Written By Braddon S. Williams
Meatloaf: Bat Out Of Hell
Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf came out in 1977, when I was a sophomore in high school. Its tales of teen angst and high drama became a worldwide hit, selling astronomical numbers, eventually spawning 2 sequels and a musical. Not to shabby for an album that nearly didn’t get a record deal.
Meat Loaf, composer Jim Steinman, and producer Todd Rundgren (along with a stellar supporting cast of musicians and singers) brought this Wagnerian opus to life, channeling Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound production style, and Bruce Springsteen’s over the top delivery as well.
I recall the songs Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and Paradise By The Dashboard Light being nearly inescapable on the radio, but they were so fun to sing along with that it was hard to grow tired of them.
The title song was like a mini-opera by itself, and For Crying Out Loud, Heaven Can Wait, All Revved Up With No Place To Go, and You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) were all glorious pieces of majestic theatrical rock.
Of course, Meat Loaf has a superhuman set of vocal chords, and a signature tone that sets him in a class of one…a big man with a bigger than life talent.
Bat Out Of Hell is its own universe; there is literally nothing else like it in the world of rock music.