Bat Out of Hell [Special Edition]

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There is no other album like Bat Out of Hell, unless you want to count the sequel. This is Grand Guignol pop -- epic, gothic, operatic, and silly, and it's appealing because of all of this. Jim Steinman was a composer without peer, simply because nobody else wanted to make mini-epics like this. And there never could have been a singer more suited for his compositions than Meat Loaf, a singer partial to bombast, albeit shaded bombast. The compositions are staggeringly ridiculous, yet Meat Loaf finds the emotional core in each song, bringing true heartbreak to "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and sly humor to "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." There's no discounting the production of Todd Rundgren, either, who gives ...
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There is no other album like Bat Out of Hell, unless you want to count the sequel. This is Grand Guignol pop -- epic, gothic, operatic, and silly, and it's appealing because of all of this. Jim Steinman was a composer without peer, simply because nobody else wanted to make mini-epics like this. And there never could have been a singer more suited for his compositions than Meat Loaf, a singer partial to bombast, albeit shaded bombast. The compositions are staggeringly ridiculous, yet Meat Loaf finds the emotional core in each song, bringing true heartbreak to "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and sly humor to "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." There's no discounting the production of Todd Rundgren, either, who gives Steinman's self-styled grandiosity a production that's staggeringly big but never overwhelming and always alluring. While the sentiments are deliberately adolescent and filled with jokes and exaggerated clichés, there's real (albeit silly) wit behind these compositions, not just in the lyrics but in the music, which is a savvy blend of oldies pastiche, show tunes, prog rock, Springsteen-esque narratives, and blistering hard rock (thereby sounding a bit like an extension of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which brought Meat Loaf to the national stage). It may be easy to dismiss this as ridiculous, but there's real style and craft here and its kitsch is intentional. It may elevate adolescent passion to operatic dimensions, and that's certainly silly, but it's hard not to marvel at the skill behind this grandly silly, irresistible album. [This Special Edition
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970114820
  • Catalog Number: 701148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bat out of Hell (9:51)
  2. 2 You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) (5:05)
  3. 3 Heaven Can Wait (4:41)
  4. 4 All Revved Up with No Place to Go (4:20)
  5. 5 Two out of Three Ain't Bad (5:26)
  6. 6 Paradise by the Dashboard Light (8:30)
  7. 7 For Crying out Loud (8:55)
  8. 8 Great Boleros of Fire (3:54)
  9. 9 Bat out of Hell (11:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Program Start
  2. 2 Bat out of Hell
  3. 3 Read 'Em and Weep
  4. 4 Two out of Three Ain't Bad
  5. 5 Razor's Edge
  6. 6 More Than You Deserve
  7. 7 I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us
  8. 8 If You Really Want To
  9. 9 You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
  10. 10 Paradise by the Dashboard Light
  11. 11 Dead Ringer for Love
  12. 12 Closing Credits
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meat Loaf Primary Artist, Vocals
Todd Rundgren Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Karla DeVito Vocals, Background Vocals
Ellen Foley Vocals, Background Vocals
Roger Powell Synthesizer
Jim Steinman Percussion, Piano, Keyboards
Kasim Sulton Bass, Background Vocals
New York Philharmonic Performing Ensemble
Roy Bittan Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
Steve Buslowe Bass, Bass Guitar
Rory Dodd Background Vocals
Edgar Winter Saxophone
Paul Glanz Keyboards
Cheryl Hardwick Piano
Bob Kulick Guitar
Bruce Kulick Guitar
Marvin Lee Percussion, Background Vocals
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Joe Stefko Drums
Max Weinberg Drums
John Wilcox Drums
Phil Rizzuto Announcer
Technical Credits
Maurice Ravel Composer
Bruce Dickinson Reissue Producer
Todd Rundgren Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jim Steinman Arranger, Composer, Producer, Concept
Kenny Ascher String Arrangements
Joe Brescio Mastering
Jimmy Iovine Engineer, Remixing
John Jansen Engineer, Remixing
Steve Margoshes Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
David Sonenberg Management
Mark Thomas Engineer
Earl Shuman Contributor
Billy Pinnell Liner Notes
Ed Sprague Engineer
Richard Corben Illustrations
Betty DAmico Executive Secretary
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