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Ice On Fire [Remastered] Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 17 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00000APS2
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. This Town
2. Cry To Heaven
3. Soul Glove
4. Nikita
5. Too Young
6. Wrap Her Up
7. Satellite
8. Tell Me What The Papers Say
9. Candy By The Pound
10. Shoot Down The Moon
11. The Man Who Never Died (1985 Remix By Gus Dudgeon)
12. Restless (Live)
13. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (Live)
14. I'm Still Standing (Live)

Product Description

Digit Remastered plus Bonus Track.

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Format: Audio CD
Ice on fire is not one of my favourite Elton John albums. I know all the hyps about how horrible Leather Jackets is but I like it more than this one. Am I the only one? ;-) I tell you why, they are both pop albums but 'Jackets' has some variety and some very non-commercial sounding tunes. This one gets stuck in a groove. If you remove 'Act of war' whcih I don't have on my vinyl anyway, Cry to heaven and Shoot down the moon, we have 8 mid-tempo, slighly jazzy, slightly R&B pop songs. Okay the tempo has vartiations from mid-fast through to mid-slow but they're all pretty-much the same. Even the production is very similar for each song. I also don't like 'Wrap her up' one bit. There aren't any inspiring brass solo's, it goes for six minutes and Elton sounds half alive. And plus the women they mention at the end were by this time either old or dead. Nancy Reagan? Marilyn Monroe? Half-hearted is how it would describe it and it's not much fun. Shoot down the moon is almost identical to Cry to Heaven, same synth sounds, same arrangement, almost the same melody, same mood, similar lyric, same vocals, same everything. Only Shoot down the moon I seem to find boring, I find Cry to Heaven more attention grabbing. Too Young is a great aching ballad but goes far too long. So they are the three weak tracks in my opinion. The highligts are the energetic 70's R&B opener, with great vocals from Sister Sledge, some very great brass playing and of-course Elton delivers a wonderful vocal. Soul Glove is possibly the best song. It is so much in the same vein as mid-60's pop. It woudl have been a huge hit had it have been released in 1965. Candy By the pound is similar but more cutesy and charming. It perhaps ties with SOul Glove for my favourite off here. THen Nikita is a lovely song.Read more ›
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By A Customer on March 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
isn't it refreshing for a well known artist to be unpredictable-and take chances-to try something different?-especially when his sales are at rock bottom-i call that balls-this album says that and then some-its a definite studio product-but it produced-maybe u might remember-that great song about "detente"-"nikita"-not only a love song-but a politically controversial message about not only love but the discontent of the east and the west-yeah-us and them-hey-let elton have it-bout time bernie lets go to the world of gybr and gets real-this album is too over-produced for my taste-george m. and elton on "WRAP HER UP' is dull-but his background on nikita is serious-satellite with nik kershaw is infectious-"soul glove"-is some groovy tower of power soul-"too young"-with queens' rhythm section-is just that-queen with elton on vocals-not very interesting-but-i got to admit-he does try some different stuff on this album-he gets away with some of it-like the background vocals on the opening track-"this town"-sister sledge-can't get much better than that-unlike most remastered albums-this has some hot bonus tracks-live versions of "restless"-that kicks a-- and a somber beautifully sung version of "sorry"-with just him on piano and ray on percussion-and a hell of a rousing take of "i'm still standing"-like u never heard it before-it just shows u what elton is really like-the contrast between this over-produced effort and the live recordings is amazing-i actually think it was intended-just to show us how versatile elton can be-u got to b a diehard to buy this-some good songs-but not enough-skip this-buy the single "nikita"-and hope to hear "satellite" and the bonus tracks at a friends house-
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Without the bonus tracks, this album would only get one and a half stars. Yes, "Nikita" isn't a bad song, maybe "Shoot Down The Moon" shows some potential, and depending on your mood, "Wrap Her Up" can be slightly catchy, but other than these three songs, what else is there? The answer: seven fairly bland, faceless tracks(okay, maybe with the possible exception of "Cry To Heaven", but even it really seems like more of a b-side). It baffles me why this particular album was remastered, and re-released, while "21 at 33", and "Breaking Hearts", two 80's releases that didn't completely bomb, are left in the dark. Anyway, as I said above, the bonus tracks really help this album: For starters, "The Man Who Never Died", an instrumental tribute to John Lennon, is finally available, originally recorded around "The Fox" sessions, then remixed in 1985, and at that point, released as a b-side to "Wrap Her Up". Then, there are three live tracks, probably taken from the "Breaking Hearts" tour, "Restless"(second verse missing), "I'm Still Standing" and "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word". Since I have always wished for a live E.J. album from the 80's(a bit more representative of the period than "Live In Australia"), I found these tracks to be a nice touch.
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This one wasn't one of the better ones, as he continued his annual offering in the '80s. "Wrap Her Up" features George Michael, though a single, was overshadowed by Michael's own work. "Act of War" isn't on the LP. This did better back in the UK. Originally released in the U.S. and Canada by Geffen, and Rocket/Phonogram elsewhere.
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