Billy Joel – Cold Spring Harbor sealed Family Productions LP


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

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Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. copy of the debut album by Billy Joel, Cold Spring Harbor, issued on the obscure Family Productions label.

This version of the album features the original mix, which is substantially different from the early 1980s reissue on Columbia.

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

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The lower right hand corner of the cover has been cut.  Aside from the cut corner, the shrink wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.

A nice copy of a scarce Billy Joel item and the only copy of this pressing we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1971 on the tiny Family Productions label, Cold Spring Harbor was the first album by Billy Joel.  This was his only album for that label; he was dissatisfied with the release and sued to get out of his contract.

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: 12″
Record Label: Family Productions
Catalog Number:
FPS 2700
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in