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Elton John - Ice on Fire (1985)


Elton John - Ice on Fire (1985)


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Elton John - Ice on Fire

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Side one

1. "This Town"   3:56

2. "Cry to Heaven"   4:16

3. "Soul Glove"   3:31

4. "Nikita"   5:43

5. "Too Young"   5:12


Side two

1. "Wrap Her Up"   6:21

2. "Satellite"   3:57

3. "Tell Me What the Papers Say"   3:40

4. "Candy by the Pound"   3:56

5. "Shoot Down the Moon"   5:09


Total length: 45:41




David Bitelli – horn arrangements (1, 3, 6, 9), baritone saxophone (1, 6, 9), tenor saxophone (3, 6)

Alan Carvell – backing vocals (3, 5, 7–9)

Kiki Dee – backing vocals (3, 5, 6, 8, 9)

Raul D'Oliveira – trumpet (1, 3, 6, 9)

Gus Dudgeon – Simmons drums on "Too Young" and "Act of War", horn arrangements (3, 6), arrangements (10)

Deon Estus – bass guitar (3, 7, 11)

John Deacon – bass guitar on "Too Young"

Mel Gaynor – drums (3, 7, 11)

Millie Jackson – vocals on "Act of War"

Elton John – lead vocals, acoustic piano (1–3, 5, 8, 10, 11), Yamaha GS1 piano (4, 5), synthesizer (4, 7, 9, 11), backing vocals (4)

Davey Johnstone – electric guitar (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11), Spanish guitar (2), synth guitar (2, 7), backing vocals (3, 5, 6–9)

Nik Kershaw – electric guitar on "Nikita", "Satellite" and "Act of War"; backing vocals on "Nikita"

Katie Kissoon – backing vocals (3, 5, 6, 8, 9)

Fred Mandel – synthesizers (1, 4, 5, 10, 11), keyboards (2, 3, 6–9), sequencer (6), electric guitar (7, 11), finger snaps (7), arrangements (10)

Dave Mattacks – drums (4, 8, 9), military snare on "Too Young"

George Michael – backing vocals on "Nikita", featured vocals on "Wrap Her Up"

Charlie Morgan – drums (1, 2, 6)

James Newton Howard – string arrangements on "Soul Glove" and "Wrap Her Up"

Pino Palladino – bass guitar (10)

David Paton – bass guitar (4, 8, 9)

Nick Pentelow – tenor saxophone (9)

Chris Pyne – trombone (9)

Frank Ricotti – percussion (3, 5), vibraphone (9)

Sister Sledge – backing vocals on "This Town"

Paul Spong – trumpet (1, 3, 6, 9)

Bob Sydor – tenor saxophone (3)

Rick Taylor – trombone (1, 3, 6, 9), horn arrangements (9)

Roger Taylor – drums on "Too Young"

Pete Thomas – tenor saxophone (9)

Phil Todd – alto saxophone (6)

Paul Westwood – bass guitar (1, 2, 6)

Pete Wingfield – backing vocals (3, 5, 6–9)


Credits

Produced by Gus Dudgeon

All lyrics by Bernie Taupin

Recorded by Stuart Epps

Mixed and Edited by Graham Dickson and Gus Dudgeon

Additional mix and editing by Tom Pearce

Mastered by Gordon Vicary

Design: David Larkham

Photography: Terry O'Neill




Ice on Fire is the 19th studio album by Elton John. Recorded at Sol Studios and released in November 1985, 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 latter reached #20 in the US, and the former reached #7 in the US and #3 in the UK. In the US, the album was certified gold in June 1986 by the RIAA.

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