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Editors’ Notes

Billy Joel had been looking for his way into the music business. He'd released several obscure albums with The Hassles and Attila before settling down as a singer/songwriter for a small label, which—due to a mastering error—released his debut album at the wrong speed. In 1983, Columbia Records issued a "corrected" version that played at the correct speed, but it had been remixed and edited without Joel's participation. Despite this unusual beginning, Cold Spring Harbor captures a talented songwriter making a singer/songwriter album at a time—1971—when many other young men and women were doing the same. "She's Got a Way" eventually became a hit in a live version from Songs in the Attic, while songs like "Falling of the Rain," "Turn Around," and "You Can Make Me Free" (cut down from 5:40 to 2:56 in the remaster) sit beautifully alongside the works of Elton John, James Taylor, and other contemporaries. "Everybody Loves You Now" has that cynical Joel eye. The lyrics to "Tomorrow Is Today" were partly taken from a suicide note Joel had written during those days.

Customer Reviews

This is great

In this album Billy Joel is at his best. The great lyrics on this album are accampanied by even better piano playing. It truly is a lost gem, just as fantastic as any other of his albums. It is a shame the record messed up the original version. Buy this! Buy this!

Outstanding!!

Billy was very young here but the talent is undeniable. its great to hear if you enjoy billys later music, because you can really hear the talent that was about to emerge in the years to come.

Fantastic

This is easily one of the best albums ever done. Billy Joel is a musical genius, and this album proves that. Music doesn't come like this anymore, in one word: beautiful.

Biography

Born: May 9, 1949 in Bronx, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Billy Joel never was a critic's favorite, the pianist emerged as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the latter half of the '70s. Joel's music consistently demonstrates an affection for Beatlesque hooks and a flair for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway melodies. His fusion of two distinct eras made him a superstar in the late '70s and '80s, as he racked an impressive string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles. Born in the Bronx, Joel was raised in the Long Island suburb of Hicksville,...
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