Bat Out of Hell is one of the best-selling albums of all timehaving sold over 43 million copies worldwide. The album was developed from a musical, Neverlanda futuristic rock version of Peter Panwhich Steinman wrote for a workshop inand performed at the Kennedy Center Music Theatre Lab in Steinman says he finds that "puzzling, musically", although they share influences; "Springsteen was more an inspiration than an influence.
Steinman Est-Ce Ainsi.? - Michel Fugain - Bon An, Mal An - Le Printemps Meat Loaf had immense difficulty finding a record company willing to sign them.
According to Meat Loaf's autobiography, the band spent most of writing and recording material, Bat Out Of Hell - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 two and a half years auditioning the record and being rejected. Davis commented that "actors don't make records" and challenged Steinman's writing abilities and knowledge of rock music:.
Do you know how to write a song? Do you know anything about writing? I don't know what you're doing. You don't know how to write a song Have you ever listened Bat Out Of Hell - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 pop music?
Have you ever heard any rock-and-roll music You should go downstairs when you leave here Meat Loaf asserts "Jim, at the time, knew every record ever made. In one interview with Classic Rock magazine, Steinman labeled Todd Rundgren "the only genuine genius I've ever worked with. Rundgren found the album hilarious, thinking it was a parody of Springsteen.
It's just so 'out' there. Edgar Winter played the saxophone on "All Revved Up". When Rundgren discovered that the deal with RCA did not actually exist, Albert Grossmanwho had been Bob Dylan 's manager, offered Bat Out Of Hell - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 Song Of The Owl - Hiroe Sekine - After The Rainfall it on his Bearsville label but needed more money.
Steinman had offended them a few years earlier by auditioning with a song named "Who Needs the Young," which contains the lyric "Is there anyone left who can fuck? Screw 'em! Rundgren initially mixed the record in one night. However, some of the mixes were unsuitable, to the extent that Meat Loaf did not want "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" on Por Causa De Voce - Various - Olha Que Coisa Mais Linda · Uma Homenagem A Tom Jobim album.
According to Meat Loaf, he, Jansen and Steinman mixed the title track. As an Italian Catholic, Rizzuto publicly maintained he was unaware that his contribution would be equated with sex in the finished song. However, Meat Loaf asserts that Rizzuto only claimed ignorance to stifle Various - 30 Now Goldens Vol.
2 (68/WRKO Now Radio Boston) and was fully aware of the context of what he was recording. Todd Rundgren acknowledges that Steinman was highly influenced by the "rural suburban teenage angst" of Bruce Springsteen.
The first incarnation of his work was a musical called The Dream Engine when he was in college at Amherst. The qualities of teenage rebellion and a girl joining a "tribe" led by a charismatic leader are present in all versions of Steinman's work.
The next incarnation of Steinman's magnum opus, during the s, was a musical called "Neverland," which contained many of the same scenes and themes as The Dream Engine but was now largely depoliticized and contained many Peter Pan references.
Some scenes in "Neverland," such as the parents feeding their imprisoned daughter "dream suppressant" drugs,   are still present in Bat Out Of Hell The Musicalbut overall Neverland was of a much darker tone. When staged inthe cast of "Neverland" included Ellen Foley as Wendy  - who performs the lead female vocal on " Paradise By The Dashboard Light " on the album.
Ellen Foley was not available when it came time to go on tour for the album, so Karla DeVito took her place. The opening track " Bat Out of Hell " is the result of Steinman's desire to write the "most extreme crash song of all time. The producer also highlights the "underlying humor in the lyrics," citing the line "There ain't no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box. Ellen Foley, who appears on " Paradise by the Dashboard Light ", first met Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman while they were all working together on the National Lampoon Road Tour,  so they had a history of performing over-the-top Bat Out Of Hell - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 comedy sketches together.
Comparing the album to Steinman's lates musical "The Dream Engine," Classic Rock magazine says that Steinman's imagery is "revved up and testosterone-fueled. I never thought of them as personal songs in terms of my own life but they were personality songs. They were all about my obsessions and images. None of them takes place in a normal world.
They all take place in an extreme world. Very operatic They don't take place in normal reality. For example, citing the narrative of "Paradise," Rundgren jokes that he can't imagine Steinman being at a lakeside with the most beautiful girl in school, but he can imagine Steinman "imagining" it. Steinman is credited with the album cover concept, Mix 2 - Trespassers W - Dance - K-Sept Für Fans #1 (1984-1991) was illustrated by Richard Corben.
The cover depicts a motorcycle, ridden by a long-haired man, bursting out of the ground in a graveyard. In the background, a large bat perches atop a mausoleum that towers above the rest of the tombstones.
Steinman had wanted equal billing with Meat Loaf on the album's title; he wanted it to be called "Jim Steinman presents For marketing reasons, the record company wished to make 'Meat Loaf' the recognizable name.
As a compromise, the words "Songs by Jim Steinman" appear relatively prominently on the cover. The singer believes that this was probably the beginning of their "ambivalent relationship. Near by the land of the Sciapodes there is a marsh, from the borders whereof the unwashed Socrates evokes the souls of men. Pisander came one day to see his soul, which he had left there when still alive.
He offered a little victim, a camel, slit his throat and, following the example of Odysseusstepped one pace backwards. Then that bat of a Chaerephon came up from hell to drink the camel's blood. Steinman registered "Bat Out of Hell" as a trademark inand sought to prevent Meat Loaf from using the title.
InSteinman reflected that the album was "timeless in that it didn't fit into any trend. It's never been a part of what's going on. You could release that record at any time and it would be out of place. Response to the album was slow. Steinman asserts that it was "underpromoted," having a reputation of Tocca Qui - Articolo 31 - Strade Di Città "damaged goods because it had been walked around to so many places.
According to "Classic Rock," the response was so overwhelming that they screened it again the following week. They later invited the band to perform "Paradise" live. Meanwhile, in North America, according to Billboard Magazine, Popovich and his partners began promoting the album aggressively, first getting radio play in Omaha, Neb.
By year's end, the album had sold a respectablecopies by Popovich's account, but the promotion people at Epic were still unmoved. Popovich, in Bat Out Of Hell - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 letter to his former boss Alexenburg, complained, "Some of your guys have given up. Cosford loved it. The first day after New Years he called a Music Meeting. The telephones lit up. As their Parent Company in New York had earlier turned the record down and were merely distributing it, CBS Canada were surprised, but jumped on board.
The album was doing virtually Bat Out Of Hell - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 in the U. Publicity Manager Liz Braun added After Meatloaf had played at the El Mocambo where he caused a riot, all the press in town wanted to talk to him and did. Despite the album's Bat Out Of Hell - Various - Mastermix Issue 220 in Canada, it was not an immediate hit in the U. However, Bat Out of Hell still sells aboutcopies per year and has sold an estimated 43 million copies worldwide,   including 14 million in the United States  and over 1.
Reviews were initially mixed, but have since become much more positive. At first "Rolling Stone" called the songs "swell, but The review ended with the assertion that the "principals have some growing to do. Allmusic declares "this is Grand Guignol pop—epic, gothic, operatic, and silly, and it's appealing because of all of this. InSteve Popovich, founder of Cleveland International, sued Sony alleging that Sony had failed to include the logo on the album as agreed.
Sony appealed the verdict but in the federal appellate court in CincinnatiOhio affirmed the judgment of the trial court. Early copies erroneously name Kevin Gray as the mastering engineer; Analog Spark issued a statement that this intended arrangement did not happen because of a "miscommunication.
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