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Cold Spring Harbor Enhanced, Original recording remastered, Import

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Got To Begin At Some Point Nov. 3 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I tell you I've passed over this album many many times over the years and now that I finaly own it I couldn't be more happy. Right away I do need to mention that this album was remixed slightly in 1983 and,as a result of just a few of the drum tracks have a certain sound quality that..that was just not in existant in when this album was originally recorded. When this album came out Billy Joel probably recorded it as a solo side project from Attila,the band he was a member of at the time and was basically going for a different kind of musical sound than he had with them. Somehow or other this had the effect of launching him on what turned out to be a hugely successful career as a solo artist. And it's not hard to see why because when one listens to this album,individuality is a key musical aspect of what he's going for. At this early point Billy is already putting his influences into place as he is not only making it clear how piano based his sound is but that his sound is just as based in jazz based American composers such as Gershwin and Broadway writers such as Jerome Kern,as well as people like Beethoven. Perhaps it was this rather old fashioned and sometimes retro cosmipoliton approch that made the music appear less rockish than say what Elton John was coming up with on a regular basis. The earlier sketch of "She's Got A Way" really brings that home well in that it's basically him on solo piano and nothing more. "You Can Make Me Feel Free" with all of it's dramatic chords has a prominant McCartney influence,especially as of his then new album Ram. On the uptempo "Everybody Loves You Now" and "Falling Of The Rain" strong compositions are married to arrangements....that sound like what in fact the Gershwins might come up with if they recorded 70's pop/rock. Billy Joel is often underrated as a songwriter and even though I never personally felt that way,this album has actually increased the opposit side of the opinion for me. "You Look So Good To Me",as the other uptempo song here gets the same effect-again the music is not guitar oriented as so much of rock,especially bands like Attilla tended to be. There are plenty more wonderful ballads here such as the classically oriented pop piano instrumental "Nocturne" and more restrained pieces such as "Why Judy Why" and "Tomorrow Is Today". For sure it's not the full bodied sound that he would develope on his next album and isn't incredibly rhythmic but,it's not plain mellowness exactly either. Closer at times to....the stark minimalism of John Lennon's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. only with more perception and less harshness to the lyrical approch. Still it's enjoyable to see that even todays standards when dealing with an artist how can create something not only artistically but commercially contemporary and viable using these kinds of influences as a basis.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The original version of this album was great; this is not Sept. 16 2010
By David Pearlman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cold Spring Harbor was originally released in the early '70s on a small label. The album was terrific classic Joel, although the vinyl pressing was not: Someone goofed when mastering the album, and sped the tape up by about 8%, making Joel sound something like a deep-throated chipmonk. The record sold zilch and went out of print long before Joel became a star. In the mid '80s, with Joel now a megastar, it was announced that the album would be remastered and re-released. That was great news to the fans who knew and loved the first effort.

But they didn't just remaster and re-release the album. Instead, Joel played with it. He remixed it. He added instruments. He changed the whole sound of the album. What finally emerged was a travesty: Lethargic, uninvolving, lacking most of the charm of the original.

I suppose this will do (and will have to do) for those without turntables and/or without an interest in record collecting. But be aware that it's nothing more than a hollow echo of the real beast that owns this name.

For shame.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Divine debut Feb. 24 2012
By Sal Nudo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Billy Joel suffered his share of hard knocks growing up and in the music business, but the focused sound of "Cold Spring Harbor" proves that those travails didn't keep him down. From top to bottom, this is a sparse, beautiful album that showcases a budding artist with loads of talent and an innate tenderness within a rough-and-tumble exterior. Melodically, Joel has few musical equals. If you like piano and you enjoy singing along to catchy songs that usually span three minutes or less, you'll love this album; it's as simple as that. Joel's voice and cheery melody on "You Can Make Me Free" sound like Paul McCartney at the top of his post-Beatles game, while the elegiac "Why Judy Why" a few songs later interestingly conjures a John Lennon aura.

Despite some influences here and there, Joel is a true original, and these songs are completely his own -- the high-flying keyboard work on tunes like "Everybody Loves You Now" and "Falling of the Rain" makes sure of that. Additionally, the true passion and musical complexities on "Cold Spring Harbor" are impressive. Halfway through "Tomorrow is Today," for instance, where the artist's severe depression is brought into the light, Joel belts out gospel-like lyrics and conveys a soulful vibe that blends wonderfully with the song's overall starkness. "Turn Around" and "You Look So Good to Me" are pop masterpieces, while the somber "Nocturne" captures elements early on of what the classically trained Joel would create on a classical piano CD many years later.

On the sober closer "Got to Begin Again," Joel reaches within himself to strive for personal renewal; there's an easy-going sound and straightforward message that resonates. Joel's instinctive ability to reinvent his music throughout the years shows just how deeply he cared about the song's theme. Future Joel albums would often feature more heft in the production, worldly subjects, lyrical cynicism and vocal ruggedness, but the pureness of "Cold Spring Harbor" shouldn't be overlooked among the Piano Man's catalog.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
First album show true potential April 26 2008
By R. Engstrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Even thought the album was recorded and then released accidentally recorded at the wrong speed, it still shows the true potential of Billy Joel. Some of the songs have been re-recorded live on later albums but this album is still one of my favorites, along with Streetlife Serenade,Turnstiles,and 52nd Street.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pre-Piano Man very impressive at corrected speed Oct. 16 2009
By R. Warner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You can hear the seeds of what was to come here from Billy Joel...first coming together with the next album PIANO MAN, and then onward. A very worthwhile listen and must-have for the "collectors" among us of an artist with many influences but a unique voice.

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