The Info List - Ice On Fire

Ice on Fire, released in November 1985, is the nineteenth official album release for Elton John. Recorded at Sol Studios, it was his first album since Blue Moves
Blue Moves
produced by his original long-time producer, Gus Dudgeon, who was responsible for John's success in that timespan, but it was met with little praise, and only reached #48 on the US charts, although it reached #3 in the UK. George Michael, then of Wham!, appears on two tracks on the album: "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up". Despite the mediocre sales of the album in the US, "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up" became top 20 hits, the former reaching #7 in the US and #3 in the UK. Roger Taylor and John Deacon
John Deacon
of Queen play drums and bass guitar respectively on "Too Young". In the US it was certified gold in June 1986 by the RIAA.


1 Track listing

1.1 Side one 1.2 Side two 1.3 Bonus track (On the 1985 original CD and the 1992 MCA and Geffen reissue) 1.4 Bonus tracks (1999 Mercury reissue)

2 Personnel 3 Credits 4 Certifications 5 Charts

5.1 Weekly charts 5.2 Year-end charts

6 References

Track listing[edit] All songs written by Elton John
Elton John
and Bernie Taupin, except where noted. Side one[edit]

"This Town" – 3:56 "Cry to Heaven" – 4:16 "Soul Glove" – 3:31 "Nikita" – 5:43 "Too Young" – 5:12

Side two[edit]

"Wrap Her Up" (John, Taupin, Davey Johnstone, Fred Mandel, Charlie Morgan, Paul Westwood) – 6:21 "Satellite" – 3:57 (4:37 on CD reissue) "Tell Me What the Papers Say" – 3:40 "Candy by the Pound" – 3:56 "Shoot Down the Moon" – 5:09

Bonus track (On the 1985 original CD and the 1992 MCA and Geffen reissue)[edit]

"Act of War" (Duet with Millie Jackson) – 4:43

Bonus tracks (1999 Mercury reissue)[edit]

"The Man Who Never Died" (John) – 5:12 "Restless" (Live 1984) – 4:25 "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Live 1977) (Erroneously listed as "Live 1984") – 3:23 "I'm Still Standing" (Live 1984) – 4:52

The remastered 1999 version did not include "Act of War"; the 1985 original CD issue and the 1999 remaster have a longer intro to "Satellite" than the LP issue, and has a slightly different vocal mix. The live version of "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" is not the version found on the 12" single of "Nikita", but is an unreleased version from 1977 (Live at Rainbow Rock in May). It is unknown why the switch occurred. The other two live tracks were recorded at Wembley Stadium during the tour for the album Breaking Hearts. According to Elizabeth Rosenthal in her book, His Songs: The Musical Journey of Elton John, the LP's closing track, "Shoot Down the Moon", was considered for the James Bond film A View to a Kill, but the producers instead decided to go with the title track as performed by Duran Duran. "The Man Who Never Died" is a song written about John Lennon, in addition to "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)", from Elton John's album Jump Up! Personnel[edit]

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
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
John Deacon
– bass guitar on "Too Young" Mel Gaynor
Mel Gaynor
– drums (3, 7, 11) Millie Jackson
Millie Jackson
– vocals on "Act of War" Elton John
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
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
Nik Kershaw
– electric guitar on "Nikita", "Satellite" and "Act of War"; backing vocals on "Nikita" Katie Kissoon
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
George Michael
– backing vocals on "Nikita", featured vocals on "Wrap Her Up" Charlie Morgan – drums (1, 2, 6) James Newton-Howard
James Newton-Howard
– string arrangements on "Soul Glove" and "Wrap Her Up" Pino Palladino
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
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)


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


Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA)[7] Platinum 70,000^

France (SNEP)[8] Gold 100,000*

Germany (BVMI)[9] Gold 250,000^

Netherlands (NVPI)[10] Gold 50,000^

Sweden (GLF)[11] Platinum 100,000^

Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[12] 2× Platinum 100,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Platinum 300,000^

United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart Peak position

Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
Albums Chart[15] 6

Austrian Albums Chart[16] 9

Canadian RPM Albums Chart[17] 49

Dutch Mega Albums Chart[18] 6

New Zealand Albums Chart[19] 8

Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[20] 2

Spanish Albums Chart[21] 6

Swedish Albums Chart[22] 16

Swiss Albums Chart[23] 2

UK Albums Chart[24] 3

US Billboard 200[25] 48

West German Media Control Albums Chart[26] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Position

Australian Albums Chart[15] 77

UK Albums Chart[27] 45

Chart (1986) Position

Austrian Albums Chart[28] 19

Canadian Albums Chart[29] 56

French Albums Chart[30] 54

Swiss Albums Chart[31] 3

US Billboard 200[32] 97


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Elton John

Discography Albums Singles Videography Awards

Studio albums

Empty Sky Elton John Tumbleweed Connection Madman Across the Water Honky Château Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Caribou Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Rock of the Westies Blue Moves A Single Man Victim of Love 21 at 33 The Fox Jump Up! Too Low for Zero Breaking Hearts Ice on Fire Leather Jackets Reg Strikes Back Sleeping with the Past The One Duets Made in England The Big Picture Songs from the West Coast Peachtree Road The Captain & the Kid The Union The Diving Board Wonderful Crazy Night

Live albums

17-11-70 Here and There Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden

Soundtrack albums

Friends The Lion King The Muse Elton John
Elton John
and Tim Rice's Aida The Road to El Dorado Gnomeo & Juliet

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Volume II The Thom Bell Sessions Lady Samantha Greatest Hits Vol. 3 The Complete Thom Bell Sessions To Be Continued The Very Best of Elton John Rare Masters Greatest Hits 1976–1986 The Superior Sound of Elton John Chartbusters Go Pop Classic Elton John Love Songs Prologue Greatest Hits 1970–2002 Elton John's Christmas Party Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits Diamonds

Other albums

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John
Elton John
& Bernie Taupin Good Morning to the Night Revamp & Restoration

Video albums

The Afternoon Concert The Night Time Concert Night and Day Concert Live in Australia The Very Best of Elton John Live in Barcelona Love Songs Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Dream Ticket Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden The Red Piano

Concert tours

1970 World Tour West of the Rockies Tour Louder Than Concorde Tour 1980 World Tour Jump Up Tour Too Low for Zero Tour European Express Tour Breaking Hearts Tour Ice on Fire
Ice on Fire
Tour Tour De Force Reg Strikes Back
Reg Strikes Back
Tour Sleeping with the Past Tour The One Tour Face to Face 1994 Face to Face 1995 Made in England Tour Big Picture Tour Face to Face 1998 An Evening with Elton John Medusa Tour Stately Home Tour Face to Face 2001 Songs from the West Coast Tour Face to Face 2002 A Journey Through Time 2003 Tour Face to Face 2003 2004 Tour Peachtree Road Tour 2006 European Tour The Captain and the Kid Tour Rocket Man: Greatest Hits Live Face to Face 2009 Face to Face 2010 2010 European Tour Greatest Hits Tour 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man The Diving Board
The Diving Board
Tour Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tour All the Hits Tour The Final Curtain Tour Wonderful Crazy Night
Wonderful Crazy Night
Tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Concert residencies

The Red Piano The Million Dollar Piano

Miscellaneous performances

List of Elton John
Elton John
and Ray Cooper concert tours The Union Tour


The Lion King

animated live-action musical

Billy Elliot the Musical Aida Lestat The Devil Wears Prada

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