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As good as the debut but slightly different in tone and with a notable sheen on the production, Long Cold Winter was the closest Cinderella has got to a 'classic' or world domination. At the time the Motley Crues and Poisons of the world were doing rather well and there was no reason whatsoever why Cinderella could not enjoy the same spoils of the glam/stadium rock dalliance of the mid eighties. They did have the tunes and the ridiculously effeminate look but somehow they didn't seem to capture the majority vote. However there are a few die-hard nostalgia-hunters like myself that will always remember and looking back on(and revisiting) Cinderella has been a pleasure.
Their second effort was steering more towards the serious, blues-orientated rock n roll than their debut. It was evident on Night Songs but Long Cold Winter has a thread of the blues throughout. The opening track begins with a blues jam, redolent of the genre with slide guitar screeching and splashing the riff until the distortion kicks in. It's a heavy rocker in the vein of AC/DC, but sleazy like the Dogs D'Amour. 'Gypsy Road' is a single template. It's agreat, catchy 3 minute mini-classic. 'Don't KNow What You Got...' is a classic but it isn't the best song. The catchy chorus will always make it memorable but it errs on the wrong side of maudlin for my taste. 'The Last Mile' is another catchy rocker, as is 'Second Wind'. Nothing overly exciting about them both, but nothing bad either.
The title track is an adequate ballad and is notable for it's stripped down structure, taking the band miles away from glam rock and into proper hard rock and blues territory. The rest are all very good, 'Take Me Back' being the pick.
If you like a bit of Motley Crue, Poison, Wasp, or even Bon Jovi and AC/DC you may find something to enjoy. Sadly they lasted for another 2 albums further but their best lies in the first 2 releases. As of early 2012 (at time of writing) they are touring together as a band but whether any new music will occur is dubious. But in today's climate of 'any-genre-goes' and the zeitgeist of bands reforming, a la Black Sabbath, now has never been a better time in which to grab the opportunity...