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Ice On Fire
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on 18 November 2017
Bought this as I love the singles from it and just wanted as a keepsake for the other music that he was doing from that same era . I was not dissapointed as this also contains some very good songs , besides those that were released as the singles . A good buy
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on 17 December 2017
Best songs are wrap her up and Nikita. Also has 3 live extra tracks.
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on 17 January 2018
Excellent cd
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on 12 March 2015
I'm not a massive Elton John fan, but had this when it was out back in the eighties and still think it's a fantastic album - hugely underrated. Some great tracks.. Too Young, Shoot Down The Moon, This Town and ofcourse Nikita... Sounds almost as good on CD as it did on Vinyl
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on 10 March 2015
Ice On Fire was released in 1985 at the height of Elton's straw-boater-and-cocaine phase. Recorded with a gang of session talent and music celeb guests, it perfectly epitomises the 80's - lots of brash keyboards and horns and a pristine production by long-time EJ producer Gus Dudgeon (this was an early all-digital recording), but ultimately it's a lot of style and little substance. Anyone expecting the heart and soul of Sir Reg's 70's albums is going to be disappointed. There are some great tunes on here though - the big single Nikita, Wrap Her Up and the bonus instrumental The Man Who Never Died, absent on the original CD release. IOF is a key part of Elton's back catalogue and reflects what was in hindsight a difficult time in his career and personal life. One can imagine Princess Di listening to this tape on her Walkman jogging around Kensington Gardens in her sweatband and legwarmers.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 July 2008
If Elton John had produced this album in the first half of the 1970's or in the same way as 'Songs from the West Coast'/'The Captain and the Kid' was made it would probably be a fine album. As it is its an average album spoilt my the 1980's production values.

There are some very good songs on here: This Town, Cry to Heaven, Shoot Down the Moon. There are at least a couple of others that merit a few listens. Eventually once you get though the treacled layers of 80's keyboards you will find Elton's unique melodic gift shining through.

All the musicians on this album are top notch, but to a large degree they are wasted. If you want final evidence of the souless nature of this recording compare the album version of 'This Town' with Elton's performance on the Tube. There is no comparison the live version on the Tube is absolutely stunning. The album version sounds castrated by comparison.

So its worth getting, but be prepared to have to listen to it a few times to find the gems.
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on 29 February 2004
After the Breaking Hearts 1984 tour, Elton announced, yet again, that he would not tour for some considerable time. However, the following year brought Live Aid, and a 30minute set with a new band bolstered by a brass section. This line-up is showcased here on "Ice on fire" released later that year. It's clear that Elton wanted a change in musical direction...the last two albums "Too low for zero" and "Breaking hearts" reunited his original 70s band (Davey,Dee and Nigel) with producer Chris Thomas at the helm. Here, only guitarist Davey stays on with the addition of top 80s session musicians such as Charlie Morgan, Fred Mandel, Pino Palladino and Dave Mattacks. Gus Dudgeon, arguably Elton's most successful producer returns after almost a 10 year gap.
Unfortunately, apart from a few exceptions, the songs are lacklustre despite good studio production and musicianship. The sound is brighter and snappier, owing much to the "onward international horns" and the aforementioned ace musos, but Elton's attempts to get into a more 80s soul/funk feel doesn't succeed. Even George Michael (then, at the top of his game) fails to improve matters.
The album kicks off with "This Town" (a song Elton performed on Channel4's "The Tube" to promote the album),is all slapbass and brass stabs with Sister Sledge backing vocals...it's catchy enough to deserve its place. "Cry to Heaven" is one of those classic Elton moments...a plaintive A-minor piano piece, good vocals, awash with string padding. Elton was convinced it would be a hit, and duly filmed a promo video for it dressed as a clown! Alas, it barely scraped the top 40, which was a shame because it's one of his best songs of the 80s and certainly the standout track here. "Soul Glove", "Candy By The Pound", "Tell Me What The Papers Say" and "Satellite" are pretty much standard album filler...some of which are good for a few listens but ultimately forgettable. The only other standout is the lyrically-dated "Nikita" and that's saying something!
Mystifyingly, this re-released cd omits "Act of War" and in its place includes three pointless live songs from the Breaking Hearts tour. However, one welcome addition is the Song For Guy-type instrumental "The Man Who Never Died" which was the B-side to "Nikita"....written in the aftermath of John Lennon's death (hence the vocal "Imagine he's the man who never died" coda) it's a pleasant piano piece which some fans may enjoy.
For the newly initiated Elton fan, there are some interesting moments here but its not one of his best 80s albums and nor is it his worst. Mediocre really.
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERon 31 March 2009
Elton's career has had its ups and downs, but this album came at a time when he was in top form. It followed Breaking hearts (featuring Sad songs say so much, Passengers) and that in turn followed Too low for zero (featuring I'm still standing, I guess that's why they call it the blues). Both of those albums contained some fine album tracks as well as those major hit singles and some lesser hits, and this album followed the pattern. Gus Dudgeon, producer of Elton's albums from his classic 1970 to 1976 period, returned to that position for this album.

The biggest hit here was Nikita, which by making the UK top three, was Elton's biggest UK hit for nearly ten years, although he'd had plenty of UK top ten hits in between. Nikita also made the top ten in America. The follow-up single from this album, Wrap her up made the top twenty on both sides of the Atlantic without capturing the public imagination to the extend of its predecessor. Both hits featured George Michael on backing vocals. A third single from the album, Cry to heaven, became a minor UK hit. By that time, anybody who wanted the song probably had the album. Other great tracks on the album include This town, Tell me what the papers say and Candy by the pound.

When one thinks of Elton John's albums, this one isn't usually among the first to come to mind, but that's only because Elton recorded so many great albums. There is much to like about this album, which was expanded with this re-issue to include The man who never died (the B-side of Nikita), a live version of Restless (the studio version of which was the B-side of Wrap her up) and live versions of Sorry seems to be the hardest word and I'm still standing. This may not be the place to begin a collection of Elton's studio albums, but no serious Elton John fan should be without it.
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on 9 December 2013
Remembered having this as a teenager. Big fan of Elt, but this is way down the list of best albums.
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on 27 August 2014
Bought this for my sister who is very pleased with it, she loves the song 'Nikita'.
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