O'kay, if you don't like Elton John, you don't like him! that's your personal taste! Only the reviews below won't admit that! This for me was the beginning of Elton's best period in music. Every thing from "Victim of Love" to "Sleeping with the past" is absolutely great.
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.