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Described as epic, gothic, operatic and silly all in the same breath, Meat Loaf's testosterone-fueled, Springsteen-inspired masterpiece-the third best-selling album worldwide behind Michael Jackson's Thriller and AC/DC's Back in Black -was shopped around for years before Todd Rundgren began production in late 1975. Songwriting credit goes to Jim Steinman on You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night); Heaven Can Wait; All Revved Up with No Place to Go; Two out of Three Ain't Bad; Paradise by the Dashboard Light; For Crying out Loud; Great Boleros of Fire , and the title track.
Overwrought and undeniable, Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell remains both one of rock's biggest--and least likely--hit albums. The byproduct of a partnership between beefy singer Marvin Lee "Meat Loaf" Aday and fellow journeyman/National Lampoon Road Show cast member Jim Steinman, Bat out of Hell met 1977's vaunted Year of Punk with a blast of neo-operatic, Wagnerian-scaled bombast (based on Peter Pan, no less) that was as reactionary as anything the spiked set and their supporters could possibly imagine--13 million units worth, and counting. Bat seems to have thrived on the same formula that's made Andrew Lloyd Webber a multimillionaire knight: if you do kitsch, do it big. And what could be more kitschy and emblematic of the '70s than the ubiquitous "classic rock" (an overused adjective that applies all too well here) of "Two out of Three Ain't Bad" or the breathless nookie-quest, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," replete with Phil Rizzuto calling the play-by-play? This digitally remastered edition also includes '78-vintage bonus live cuts of "Bolero" (the live show's equally over-the-top opener) and "Bat out of Hell" that showcase the production's energetic, perfectionist bent. The sonic upgrading here also underscores the oft-overlooked efforts of producer Todd Rundgren. --Jerry McCulley
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pleased to find that the music on it was as timely as it was the
very first time I heard it.
It was nice to hear the swiftly moving decades has done nothing
to diminish the awesome range of Meatloaf's voice which is as
bold and brassy on the song "For Crying Out Loud" as it was
gentle on that Top 40 hit "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and all
of the classic tracks in between.
(And don't get me started on "Paradise By The Dashboard Lights".)
I don't have much to say about today's music accept that on
occasions some of them are smart enough to tip their hats to
the true masters of rock and roll by, at least attempting, to
past their ill-conceived remake off as something new.
Luckily for those like me who were there, we don't have to
settle for an imitator when the original shines through as
brightly as this album did, does, and always will.
So, my advice, turn on the black light, crank up the stereo,
and prepare to be blown away ... once again. Just Like A
Bat Out Of Hell!
Amazon returns for damaged items seems easy, I will edit this review if that proves to be different, but right now I am satisfied.