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Victims of Circumstance

Fact File

Released 1984
Label Polydor
Catalogue Number POLD 5135
Producer Pip Williams
Recorded when: 1984
Recorded where: Wisseloord Studios, Holland

Track Listing

Track Title Time Written By Rating
1 Sideshow   John Lees 6.75
2 Hold On   Les Holroyd 6.50
3 Rebel Woman   John Lees 6.50
4 Say You'll Stay   Les Holroyd 6.75
5 For Your Love   John Lees 7.25
6 Victims of Circumstance   Les Holroyd 6.50
7 Inside My Nightmare   John Lees 6.75
8 Watching You   Les Holroyd 6.50
9 I've Got A Feeling   Les Holroyd 6.50

Average Rating 6.67

Composer Songs Time Total Points Average
John Lees 4   27.25 6.81
Les Holroyd 5   32.75 6.55

Personal Review

I was never really sure about Victims of Circumstance, but returning to it after some time it is a reasonably pleasant surprise.

The band introduced female backing singers and the result is not as bad as might be expected. Indeed there are some good songs on this album - particularly For Your Love and the rocky Inside My Nightmare - both from John Lees.

Recorded in Holland it was an attempt by the band to increase their appeal to a wider audience. I don't think it was strong enough to do this, but it is an album that does have its moments.

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