Billy Joel – Cold Spring Harbor 1983 Japan Mastersound audiophile LP with obi and shrink

$125.00

We are out of town until Thursday, June 27.

Orders placed while we are gone will ship at that time. We will be checking email, so please contact us if you have any questions.

Free U.S. shipping!  A limited edition Japanese pressing of Cold Spring Harbor by Billy Joel, including the original obi, issued as part of CBS/Sony’s Mastersound audiophile series.

1 in stock

Description

Offered for sale is a limited edition Japanese pressing of Cold Spring Harbor by Billy Joel, including the original obi, issued as part of CBS/Sony’s Mastersound audiophile series.

About this copy: This copy of Cold Spring Harbor is a 1983 Japanese pressing on the CBS/Sony label of an album that was originally released in 1971.

This was part of a limited edition, heavy-vinyl series of digitally remastered audiophile pressings.  This particular title was digitally remastered and pressed on heavier vinyl than the standard release.

The cover is M- and still has the original shrink wrap.  There is a sticker attached to the wrap that says “Mastersound” in English and Japanese.

The generic Mastersound inner sleeve is VG+ with quite a bit of foxing.  The lyric insert is M-.  The generic Mastersound catalog is missing.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of one of the harder titles to find in the Mastersound series and the first copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: In 1980, Columbia Records introduced their Mastersound series, which included titles that were either digitally remastered or half speed mastered and pressed on heavy, high-quality vinyl.

While most of the titles in the U.S. series were half speed mastered, most of the titles in the Japanese series were digitally remastered.  The Japanese series also included titles that were not released in the U.S.

These titles were sold at a premium price, did not sell particularly well, and did not stay in print for very long.

Released in 1971, Cold Spring Harbor was the first solo album by BIlly Joel.

The album did not chart and was soon deleted.

In 1983, the album was remixed, portions were re-recorded, and the speed was corrected from the original issue, which played too fast.  The reissued album reached #158 on the U.S. album chart.

Allmusic.com gave Cold Spring Harbor a 3 star review:

A few short months after abandoning the heavy organ-and-drums duo Attila — partially because their sole record flopped, partially because he stole the drummer’s wife — Billy Joel reinvented himself as a sensitive singer/songwriter. He had shown signs of McCartney-esque songcraft on Hour of the Wolf, the last Hassles album, but his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor, is where these talents blossomed. The record was uneven but very charming, boasting two of his finest songs — the lovely “She’s Got a Way” and the bitterly cynical “Everybody Loves You Now” — and a score of flawed but nicely crafted songs that illustrated Joel’s gift for melody, as well as his pretensions (the mock-gospel in “Tomorrow Is Today,” a classical stab entitled “Nocturne”). In its own way, Cold Spring Harbor was a minor gem of the sensitive singer/songwriter era; Joel may have been in his formative stages as a craftsman, but his talents are apparent, and he never made an album as intimate and vulnerable ever again.

This item is eligible for PayPal Credit financing by PayPal. U.S. customers may choose to pay later at checkout, and may receive up to six months financing with no interest. Click the banner below for more information. (opens in a new window)

paypal credit
 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
30AP-2548
Year of Release: 1983
Format: Stereo
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail
  • Selection Required: Select product options above before making new offer.
  • Offer Sent! We will reply within 24 hours. Check your spam folder if you do not receive a reply.
  • Error: There was an error sending your offer, please try again. If this problem persists, please contact us.

Make Offer

To make an offer please complete the form below:
$
Please wait...

Additional information

Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.3 in