CINDERELLA – Long Cold Winter

Cinderella – Long Cold Winter (1988, Mercury Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart At The Seams” … (5:23)
2. “Gypsy Road” … (4:05)
3. “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” … (5:56)
4. “The Last Mile” …  (3:25)
5. “Second Wind” … (3:57)
6. “Long Cold Winter” … (5:22)
7. “If You Don’t Like It” … (4:13)
8. “Coming Home” … (4:55)
9. “Fire And Ice” … (3:19)
10. “Take Me Back” … (3:16)

Band:
Tom Keifer – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Jeff LaBar – Guitar
Eric Brittingham – Bass, Backing Vocals
Fred Coury – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Jay Levin – Steel Guitar
Rick Criniti – Piano, Organ, Synthesizer
Kurt Shore – Keyboard
John Webster – Keyboard
Cozy Powell – Drums
Denny Carmassi – Drums
Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion

Produced by: Andy Johns

Cinderella, just like Ratt, are an incredibly underrated band. They’re one of my favorites from the 80s scene and they weren’t just a good glam/hair band, they were a good rock band… Period. Long Cold Winter is one of the finest releases from the whole glam/hair era. This is one of my favorite albums out of my whole collection.

Though I certainly already knew their biggest hit (and an essential power ballad), “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”, my first exposure to Cinderella as a whole was by picking up their 1997 greatest hits compilation, Once Upon A…, at Wal-Mart on cassette (!!!) in 1998 as I was scooping up any and all hair band album I could get my hands on during that time… even if that meant compilations.

Eventually, that “best of” introduction led me to picking up this album.

Highlights: “Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart At The Seams”, “Gypsy Road”, “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”, “The Last Mile”, “Second Wind”, “Long Cold Winter”, “Coming Home”

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Posted on November 6, 2008, in Cinderella, Collection and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This is Cinderella’s best album by far! Bought this when it came out in ’88 and we played this every morning on the way to school for months. Here in RI, Cinderella got a ton of airplay with their debut NIGHT SONGS. When that tour rolled into Providence with headliners Bon Jovi (Slippery When Wet tour), Cinderella went down huge and they became favorites of all the local radio stations. LONG COLD WINTER got a ton of airplay and I remember hearing the album played late night about a week before it was released. 6 out of 10 songs got on the radio back in the day.

    Steve
    Heavy Metal Addiction
    http://hardrockheavymetal.wordpress.com/

  2. Definitely their best, though I think Heartbreak Station is a very close second.

  3. What a great band. I miss them. I remember around 1995 or so they were playing in a club near here — I liked ’em OK, but wasn’t a big fan by any means (perhaps this could be attributed to one painful memory: back in high school one of my first girlfriends gave me LONG COLD WINTER for Christmas, and when she broke up with me not long after that I cried and cried every time I heart “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” . . . holy shit, did I just say that out loud?!).

    Anyway . . . my friends dragged me to that club show, and I was absolutely *blown away*. One of the best concerts I have ever seen, before or since. I went out the very next day and bought Cinderella’s entire catalog.

    STILL CLIMBING, btw, is an underrated masterpiece. Anyone who hasn’t heard this latter-day Cinderella release (although I guess it’s not *now, but for some reason I still consider it one of their “new” albums), I highly, highly recommended.

    Yeah, I’m long-winded. Thanks for listening. 🙂

    J.N.

  4. No worries, James! I appreciate the comments, the bigger the better (Did *I* just say that out loud?) !

    I haven’t heard STILL CLIMBING. It’s on my humongous list of albums to track down though.

    I *almost* saw’em this past summer. I was all set to buy tickets, but then they backed out of the tour because of Tom’s throat problems.

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