Bat out of Hell

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 clich├ęs, 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 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646217122
  • Catalog Number: 62171
  • Sales rank: 2,157

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman (9:51)
  2. 2 You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) - Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman (5:04)
  3. 3 Heaven Can Wait - Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman (4:41)
  4. 4 All Revved up With No Place to Go - Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman (4:20)
  5. 5 Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman (5:25)
  6. 6 Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman (8:28)
  7. 7 For Crying Out Loud - Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman (8:44)
  8. 8 Bolero (Live Intro) (Bonus Track)
  9. 9 Bat Out Of Hell (Live) (Bonus Track)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meat Loaf Primary Artist, Vocals
Todd Rundgren Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ellen Foley Vocals, Background Vocals
Roger Powell Synthesizer
Jim Steinman Percussion, Keyboards
Kasim Sulton Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
New York Philharmonic Performing Ensemble
Roy Bittan Piano, Keyboards
Rory Dodd Vocals, Background Vocals
Edgar Winter Saxophone
Cheryl Hardwick Piano
Jimmy Iovine Recorder
John Jansen Recorder
Steve Margoshes Piano
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Mark Thomas Recorder
Max Weinberg Drums
Jon Wilcox Drums
Marvin Lee Aday Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Wilcox Drums
Ed Sprague Recorder
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Jim Steinman Arranger, Writer
New York Philharmonic Orchestration
Kenny Ascher String Arrangements
Joe Brescio Mastering
Amy Herot Reissue Producer
Jimmy Iovine Engineer, Remixing
John Jansen Engineer, Remixing
Ed Lee Illustrations
Steve Margoshes Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Mark Thomas Engineer
Arthur Levy Liner Notes
Scott Hull Mastering
Ed Sprague Engineer
Stephen Saper Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great gift!

    I bought this CD for my husband as it was one of his favorite "albums" when he was younger. He listens to it while commuting to or from work and tells me it helps to make the drive much more tolerable! This CD is one of the classics (if you are a Meatloaf fan.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest albums ever ...

    Even twelve years after,it still gives me goose pimple and I often feel it's hard to talk right after listening to these great songs and lyrics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 Stars Out of 5 Stars Ain't Bad

    You Want To Find Paradise By DashBoard Light? Then Listen To This Soul Moving, Heart Pumping Disc. No Doubt About It, The Greatest Album Of All Time!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    impressive

    impressive

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