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!