23 Songs, 2 Hours 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It wouldn’t be a Meat Loaf album without grandiose visions. After all, with that vocal range and natural ability to turn every moment into life or death, it would be a shame if he didn’t give the people the greatest show on earth. With veteran producer Rob Cavallo giving the album a contemporary edge and songwriters such as Jon Bon Jovi, American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi, legendary song doctor Desmond Child, and the Darkness’ Justin Hawkins writing songs for a classic rock band of the ages — that’s Steve Vai and Queen’s Brian May on guitars and House’s Hugh Laurie (?!) on piano — the result is an album of epic absurdity that makes for the perfect date by the dashboard light. There’s a story here somewhere about a wounded soldier, but the real attraction is the delightful bombast of tunes like “Peace On Earth,” “If I Can’t Have You,” “Love Is Not Real  / Next Time You Stab Me In the Back” and “Elvis In Vegas,” where all the hyper-emotions of adolescence come back raging at the dying of the light. The special edition includes ten live cuts, including many noteworthy highlights from throughout his career.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It wouldn’t be a Meat Loaf album without grandiose visions. After all, with that vocal range and natural ability to turn every moment into life or death, it would be a shame if he didn’t give the people the greatest show on earth. With veteran producer Rob Cavallo giving the album a contemporary edge and songwriters such as Jon Bon Jovi, American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi, legendary song doctor Desmond Child, and the Darkness’ Justin Hawkins writing songs for a classic rock band of the ages — that’s Steve Vai and Queen’s Brian May on guitars and House’s Hugh Laurie (?!) on piano — the result is an album of epic absurdity that makes for the perfect date by the dashboard light. There’s a story here somewhere about a wounded soldier, but the real attraction is the delightful bombast of tunes like “Peace On Earth,” “If I Can’t Have You,” “Love Is Not Real  / Next Time You Stab Me In the Back” and “Elvis In Vegas,” where all the hyper-emotions of adolescence come back raging at the dying of the light. The special edition includes ten live cuts, including many noteworthy highlights from throughout his career.

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