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Dead Ringer

Meat Loaf

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Although it took Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinman another 12 years to come up with the marketing gimmick of positioning an album as a deliberate follow-up to the multi-platinum Bat Out of Hell, Dead Ringer was the real "Bat Out of Hell II." Once again, Steinman wrote extended, operatic songs with hyperbolic lyrics ("I'll Kill You If You Don't Come Back" was one title) and organized a backup band anchored by E Street Band members Max Weinberg (drums) and Roy Bittan (keyboards), while Meat Loaf sang with a passion all the more compelling for its hint of the ridiculous. In the U.S., with four years separating Bat and Dead Ringer, nobody cared much. But in the U.K., where Bat was still going strong, Dead Ringer topped the charts, and the title track, featuring a perfectly cast Cher as duet singer, went Top Ten. In retrospect, the missing ingredient in the album is Todd Rundgren's pop sensibility as producer; he was the one who knew how long the compositions could go for maximum dramatic impact without becoming exhausting. It was Rundgren who made Bat Out of Hell a fiery listening experience -- producing himself, Meat Loaf often sounded only warmed over.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Peel Out (Album Version)
00:06:29

Jim Steinman, Producer - Max Weinberg, Drums - Leslie Loaf, Performer - Steve Buslowe, Bass - Larry Fast, Synthesizer - Meat Loaf, Performer - Meat Loaf, Producer - Meat Loaf, Vocal - J. Steinman, Lyricist - J. Steinman, Composer - Davey Johnstone, Guitar - Staphan Galfas, Producer - Joe DeAngelis, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Roy Bittan, Piano - Roy Bittan, Keyboards - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion

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

2
I'm Gonna Love Her For Both Of Us (Album Version)
00:07:06

Jim Steinman, Producer - Max Weinberg, Drums - Steve Buslowe, Bass - Meat Loaf, Producer - Meat Loaf, Vocal - Meat Loaf, Performer - J. Steinman, Composer - J. Steinman, Lyricist - Davey Johnstone, Guitar - Staphan Galfas, Producer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Roy Bittan, Keyboards - Roy Bittan, Piano - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion

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

3
More Than You Deserve (Album Version)
00:06:56

Jim Steinman, Producer - Max Weinberg, Drums - Nicky Hopkins, Piano - Steve Buslowe, Bass - Meat Loaf, Producer - Meat Loaf, Vocal - Meat Loaf, Performer - J. Steinman, Composer - J. Steinman, Lyricist - Davey Johnstone, Guitar - Staphan Galfas, Producer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion

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

4
I'll Kill You If You Don't Come Back (Album Version)
00:06:22

Jim Steinman, Producer - Max Weinberg, Drums - Steve Buslowe, Bass - Meat Loaf, Producer - Meat Loaf, Vocal - Meat Loaf, Performer - J. Steinman, Composer - J. Steinman, Lyricist - Davey Johnstone, Guitar - Staphan Galfas, Producer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Roy Bittan, Keyboards - Roy Bittan, Piano - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion

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

5
Read 'Em and Weep (Album Version)
00:05:23

Jim Steinman, Producer - Steve Buslowe, Bass - Liberty DeVito, Drums - Meat Loaf, Producer - Meat Loaf, Vocal - Meat Loaf, Performer - J. Steinman, Composer - J. Steinman, Lyricist - Davey Johnstone, Guitar - Staphan Galfas, Producer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Roy Bittan, Keyboards - Roy Bittan, Piano - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion

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

6
Nocturnal Pleasure (Album Version)
00:00:37

Brad Gilderman, 2nd Engineer - Garry Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer - Julian Robertson, 2nd Engineer - Peter J. Roulinavage III, 2nd Engineer - Garry Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer - Meat Loaf, Producer - Meat Loaf, Performer - Jeff Hendrickson, 2nd Engineer - Jim Steinman, Producer - Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Charlie Conrad, Recording Engineer - Bobby Scott Cohen, 2nd Engineer - John Angello, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Ray Willhard, 2nd Engineer - Tom Edmonds, Recording Engineer - Larry Fast, Synthesizer - Larry Fast, 2nd Engineer - Tony Bongiovi, Recording Engineer - Joe DeAngelis, 2nd Engineer - Shelly Yakus, Recording Engineer - Bob Clearmountain, Mixing Engineer - Kenney Robb, 2nd Engineer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Jon Mathias, Recording Engineer - Staphan Galfas, Producer - Staphan Galfas, Mixing Engineer - Neil Davidson, 2nd Engineer

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

7
Dead Ringer For Love (Album Version)
00:04:20

Lou Marani, Horns - Shelly Yakus, Recording Engineer - Tom Malone, Horns - Neil Davidson, 2nd Engineer - Liberty DeVito, Drums - Tony Bongiovi, Recording Engineer - Roy Straigis, Arranger - Bobby Scott Cohen, 2nd Engineer - Rhonda Coullet, Background Vocal - Garry Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer - Cher, Performer - Ted Neely, Background Vocal - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - Staphan Galfas, Producer - Staphan Galfas, Mixing Engineer - Garry Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer - Charlie Conrad, Recording Engineer - Steve Buslowe, Bass - Davey Johnstone, Guitar - Joe DeAngelis, 2nd Engineer - Roy Bittan, Keyboards - Roy Bittan, Piano - John Angello, 2nd Engineer - Tom Edmonds, Recording Engineer - Alden Shuman, Arranger - Meat Loaf, Producer - Meat Loaf, Performer - Alan Rubin, Horns - Brad Gilderman, 2nd Engineer - Julian Robertson, 2nd Engineer - Jeff Hendrickson, 2nd Engineer - Allan Nicholls, Background Vocal - Larry Fast, 2nd Engineer - Ray Willhard, 2nd Engineer - Peter J. Roulinavage III, 2nd Engineer - Todd Rundgren, Engineer - Todd Rundgren, Arranger - Todd Rundgren, Mixing Engineer - Lou Delgatto, Horns - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - Jim Steinman, Composer - Jim Steinman, Lyricist - Jim Steinman, Producer - Jim Steinman, Arranger - Jon Mathias, Recording Engineer - Eric Troyer, Background Vocal - Kenney Robb, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Rory Dodd, Background Vocal - Bob Clearmountain, Mixing Engineer

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

8
Everything Is Permitted (Album Version)
00:04:39

Jim Steinman, Producer - Max Weinberg, Drums - Steve Buslowe, Bass - Meat Loaf, Performer - Meat Loaf, Producer - Meat Loaf, Vocal - J. Steinman, Lyricist - J. Steinman, Composer - Davey Johnstone, Guitar - Staphan Galfas, Producer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - Roy Bittan, Piano - Roy Bittan, Keyboards - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion

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

Album Description

Although it took Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinman another 12 years to come up with the marketing gimmick of positioning an album as a deliberate follow-up to the multi-platinum Bat Out of Hell, Dead Ringer was the real "Bat Out of Hell II." Once again, Steinman wrote extended, operatic songs with hyperbolic lyrics ("I'll Kill You If You Don't Come Back" was one title) and organized a backup band anchored by E Street Band members Max Weinberg (drums) and Roy Bittan (keyboards), while Meat Loaf sang with a passion all the more compelling for its hint of the ridiculous. In the U.S., with four years separating Bat and Dead Ringer, nobody cared much. But in the U.K., where Bat was still going strong, Dead Ringer topped the charts, and the title track, featuring a perfectly cast Cher as duet singer, went Top Ten. In retrospect, the missing ingredient in the album is Todd Rundgren's pop sensibility as producer; he was the one who knew how long the compositions could go for maximum dramatic impact without becoming exhausting. It was Rundgren who made Bat Out of Hell a fiery listening experience -- producing himself, Meat Loaf often sounded only warmed over.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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