Victim of Love
is the thirteenth studio album
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by British singer/songwriter Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, Hon DMus is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor...
, released in 1979. Recorded at Musicland, Munich
Munich The city's motto is "" . Before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" . Its native name, , is derived from the Old High German Munichen, meaning "by the monks' place". The city's name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat...
and Rusk Sound Studios, Hollywood, it was not critically or commercially well-received, and is his second lowest charting album to date. This is also the shortest album of Elton John's career at a shade under 36 minutes. Despite its negative reception, the album was reissued in a digitally remastered format in 2003. The only single B-side released, "Strangers," appeared as a bonus track on the previous album, A Single Man
, as it was recorded during those sessions.
It is a disco
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album released shortly after the peak of disco's popularity. This album is truly an anomaly in John's catalog. First, he neither wrote nor played on any of the tunes; he only provides vocals. Secondly, his band is also not featured on this album. Lastly, this is one of only two of John's studio albums (as of 2011) without a single contribution by Bernie Taupin
Bernard John "Bernie" Taupin is an English lyricist, poet, and singer, best known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John, writing the lyrics for the majority of the star's songs, making his lyrics some of the best known in pop-rock's history.In 1967, Taupin answered an advertisement in...
. John's previous album, A Single Man
, is the other one.
When the album was released as a CD in the 80's, the tracks often got mixed up. The first 45 seconds of "Spotlight" is actually the previous track, and this error occurs in other tracks as well. This was however fixed on the 2003 remaster, which also featured improved sound and instrumental setup.
- "Johnny B. Goode
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" (Chuck Berry
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) – 8:06
- "Warm Love in a Cold World" (Pete Bellotte
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, 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
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) – 4:40
- "Spotlight" (Bellotte, Wisnet, Moll) – 4:24
- "Street Boogie" (Bellotte, Wisnet, Moll) – 3:56
- "Victim of Love" (Bellotte, Sylvester Levay
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, Jerry Rix) – 4:52 (5:02 on older pressings)
"Strangers" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Gary Osborne. It was originally released as the B-side to his 1979 disco single "Victim of Love", but was recorded during the sessions for A Single Man. It appeared on that album's 1998 remaster as the last track.-Musical structure:The song is...
| Victim of Love 7" (US/UK)
- Elton John - vocals
- Michael McDonald
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- Keith Forsey
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- Todd Canedy - drums
- Patrick Simmons
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- Thor Baldursson - keyboards, arranger
- Tim Cansfield - guitar
- Paulinho Da Costa
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- Roy Davies - keyboards
- Steve Lukather
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- Marcus Miller
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- Lenny Pickett - saxophone
- Julia Tillman Waters - background vocals
- Craig Snyder - guitar
- Stephanie Spruill - background vocals
- Maxine Willard Waters - background vocals