Bad for Goodby Jim Steinman
After penning the songs for Meat Loaf's massively successful Bat Out of Hell album, Jim Steinman decided to step into the spotlight himself when his singer's voice was too damaged to record a follow-up. The result was 1981's Bad for Good, an epic slab of operatic rock that is very much in the same vein of Meat Loaf's work, but nowhere near as satisfying. The first problem is Steinman's voice: he simply doesn't have the vocal range or lung power necessary to make this dramatic style of rock & roll work. For example of this problem, look no further than "Left in the Dark"; he struggles to keep up with vocal demands of this orchestral ballad, resulting in a vocal that sounds strained and occasionally off-key. The second problem is that some of the songs repeat the Bat Out of Hell formula instead of building upon it; the obvious culprit in this arena is "Dance In My Pants," a duet that gratuitously recycles the battle of the sexes verbal sparring and the multi-part structure of Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" to less-impressive effect. Despite these problems, a handful of gems shine through: "Surf's Up" is a strong power ballad that effectively combines the Steinman songwriting style with Beach Boys-style production elements, and "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" is a heart-tugging testament to the inspirational power of rock & roll that draws its power from a sublime chorus layered with soaring background vocals. Ultimately, Bad for Good is too inconsistent and eccentric to keep the attention of the casual listener, but remains an interesting listen for anyone who appreciates Jim Steinman's one-of-a-kind style of epic-size rock & roll.
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Performance CreditsJim Steinman Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Todd Rundgren Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Karla DeVito Vocals
Ellen Foley Vocals,Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Guitar
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Roger Powell Synthesizer
Kasim Sulton Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
New York Philharmonic Track Performer
Roy Bittan Piano,Keyboards
Steve Buslowe Bass
Rory Dodd Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Fast Keyboards
Steve Margoshes Conductor
Allen Schwarzberg Drums
Joe Stefko Drums
Eric Troyer Vocals,Background Vocals
Max Weinberg Drums
Technical CreditsTodd Rundgren Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jim Steinman Arranger,Producer
New York Philharmonic Contributor
Philharmonic Orchestra Contributor
Roy Bittan Arranger
Tom Edmonds Engineer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
John Jansen Producer,Engineer
Neil Jason Contributor
Andrew Kazdin Producer
Gray Russell Engineer
Allan Schwartzberg Contributor
Shelly Yakus Engineer
John Berg Art Direction
Richard Corben Cover Art
Jimmy White Producer
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Jim Steinman is among the great songwriters of the rock era. As the idea man behind MeatLoaf, he's generated rock anthems which have been loved by young and old rockers alike. His strong, almost inspirational, lyrics deliver the listener to another time and place - usually a younger, wilder time. Buy this album - you'll be pleased.
this album is fantastic.If you like music go and buy it, it is brill.The guitar sollo's are unbelievable.The best songs are stark raving mad and surf's up, as the guitar solo's and lyrics are sensational.
As he says in Rock 'n Roll Dreams Come Through...Steinman is a muscial god and genius. This album is no exception. I love and adore every single song, especially the ones Meat has not done yet, like 'Bad for Good' and 'Stark Raving love'. The lyrics and melodies are breath taking. Everyone should own this CD!
If you are a Meatloaf aficionado, a rock opera connoisseur, then you NEED this album. Jim Stienman is the heart and soul of Meatloaf and Bonnie Tyler and this album proved it to me. It left such a deep impression that even twenty years after first becoming addicted to eat, "I can't get it out of my head". That, is why I am here now. I need to have it back.