Ice on Fire

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Ice on Fire
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Studio album by Elton John
Released 4 November 1985
Recorded January 1985
Genre Soft rock, pop rock, new wave
Length 46:17
Label Geffen (US)
Rocket (UK)
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John chronology
Breaking Hearts
Ice on Fire
Leather Jackets
Singles from Ice on Fire
  1. "Act of War"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Nikita"
    Released: 29 October 1985 (UK), February 1986 (US)
  3. "Wrap Her Up"
    Released: 1985
  4. "Cry to Heaven"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]

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 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 of Queen play drums and bass guitar respectively on "Too Young". In the US it was certified gold in June 1986 by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  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[edit]

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

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

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

Bonus tracks (1999 Mercury reissue)[edit]

  1. "The Man Who Never Died" (John) – 5:12
  2. "Restless" (Live 1984) – 4:25
  3. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Live 1977) (Erroneously listed as "Live 1984") – 3:23
  4. "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!




Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[3] Platinum 70,000^
France (SNEP)[4] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[5] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[6] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[7] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[8] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

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



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