Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday, September 27, 1947) better known by his stage name Meat Loaf is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums.
Artist: Meat Loaf
Title: Bat Out Of Hell
Label: Epic Records
Catalog# EPC 82419
Bat Out of Hell is the second album and major-label debut by American rock singer Meat Loaf, as well as being his first collaboration with composer Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, released in October 1977 on Cleveland International/Epic Records.
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 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.
It is one of the best-selling albums in the history of recorded music, having sold over 43 million copies worldwide. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at number 343 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.
1. Bat Out of Hell (9:56)
2. You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) (5:04)
3. Heaven Can Wait (4:38)
4. All Revved Up with No Place to Go (4:19)
1. Two out of Three Ain’t Bad (5:23)
2. Paradise by the Dashboard Light (duet with Ellen Foley) (8:28)
3. For Crying Out Loud (8:45)
Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor usually known by his stage name Meat Loaf. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums.
Artist: Meat Loaf
Title: Dead Ringer
Label: Epic Records
Catalog# EPC 83645
The album cover features an illustration by comic book artist and horror illustrator Bernie Wrightson.
Steinman started to work on Bad for Good, the album that was supposed to be the follow-up to 1977’s Bat Out of Hell, in 1978. During that time, a combination of touring, drugs and exhaustion had caused Meat Loaf to lose his voice. Without a singer, and pressured by the record company, Steinman decided that he should sing on Bad for Good himself, and write a new album for Meat Loaf. This album was Dead Ringer, which was later released in 1981, after the release of Bad for Good.
After playing the role of Travis Redfish in the movie Roadie (which had cameos by Debbie Harry, Roy Orbison and Hank Williams, Jr., but was still a box office flop), Meat Loaf got his voice back, got off drugs, played softball, and started to work on his new album in 1980. Steinman had written five new songs which, in addition to the track “More Than You Deserve” (which Meat Loaf had sung in the musical with the same name) and a reworked monologue, formed the album Dead Ringer. The album was produced by Meat Loaf and Stephan Galfas, with backing tracks produced by Jimmy Iovine and Steinman. In 1976, Meat Loaf appeared on the track “Keeper Keep Us” from the Intergalactic Touring Band’s self-titled album, which was produced by Galfas.
1. Peel Out (6:30)
2. I’m Gonna Love Her For Both Of Us (7:09)
3. More Than You Deserve (7:02)
1. I’ll Kill You If You Don’t Come Back (6:24)
2. Read ‘Em And Weep (5:25)
3. Nocturnal Pleasure (0:38)
4. Dead Ringer For Love (4:21)
5. Everything Is Permitted (4:41)