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Meatloaf & Friends

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This odd but memorable compilation mixes Meat Loaf's early hits with a variety of tracks by artists connected to the artist in some way: Ellen Foley sang back up on Bat out of Hell, Jim Steinman penned all the classic Meat Loaf hits, and Bonnie Tyler was produced by Jim Steinman during the mid-1980s. The Meat Loaf tracks included here speak for themselves: songs like "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)" are miniature rock operas that wrap pop hooks and power chords in a towering Spectorian "wall of sound" production, then top it off all with the artist's thunderous vocals. Jim Steinman also chimes in with a pair of tracks; "Bad for Good" and "Left in the Dark" show that Steinman may have lacked Meat Loaf's magnificent pipes, but he could work himself up into a similarly operatic frenzy. He also provided the songs and production for Bonnie Tyler's early-1980s comeback. Three Tyler songs from that era appear on Meat Loaf & Friends, and they pursue a female variant on the Meat Loaf sound that tempers the hard rock bombast with electronic touches: the best is "Total Eclipse of the Heart," which pumps heartbreak drama into stratospheric level with choral vocals and icy, funereal keyboards. The remaining tracks come from Ellen Foley's 1979 solo album, Night Out. Although these songs weren't written or produced by Steinman (Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson did the honors), they are grandiose enough to fit in with Steinman's epics: "We Belong to the Night" is a hopelessly romantic ode to nocturnal dwellers built on a swelling, string-laden chorus, and "Night Out" features Ellen Foley wailing out a soulful, love-starved vocal that rivals Meat Loaf at his most intense. Although it may appear to be a casually tossed-together compilation on the surface, this album actually makes for a consistent and coherent listen because all of its tracks represent rock & roll at its most grandiose. Songs like these are an acquired taste, but anyone who appreciates rock at its most bombastic will get a kick out of Meat Loaf & Friends.
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1
Dead Ringer for Love
Various Interprets
00:04:22

Cher, Vocal - James Richard Steinman, Composer - James Richard Steinman, Lyricist - Meat Loaf, Vocal

(P) 1981 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Holding out for a Hero from "Footloose"
Bonnie Tyler
00:05:48

Bonnie Tyler, Performer - D. Pitchford, Composer - D. Pitchford, Lyricist - Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist

(P) 1984 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

3
Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through
Jim Steinman
00:06:27

Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Jim Steinman, Performer

(P) 1981 Sony Music Entertainment

4
We Belong to the Night Album Version
Ellen Foley
00:05:17

Ellen Foley, Composer - Ellen Foley, Lyricist - Ellen Foley, Performer - Fred Goodman, Composer - Fred Goodman, Lyricist - Ian Hunter, Arranger - Ian Hunter, Producer - Mick Ronson, Arranger - Mick Ronson, Producer

(P) 1979 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

5
Paradise by the Dashboard Light Album Version
Meat Loaf (with Ellen Foley)
00:08:28

Amy Herot, Re-Issue Producer - Edgar Winter, Saxophone - Ellen Foley, Background Vocal - Ellen Foley, Vocal - Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Keyboards - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Kasim Sultan, Bass - Kasim Sulton, Bass - Marvin Lee, Background Vocal - Max Weinberg, Drums - Meat Loaf, Performer - Meat Loaf, Vocal - PHIL RIZZUTO, Speaker - Roger Powell, Synthesizer - Rory Dodd, Background Vocal - Roy Bittan, Keyboards - Roy Bittan, Piano - Todd Rundgren, Background Vocal - Todd Rundgren, Guitar - Todd Rundgren, Producer

(P) 1977 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Faster Than the Speed of Night
Bonnie Tyler
00:06:41

Bonnie Tyler, Performer - Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Jim Steinman, Producer

(P) 1983 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

7
Night Out
Ellen Foley
00:05:14

Ellen Foley, Performer - Ian Hunter, Producer - Mick Ronson, Producer - P. Rambow, Composer

(P) 1979 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Lost Boys and Golden Girls Album Version
Jim Steinman
00:04:36

Ellen Foley, Background Vocal - Eric Troyer, Background Vocal - Gary Russell, Coordinator - Gary Russell, Recording Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Jim Steinman, Arranger - Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Keyboards - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Jim Steinman, Performer - Jim Steinman, Producer - Jim Steinman, Vocal - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - Joe Stefko, Drums - John Jansen, Engineer - John Jansen, Mixing Engineer - John Janson, Producer - Karla De Vito, Vocal - Kasim Sultan, Background Vocal - Kasim Sultan, Bass - Max Weinberg, Drums - Roger Powell, Synthesizer - Rory Dodd, Background Vocal - Rory Dodd, Vocal - Roy Bittan, Arranger - Roy Bittan, Piano - Steve Buslowe, Bass - Todd Rundgren, Arranger - Todd Rundgren, Background Vocal - Todd Rundgren, Engineer - Todd Rundgren, Guitar - Todd Rundgren, Producer - Tommy Edmonds, Recording Engineer

(P) 1981 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad Album Version
Meat Loaf
00:05:24

Amy Herot, Re-Issue Producer - Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Kasim Sultan, Bass - Ken Ascher, Arranger - Meat Loaf, Performer - Meat Loaf, Vocal - Roger Powell, Synthesizer - Rory Dodd, Background Vocal - Todd Rundgren, Background Vocal - Todd Rundgren, Guitar - Todd Rundgren, Producer

(P) 1977 Sony Music Entertainment

10
Total Eclipse of the Heart Album Version
Bonnie Tyler
00:06:57

Bonnie Tyler, Performer - Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Jim Steinman, Producer

(P) 1983 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

11
What's a Matter Baby
Ellen Foley
00:03:37

E. Foley, Composer - E. Foley, Lyricist - Ellen Foley, Performer - F. Goodman, Composer - F. Goodman, Lyricist

(P) 1979 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Bad For Good
Jim Steinman
00:08:43

Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Jim Steinman, Performer - Jim Steinman, Producer - Todd Rundgren, Producer

(P) 1981 Sony Music Entertainment

13
You took the words right out of my mouth (hot summer) Album Version
Meat Loaf
00:05:06

Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Meat Loaf, Performer - Unknown, Producer

(P) 1993 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Album Description

This odd but memorable compilation mixes Meat Loaf's early hits with a variety of tracks by artists connected to the artist in some way: Ellen Foley sang back up on Bat out of Hell, Jim Steinman penned all the classic Meat Loaf hits, and Bonnie Tyler was produced by Jim Steinman during the mid-1980s. The Meat Loaf tracks included here speak for themselves: songs like "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)" are miniature rock operas that wrap pop hooks and power chords in a towering Spectorian "wall of sound" production, then top it off all with the artist's thunderous vocals. Jim Steinman also chimes in with a pair of tracks; "Bad for Good" and "Left in the Dark" show that Steinman may have lacked Meat Loaf's magnificent pipes, but he could work himself up into a similarly operatic frenzy. He also provided the songs and production for Bonnie Tyler's early-1980s comeback. Three Tyler songs from that era appear on Meat Loaf & Friends, and they pursue a female variant on the Meat Loaf sound that tempers the hard rock bombast with electronic touches: the best is "Total Eclipse of the Heart," which pumps heartbreak drama into stratospheric level with choral vocals and icy, funereal keyboards. The remaining tracks come from Ellen Foley's 1979 solo album, Night Out. Although these songs weren't written or produced by Steinman (Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson did the honors), they are grandiose enough to fit in with Steinman's epics: "We Belong to the Night" is a hopelessly romantic ode to nocturnal dwellers built on a swelling, string-laden chorus, and "Night Out" features Ellen Foley wailing out a soulful, love-starved vocal that rivals Meat Loaf at his most intense. Although it may appear to be a casually tossed-together compilation on the surface, this album actually makes for a consistent and coherent listen because all of its tracks represent rock & roll at its most grandiose. Songs like these are an acquired taste, but anyone who appreciates rock at its most bombastic will get a kick out of Meat Loaf & Friends.
© Donald A. Guarisco /TiVo

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