Bat Out Of Hell
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Bat Out Of Hell

March 21, 2006

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  Song Title
Bat Out Of Hell (Album Version) [Clean]
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
Heaven Can Wait (Album Version) [Clean]
All Revved up with No Place to Go [Clean]
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad [Clean]
Paradise By The Dashboard Light (Album Version) [Clean]
For Crying Out Loud
Great Boleros Of Fire (Live Intro) [Clean]
Bat Out Of Hell (Live) [Clean]

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 30, 2000
  • Release Date: November 23, 1989
  • Label: Cleveland International/ Epic/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:01:56
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  • ASIN: B00136NVH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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107 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Operatic Morality! Puzzled? Read on. July 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Those who dismiss this undeniably popular album due to puerile lyrics (generally leveled at this album's sequel), over-the-top production, and Meat Loaf singing so passionately about such adolescent themes as a badly written farce totally miss the point. This is an album that pokes fun at all the rock and roll pretensions that had crept into rock music over the years (Townshend can you hear me?), and it succeeds wonderfully.
There's no doubt about it. BAT OUT OF HELL takes all these adolescent themes, mostly raging hormones, and builds, with operatic flair and lots of kitsch, this preposterously silly album which never-the-less struck a chord with a great many people. BAT OUT OF HELL is a concept album, but it doesn't carry all the serious connotations that such a label implies. This is Steinman taking all these broad-way musical conventions and hiring Meat Loaf, who could belt out vocals like no one else, and giving these teen-age angst-ridden years such a ridiculous setting that you can't help but laughing at the idiocy of what people thought were so important in their youth.
Steinman's and Meat Loaf's chief critics generally site the bombast and blowing up teen-age angst with such an operatic flair. They miss the point. I will always stand behind Steinman's position as an artist because he uses all these so called "weaknesses" for effect. It's a very silly album, but then, it's supposed to be. Even the cover-art is ridiculous. It's all about that bad boy/girl image that's so laughably fake that no one takes them as any real threat. Most call it "Just a phase they're going through.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The title track begins with jarring , jamming keyboards, rocking guitar that more or less reflects the hard-rocking tone of this all-time classic. The main character here is someone who takes life by the throat in the dark, riding a "silver black phantom bike." With the line "When the motor is hot and the engine is hungry", I'm not sure whether he's talking about the bike or himself, such is the hunger of the main character. And even finishing ten seconds shy of ten minutes, it isn't excessive--worth every minute.
The opening narrative between "the wolf with the red rose" and the girl, probably Ellen Foley, in "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth" is quite something. The question, "On a hot summer night, will you offer your throat to the wolf with the red rose?" After she presses him with all these questions, such as "Will he love me?", "Will he starve without me?" and having been replied in the affirmative, she finally answers his original question, repeated, "yes." He says, "I bet you say that to all the boys." What a punchline! Hey, women are like that! It bursts into an operatic blaze of sound, the setting being a hot summer night on a beach, where the girl does the title action, just when he was going to say "I love you." The chorus is done a capella with handclaps at the end, in contrast with the rest of the song.
In "Heaven Can Wait", a sweet tender ballad, our main character, is feeling tamed by the girl, whom he equates with paradise. Fate has a funny way in things, as he says, "I got a taste of paradise/If I had it any sooner, you know I never would have run away from my home.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indulgent, Overblown ... Just The Way I Like It! May 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album falls somewhere between progressive rock, classical, and opera. Strange? Yes. Good? Definately. A classic? You bet. One reviewer said that Meat Loaf is a "pretty good singer". Man, is that a major understatement. Meat is one of the greatest singers of all-time. Although he is not my favorite singer, you'd be hardpressed to find another rock vocalist who could pull off these songs and not make them sound corny. Despite what some reviewers have said, that is exactly what he does here. Every single song is a masterpiece. The title track is a classic rock song, with the timeless "motorcycle guitar" from Todd Rundgren (who also does a masterly job producing this album). Paradise is the most well known song from here, and with good reason, it is great. Heaven Can Wait is a simple song (a rarity on this album) that features one of Meat's best ever vocal performances and some great piano work from Roy Bittan. Jim Steinman is a genius, plain and simple, anyone who could write such grandiose, sprawling music as this should be given credit, and no one else could've sung it except for Meat Loaf. For that reason alone, Bat Out of Hell is worth owning.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic difference February 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've just bought an SACD player (DAVS-500) and this release was one I wanted to test it out on, (I have it on vinyl and CD as well)- What a difference! (even on a relatively low end player). The record has a full sound with all the pops, hisses and track jumps from years of playing. The CD still sounds good but slightly tinny in comparison, but the SACD is leap years ahead. I could literally hear layers of sound (yes - I was stoned but I've always heard it this way since it was released...whaa? you guys had an actor for president? whoah :)
Anyway...I was really impressed. A full, rich sound and really,you can literally hear something like a spacial effect in the mix. It's not multi channel which would have been awesome but it's still really good. If you want the definative version of this great old album - then this is it. Meats voice really packs a punch.
I'd also highly recomend getting a multi channel setup if you're looking at getting an SACD. I bought Herbie Hancocks headhunter on 6 channel SACD and its mindblowing - I couldn't believe it was recorded in 1973,it sounds like it was this year or something. I wish they would release more. If anyone who has anything to do with SACD reads this, here's my tip RELEASE THE ENTIRE BACK CATALOGUE OF PINK FLOYD ON MULTI CHANNEL SACD AND YOU WILL MAKE MILLIONS! I guarrantee it! I know I'll buy them all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MeatLoaf
No not the food kind, the music kind. I have always loved his music, but Bat Out Of Hell one & two are the best of his music in my opinion. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Elizabeth Schoonover
3.0 out of 5 stars live performances...
Thought it was the studio isn't. Live performances... it is alright but not what i expected . Still love meatloaf!
Published 3 days ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Meatloaf, you already know what you need to know.
Good album. It is a classic that takes me back. Arrived quickly. It did have a small crack in the Cd case, but I wasn't concerned about it. Would order from this seller again
Published 4 days ago by chefd
5.0 out of 5 stars Legen....wait for it.......DARY. LEGENDARY!!
One of the greatest albums ever! Been listening to this ever since I was a little guy. Had it on cassette, bought it on cd and now I have it on vinyl and that's the only way to... Read more
Published 4 days ago by HoopDaddyMofo
5.0 out of 5 stars Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell
What's there to say. I love their music. It's a timeless, great album and a most have for all my electronics.
Published 6 days ago by Kaleidoscope Crazy
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf is one of my all time favorites. This album tips then all. This will always be one of my first go tos.
Published 7 days ago by Lynda Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Can Wait…
Can rock 'n roll be any more fun? Like a bat out of hell you'll always want to play this every now and again.
Published 10 days ago by JD Daltry
1.0 out of 5 stars Scratched!
This CD was SCRATCHED, ony the first part of track one plays right. Darn.... Well at least it was cheap.
Published 13 days ago by elliot alford
3.0 out of 5 stars great album but
Shame it has so much compression. The music sounds like a lower compression which should be possible on CD would have produced a great recording. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William B. Shenefelt
5.0 out of 5 stars creative and fun
One of my all time favorites! I am an artist and this is the album I paint by most often. It has such fantastic energy.
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