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Bat Out of Hell [Special Edition]
     

Bat Out of Hell [Special Edition]

by Meat Loaf
 

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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

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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

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886970114820
catalogNumber:
701148

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Bat out of Hell
  2. You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
  3. Heaven Can Wait
  4. All Revved Up with No Place to Go
  5. Two out of Three Ain't Bad
  6. Paradise by the Dashboard Light
  7. For Crying out Loud
  8. Great Boleros of Fire
  9. Bat out of Hell

Disc 2

  1. Program Start
  2. Bat out of Hell
  3. Read 'Em and Weep
  4. Two out of Three Ain't Bad
  5. Razor's Edge
  6. More Than You Deserve
  7. I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us
  8. If You Really Want To
  9. You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
  10. Paradise by the Dashboard Light
  11. Dead Ringer for Love
  12. Closing Credits

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
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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