George and Elton
This album is remembered for the George Michael and Elton John vocal duo on Wrap Her Up... Perfect tune for the time. George Michael's career was just about to explode... Nikita has never received the praise that I feel the song deserves. The UK version definitely has some extras that make it worth the purchase!!
I am giving this album a 5 star merely because of the musican ingenuity of Sir Elton John. Yes some of the songs on this album are not the best he has released but the "I'm Still Standing" live version is unbelieveable. Well let me rephrase. It is classic elton adding a little something we ususally dont hear. Nikita, Wrap Her Up, and Satellite are other sub par tracks on this album. But the live songs are very, veryy, good. What should you expect?
Contains the hits "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up" and not much else worth listening to.
A diamond in the rough
By Alex Hamilton
Four stars for many mediocre songs, but not less than four stars for the great songs it does include, including "Nikita" and—under-appreciated in my opinion—"Wrap Her Up." But the live songs are really what make this album stand out. "Sorry..." is a great live recording, but the real diamond on this album is the live recording of "I'm Still Standing." I think it's the best recording of the song, period. Live or studio. There's just no way to sit still while listening to the song, /especially/ during the fantastic portion from 3:16 to 4:10. Just when you think the song is done, and that they might be transitioning into another, you get an ending that blows you away.
Melting the Ice Away
This album usually goes under the radar. I don't think any of the original studio tracks are performed by Elton today. "Nikita"'s too dated now with its Cold War theme.
This was the first studio release produced by Gus Dudgeon since 1976's "Blue Moves".
This should have also had the 12" version of "Wrap Her Up" and "Act of War". I don't see any reason why not. There's room.
Originally released in 1985; in the US and Canada by Geffen Records.
Great for the 80's
There are some songs in this album worth listening. However, weather or not the album is good or not would realy depend on who has the ear for it. I personally do not have it, but some songs like This Town, Cry to Heaven, Soul Glove, Satellite, and Shoot Down the Moon are good for anyone. Most people think Nikita is good, but I really don't recommend it. Great album though.
One of EJ's worst, but certain songs are worth downloading.
Well, EJ was hitting bottom in his personal life and it FINALLY started showing in his work. This is a rare instance where the hits are the best stuff on the album. Nikita is great. The live bonus tracks are good. Maybe Candy By the Pound is tolerable, but buy almost every other EJ album before getting this.
A Pivotal Moment
1985 was a year of transition for Elton John. He was no longer Tiger Beat cover material, but had yet to settle into maturity with albums like "Sleeping With the Past", and most notably, "The One". "Ice on Fire" prooves itself to be an interesting artifact of an artist not entirely comfortable with himself, and it shows on songs such as "This Town", "Too Young", and "Cry to Heaven". Elton John's excesses, from subtstance abuses, to over touring, were starting to affect his performing ability to the point where long time studio wizards, like producer Gus Dudgoen, were no longer able to reign in the consequences. Elton John's yearning, but increasingly rough vocals on songs such as "Nikita" and "The Man Who Never Died" speak of this world weariness, emphasized all the more as his voice continued to give out . This is one album away from where he lost his voice entirely, and it is heartfelt to hear his soaring vocals one last time. Key tracks are "Nikita", "The Man Who Never Died", a tribute to his close friend, John Lennon, and a live version of "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"."Ice on Fire" stands as the last work of Elton John's early career. After this album, Elton John was never the same, and neither was his music.