Elton John – Victim of Love Album

Side one

  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

  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)

Victim of Love is the thirteenth studio album of British singer and composer Elton John.

In the late 1970s, the zenith of the disco wave in Europe had already passed and John’s only album of this genre was therefore too late. From a commercial as well as from the point of view of the critics his success was limited.

For various reasons, Victim of Love could not be described as a typical Elton John album.

With a running time of just under 36 minutes, it is the shortest album of his career so far. He did not write a single title in this publication himself and did not play any of the instruments. It was the first album without his previous band members, which should be repeated only when working with Leon Russel for the album The Union 2015. In addition to the album A Single Man, it is the only one without lyrics by Bernie Taupin. Apart from appearing in the Australian television series Countdown, John barely supported the album’s sale; he did not go on tour and never played the title on his stage performances. His only contribution to the recording remained as far as his singing.

John was not completely satisfied with the result of the three-song EP Mama Can not Buy You Love, which he had produced together with Phillysound loner Thom Bell. When Pete Bellotte, best known for his collaboration with Donna Summer, approached John as a producer for recording a disco album, he accepted the offer, but made the condition that his contribution should be limited to the vocals. Each of the seven recordings can be heard a relatively high instrumental share, left behind even Elton John enthusiasts little impression and scored the least success of all albums of John.

Johnny B. Goode is said to be too slow to dance on, and the whole album in total as uninspired. Only two of the titles, Victim of Love and Thunder in the Night, can be found in the melody. The style here is anonymous, without any climax, without interesting instrumental breaks or something comparable. It seems John and Bellotte were only going to release the product as soon as possible.