Tuesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Ice On Fire (1985)

Ice on Fire, released November 4,1985, is the nineteenth studio album by Elton John. Recorded at Sol Studios, it was his first album since Blue Moves produced by his original long-time producer, Gus Dudgeon. David Paton and Charlie Morgan appear for the first time on bass and drums respectively, replacing original band members Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. Fred Mandel, who had played with John during the Breaking Hearts tour, also contributed guitar and keyboards. George Michael, then of Wham!, appears on two tracks on the album: “Nikita” and “Wrap Her Up”. Other notable guests include Nik Kershaw, Sister Sledge, Pino Palladino, Mel Gaynor and Millie Jackson, who duetted with John on “Act of war”. Roger Taylor and John Deacon of Queen play drums and bass guitar on “Too Young”.

The album was met with little praise, and only reached #48 on the US charts, although it reached #3 in the UK. “Nikita” and “Wrap Her Up” became top 20 hits, the former reaching #7 in the US and #3 in the UK. In the US it was certified gold in June 1986 by the RIAA.

“This Town” – 3:56
“Cry to Heaven” – 4:16
“Soul Glove” – 3:31
“Nikita” – 5:43
“Too Young” – 5:12
“Wrap Her Up” – 6:21
“Satellite” – 3:57
“Tell Me What the Papers Say” – 3:40
“Candy by the Pound” – 3:56
“Shoot Down the Moon” – 5:09
“Act of War” (Duet with Millie Jackson) – 4:43
“The Man Who Never Died” – 5:12
“Restless” (Live 1984) – 4:25
“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” (Live 1977) – 3:23
“I’m Still Standing” (Live 1984) – 4:52

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