Billy Joel – Cold Spring Harbor sealed Family Productions 8 track tape


A still sealed original U.S. 8 track tape of Billy Joel’s first album, Cold Spring Harbor.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. 8 track tape cartridge of the debut album by Billy Joel, Cold Spring Harbor. 

This version of the album features the original mix, as the album was substantially changed for the early 1980s reissue on Columbia.

About this copy: This copy of Cold Spring Harbor is a sealed 8 track tape on the original Family Productions label, featuring the original mix of the album.

The shrink wrap is almost entirely intact, except for a small break on the end of the box where the title is shown.  There is a small drill hole in the tape, indicating that this tape was originally sold as a cutout.

A nice copy of a scarce Billy Joel item.

Background:  Released in 1971 on the tiny Family Productions label, Cold Spring Harbor was the first album by Billy Joel.

The album peaked at #158 on the U.S. charts, and #95 in the UK.   Joel was dissatisfied with the final product as the album was mastered in a way that caused the album to play just a bit too fast, resulting in a slightly higher pitch than was intended.

The album was reissued in 1983 on Columbia, with a different mix and with several tracks significantly edited, with “You Can Make Me Free” shortened by nearly three minutes. 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”).

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 8 track tape
Record Label: Family Productions
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in
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