Long Cold Winter Album is by Cinderella, the American glam metal band.
Their second album was released on the 21st of May 1988 under the label Mercury Records, now part of Universal Music Group.
The album features ten tracks, with all but one written solely by Tom Keifer, the band’s lead singer and co-founder.
Written while on the road, the tracks were laid down using a TASCAM Portastudio, four-track recorder which uses a standard audio cassette tape. The main recording and mixing were then done in a professional studio.
The album was later recorded at Bearsville Studios, which has since closed. The studio, located near the hamlet of Bearsville, in the state of New York, United States, played host to the likes of the Rolling Stones, REM, Blues Traveler and the Dave Matthews Band.
Overdubbing was recorded at Kajem Studios, Gladwyne in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In addition to the work on Cinderella’s album, the studios have been used by many artists of different musical styles including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Rose Royce, Warlock and Metal Church.
The Long Cold Winter album was produced by band members Tom Keither and Eric Brittingham with Andy Johns, the British producer and sound engineer. With a career lasting over forty years, he worked with many of the biggest selling rock acts including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Andy Johns died on the 7th of April 2013 while in hospital in a Los Angeles, California.
The album has received good reviews in the music press. Writing for AllMusic, Steve Huey awarded it four stars out of five and praised the writing overall saying that ” not all of the songs are memorable, but most of them are. “
In a favourable review for the album and Tom Keifer’s songwriting, Rob Smith of Ultimateclassicrock wrote that the ” songs still stand up to repeated plays. Even today. “
A second commercially successful release by the band, the Long Cold Winter album has been certified 3x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) for sales of over three million in the United States alone.
The most popular single from the album, ” Don’t Know What You Got ( Till It’s Gone ) “, was released in August 1988.
The power ballad is notable for the raspy voice of lead singer Tom Keifer and the guitar solo. The video was filmed in two locations, Mono Lake and Bodie, both located in Mono County, California.
Mono Lake a large, shallow lake and Bodie is a ghost town. Now designated officially as a park, the town is still operating today and is by the Bodie Foundation.
In the United States, the single reached number twelve on the 19th of November 1988 and spent twenty-two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number ten on the Mainstream Rock Songs Chart.
In the United Kingdom, ” Don’t Know What You Got ( Till It’s Gone ) ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 4th of March 1989 and peaked at number fifty-four. It spent two weeks in the Top 100.
In Canada, it made number sixty-eight on the RPM Top Singles Chart.
The Long Cold Winter album became the second commercially successful release for Cinderella. In the United States, the album peaked at number ten on the 10th of September 1988 and spent sixty-six weeks on the Billboard 200.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums chart on the 23rd of July 1988 and peaked at number thirty. It spent one week in the Top Forty and six weeks in the Top 100.
Elsewhere the album peaked at number seven in Switzerland, twenty-four in Germany, thirty-eight in Sweden, thirteen in Norway and thirty-two in Australia.
Cinderella was an American rock band. They formed in 1982 and originally consisted of Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham, Michael Schermick and Tony Destra. The latter two members left in 1985 to create a new glam metal band, Britny Fox.
Kiss bass guitarist Gene Simmons first discovered the band. He attempted to get them a deal with Polygram, but the label showed no interest.
It was later Jon Bon Jovi saw them playing in a club and recommended that Derek Shulman, his A&R man, see the group. After lengthy negotiations, Cinderella signed a contract.
The band went through several line-up changes with the final members being Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar and Fred Coury.
In 1995, the group went on hiatus after being dropped by their record label. In 1999, the band signed a contract with Sony Records but left before any new work was released.
In November 2017, lead singer and co-founder Tom Keifer said that Cinderella has no plans to reunite because of issues between members of the band.
Long Cold Winter Album Track Listing:
1. Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart at the Seams
2. Gypsy Road
3. Don’t Know What You Got ( Till It’s Gone )
4. The Last Mile
5. Second Wind
6. Long Cold Winter
7. If You Don’t Like It
8. Coming Home
9. Fire and Ice
10. Take Me Back