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Cinderella - 1988 Long Cold Winter

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ARTIST: Cinderella
ALBUM: Long Cold Winter
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 834 612-1 (LP), 834 612-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: Reissue List..


LINEUP: Tom Keifer - vocals, guitar, piano * Jeff LaBar - guitar * Eric Brittingham - bass * Fred Coury - drums (credited)

Additional Personnel: Jay Levin - steel guitar * Joseph Starns, Cozy Powell, Denny Carmassi - drums * Rick Criniti - piano, organ, synthesizer * Kurt Shore, John Webster - keyboards * Paulinho Da Costa - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bad Seamstress Blues, Fallin' Apart At The Seams * 02 Gypsy Road * 03 Don't Know What You Got (Til It's Gone) * 04 The Last Mile * 05 Second Wind * 06 Long Cold Winter * 07 If You Don't Like It * 08 Coming Home * 09 Fire And Ice * 10 Take Me Back


These boys were regulars in magazines such as Hit Parader and Circus during the late 80's. By the time this CD was out, Cinderella were already in the big leagues. The debut 'Night Songs' went platinum, and the band were on arena tours all through 1986 and 1987. However, there is a big difference style wise between 'Long Cold Winter' and its predecessor. The glam metal approach was replaced by a grittier blues rock sound. The Bon Jovi lookalike and soundalike replaced instead by something closer to Aerosmith, Rolling Stones and Bad Company. An eye-opening change among the hair-metal community, but it obviously worked because the album went double platinum, and put four songs into the single charts.

The Songs
The cowpoke entrance to the album comes courtesy of 'Bad Seamstress Blues', coupled with 'Fallin' Apart At The Seams', which changes into full-blown rocker. Like Aerosmith on steroids. 'Gypsy Road' is another kick-ass rocker, and I couldn't help but be reminded of the guitar work from Def Leppard's 'High And Dry' set. Third track in, we come across 'Don't Know What You Got (Til It's Gone)'. A balld, which was Cinderella's highest peaking single, reaching #12 on Billboard's single charts. A pretty cool track, and a suitable by-product of 1988. Sharp guitar lines are the order of the day on 'The Last Mile', hard to ignore the Tangier comparisons here. 'Second Wind' is an entertaining romp, while the title track 'Long Cold Winter' sounds as if it has borrowed heavily from Kingdom Come's 'What Love Can Be', an album also released in 1988. 'If You Don't Like It' is a return to Cinderella's glam metal origins without the need to 'blues it up'. 'Coming Home' is one of those MTV approved ballads that other contemporaries such as Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses were also doing. The band with two tough rockers in 'Fire And Ice' and 'Take Me Back', the latter featuring some nifty slide guitar work.

In Summary
There were a few extra pairs of hands involved on the record, especially in the drum department. Though Fred Coury was credited on thew album, the job fell to three guys in the sudio: Joseph Starns, Cozy Powell and Heart's Denny Carmassi. By the end of 1988, the album had already shifted 2 million units, and their bluesy rock/metal style would stay with them throughout the rest of their career.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 28 2017 04:56:31
Cinderella - 1988 Gypsy Road
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Cinderella - 1988 Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
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#2 | Eric on July 28 2017 22:25:31
You know I've always been hard on the 80's hair band's for obvious reasons, some more subtle but I really loved and still enjoy this album, 'The Last Mile' is one of my favorite singles from that era. A great, ear-worm tune and video filmed in Boise, Idaho which captures that era perfectly *hint- hint*Smile.
#3 | gdazegod on August 02 2017 06:09:14
Cinderella - 1988 The Last Mile
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