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Bat Out Of Hell

Meat Loaf

1977

Bat Out Of Hell

Album Summary

Bat Out of Hell is the 1977 debut album by American rock singer Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinman. It is one of the best-selling albums in history. The album was developed from a musical, Neverland, a futuristic rock version of Peter Pan, which Steinman wrote for a workshop in 1974. It was recorded during 1975–1976 at various studios, including Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York, produced by Todd Rundgren, and released in October 1977 by Cleveland International/Epic Records. Bat Out of Hell spawned two Meat Loaf sequel albums: Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006). Bat Out of Hell has sold over 43 million copies worldwide. It is certified 14× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It is the best-selling album in Australia. As of June 2019, it has spent 522 weeks in the UK Albums Chart, the second longest chart run by a studio album. Rolling Stone ranked it at number 343 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.A musical based on Bat Out of Hell, staged by Jay Scheib, opened at the Manchester Opera House on February 17, 2017, before transferring to the London Coliseum and Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre in late 2017. From April 2, 2018, till January 5, 2019 the show was performed at the Dominion Theatre in London before a short run the same year in the United States.

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Rating

3.41

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5405

Genres

  • Rock
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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Easy five stars. This album is operatic, cheesy, over the top, wonderful. I knew meatloaf but had never really taken the time to go through this record. It feels like a proto-power metal album, even including a song that could have been a hit if not for a weird spoken word opening minute. This is my shit, embrace the kitsch and lean in.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

people did a lot of drugs in the 70s

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Frankly, and indeed somewhat purposefully, this album is a clear oddity. A work where the bombast is the point, where everything is XXXL and then further expanded, the only parallel that springs to mind is Born to Run, which is comparatively modest. But does it work? An album of histrionics and declared emotional extremes harking back to the teenage experience, I ultimately found such a pose too much of an affectation to embrace. Of course, the paradox here is that the affectation was obviously meant sincerely, that Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf authentically loved the sentiments of this album. But I do not share that stance, and this attempt to make the ultimate rock 'n roll album doesn't fully escape self-parody. (Speaking of which, didn't rock 'n roll start off stripped-down and straightforward? How do you get from That's All Right Mama to Paradise by the Dashboard Light?) In fairness, there are of course occasions for such grandiosity, and I shan't object if someone puts a track of this album on the jukebox, but I wouldn't do it myself.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

It's fucking Meatloaf! Of course it gets 5 stars. That was my review before actually listening to it. My God, what a colossal heap of shit this is. Music for jockeys who've had too much cocaine.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
1

can i give this 0 stars?

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Why have I not been listening to Meat Loaf my whole freaking life? These songs have been stuck in my head all day. Rock operas are cliche now but I think this is the pinnacle of that achievement. One reviewer once said that this was "Grand Guignol pop", and that is also appropriate.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Just a wild ride throughout. Not a particularly great album but its not supposed to be. Its supposed to be loud, weird and fun which it absolutely nails. Went in with low expectations bc all the jokes about Meatloaf, but turns out I was taking myself too seriously with my expectations. Actually I take back what I said about it not being good. Its very good musically and just fun overall. This would be my third album on a desert album if it was just a bit longer.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

This is...not what I expected from Meat Loaf. Having only heard Paradise by the Dashboard Light, this album really surprised me in such a fantastic way. It felt like it was too much at all times, but I was having such a great time listening so I can't complain.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
1

At least when Soft Cell were terrible they had the decency to be terrible in short 3-minute bursts. Bloated, self-involved, unlistenable hot garbage.

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Fri May 07 2021
1

Disgusting

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Wed Jun 16 2021
1

Terrible

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

Butt

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Wed Sep 07 2022
1

Day 2 of a three year journey that I am now questioning. Of course, I have heard songs from this album before I have never understood the appeal or the acclaim. This album sounds like someone had an idea for a shitty stage musical, someone else had an idea for a shitty rock album, and a third person had an idea for a shitty pop album. Mix it all together and you get a meatloaf of shit. I just don’t get the appeal of this at all. Listening to it made my day worse.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
1

I hate this album.....I hated it when it first came out...and I still hated it....not even going to listen to it....

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Sun Nov 20 2022
1

Jesus fucking christ this is shit. Even the one I thought I liked, turns out I only liked a snippet of, not the entire 9634 minute long song.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
1

I think I’ve heard this in my nightmares before, utterly terrifying. The constant whiplash of every song ending and starting again 15 times was exhausting. The opening to the second track was repulsive. A few scattered thoughts from during the listen: -I feel as if I’m on my way to vote republican -Meat Loaf is quickly becoming one of my top 5 most feared sleep paralysis hallucinations -Lorde really tried to title an album “Melodrama” after this had existed for years -I am fearful of those who listen to this during their 8 am commute -I don’t think I have audibly laughed so much during an album before, I doubt that was Meat Loaf’s intention Best track: Heaven can wait (if I had to choose, dont be mistaken for praise) Dishon mentions: everything else

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Thu Dec 01 2022
1

Idk man I think this is terrible lol

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Mon Dec 05 2022
1

def not something id listen to i hate musicals but i like the way "you took the words right out of my mouth" starts abi yok cidden ölüm gibi bi albüm hiç beğenmedim çok aşırı müzikal ve genel olarak kötü yani bilmiyorum kendi türünde kötü değildir ama ben cidden bu tür şarkılardan nefret ediyorum 45 dklık işkence gibi ABİ YETER AMK BİT BİT YETER CİDDEN YETER SUS ARTIK JIM SUS SUS YETOOOO SUS ARTIK BİTMEDİ AMK ALBÜMÜ YA 1/5 cidden berbat amk kendimi kesicem

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Mon Dec 05 2022
1

only good thing abt this album was the beginning of “you took the words right out of my mouth”. thats all also why cant we give a half rating? if we could i would rate this album 0.5

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Yo, Meatloaf is the Bruce Springsteen for theatre kids! So as a theatre expat I loved this album so much. I could not help but picturing every song being performed on stage. It was just dripping with melodrama so you could feel the light-hearted cheesiness of it, but Meatloaf's impressive pipes just drove it all home with gravitas. Expanding on my Springsteen claim, I felt the driving bright piano all over this album is so common on "Born to Run," and the musicality in general was very reminiscent of the E-Street Band. Learning that these songs were written by a composer came as no shock to me.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

OHHHH openingggggggggg Final Thoughts: 5/5

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Epic! Paradise by the dashboard light is utterly brilliant. Nils Lofgren's guitar is piercing, the vocal delivery amazing and the arrangements are, well, epic.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Can't believe we got this pick the same week he died. Great album. Totally 70s, but timelessly great. Inappropriate memory: they used to play Paradise by the Dashboard Lights at dances I went to in 8th grade. That's not right. But the girls loved singing the "Stop right there!" part. RIP Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf and thanks for rocking our faces off. Easy 5.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

I love everything about Bat Out of Hell. Everything is so extravagant, overcomposed, and just in general turned all the way up to 11. Steinman's melodies are rock-solid and his lyrics succeed in convinced you that the entire fate of mankind depends on whether or not this horny teenager gets to third base tonight in the backseat of a Chevy Camaro. EVERYTHING is at stake. Instrumentation is of course ridiculously on point with Todd Rundgren and members of the E Street Band combining to make this silly record one of the best and most enjoyable rock operas ever. Thank you Meat Loaf, you absolute legend.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Day 37 of Albums You Must Hear... Meat Loaf has been one of music’s most unique artists for fifty years. He would record with Motown Records early in his career, he performed on Broadway in Hair and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (as well as the film). When Mr. Loaf decided to leave theater and pursue music full time, he had a hard time finding a record label that believed in him, he was just such a different character. Long story short, Bat Out of Hell was released in 1977, and would go on to sell 43 million copies globally, and break a few records along the way. Meat Loaf’s theater experience is what makes this album shine, it’s essentially a musical on wax. The vocals, the backing vocals, and genius arrangements are executed to perfection. Also, Bat Out of Hell has some of the best blues piano playing you can ask for!! Paradise By the Dashboard Light is a funky song that probably showcases the albums potential to its fullest. Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad is a great ballad that I’ve heard on the radio my whole life and it’s still good. You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) has some of those old Motown roots that I love. Bat Out of Hell, the song, is a nearly ten minute all out rock epic adventure. You can totally see the influence this music had on Jack Black. All Revved Up with No Place to Go breaks out the horns and has that Saturday night feeling that lots of music in the late 70’s wanted to capture. Bat Out of Hell II came out in the early 90’s and the cutest girl in my school loved Meat Loaf, so I obviously paid a little attention. I have to be honest, I thought this music was a little weird back then. Meat Loaf has grown on me over the years and he deserves all the recognition he gets and then some. He’s a great singer, actor and creator. I absolutely loved him in the film Fight Club. This album is legendary and I had fun listening to it! Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Outstanding! I love Jim Steinman's over the top, theatrical way of writing. It's like listening to a movie. A silly one, granted, but the experience is always dramatic and such a thrill ride. To be honest, the album could have had white noise after the title track and my score would have been the same. Absolute beast: Bat out of hell Also awesome: You took the words tight out of my mouth

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Saved Prior: Paradise By the Dashboard Light Off Rip: Bat Out of Hell, You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth, All Revved Up with No Place to Go, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Look. Turn your sophisti-brain off for 46 minutes and 31 seconds and enjoy this album. Is it the most incredible, world-changing music ever? No. Does it need to be to be an eminently enjoyable album? NO. This album is so fun and anyone who hates on it needs to lighten up. 4 stars.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Wow. This gives me rock opera realness. I understand meatloaf's appearance in rocky horror now. Also slightly self-indulgent. Each song is like 8 minutes long with three movements.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

A towering blancmange of an album that seems to teeter under it's own weight but manages to hold everything going. It's big, like a Rogers and Hammerstein production, the aural equivalent to a Busby Berkeley number; but underneath it all, deeply conservative, looking backwards both in terms of instrumentation and lyrical themes. The band thus come across more like an overheated Mott the Hoople than anything else; and atop this rock 'n' roll purist maelstrom is the inimitable Meat Loaf, bellowing and wheezing his way through the material like his life depends on it. A triumph, then, albeit a very strange and singular one.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

There is a reason that Meat Loaf is kind of meme. Fun music, melodramatic as hell, with strong metal feels throughout.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Apparently the songs were original written for a musical and it serves that - big, dramatic and narrative. A few of the tracks were staples of FM radio in the 1980s and "Mouth" (cbf writing that title in full) is a glorious example of that era. As much as this is a work of recorded music, at the same time it feels like it would be just as good to see live. Maybe that's its strength - it's a recording that feels as epic as a live performance. Meat Loaf's vocals are thrilling and powerful, turning it up to 11 and always for a good reason. Least fave track - "Paradise". Tbh I'm not needing an epic saga of two teens rooting in a car.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

I'm starting to lean towards records with a sense of story, drama and ambition. This is all of the above with the kitchen sink and a big squirt of cream and a handful of cherries on top. Starts big and goes up from there.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

This one is a very loud opera rock album developed from a musical, a futuristic version of "Peter Pan". It sounds epic, and grandiose. Of course it's not surprising for an opera rock album. But I've listened to a few opera rock albums, most notably "The Wall" and "Ziggy Stardust". But while the mentioned albums are great, both are not as loud and ridiculous as "Bat Out of Hell". It is already evident in the cover, explosive motorcycle ride in nearly all red color scheme. Of course loud isn't equal to quality. The album starts out loud, and get monotonous after a while. But on the latter half, it starts to build-up. The latter tracks are all stellar, and together, the album creates a solid narrative. Which apparently involves teenage angst and all the stuff that comes with it. It's a pop album like no other.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Of course I'm familiar with the hits from this album but I've never listened to it all the way through before. Very broadway musical, teen rock opera, tongue in cheek. The cover art captures the spirit perfectly. These songs are also very catchy, in addition to fun, so no wonder it spawned so many hits. I had no idea I would like this album as much as I did.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

What a fun ride Bat Out Of Hell is! I am having visions of theater kids in the 70s getting so stoked to hear this record and perform its songs. It's definitely a helluva rock-n-roll musical and really made me smile this morning. I liked it as a whole, but You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth and Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad are my favs. I know more now why Meatloaf was made fun of and why he is beloved by his fans. What a killer show he must have done back in the day!

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Sun May 09 2021
3

This is the bombastic, pervasive power rock pop album that dominated my youth. The only album which tackles topics such as a dude trying to get his girlfriend he doesn't love to bang him, while also bring advertised on the backs of late 70s marvel comics. It gets 3 stars because this is the only album on this list to feature the vocals of legendary Yankee broadcaster Phil Rizzutto

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Hm. Way more piano work than I exspected. I always thought Meat Loaf would sound more like maiden than Journey. This is Journey on pop 70s steroids

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

I can see why everyone loves this album. Just like how people are obsessed with musicals. I, however, am not into musicals very much, and thus am not a fan of the operatic nature of this album. The songs constantly shift in style and loudness to get the audience engaged. There's an over-reliance on hooks, but it often works. The best song is "Paradise by the Dashboard," with genre transitions that match the storytelling. Love the dialogue between characters. "Two Out of Three Aint Bad" is the best consistent song, retaining its identity without doing anything too outlandish that became a weakness of other songs. "You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth" is really catchy and even I couldn't resist singing a lot to it. The title track is a decent opener that shows the direction this album will take. The other 3 songs are pretty forgettable.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

Straight up rock musical. It's got more of the "ride a motorcycle into the sunset" aesthetic than I like, but he really powers through and adds in a bit of humour.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Really fun, theatrical experience. Steinman's gloriously simple and overwrought songwriting empowers Meat Loaf's voice, which conveys emotion potently. More than anything, I'm not surprised that this album started a franchise and has been converted into a musical, because this is theater kid music. There's some great stuff on here, such as the opener, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, and You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth. If you give in to the schmaltz, you'll probably have a fun time with Bat Out of Hell.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
3

Du bon rock @ancienne qui fait plaiz. J'ai pas été très attentif à l'écoute mais y'a moy que ça mérite une meilleure note, je ré-écouterai. RIP Meat Loaf aussi.

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Thu Oct 29 2020
1

My fucking word that's awful. I couldn't listen to the whole album. Was just painful

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Thu Mar 11 2021
1

Nah

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Mon Sep 20 2021
1

The album cover is better than any of the garbage on this album.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
1

Trash

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Tue Jul 19 2022
1

I don't understand why this is/was so popular.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
1

hated it every second too phony

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Sun Oct 09 2022
1

Sucks

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Aikasemminkin tullut levy kuunneltua ”taustalla”, mutta nyt ajatuksella kuunneltua - Aivan timanttinen, täydellisyyttä hipova kokonaisuus

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

It’s obviously a masterpiece.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Amazing as always!

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

so cool i thought it was very cool

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

I love this classic rock. loud theatrical style with passionate ballads. this shit meaty as hell. sick album cover too 🥩🥩🥩🥩🥩

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Tue May 25 2021
5

really great

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

So I really like Meat Loaf. I knew that I liked that one song that came out in the 90s and got all popular, but I pretty much like all of this album as well. It’s got that sort of ballad-y sound that Queen has that I totally missed out on since I didn’t really listen to 70s music.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Surprisingly excellent - rock opera all the way

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

My dad favorite album

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

Super cheesy and theatrical pop rock/prog rock. Couldn't dislike it if I tried, 9/10.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

Pleasant surprise!

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

We have a winner! This is the first real rock re it’s I ever owned for myself. It was a gift from my older brother on my 13th birthday. He later told me many time he regretted the gift, as I played it over, and over, and over... superbadass! “Bat out of Hell”. That song rocks. This is a big album with big vocals guitars, and operatic aspirations. Love Weird talking vocal intros, the broadcaster play-by-play near the dashlight and the overall vibe that at the time seemed like a new version of rock music. If you’ve never seen the Paradise video with Ellen Foley, it’s worth checking out. This is a solid 4 but I’m rounding up a whole star because of a very heavy nostalgia factor.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Classic

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Amazing

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

Great album, nice vocals and lyrics and catchy i also liked the symphonic elements used album sounds like something elton john would make great listen

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

A fun horny masterpiece

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Incredible rock and roll opera 10/10

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

I needed something this bombastic, cheesy, fun, and "epic" today. It truly pulled the best of hard rock and musical theater together into one ridiculous ride that I will gladly hop on again.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Childhood for me. My mom listened to so much Meatloaf when I was kid, especially this album. Fucking awesome man. I still remember watching paradise by the dashboard light. This big sweaty man dancing and twisting around in a blouse. But all I could think was "Man this guys fucks." And he does.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

I was surprised. I was introduced to Meatloaf by Rocky Horror picture and nothing else. His sincere music was. Ice. It moved from wanting to leave as soon as he was done having fun to being vulnerable enough to want to stay longer.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Frickin rulz

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Excellent Album. Powerful voice and sick piano. Was not expecting this

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

Family favourite no need to listen

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Sixty-three days in, I finally have a favorite album of mine to listen to yet again. I've loved this album since I was 13 for its bombastic, lighthearted, energetic vibes. Paradise by the Dashboard Light makes it easy to imagine what being a dumb teenager in the 1970s would be like and the title track is a great driving song. Also, Jim Steinman is a genius songwriter. Fav songs: all of them but especially PBTDL

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

This is a timeless album. A staple in rock history and should be required for every fan of music to listen to.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

IMO the peak of Meatloaf, starts out strong then coasts a little then picks back up towards the end

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Wow, that was an experience. Was not prepared for that. That was one of the best albums I have heard in a while.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

So much fun. Nothing bad to say.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

One of the greatest of all time

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

Over the top and so cheesy but I love it. Probably a bias as my parents used to sing along to this in the car.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

Classic, one of those albums where pretty much every song has popped up in my life a few times before. Title track, Took the words ..., and two out of three ... are my favourites, but they're all awesome!

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Simply one of the most perfect albums ever produced. What more can be said about the amazing (but troubled) partnership between Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman? I’ve seen Meat Loaf live a couple of times and his performance was the best show I’ve ever seen! There are very few performers like Meat Loaf who always leave it all on the stage every time. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. RIP!

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Amazing

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

I’ve been waiting for this album ever since Meatloaf died a little while back. Such a fun album and absolutely great lyrics and strong opera like vocals. You have no soul if you dislike this one! 5

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

What a ride, this album has it all. Catchy choruses, great guitar work, especially love the piano work. All in all this always feels massive, like a grand opera. Every song is a great one, definitely one of the albums I personally enjoyed the most so far

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

One of the best sounding and best recorded albums of all time. Perfection. A theatrical movement from beginning to end with dynamics and passion and the best vocal performance that can be given from a singer who wants to bring others’ songs to life.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Bangers on bangers

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

I was immediately enthralled by BAT OUT OF HELL the first time I heard it as a kid in the 70’s. The title track was unlike anything I’d ever heard. I’d listen staring at the album art spellbound as motorcycles tore out of hell and through heaven backed by angelic choirs. Meat Loaf soared effortlessly over the bombast as the lyrics took me on journeys of love, lust, heartbreak, dreams, nightmares, good and evil with as much drama as anything I had ever encountered. The word epic was made for this album. Meat Loaf is the perfect vehicle to transition between its high drama (“Bat Out Of Hell”), soaring hymns (“Heaven Can Wait”), tragic love (“Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”), love & lust (“You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth”, “Paradise By The Dashboard Lights”) , and youthful angst (“All Revved Up With No Place To Go”). He then manages to bring it all to a perfect conclusion with the glorious “For Crying Out Loud.” Later in life that I realized the enormous role played by the other genius behind this album, Jim Steinman. His mastery of the rock epic was scattered across not only Meat Loaf’s triumphs but also other artists - notably Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, Cher, Celine Dion - and from movies like Streets of Fire and Footloose). Since that realization I have been as big a fan of his work as I am of Meat Loaf. BAT OUT OF HELL towers at the apex of both their careers. It is a timeless classic that had a major role in shaping my musical sensibilities. Meat Loaf left us a month and a half ago. This album is the perfect soundtrack for that moment. I picture him roaring into the afterlife on a Harley, angelic voices welcoming him home. RIP Meat Loaf.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Pure rock'n'roll theatrics. Love it.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

I don't know when or how I would have acquired it, but I recall having this on cassette tape at some point in my life. I am sure that I didn't listen to it ofter, but listening to it today was so nostalgic. Listening as I took my walk today, I know I had a little smirk on my face whenever I could resist not lip-syncing along. The compositions are grand and some over the top, which I may not tolerate from others, but this album is a work of art with the Meat Loaf style vocals the perfect fit!

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Loaf! Meat Loaf! This is its own genre, I think. Gorgeously theatrical and over the top.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Wonderful album. Had listened to it recently due to his death.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

One of my favorites of all time

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

To me, this album is a masterpiece. All of the elements of rock you’d want in a rock album- soft, tender moments in Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, zany ridiculousness that is Paradise by the Dashboard Light, a display of the powerhouse Meatloaf was in every note. Brilliant album

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Amazing album. I don't know if there is anything that could have been done to make it better.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Remek djelo. Najbolji pretenciozni album svih vremena

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Mon May 16 2022
5

This was totally unexpected for me. Based on the cover and album name, I expected something absolutely different. And I loved it!! It was a great piece of music! The lyrics are exactly fit for the chords, the songs are great and everything works like a charm on almost all songs. I'm reaching 350 albums at this challenge and I was missing this kind of completely unknown album that deserves 5 stars.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

This album has everything. It might be a bit pretentious, but I see it as part of its charm.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

5/5 bat,you took the words,revvedup. Gotta check the musical

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

This is camp. This is rock and effing roll.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

i really didnt expect to enjoy a meat loaf album, but this was excellent. it was apparently adapted from a musical, and you can tell — it feels like a movie. some songs (paradise…) were extremely long, but none of them felt like they dragged. surprisingly excellent all round.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Great album. Theatrical, big sound. I forgot how good it is.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

I don't know how to give this thing any then less than 5 stars...it's been there forever, still sounds great, is tied into countless teen memories... I can totally understand why some would say overwrought, cheesy etc...but part of that is what makes this great...it's operatic, over the top and memorable.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

This album is FANTASTIC! Every song was a standout to me and the album flowed/told a great story! I highly recommend listening to this Classic Rock Masterpiece

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

It's a short, yet long album. Some great hits. Very memorable album.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

The loaf!

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

A Classic

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

This is my dad’s favourite album of all time so I gotta give it a 5/5… The album opens with the title track an overblown and theatrical masterpiece nothing bad here! The spoken bit at the start of you took the words right out of my mouth are cringey yet creepy yet also hilarious the song itself is also a banger just not one of my favourites. Heaven can wait is an amazing slow powerful piano ballad good tune. All revved up and no place to go I immediately recognised it’s my favourite track that’s under 5 minutes, banger! I really like two out of 3 ain’t bad but because it’s slower I didn’t recognise this it’s a banger though. The penultimate track paradise by the dashboard light is a banger all parts of it it’s a very American song but it works. For crying out loud closes the album it’s a super theatre kid album closer but still amazing. Great!

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

OMFG GOAT In all seriousness, I cant imagine any top 10 albums of all time list that doesnt include Bat Out Of Hell. Its an absolute triumph of an album, with perfect theming and timing, and every single track is perfect on its own and as a whole. The album art is fantastic, its so overwrought and over the top in every way. 5/5

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

Ridiculous and overly dramatic - I love it

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

Piper Down is covering "Paradise By The Dashboard Lights," and I still have this album on vinyl (I think, gonna have to check). But when was the last time I listened to this front to back? Today, apparently. Let's go! OK, so I was planning to save 5-star ratings for "flawless" albums, and while I think "Heaven Can Wait" could have sealed it had it been a little less melodramatic, that's clearly the driving aesthetic sensibility of this album and damned if they don't pull it off. I'll admit, I thought Jim Steinman produced it, but this is a Todd Rundgren production and it's a real feat. The trio (Rundgren, Steinman, and Meat Loaf), along with some quality musicians, pull off a minor miracle in producing an album that's kitchy, over the top, and delivered with dramatic sincerity, while being clever, adolescent, and self-aware all at the same time. The album totally holds up, and stands alone in genre and classification. From the somber ridiculousness of "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" to the mini-opera that is "Paradise By The Dashboard Light," this album had big aspirations and managed to get it right over and over again.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Enjoyable from start to finish.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Legendary record. Ridiculously over the top, way too grandiose and at times it feels almost like a straight up spoof on rock operas.. In other words; it’s just perfect. Steinman’s songwriting is incredible and the feeling of impending doom is perfectly supported by one of the most impressive bands ever put together and Meat Loaf’s almost absurd vocal. What a performance from just everyone involved. Few albums are as much pure fun as this. And while it contains every recipe to be well over an hour long, the fact that the runtime is just over 45 minutes is almost a miracle.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Really enjoyed listening. Meatloaf had such a great voice.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Wow. This one is weird, completely over the top and not in the tiniest bit serious-takeable - and I absolutely love it. It sounds like an old school heavy metal singer pretending to be Bruce Springsteen who just heard (and loved and got inspired by) Jesus Christ Superstar. Definitely going to re-listen this one!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

An experience to listen to, the opening two tracks are masterpieces and the rest is very entertaining.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

Album was released on my birthday in 1977. All Revved Up With Nowhere to Go is the worst track on this album, but not horrible. Whole thing is like a musical. I love this album. It’s super good.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

5/5

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

I love this absolutely theatrical and ridiculous piece of work.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Unbelivable

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

This is my third time listening to this album, and as I started going through it again, I thought that three would be too much. Though the album is an experience, I wondered if it would hold up to having experienced it over and over again. As the music started and grew louder and more bombastic, I realized I was going to be sitting and listening through the whole thing again. It's good. It's great. It's strangely operatic and an amazing performance by Meat Loaf. Even if it feels kind of juvenile sometimes, it manages to raise itself up to be something more. I honestly don't know how Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman managed to make this whole thing work, but man did they make it work.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

MEATLOAF IS AN ICON!

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Of course I've heard this album before. Each song on this thing has been played at different points in my life. It's not my favorite album, but I think it's difficult to deny just how fucking awesome this thing is. Favorite tracks: "Bat Out of Hell", "Paradise By the Dashboard Light", "Two Outta Three Ain't Bad"

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

When you look for a mega epic, feel-good, you-only-live-once rock record, you can't get any better than this

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Classic

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Amazing album from start to finish. I love this album so so much.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

i fw this heavily

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

An absolute banger of an album, even the weakest song on here is better than some albums strongest songs. Yeah genuinely isn’t a bad track on this album and must be close to 40 years after its release. It is still able to hold its own against modern albums. Absolute 5/5

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

I have a real soft spot for meatloaf for reasons I am unsure of and I loved this

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Mon Nov 23 2020
4

A jam

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Fri Jan 08 2021
4

Tom Rundgen

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Power ballad. A product of its time. Beautiful from start to finish.

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Tue Dec 15 2020
4

Intriguing soundstage with creative microphone placement and punchy rock tunes

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Very fun album. Only thing I really didn’t like was the weird intro on track 2. That creeped me out. Also wish it had Hot Patootie on it.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

better than i thought

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Fri May 21 2021
4

3 perfect songs, the others are equally great.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Really enjoyed it. Felt like a theatre production

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Pretty damn decent. Every song had a mission statement and it was more like a musical thematically, a bit like a rock opera. And he has a great voice. I’m rating it higher than I normally would because of Paradise which is a classic.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

I like this kind of operatic rock music. And albums that progress and have a theme, and songs with multiple medodic shifts in tone

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Surprisingly cheerful in spite of all the hellish imagery, hits the vein of 80s ballad rock right in the middle. Complete with a healthy helping of theatrical cheese.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Hilarious and dramatic while still sounding good. 8

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Rock con mezcla. Recuerda a un músical.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Epic

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

"You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" is honestly a really fun song, but the decision to include that first minute about offering your throat to the wolf was a very strange one indeed. 7.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

absolutely cracking album, again id give it a 4.5 but i cant so imma give it a 4 because its not quite a 5 star - didnt really got a lot of variety but what i did get was a whole load of good music

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

The beginning was stronger than the end, or maybe the style just got a bit old. All in all v enjoyable and pretty fun, had St Elmo's Fire vibes

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Eigenlijk best lekker. Veel beter dan ik verwachte!

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Meat Loafin nimi oli tiedossa ja myös nimi bat out of hell, mutta en muista koskaan aiemmin antaneeni tälle mahdollisuutta. Tämähän oli ihan uskomatonta kamaa! Ei ehkä ihan vitosta, mutta vahva nelonen. Odotin jotain tunkkaista hevimetallia, mutta sain Enemmän Elton Johnia kuin Mercyful fatea. Nimibiisi ja Paradise by the dashboard light oli ne suurimmat hitit

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Pretty good album. These songs are all very grand and rockish. 1RS

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

There's a reason this is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Very enjoyable and fun, such that even the 8 minute+ songs never seem to drag on. Saved: Bat Out of Hell, Paradise By the Dashboard Light

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Favourite Song: Paradise By the Dashboard Light

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Epic! The singles are the best part and have stood the rest of time for a reason. But some other amazing tracks to be found here as well.

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Sat May 01 2021
4

Zu pompös für die meisten Lebenslagen. Aber verrückt gutes Album

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Sat May 15 2021
4

most of the songs I have danced to, not sure why now in my old age. Must be mellowing.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Klassiker zumindest für mi

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

This is so extra, but in a good way.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

This was one of my first CDs along with Nirvana - Nevermind, Village People - Greatest Hits, Damn Yankees - Don't Tread, Classic Queen and Queen Greatest Hits. Jim Steinman and Meatloaf never sounded better together.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Bat out of hell, Paradise by the dashboard light

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Musical rock

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Bastante wapo pero también que meat loaf me mola

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Absolute bangers

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Some of the best cheesy epic rock n roll you'll ever get. "And nothing really rocks and nothing really rolls and nothings ever worth the cost" Point deducted for a few of the filler tracks.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

We need a new Meat Loaf. Who out there can take the meat torch and run with it???

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Epic.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Opera as rock and roll. Kudos to Todd Rundgren's stellar production!

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

His name is Robert Paulson! His name is Robert Paulson! His name is Robert Paulson! His name is Robert Paulson!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Rock con mezcla. Recuerda a un músical.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Great opening track. This album incredibly unique in its scope. Rock operas had been a thing for over a decade, but this album feels more like a rock musical with the way it's arranged. It's a fine distinction but I think it holds. I became a bit bored with the middle bit, but it certainly had some very bombastic and interesting moments.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Pretty singular and excellent even though it oozes toxic horniness

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

This album is like Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

not what i expected! reminds me of rocky horror, maybe because hes in that movie. solid 4.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Really enjoyed this one. I think I'd heard the title song before, but not really any of the others. The name Meat Loaf certainly does not betray the quality of his songwriting, which is probably why I've stayed away so long.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Rock solid.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Cracker

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

7/10

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Sounds like the soundtrack to a musical, and of course it was made into one 40 years later. It's not just any musical, though - it's a zany, nostalgic, rock opera, Springsteen parody (ish), retelling of Peter Pan. A wild ride. Long live the Loaf. Best track: Paradise by the Dashboard Light

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

I liked it better than I though. Definitely has a reputation as a classic.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Love the whole rock opera motif and the mix of instruments and soaring numbers is impressive (kudos Jim Steinman). And Meatloaf has a great voice. Paradise has always been good (super witty/cheeky) and Two out of Three Ain't Bad is a personal fave. Bat out of Hell is a little long but it is high energy rock, as is You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (which has an intro that is both entertaining and creepy). I was a little surprised at how boring I found Heaven Can Wait and All Revved Up. For Crying Out Loud was somewhere in between. A 3.5 for sure, and I'll round up for the uniqueness.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

I remember seeing Meat Loaf in college, before "Bat Out Of Hell 2". He gave a great performance, played a lot of this album live. He really poured his heart into every song, you could tell he loved it, but he was ready to move on to that next level... Wait, so what was I talking about? Oh yeah, Bat Out Of Hell. Every song on this album is so... bombastic. Any one of these songs would take an album up another level. I could imagine someone like Springsteen taking one of them on, and really going for it, just like Meat Loaf does. The problem is that EVERY SONG is like that. You would think that "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" would be that epic song, the longest track, right? Nope. "For Crying Out Loud," the NEXT song, is LONGER. It's just so... exhausting. Even the slow songs are over the top. I'm surprised Meat Loaf is able to perform these songs without an oxygen tank. It's a really good album, but just... WAY over the top. I feel like I burn off a couple hundred calories listening to it.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Pure rock opera. Just like the second coming of The Who's Tommy. This thing is rock with influences from all over with a sensibility of rock but also for storytelling and it sounds great. It's a musical experience non unlike Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. I can't believe I never heard this album because it's great!

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

There are some thumping ballads on here, but time has not been kind to many of them. Paradise by the dashboard light is genius. Takes the album from 3 to 4.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

Il en fait un peu trop mais bien joué à lui.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

A fantastic, hysterical and emphatic exaggeration of rock'n'roll clichés. A wonderful glam rock album. (7/10) FT: Bat out of Hell, Paradise By the Dashboard Light

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Very original!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Nie moja bajka, ale ciekawe

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

This was like the Rocky Horror Picture Show with motorcycles. I kind of dig it though.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

Another classic. I had a Rocky horror picture show phase and meatloaf guided me.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

4 out of 5 not bad!

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Liked it a lot better than I thought I would

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

family classic ent it

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

It was pretty good. I love dashboard, the rest were hit or miss for me.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Genre: Pop Rock 4/5 A pop rock opera for the ages, from a gaggle of gentlemen who you'd never expect to create one of the best selling albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell is rock maximalism taken to its most theatrical. Near-glam, near-musical, but all rock 'n roll. Meat Loaf's soaring tenor voice, Todd Rundgren's rich layers of guitars, and Jim Steinman's tremendous piano playing and songwriting all mesh together to make something truly wonderful. From the 10-minute prog pop epic title track, to the catchy pop rock jam You Took the Words..., to the rock suite Paradise by the Dashboard Light, this album is full of all of the things that make great rock albums great. Great singing, great guitar playing, fun and interesting arrangements, and musicians having an absolute blast with their material. If you found a modicum of enjoyment out of this, certainly take a gander at Rundgren's solo material. Theatrical, self aware, and very good. RIP to the dude Meat Loaf, one of the best to ever do it on the mic.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

so, so, silly but in an entertaining way

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Avausraita on kyllä tämmösen överirockin helmiä, vaikea olla puntin vipattamatta ja hymyilemättä. Muutenkin levy on isoja tuotantoja ja kovaa kasariajoa koko matkan läpi. Häpeilemättä tykkään 4/5. Levynkannelle taas pakko antaa 6/5 parempaa ei ole

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Tour de force Prefs: Bat Out of Hell, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night), All Revved Up With No Place to Go, Paradise by the Dashboard Light Moins pref: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Eh

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Bonkers yet fun, cheesy, Springsteen-style metal-ish prog pop-rock

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Tue May 17 2022
4

A real classic and fun

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Wed May 18 2022
4

An appropriate title. Hits like the titular Bat Out of Hell. Meatloaf is vocally destroying it! 7 songs 47 mins. EPIC!

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

4.5

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Over the top, but that’s what makes it a great album.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

LP

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