Michael McDonald – background vocals
- Keith Forsey – drums
- Todd Canedy – drums
- Patrick Simmons – background vocals
- Thor Baldursson – keyboards, arranger
- Tim Cansfield – guitar
- Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
- Roy Davies – keyboards
- Steve Lukather – guitar
- Marcus Miller – bass
- Lenny Pickett – saxophone
- Julia Tillman Waters – background vocals
- Craig Snyder – guitar
- Stephanie Spruill – background vocals
- Maxine Willard Waters – background vocals
|Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)||20|
|Canadian Albums (RPM100 Albums)||28|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||44|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||18|
|UK Albums (OCC)||41|
|US Billboard 200||35|
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