Focusing in on "Victim of Love", I'd have to say this version of "Johnny B Goode" would beat Chuck Berry's version by a million grooves. (o'kay, i'm a giorgio moroder fan, that's why I like this album) Giorgio makes a generous contribution to the project, but bare in mind that this was 1979, slap, slam, dam in the middle of disco! The infectious grooves continue with "warm love in the cold world". "Born bad" is another upbeat piece of late seventies disco music, with strong synthesizing instrumentals, sweeping comfortably through the easy cruising rhythms. Great album for a long car trip. "Thunder in the night" carries the album's disco through with a strong consistant flow, which blends in nicely with "Spotlight". "Street boogie" and "Victim of love" are another two great selections on this album.
"Don't shoot me" and "Goodbye yellow brick road" came pretty close to five star status, but this is Elton's first full album, where I can say that every track is good. No skipping here.
Fans of Elton's earlier material would find this work disappointing, but if you like disco, you'll love it. Elton was only keeping up with the latest music fads, nothing wrong with that!
I originally bought this album at a $1 bargain store, but ordered the CD edition within days, as I just couldn't get enough of this one. Elton was at his lowest with the two albums of "11-17-70" and "Blue Moves", two CD's in my collection, that are now just collecting dust.
This review was based on the MCA pressing, distributed in Australia.
"HAPPY ENDING: Mercifully, this is the only Elton album that has not been released on compact disc in America!
Little hint, look at the product detail, you are not only reviewing a CD version but the remastered CD! Your review doesn't hold much water when you review a CD you don't even own!
Although this is not by means anything I would recommend to a friend, being a EJ completest, I do know the story of why Elton lended his vocals to this one off project. I own the CD, I admitted it!
The story goes like this: While Elton was in Nice, France recording what would become his "21 At 33" album, he was contacted by disco writer-producer Pete Bellotte. Pete was in Munich and told Elton that he had tracks for a disco album and invited Elton to record the main vocals. Being the ultimate music fan, Elton jumped at the chance. The sessions were done basically in one day, and Elton returned to France to continue work on "21 At 33". As Elton himself would say, "this was completely a 'one-off' project".
If you keep an open mind, you'll hear that it's quite obvious that Elton is having a ball laying down the vocals. His voice (thanks to some vocal advice on singing in his lower register from producer Thom Bell two years before) was the strongest and most exuberant of any of his previous output up to that point. And wisely, his vocals were allowed to soar over the arrangements. And though the remake of "Johnny B. Goode" may be unthinkable to rock purists, the fact of it is this isn't a rock album.
Best tracks are "Warm Love In A Cold World", "Thunder In The Night" (which has just about every Bee-Gees lick you can think of) and the title track, which just plain soars!
I give this one 3-stars, partially for the clean, energetic arrangements and his strongest vocals of the 70's, but mostly for being willing to just cut an album for the pure sake of just having a good time...regardless of what the critics would think.
NOTE TO AEROBIC INSTRUCTORS: This album is perfect for your classes...lots of energy and a steady, consistent beat.