Between 1977 and 1979 with the songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin undergoing a break, Elton pondered into new territory. He involved himself with sessions with Philly-sound pioneer Thom Bell as well as work with new lyricist Gary Osbourne which resulted in "The Single Man" album. A year later, probably inspired by the likes of Rod Stewart,The Bee Gees and, to some degree, The Rolling Stones (along with his nights out on the Studio 54 scene too!!) he decided to make a disco album with Pete Bellotte (colleague of Giorgio Moroder).
What was probably felt as a fun exercise on Elton's part, ended up as a travesty and in no doubt, the absolute nadir of his creative life. There are 7 songs in all....not one of the songs has Elton playing any keyboard parts at all, let alone any songwriting input. Even when disco was at its worst, its nothing compared to the horrific cliches contained on this album. At a stretch, "Victim of Love" is the only standout.
It's baffling that at the time Elton dismissed the previous Thom Bell sessions as "long and over-produced", whilst those sessions weren't a high-point in his career either, songs like "Mama Can't Buy You Love" and "Are You Ready For Love" are much better danceable catcy disco-fare than this album could ever be.
Avoid at all costs. For extreme hardcore fans and completists only.