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As anyone in Hollywood will tell you, creating a sequel that's successful both commercially and artistically is one of the toughest tricks to pull off -- a degree of difficulty that ramps up exponentially when trying to go to the well for a third time. Well, some three decades after bringing forth one of the biggest-selling and most cinematic albums in rock history, Meat Loaf has managed to do just that on this appropriately outsized completion of the Bat trilogy. The Monster Is Loose is clearly the fruit of the same family tree that bore Bat Out of Hell and 1993's Back into Hell, but it also conveys a sense of progression that's palpable -- in both the heaviness of ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
As anyone in Hollywood will tell you, creating a sequel that's successful both commercially and artistically is one of the toughest tricks to pull off -- a degree of difficulty that ramps up exponentially when trying to go to the well for a third time. Well, some three decades after bringing forth one of the biggest-selling and most cinematic albums in rock history, Meat Loaf has managed to do just that on this appropriately outsized completion of the Bat trilogy. The Monster Is Loose is clearly the fruit of the same family tree that bore Bat Out of Hell and 1993's Back into Hell, but it also conveys a sense of progression that's palpable -- in both the heaviness of its sound and the feistiness of its presentation. The shift has a lot to do with the presence of songwriters other than Jim Steinman -- the man who crafted the classics on the first two discs but bowed out midway through Monster due to health reasons. Steinman's contributions, characterized by the soaring "Seize the Night," which brings a children's choir into the mix, exude all the grandeur that Meat Loaf fans have come to expect. That vibe reaches its zenith on "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," a song popularized by Celine Dion but perfected here by the Loaf and duet partner Marion Raven. It's intriguing to witness how well Meat and company manage the integration of other voices, like Nikki Sixx and White Zombie/Marilyn Manson vet John 5, who bring an industrial tinge to the gnarled title track. On the other end of the spectrum, producer Desmond Child imparts a lush Euro-styled vibe to a passel of his compositions, notably "If God Could Talk." Meat Loaf has implied that this is his swan song -- and if that's the case, it'll be one of those rare instances of an artist clearly going out on the top of his game.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Truth be told, once Meat Loaf had a blockbuster with Bat Out of Hell in 1977, he never really left the bombastic sound of that Todd Rundgren-produced, Jim Steinman-written classic behind. He went through a long stretch where he didn't have any hits -- it's popularly known as the '80s -- but he kept reworking the album, never quite getting it right until he reteamed with Steinman for 1993's Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, which became a surprise international hit, re-establishing Meat Loaf as a major star. After that record, he never went away, continuing to record, tour, and act, but nothing quite matched the success of either Bat Out of Hell, so it made perfect sense for Meat to go back to the Bat well a third time in the early 2000s -- over 12 years since the second Bat and nearly 30 years on from the first. But there was a hitch in his well-laid plan: Steinman didn't want to participate. This was a problem, because the Bat albums were as much Steinman's as they were Meat Loaf's -- and this point was never hidden, either, as Steinman's name was prominent on the cover of both Bats. Undaunted, Meat Loaf went ahead with the project, hiring Desmond Child as producer and picking several older Steinman songs to form the heart of Bat Out of Hell III, which now bore the subtitle of The Monster Is Loose. As the album's fall 2006 release date approached, Steinman took Meat Loaf to court over the record -- after all, not only had he written the Bat Out of Hell albums, but he owned the copyright to the phrase, so Meat needed permission in order to release the record. Permission was eventually granted in an out-of-court settlement, paving the way for the October 2006 release of Bat Out of Hell III, a record that had many Steinman songs but in no way features his involvement in the recording or production of the album. And, boy, is his absence ever felt! His presence looms large over the record -- quite obviously on the songs he wrote, but the very aesthetic of the album is copied wholesale from his blueprints -- yet it's the ways that Bat III is different, both big and small, that points out who is missing at this party. For one, this Bat is quite obviously a patchwork, pieced together from things borrowed and re-created, never quite gelling the way either of the previous Bats did. And if there's one thing that theatrical rock like this needs, it's a narrative through-line or at least a concrete goal. Child and Meat Loaf do have a goal, but it's merely to re-create the glory days; they're not quite so picky on how they get there. So, Child brings in Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx and Marilyn Manson's guitarist John5 to pen the opening "The Monster Is Loose," and the results are disarming, a grindingly metallic riff-rocker that sits very uncomfortably next to Steinman's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," written with Meat in mind at least according to the singer but originally recorded by Celine Dion. Such jarring shifts in tone are common throughout The Monster Is Loose, not just as it moves from song to song, but within the tunes themselves, as Child's compositions chase after the grandeur of Steinman's work yet bare all the marks of a professional who is playing a game without bothering to learn the rules. The same is true for the very sound of Bat III. Although original Bat producer Todd Rundgren adds some necessary pomp with his vocal arrangements, the album is at once too heavy and too clinical, lacking the gaudy, gonzo soul that made Bat Out of Hell irresistible camp. It's a brightly lit mess, but there is one redeeming factor here and that's Meat Loaf, who is singing his heart out as he valiantly tries to make this Bat a worthy successor to the originals. [The CD/DVD edition features a making-of documentary, a video montage, a trailer, music video, and a photo gallery.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094637463925
  • Catalog Number: 74639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Monster Is Loose (7:11)
  2. 2 Blind as a Bat (5:50)
  3. 3 It's All Coming Back to Me Now - Marion Raven (6:05)
  4. 4 Bad for Good (7:32)
  5. 5 Cry for Me (4:38)
  6. 6 In the Land of the Pig, The Butcher Is King (5:30)
  7. 7 Monstro (1:38)
  8. 8 Alive (4:21)
  9. 9 If God Could Talk (3:45)
  10. 10 If It Aint' Broke Break It (4:49)
  11. 11 What About Love - Patti Russo (6:04)
  12. 12 Seize the Night (9:46)
  13. 13 The Future Ain't What It Used to Be - Jennifer Hudson (7:53)
  14. 14 Cry to Heaven (Epilogue) (2:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's All Coming Back to Me Now - Marion Raven
  2. 2 Making of "The Monster Is Loose"
  3. 3 "The Monster Is Loose" Montage
  4. 4 "The Monster Is Loose" Trailer
  5. 5 Photo Gallery
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meat Loaf Primary Artist
Stephanie Bennett Harp
Todd Rundgren Background Vocals
Steve Vai Guitar, Soloist
Matt Rollings Organ, Piano
Brian May Guitar, Soloist
Desmond Child Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Maria Vidal Background Vocals
Kasim Sulton Bass, Background Vocals
Sid Page Violin
John Fumo Trumpet
Mark Alexander Organ, Piano
Rusty Anderson Guitar, Soloist
Kenny Aronoff Percussion, Drums
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Eric Bazilian Guitar, Soloist
Cheryl Brown Choir, Chorus
Denyse Buffum Viola
David Campbell Conductor
Darius Campo Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Brett Cullen Background Vocals
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Earl Dumler Oboe
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Marti Frederiksen Background Vocals
Berj Garabedian Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet
Diana Grasselli Background Vocals
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Jessica Jones Choir, Chorus
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Peter Kent Violin
Lee Levin Percussion
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Joe Meyer French Horn
Joseph Powell Choir, Chorus
Bettie Ross Pipe organ
Tom Saviano Tenor Saxophone
Haim Shtrum Violin
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
Josefina Vergara Violin
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Eric Rigler Irish Flute
John Miceli Drums
Daniel Smith Cello
Suzie Katayama Cello
Dan Warner Guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone, Bass Trombone
John Shanks Guitar, Soloist
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Natalie Leggett Violin
Nico Abondolo Bass
Barbara Allen Choir, Chorus
Andreas Carlsson Background Vocals
John A. Reynolds French Horn
Roberto Cani Violin
Eric Sardinas Slide Guitar, Soloist
Michael Valerio Bass
Patti Russo Background Vocals
John 5 Guitar, Soloist
James Michael Background Vocals
Clint Walsh Guitar
Camille Saviola Background Vocals
Jeanette Olsson Background Vocals
Corky James Guitar
David Levita Guitar
Philip Vaiman Violin
Becky Baeling Background Vocals
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
John Gregory Background Vocals
Jason Paige Background Vocals
Bonita Brisco Choir, Chorus
Sonya Byous Choir, Chorus
Marda Todd Viola
Keely Pressly Background Vocals
Storm Lee Background Vocals
Steve Richards Cello
Randy Flowers Guitar, Soloist
Michele Richards Violin
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Vernon Keith Allen Choir, Chorus
Esther Marie Austin Choir, Chorus
Carolyn Caletti Jablonski "CC" Background Vocals
Graham Phillips Soprano (Vocal)
Sandra Stokes Choir, Chorus
Roshuan Stovall Choir, Chorus
Steven Holtman Trombone
Steven Becknell French Horn
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Paul Crook Guitar
M.B. Gordy Orchestral Percussion
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Arranger
Steve Vai Engineer
Russ Irwin Composer
Desmond Child Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Holly Knight Composer, Programming
Jim Steinman Composer
David Campbell Horn Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Randy Cantor Programming
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Dave Dale Engineer
Doug Emery Programming
Marti Frederiksen Composer, Engineer
Chris Garcia Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Kevin Mills Engineer
Diane Warren Composer
Nikki Sixx Composer
Dan Warner Engineer
Chris Vrenna Programming
Allen Kovac Executive Producer
C. Winston Simone Executive Producer
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Programming, Engineer
Dino Hermann Engineer
Jules Gondar Engineer, Production Chief
Greg Collins Engineer
David Simoné Executive Producer
James Michael Composer
Nathan Malki Engineer
Andy Ackland Engineer
Corky James Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Ghian Wright Engineer
Jay Ruston Engineer
Eric Vetro Vocal Coach
Carlos Alvarez Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Meat Loaf is still on top!!

    Meat Loaf shows that he can once again take control of a motorcycle and fly it out of hell with the hot angel in white looking helpless on the cover to this third installement of Bat Out of Hell. This album brings you through his internal pain as an artist and developes again that character that dates back to 1977 from the original Bat Out of Hell. Tracks like &amp quot Blind As a Bat&amp quot &amp quot It's All Coming Back To Me&amp quot &amp quot Cry Over Me&amp quot &amp quot If God Could Talk&amp quot &amp quot The Future Ain't What It Used To Be&amp quot and &amp quot Cry To Heaven prove that Mr. Loaf is the king of power ballads! and &amp quot The Monster Is Loose&amp quot &amp quot Bad ForGood&amp quot &amp quot In The Land of The Pig The Butcher Is King&amp quot &amp quot Alive&amp quot &amp quot If It Ain't Broke Break It&amp quot and &amp quot Seize The Night&amp quot prove he can still deliever hard rock anthems. Also on the album is a stunning duet with Patti Russo titled &amp quot What About Love&amp quot *no not the Heart song, but wouldn't it be great for him and Ann Wilson to do a duet together!&quot But aside from Patti Russos amazing duet there are two more, Marion Ravens on &amp quot Its All Coming Back To Me Now&amp quot and Jennifer Hudson on the soulful &amp quot The Future Ain't What It Used To Be&amp quot This is a must have, its over the top, bombastic, melodramatic etc... what else is new he's Meat Loaf!!!! Larger then life!!!

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