Cold Spring Harbor (Album)


  • Vocal / Piano / Organ / Harmonica / Harpsichord / Keyboard / Hammond Organ: Billy Joel
  • Guitar: Richard Bennett
  • Guitar: Sal De Troia
  • Guitar: Don Evans
  • Drums: Rhys Clark
  • Bass: Emory Gordy Jr.
  • Steel Guitar: Sneaky Pete Kleinow
  • Bass: Larry Knechtel
  • Drums: Mike McGee
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Denny Siewell

Cold Spring Harbor is the debut album of American musician Billy Joel.


Joel had already released several albums with the bands The Hassles and Attila, as with " Cold Spring Harbor " released his first solo album. The record was released in November 1971 by Family Productions label. Due to an error during mastering, the tracks on the LP, however, were in too high a rate published, an error which was corrected only in 1983, when Artie Ripp, owner of Family Productions, a new edition of the album without the cooperation of Joel in his later label Columbia Records published.

Ripp in 1971 had taken the unknown artist for ten publications under contract. After the release of " Cold Spring Harbor " Billy Joel tried to dissolve the contract with Family Productions. Although he joined in 1972 the music label, but Ripp received until the publication of the tenth album of the artist continues to royalties. In the subsequently published version of " Cold Spring Harbor ", the producer gave up a part of the original orchestral soundtrack and replaced it to give the album a new phenomenon by Mike McGee rehearsed drum beats and a new keyboard accompaniment. However, the time involved technicians to have been so dissatisfied with the result that he refused to give his attribution on the album and is specified for this reason Ribbed as a technician.

The title of the panel refers to Cold Spring Harbor, a small town on the north shore of Long Iceland near Joel's hometown Levi Town. The lyrics of the song " Tomorrow Is Today" originated from a note of Joel, who wrote this, when he had tried some time ago, to take his life with drinking furniture polish.


After its publication Cold Spring Harbor, was also due to its poor mixing a failure, whereupon Joel tried to separate himself from his record label. While Joel played music by its own account under the pseudonym " Bill Martin" in various bars, tried his new agency contract with Columbia Records Family Productions to solve, which eventually succeeded in 1972.

The new edition of the album from 1982 was only partially successful and occupied only the 158th spot in the U.S. album charts.

Title list

Times: Original-LP/Neuauflage Both the music and the lyrics of all the tracks come from Billy Joel.

Studio albums: Cold Spring Harbor ( 1971) | Piano Man (1973 ) | Streetlife Serenade (1974 ) | Turnstiles (1976 ) | The Stranger (1977 ) | 52nd Street (1978 ) | Glass Houses (1980 ) | The Nylon Curtain ( 1982) | An Innocent Man (1983 ) | The Bridge (1986 ) | Storm Front (1989 ) | River of Dreams (1993 ) | Fantasies & Delusions (2001 ) | Movin ' Out ( 2002) | The Stranger - 30th Anniversary Edition (2008)

Live albums: Songs in the Attic (1981 ) | Концерт (1987 ) | 2000 Years - The Millennium Concert (2000) | 12 Gardens Live (2006)

  • Billy Joel album
  • Album ( rock )
  • Album 1971