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Like a deranged combination of Yes and Born to Run-era Springsteen, Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell took over AM and FM radio waves months after its 1977 release. After kicking around for years (he once recorded for Motown), heavyweight singer Marvin Lee Aday teamed with mad-visionary songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren for one of the most spectacular expressions of teen angst ever recorded. The ballad "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" was the disc's Top 40 breakthrough, but it's full-throttle narrative extravaganzas like "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" that pushed this one all the way over the top — and we do mean over the top. Fourteen-times platinum, Bat has more than proved its status as a crowd pleaser; it spawned a multi-platinum sequel in the early '90s.

Customer Reviews

make like a bat out of hell and get this

this cd is awesome, simply the best by meat loaf. i personally am a metal fan. but the vocals and all around music brought me into listen to them. i just wish there were more bands like this. the best songs on hnere are probly bat out of hell, you took the words right out of my mouth (hot summer night), heaven can wait, two out of three ain't bad, and paradise by the dashboard light. what a cd, what a band, what a classic.

One of my FAVORITE albums!

If you love rocking out, but at the same time want a singable melody and some emotional songs, Bat Out of Hell is the perfect album. Beginning with almost 2 minutes of insane guitar and ending with a heartbreaking piano ballad, it's filled with great songs (all at least 4 minutes long). My favorite songs would most likely be Bat Out of Hell, Paradise By the Dashboard Light, and For Crying Out Loud (the sample 30 sec. for this song doesn't do it justice- it's extremely powerful and amazing). While I haven't listened to the two new live songs at the end, I would recommend buying the first 7 songs individually, paying only $6.93 instead of the asking price of almost $12.

If I have to explain it, you won't understand

Todd Rundgren, Jim Steinman, and (of course) the Meat Man himself all came from theatrical backgrounds. This isn't just an albumn of songs, but a theatrical production for the Theater Of The Mind. The songs interrelate. Many criticize Meat's/Steinman's music as being overblown and pretentious.. OF COURSE it's pretentious and overblown, have you seen ANY theatrical production that ISN"T pretentious and overblown? That's the nature of Theater! Anyone seen "Wicked", or "Les Miserables", or "Phantom"? Every single one goes WAY over the top. The simple fact is that the jury IS in, and ain't no doubt about it, after 30 years, this album has legs. People who weren't even born when it was released are going just as nuts over it as those of us in our 40's and 50's did when it was released. The best way to experience it is with your eyes closed, playing out the scenes, in order, in your mind. Very, very few artists are able to make such an impression. The 3 men who put this together, along with the cast they assembled have created a classic in the best sense of the word. While I'm no longer in the teenage years, this pure gold captures all that's right, and wrong, with growing up. "Angst" hardly describes it, but it comes close. This album is where it started, this is where you should start if you haven't already. Close your eyes and enjoy.

Biography

Born: September 27, 1947 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Marvin Lee Aday is a singer and occasional actor who, for reasons never definitively answered, has recorded under the name Meat Loaf. In all likelihood a childhood nickname, the tag stuck, and many puns followed as the performer — who tipped the scales at well over 300 pounds — became one...
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