Remember This? "Bat Out Of Hell"

I'll be the first to admit I have, umm, eclectic musical tastes - I am all over the map, and I think I always have been. However, I know I am not alone in fondly recalling Meat Loaf's second album "Bat Out Of Hell", which after a slow start and mixed reviews in 1977 became one of the top-selling albums of all time, with over 43 million copies sold world wide. The album itself grew out of a musical, Neverland, and three songs from that show made it to the album.

Bat Out Of Hell has some great vocal performances from Meat Loaf and Ellen Foley, and quite a bit of over-the-top production - but in a good way; this would include the old electric-guitar-pretending-to-be-a-motorbike gag (that never gets old). Bat Out Of Hell is alternately operatic, melodic, pompous, frantic, silly and sometimes beautiful ("Heaven Can Wait", below). If you haven't heard this album for a while, revisit it - it actually holds up quite well. Oh, and the title track is almost 10 minutes long...

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