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#339: Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf

7.06.2011


Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf (1977)

Favorite Track(s): "Bat Out of Hell" and "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)" and "Heaven Can Wait" and "All Revved Up With No Place to Go" and "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "For Crying Out Loud"

Thoughts: What a coincidence! Only last night I bought a Meatloaf song, "Left in the Dark"! Well, actually it's Barbra Streisand singing the song, but it was first recorded by Meatloaf, and if I don't karaoke it before I'm dead, I will have led a meaningless life. I wish Barbra had done more Jim Steinman songs, because her pipes are perfect for their rock-epicness.

The three things I associate with Meatloaf don't have much to do with him singing his music. 1) As Eddie in Rocky Horror Picture Show, 2) "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" which Meatloaf really wanted to record (he was taken to court by Jim Steinman!), but it went to Celine Dion first, and 3) I remember that my parents owned a CD of Welcome to the Neighborhood (1995) which I don't think I ever listened to because of the cover.

But the album! This was my first listen to Bat Out of Hell, and oh my word, I'm speechless. It's like Bruce Springsteen meets Queen meets Rocky Horror meets doo-wop meets EVERYTHING I LOVE. It's no surprise I'm a bit reminded of Bruce, as Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg of the E Street Band played on the album, and you can tell. God, I want Roy Bittan to play every piano in the world. I'm not kidding.

And did you know the album came out of a musical called Neverland, which was a sci-fi update of Peter Pan? And that album cover art--incredible! The lyrics were amazing as well. I think one of my favorite verses was from "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad":

And all I can do is keep on telling you
I want you
I need you
But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you
Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad
Now don't be sad
'Cause two out of three ain't bad

Maybe I'm in a Meatloaf-induced haze, but that is so brilliant. I want you, I need you, and I'm never gonna love you, but two out of three ain't bad. LOVE IT.

Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?:



YES.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I could not agree more. BOOH is the great rock opera! Meatloaf has the delivery, the talent is great and the production is fab.

Nice review!