The Essential Meat Loaf

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Unlike previous collections Epic has assembled, this double-disc set draws not only from Meat Loaf's recordings for the label, but it also licenses his '90s comeback recordings for MCA. Which means, of course, that the 20-track collection is, indeed, the "Essential" Meat Loaf. Not all of his charting hits are here -- "What You See Is What You Get," his 1971 single with Stoney, is absent, as is "I'm Gonna Love Her for the Both of Us," the only hit he had between the two Bat Out of Hell albums -- but all of the key album tracks from the two blockbusters are here, along with highlights from the sequels to the sequel, which means everything that anyone but a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Unlike previous collections Epic has assembled, this double-disc set draws not only from Meat Loaf's recordings for the label, but it also licenses his '90s comeback recordings for MCA. Which means, of course, that the 20-track collection is, indeed, the "Essential" Meat Loaf. Not all of his charting hits are here -- "What You See Is What You Get," his 1971 single with Stoney, is absent, as is "I'm Gonna Love Her for the Both of Us," the only hit he had between the two Bat Out of Hell albums -- but all of the key album tracks from the two blockbusters are here, along with highlights from the sequels to the sequel, which means everything that anyone but a die-hard Meat Loaf fan could want is on this collection: ("Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," "Bat Out of Hell," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," "Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," and a remix of "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back"). That said, it is true that either the two Bat out of Hell albums are a more cohesive listen than this set, simply because they were designed as complete albums. Consequently, casual fans may be just as happy to purchase those two discs, which will set them back about as much as The Essential Meat Loaf, but anyone who wants all the hits on one set should pick this up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886979221123
  • Catalog Number: 792211
  • Sales rank: 3,854

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meat Loaf Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Cher Vocals
Rick Derringer Guitar
Todd Rundgren Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bonnie Tyler Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ellen Foley Vocals, Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Guitar
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Ted Neeley Background Vocals
Jim Steinman Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Choir, Chorus
Kasim Sulton Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Roy Bittan Piano, Keyboards
Jeff Bova Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Steve Buslowe Bass, Background Vocals
Robert Coron Background Vocals
Rhonda Coullet Background Vocals
Brett Cullen Background Vocals
Mickey Curry Drums
James "D-Train" Williams Choir, Chorus
Liberty DeVitto Drums
Rory Dodd Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Doyle Guitar
Edgar Winter Saxophone
Chuck Kirkpatrick Background Vocals
Cynthia Geary Background Vocals
Amy Goff Background Vocals
Elaine Goff Background Vocals
Max Haskett Background Vocals
Wells Kelly Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Curtis King Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Robbie Kondor Piano
Bob Kulick Guitar
Michelle Little Background Vocals
Eddie Martinez Guitar
Cindy Mizelle Choir, Chorus
Jenni Muldaur Background Vocals
Gunnar Nelson Background Vocals
Matthew Nelson Background Vocals
Allan Nicholls Background Vocals
Bill Payne Piano
Jeff Pevar Electric Guitar
Lenny Pickett Saxophone
Tim Pierce Guitar
Alan Rubin Horn
John Sambataro Background Vocals
John Seigler Bass
Crystal Taliefero Background Vocals
Pat Thrall Guitar
Clare Torry Vocals, Background Vocals
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
Max Weinberg Drums
John Miceli Percussion, Drums
Marvin Lee Aday Percussion, Background Vocals
John Wilcox Drums
Roger Powell Synthesizer
Mike Reed Conductor
Pearl Aday Background Vocals
Patti Russo Vocals, Background Vocals
Phil Rizzuto Voiceover
Paul Jacobs Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Lorraine Crosby Vocals
Glen Burtnick Background Vocals
Stephanie de Sykes Background Vocals
Rev. Timothy Wright & The Concert Choir Choir, Chorus
Clem Clemson Guitar, Soloist
Tom Malone Horn
Mark Alexander Piano
Lou Delgatto Horn
Keith Murell Background Vocals
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer, Orchestration
Meat Loaf Producer, Remixing
Todd Rundgren Producer, Engineer
Jim Steinman Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Remixing
Larry Alexander Engineer
Paul Angelli Remastering
Ray Bardani Engineer
Don Black Composer, Lyricist
Jeff Bova Programming, Remix Programmer
Jimmy Bralower drum programming
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Steve Buslowe Composer
Paul Christie Composer
David Cullen Orchestration
Tom Dowd Producer
Tom Edmonds Engineer
Ben Fowler Engineer
Stephan Galfas Producer
Jimmy Iovine Engineer, Remixing
John Jansen Engineer, Remixing
Ted Jensen Remastering
Robbie Kondor keyboard arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Ron Nevison Producer, Engineer
Malcolm Pollack Engineer
Steve Rinkoff Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Jess Sutcliffe Engineer
Mark Thomas Engineer
Russ Titelman Producer
Femi Jiya Engineer
Marvin Lee Aday Composer
Michael Whelan Cover Art
Alex Olsson Engineer
Joe Pearson Artwork, Layout
Ed Sprague Engineer
Paul Jacobs Producer, String Arrangements
Timothy White Back Cover Photo
P. Jacobs Composer
Don Peyronel Composer
Shelley Yakus Engineer
Ted Jansen Remastering
Ken Ascher String Arrangements
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