Victim of Love

Victim of Love

by Elton JohnElton John


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This thoroughly dated affair is the result of a chance re-acquaintance between Elton John (vocals) and Pete Bellotte (producer). The artist was not fully satisfied with the initial results of the three-song "Mama Can't Buy You Love" EP, which became as much a product of Philly soul maverick Thom Bell as it did John. When Bellotte approached John to record a full-length disco album, he took him up on the offer. This was providing that John's contributions would be limited to providing vocals only. The results can be heard on Victim of Love (1979), a dismissible platter of Teutonic 4/4 rhythms and extended (mostly) instrumental indulgence. None of the seven cuts offer very much in terms of what Elton John enthusiasts would not only have expected, but more importantly, enjoyed. Although the title track was extracted as a single in the U.S. and the disgraceful cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was issued as a 45 rpm in Europe, neither made much impact. In fact, with the exception of the Friends (1971) motion picture soundtrack -- consisting of mostly instrumental incidental scoring -- Victim of Love was John's lowest charting album to date. Although on a temporary touring hiatus, once John returned to the road, he wisely chose not to incorporate any of the material from the project on-stage. In fact, contrasting the blatant sonic excess of this release, John was concurrently performing as a solo act, backed only by longtime percussionist Ray Cooper. This "unplugged" setting restored some of the good will between John and his audience that Victim of Love had disenfranchised. Thankfully, the artist (and the rest of the music world) abandoned disco as the 1970s turned into the 1980s. His next effort, 21 at 33 (1980), allowed him to begin a long re-ascension on the music charts as well a restoration of his pop
ock leanings.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2003
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0044007711620
catalogNumber: 771162
Rank: 8794

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elton John   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Keith Forsey   Drums
Patrick Simmons   Vocals,Background Vocals
Thor Baldursson   Keyboards
Tim Cansfield   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Roy Davies   Keyboards
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Soloist
Marcus Miller   Bass
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone,Soloist
Julia Tillman Waters   Vocals
Craig Snyder   Guitar
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Mike McDonald   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Thor Baldursson   Arranger
Pete Bellotte   Composer,Producer
Silvester Levay   Composer
Gunther Moll   Composer
Jerry Rix   Composer
Peter Luedmann   Engineer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Michael Hoffman   Composer
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research

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