Billy Joel ‎– Cold Spring Harbor

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Joel's debut album, released in November of 1971. Joel recorded this album primarily to showcase his abilities as a songwriter, intending to market his songs to other artists: as a result the production on this album is in the vein of other singer-songwriter/soft rock acts of the period. Four singles appear to have been released from this album: She's Got A Way, Tomorrow Is Today, Why Judy Why, and Nocturne. Neither the album nor any of its singles were successful, although "She's Got A Way" and "Everybody Loves You Now" were re-recorded for Joel's 1981 live album Songs In The Attic: the live version of "She's Got A Way" became a hit, and a live music video was created for "Everybody Loves You Now", elevating its status in Joel's catalog.

Two different versions of this album exist. The 1971 Family Productions recordings were mastered at the wrong speed, causing the pitch of the entire album to be a semi-tone too high. In 1983, Columbia Records, which had released all of Joel's subsequent albums, permitted the producer to re-edit and remix the album: the most drastic changes were made to "You Can Make Me Free", which had its running time cut by more than half, and both "Everybody Loves You Now" and "Turn Around", for which the producer added additional overdubs. Joel had no involvement with the remixed album, which was released with a slightly different cover.

Versions (50)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Family Productions FPS 2700 US 1971 Sell This Version
F 82700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(8-Trk, Album) Family Productions F 82700 US 1971 Sell This Version
RDH 6080 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(Cass) Rainbow Music Group RDH 6080 Australia 1971 Sell This Version
40-32400 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(Cass, Album) CBS 40-32400 UK 1971 Sell This Version
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Family Productions FPS 2700 US 1971 Sell This Version
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Family Productions FPS 2700 US 1971 Sell This Version
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Family Productions FPS 2700 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Family Productions FPS 2700 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, Promo) Family Productions FPS 2700 US 1971 Sell This Version
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, Unofficial, D.J) Family Productions FPS 2700 US 1971 Sell This Version
6369 150 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Philips 6369 150 UK 1972 Sell This Version
6369 150 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Philips 6369 150 Spain 1972 Sell This Version
6369 150 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Philips 6369 150 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
6369 150 L Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Philips 6369 150 L Italy 1972 Sell This Version
6369 150 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) Philips 6369 150 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, Club) Family Productions FPS 2700 US 1973 Sell This Version
FPS 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE) Family Productions FPS 2700 US 1973 Sell This Version
CDCBS 26108 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album) CBS CDCBS 26108 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
BNR 982637 4 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(Cass, Album) Columbia BNR 982637 4 Sweden 1983 Sell This Version
SBP 237971 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) CBS SBP 237971 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
25AP 2735 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 2735 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 32400 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE) CBS CBS 32400 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 32400, PC 38984 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 32400, PC 38984 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 32400 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE) CBS CBS 32400 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
CBS 32400 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE) CBS CBS 32400 UK 1983 Sell This Version
PC 38984 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE, Car) Columbia PC 38984 US 1983 Sell This Version
PC 38984 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE, Pit) Columbia PC 38984 US 1983 Sell This Version
WPC 38984 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE, RM) Columbia WPC 38984 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
35DP 108 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album) CBS/Sony 35DP 108 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
CLS-5799 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album) CBS, Family Productions CLS-5799 Mexico 1984 Sell This Version
25DP 5160 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 25DP 5160 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
CDCBS 26108 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, RE, RP) CBS CDCBS 26108 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
982637 2 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album) Columbia 982637 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CK 69390 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor (CD, Album, RE, RM, CD-) Columbia CK 69390 US 1998 Sell This Version
CT 69390 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor (Cass, Album, RE, RM) Columbia CT 69390 US 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69390 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, Enh, RE, RM) Columbia CK 69390 US 1998 Sell This Version
491190 2, COL 491190 2 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, Enh, RM) Columbia, Columbia 491190 2, COL 491190 2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
491190 2, COL 491190 2 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, Enh, RM) Columbia, Columbia 491190 2, COL 491190 2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
492718.2 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia 492718.2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
SRCS 9443 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, RE) SME Records SRCS 9443 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
MHCP 459 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Min) Sony Records Int'l MHCP 459 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
FRM 2700 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gat) Friday Music FRM 2700 US 2015 Sell This Version
PCT 38984 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor (Cass, Album) Columbia PCT 38984 US Unknown Sell This Version
468869 2 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album) Columbia 468869 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
468869 2 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album) Columbia 468869 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CK 38984 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Family Productions CK 38984 US Unknown Sell This Version
CSCS 6060 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(CD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony CSCS 6060 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
25KP 1031 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(Cass, Album) CBS/Sony 25KP 1031 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
468869 4 Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(Cass, Album, RE) Columbia 468869 4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CBS32400 (PR) Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor(LP, Album, RE) CBS, Family Productions CBS32400 (PR) Spain Unknown Sell This Version

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ohoulihan

ohoulihan

January 22, 2018
referencing Cold Spring Harbor, LP, Album, FPS 2700
Total noob here, but I keep seeing an 8-track version up for sale on ebay and the like, but I don't see it here. Is this an unofficial release or what? Anyone? Thanks.
leftypem

leftypem

May 15, 2016
referencing Cold Spring Harbor, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gat, FRM 2700
FYI: This reissue uses the revised Columbia version of the master, not the original 1971 version.
leftypem

leftypem

May 14, 2016
referencing Cold Spring Harbor, LP, Album, Unofficial, D.J, FPS 2700
Listening tests also give away an unprofessional dupe job, as you can hear drop-outs on song fades across the whole LP.
mccontrol

mccontrol

June 25, 2014
referencing Cold Spring Harbor, CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Min, MHCP 459

Would be great to get the original version of this album rereleased. The current version available is a re-mixed version with overdubs from the 80's. Unfortunately Billy Joel absolutely hates this album and the chances of it getting a reissue are pretty slim.
Showbiz_Kid

Showbiz_Kid

June 5, 2014
referencing Cold Spring Harbor, LP, Album, Unofficial, D.J, FPS 2700

These can be distinguished from the original by lack of the "constellation" in the label art, and the folded-and-glued cover vs. the legitimate cover, which had a traditional pasted-on rear cover slick.
wyomingdoubter

wyomingdoubter

February 21, 2014
referencing Cold Spring Harbor, LP, Album, 6369 150
This version also plays at the incorrect speed (8% higher pitch).
king_of_nails

king_of_nails

June 19, 2012
referencing Cold Spring Harbor, LP, Album, FPS 2700
Same in Australia. Americans spell a lot of things differently.
amutualfriend

amutualfriend

September 8, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Cold Spring Harbor, CD, Album, RE, CK 38984

On the back cover of the CD (on the sideways, where the title is) and on the CD of my copy (Sony/Coloumbia, 1991), I think there's a print error: it's been pressed "Cold Spring HarboUr" instead of "Cold Spring Harbor". Somebody noticed it or knows something about it? Hope my english is comprehensible. Regards.