The immensely successful album of the late 1970s Bat Out Of Hell by rock and roll crooner Meat Loaf is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.
Produced by Todd Rundgren and written mainly by Jim Steinman, Bat Out Of Hell is not only one of the biggest selling records of all-time, but one of the most adventurous as well. The record is like a cross between Bernie Taupin (lyricist for Elton John for decades), Alice Cooper, and Rocky Horror Picture Show in a way, with its operatics, shock-style theatrics, yet it has a flip side to it as well that is sublime and powerfully understated. This album is like musical folklore nowadays, from the title track to the wrenching ballad “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” the bass heavy “All Revved Up And No Place To Go” with the great Edgar Winter on saxophone, and of course, the centerpiece of the record, the teenagers-in-heat yet ultimate frustrated “Paradise By The Dashboard Light.” There’s lots of cross genres here for one to chew on, quasi-1950s, rock, flirting with metal and harder rock sounds, all majestically done by Rundgren’s bright production and especially of course, Meat Loaf on the soaring yet controlled and tasteful and even kick ass vocals.
Browse the main sale page to see all 100 albums on sale for only $5 each in MP3 format through the end of September 2012.
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