Long Cold Winter

For the Laura Ingalls Wilder novel, see The Long Winter.
Long Cold Winter
Studio album by Cinderella
Released May 21, 1988
Recorded Recorded & mixed at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York;
Overdubs recorded at Kajem Studios, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
Length 43:51
Label Mercury (USA)
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Andy Johns, Tom Keifer, Eric Brittingham
Cinderella chronology
Night Songs
Long Cold Winter
Heartbreak Station

Long Cold Winter is the second studio album by American glam metal band Cinderella. It was released in 1988 on Mercury Records.


With Long Cold Winter, Cinderella started to move away from the glam metal music of their previous album and into a more blues rock-oriented direction, akin to early 1970s Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Humble Pie, Bad Company, and Deep Purple.[1][2]

The record reached No. 10 in the US and became double-platinum for shipping 2 million copies in the US by the end of the year, just as their debut album Night Songs had done earlier. It was later certified triple platinum.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[2]
Rock Hard (de)8.5/10[4]
Classic Rock[5]

In 2005, Long Cold Winter was ranked number 457 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]


The album features four singles, which all charted in the US. "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)", which was to be Cinderella's highest-charting single, reached No. 12, "The Last Mile", reached No. 36, "Coming Home" reached No. 20, and "Gypsy Road" hit No. 51, a year after the release of the album.[7]

Track listing

All songs are written by Tom Keifer, except where noted. (Copyright Eve Songs, Inc. & Chappell & Co.-ASCAP)

  1. "Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin' Apart at the Seams" - 5:19
  2. "Gypsy Road" - 3:55
  3. "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" - 5:56
  4. "The Last Mile" - 3:51
  5. "Second Wind" - 3:59
  6. "Long Cold Winter" - 5:24
  7. "If You Don't Like It" - 4:10 (Tom Keifer/Eric Brittingham; Eve Songs, Inc.-Chappell & Co., Brittingham Music & PolyGram Music Publishing Inc.)
  8. "Coming Home" - 4:56
  9. "Fire and Ice" - 3:22
  10. "Take Me Back" - 3:17



Additional personnel



Chart (1988) Peak
Billboard 200[8] 10

Single Chart (1988) Peak
"Gypsy Road" US Billboard Hot 100[7] 51
"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" 12
Single Chart (1989) Peak
"Coming Home" US Billboard Hot 100[7] 20
"The Last Mile" 36


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[3] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. 1 2 Huey, Steve. "Cinderella - Long Cold Winter review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  2. 1 2 Neely, Kim (3 November 1988). "Cinderella - Long Cold Winter". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  3. 1 2 "American album certifications – Cinderella – Long Cold Winter". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  4. Stratmann, Holger. "Rock Hard". issue 28. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  5. Barton, Geoff (January 2011). "Cinderella - Long Cold Winter". Classic Rock. 153. London, UK: Future plc. p. 113.
  6. [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 25. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  7. 1 2 3 "Cinderella Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". billboard.com. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  8. "Long Cold Winter - Cinderella | Billboard.com". billboard.com. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
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