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Some great tunes but overall a dated 80's album
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.