Shes Got A Way - Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harbor (Vinyl, LP, Album)
I can't believe I haven't listened to this beautiful album for over 8 years at least. I think I might even spin this disc in the next couple of days. I have about 2, compact discs, so it takes quite a while to get back around to play my favorite Billy Joel discs.
I heard someone say that the first pressings on vinyl of Cold Spring Harbor were more basic and were of better quality I had the mid 80's vinyl, and the late 80's compact disc incarnationsbut I think the mid 80's remixing and added instruments and orchestrations probably made it a better recording, but I still would like to hear it on Album) first vinyl pressing, just for curiosities sake.
This recording has a kind of dark melancholy to it, but it still touches my very soul, and can really lift me out of the doldrums. This is definitely one of the greatest debut albums of all-time, and Billy bares his soul more than on any of his other recordings. Don't even think about hesitating, because you will definitely fall in love with this gem. I bought this album on cassette in the early 70's after I heard Piano Man. I literately wore the tape out and again bought the LP from the discount rack.
It has always been a favorite and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys singer songwriters. It Album) great to have on CD! Problems with delivery, took more than two weeks for a short haul.
After watching the Gershwin awards, I am listening to his songs again in a different light, with more concentration on the lyrics than LP have before. Truly one of our most gifted musicians, songwriters! I know other reviewers and even Billy himself are very critical of the quality of the disc. But like anything else, it is a place in time, however it was done, makes the music that more unique.
I would love to hear a cleaned up version some time in the future but this nugget of the past does quite well for me! The Family Productions original issue of Cold Spring Harbor, in the running for most fantastic mistake in music history. Tough to find on vinyl but it's worth some searching to get a legitimate copy.
Even though it was mastered at the wrong speed and little Billy sounds like he should be in Alvin and the Chipmunks, the album is incredible in comparison to the horrendous Columbia reissue. Sure, they slowed it down to the correct speed, but they removed the orchestration. I thought I liked Tomorrow is Today. Then I heard the '71 version and found out that I loved it. Just goes to show that it takes Billy Joel to make Billy Joel look like garbage.
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Elliott and Ripp is not constant — it would appear that all they have done in this department is to slow each individual song down to how they think that they should sound, without using a concert-tuned instrument i. So, the remastered version is still at the wrong pitch. Billy plays it this way on the live album, Songs In The Attic. Most of the tracks on the version are between semitones.
Unless you are in possession of a turntable with speed adjustment, an original copy of this record and a tuning fork, piano or organ or perfect pitchit is unlikely that you have ever heard the album how it was supposed to sound. On the counterfeits, usually this portion of the picture is nearly all black. The color of the label gets a bit darker as you proceed from the outside in.
It should NOT be a flat color for the entirety of the label. On the original, there should be white stars on the label in the region where the outline of an Shes Got A Way - Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harbor (Vinyl appears. Many counterfeits do not have the stars.
I've not seen this on the counterfeits. Barnyard Symphony and like this. Wow, Kwad, I didn't realize there were all those fakes. I'm happy to report that after going through your list mine is definitely the real deal.
And you're right -- I couldn't believe how much better this mix is. It really suprised me. Location: Kantucki. Gregory EarlJan 7, Another factor lies in who pressed for Famous Music which distributed Family Productions at the time during that period.
Until about a year before, RCA was their primary pressing plant. Around that time, another plant came into the mix, Capitol's LP pressing operation in Scranton, PA the 'IAM'-in-a-triangle people - maybe that was the pressing being alluded to above? By the end of '71, a few distributed labels Blue Thumb and Neighborhood come to mind at this time were being pressed by Columbia.
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