Cinderella – Long Cold Winter – 25 Days of Christmas Metal Countdown: Day 24

Metal Mofos’ Isaac Sauers gives us a holiday treat as he counts down 25 days till Christmas with 25 of his favorite must own metal and hard rock albums. Join us daily through December 25th to read the latest entry.

Cinderella released their second album Long Cold Winter May 21, 1988. This album is a bit different from their debut Night Songs which was released two years prior. Long Cold Winter is much more blues based than its glam metal predecessor. Long Cold Winter takes on the bluesy hard rock of 1970s and mixes it with the glam metal image and style of the 1980s. Cinderella really developed their own sound sound with this album, and Long Cold Winter is their greatest album in my opinion. A lot of people seem to agree with me as the album has been certified platinum three times.

Cinderella was formed in 1983 in the City of Brotherly, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jon Bon Jovi saw them perform at a club there and helped them get their first record deal. The band released their final album Still Climbing in 1994.

Still Climbing’s released was delayed due to vocalist Tom Kiefer suffering a paresis of his vocal chords, meaning he couldn’t use them voluntarily. This of course was a crushing setback for the singer of a multi platinum selling band. The condition was eventually repaired through several surgeries hat removed a cyst from his vocal chords. Cinderella became a victim of the grunge scene’s rise to popularity in the 1990s, along with many of their peers, and they were dropped from their label after Still Climbing was released.

My favorite song on Long Cold Winter is no doubt “Gypsy Road”. I love the main riff of this song because it’s the perfect blend of blues and hard rock. The song is full of life, and I think it’s one anyone can enjoy. Perfect highway cruising music for when you go see your mom for Christmas. My second favorite song is the album opener “Bad Seamstress/Fallin Apart at the Seams”. The opening notes of the album are just classic blues music before it breaks into a hard rock classic. Who could forget the classic ballad “Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till It’s Gone)”? What a classic song of the era. Another of my favorites is another rocker called “If You Don’t Like It”. It’s got great riffs and really good vocals. Be sure to check it out.

Cinderella reformed in the 2000s as the nostalgia of good memories of the glam metal scene came back in the hearts of music fans. Cinderella toured with many of their peers like Warrant, Quiet Riot, Ratt, and Poison. Tom Kiefer then suffered a hemorrhage in his vocal chords in 2008 which then took some time to heal. The band was on the road again by 2010 and played regularly through 2013. The band is currently on hiatus as several members are out doing their own thing. Tom Kiefer released his debut solo album The Way Life Goes in 2013, and he performs regularly.



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