Classic Albums: Meat Loaf - Bat out of Hell
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The remarkable story of Bat Out Of Hell is told here by its leading contributors, including Meat Loaf himself, composer Jim Steinman, record producer Todd Rundgren, and backing vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla De Vito, together with others who helped in the construction of Bat Out Of HellÂs Â"Wall of SoundÂ".
Featuring archive footage, interviews and live performances, plus many of Bat Out Of HellÂs finest songs, including Paradise By The Dashboard Light, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night), Heaven Can Wait and Two Out Of Three AinÂt Bad; this is the compelling story of the making of one of rock musicÂs finest hours, a true Classic Album.
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If you're looking for a concert or for video performances, then there are other Meat Loaf DVDs that will fill the bill. (The concert with the Melbourne Symphony doesn't have the greatest video transfer, and has a slight glitch in the DTS track, but is otherwise excellent.) Note that all the poor reviews of this product are from people who were disappointed that it wasn't a song collection. As a behind-the-scenes look at a piece of real rock history, this is a really great disc.
Although some of the tunes were apparently originally written for a modern musical version of "Peter Pan," most of what appears on "Bat Out of Hell" were written specifically for Meat Loaf to sing by Jim Steinman, in a perfect marriage of singer and songwriter that proves itself to be one of those occasions where two perfect halves find each other. "Bat Out of Hell" only made it to #14 on the Billboard charts but that is because it was one of those albums that sold for years (14 million in the U.S. alone). "Rolling Stone" has it at #343 on its list of Top 500 Album of all-time, but anybody reading this is going to think it is too low. This megabomastic album represents the epitome of operatic rock as far as I am concerned. The only other album that comes to mind would be Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies," so apparently you have to make up a weird name for your lead singer when you do music this theatrical, but while they share gothic and Grand Guignol elements, this 1977 album is a lot more epic.Read more ›
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If ya love Meat Loaf, this is the first one. "Back into Hell" will be the other you won't want to miss.Published 8 months ago by RH MACY
As a music junkie I love learning about music. I enjoyed the DVD and will get a few watches out of it. Loved this old tv series was it used to be on MTV shows.Published 21 months ago by SJ
very interesting, love the story, to see behind the scene how everything was decided and the changes in meatloaf nowPublished on April 9, 2014 by betty coleene mchendry
got this for a great price,another MEATLOAF DVD for your collection.Don't miss out on this one of a kind DOCPublished on May 4, 2013 by reddyrog
These "Classic Album" DVDs are SO cool! The "team" on the "Bat Out Of Hell" project are all present here, discussing the decisions that went into the... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Daniel J. Buchanan
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