Bat out of Hell

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
With tens of millions of copies in circulation, this behemoth album looms even larger than the man who lodged it in the public consciousness. And while just about everyone weaned on the classic rock radio of the past three decades has the disc's songs -- running order and all -- ingrained in the brain, this 25th-anniversary reissue throws a few change-ups over the plate. The compilers raided the vaults for a pair of previously unreleased live tracks dating back to the Loaf's triumphant 1978 American tour. The version of Ravel's "Bolero" (which opened the big man's shows for ages) is suitably grandiose, although it would have sounded more appropriate at the front end of...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
With tens of millions of copies in circulation, this behemoth album looms even larger than the man who lodged it in the public consciousness. And while just about everyone weaned on the classic rock radio of the past three decades has the disc's songs -- running order and all -- ingrained in the brain, this 25th-anniversary reissue throws a few change-ups over the plate. The compilers raided the vaults for a pair of previously unreleased live tracks dating back to the Loaf's triumphant 1978 American tour. The version of Ravel's "Bolero" (which opened the big man's shows for ages) is suitably grandiose, although it would have sounded more appropriate at the front end of the disc rather than as an addendum, and the concert take on the album's title track boasts all the balls and bluster you'd expect. Retrofitted with a nicely appointed booklet packed with lyrics and photos, the 2001 edition is a wonderful look back at the heyday of Mr. Loaf, although it may not pack enough novelty to inspire purchase by folks who already have the original in heavy rotation.
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 guginol 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 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. [The 2001 Super Audio reissue includes two bonus tracks: previously unreleased live recordings of "Boléro" and "Bat out of Hell."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646217160
  • Catalog Number: 62171

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bat Out of Hell (9:52)
  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)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meat Loaf Primary Artist, Vocals
Todd Rundgren Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Karla DeVito Background Vocals
Ellen Foley Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Steinman Percussion, Piano, Keyboards
Kasim Sulton Bass, Background Vocals
Roy Bittan Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
Steve Buslowe Bass
Rory Dodd Background Vocals
Edgar Winter Saxophone
Paul Glanz Keyboards
Cheryl Hardwick Piano
Bob Kulick Guitar
Bruce Kulick Guitar
Steve Margoshes Piano
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Joe Stefko Drums
Max Weinberg Drums
Marvin Lee Aday Percussion, Background Vocals
John Wilcox Drums
Technical Credits
Meat Loaf Producer, Concept
Todd Rundgren Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Jim Steinman Arranger, Sound Effects, Producer, Concept
Kenny Ascher String Arrangements
Joe Brescio Mastering
Jimmy Iovine Engineer, Remixing
John Jansen Engineer, Remixing
Ted Jensen Mastering
Steve Margoshes Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Mark Thomas Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Ed Sprague Engineer
Mike Cimicata Packaging Manager
Robert Wolff Author
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