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 Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell II-Back Into Hell (2 CDs w/booklet)

Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell II-Back Into Hell (2 CDs w/booklet) Meatloaf, isn’t that the dish your mom used to make that you would cringe about? It’s much more than that. Nicknamed Meatloaf because of his large size, Marvin Lee would become a rock star someday. In 1977 “Bat Of Hell” would propel him to musical immortality. It has sold 25 million copies to date. “Bat of Hell II-Back Into Hell” was released on 1993. It was good enough to give Meatloaf’s floundering career the shot in the arm it needed, and the ultimate success of this album made him the comeback kid of 1993. This deluxe edition lives up to its billing with a nice slipcase for the CD/Book format. You also get a booklet with a bonus disc. It’s a beautiful set. The bonus CD is strictly for fanatical collectors as you will hear the same songs over and over again with very little variation. It’s overkill, but what the hell? Just the same, it’s all great music and a lot of fun to listen to. I personally never listened to this great album until now. I know, for shame! It’s a great rock ‘n’ roll record. Its one of those albums I was aware of but never picked it up. I honestly didn’t realize just how good it was.

“Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back” is a real rock-the-house number filled with the sarcastic humor that only singers like Meatloaf can turn into an all out theatrical production. It must have been his experience on the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” that turned the entire world into a stage for him. His voice is just drenched in the emotion, spirit, and the raw energy of rock ‘n’ roll. “I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)” is very reminiscent of the formula that Jim Steinman and Meatloaf used on the first “Bat Out Of Hell” production. This album is a lot heavier than the first incarnation. I found it to be a quality recording with some excellent musicians backing the big guy on every song. Names like Kenny Arnoff (drums) and Todd Rundgren (mister everything) are industry legends, thus their stamp is found all over this album. In fact, Rundgren sang backup on every song. The heaviest number on the album is “Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are.” It burns with the passion and fire of a patented Meatloaf rocker. His voice was as good as it ever was. Now nearly 10 years later I am not so sure he would be able to belt out a song in the same way. His singing was as hard as the music. And that’s why it sounds like a match made in heaven, or hell, whichever he happened to be in at the time.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this CD set with all the extras. This is Meatloaf, this is rock ‘n’ roll, the deluxe edition.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
Posted By: Keith Hannaleck
Genre: Rock
Record Label: MCA

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