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|Meat Loaf - Bat out of Hell album cover|
| Bat Out of Hell is the extremely successful second album of singer Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), released in 1977.
The album featured music of a bombastic and Wagnerian style. When Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf started proposing it to music companies they had difficulty finding someone willing to produce it. But when guitarist Todd Rundgren heard it, he immediately offered to produce the album. Todd Rundgren charged a flat fee of US$ 45,000 to produce albums, which was rejected as too high for the project. He accepted a percentage deal instead and made a small fortune for his work as producer on the album. The album was recorded start-to-finish, rather each song being recorded individually. The finished product was eventually picked up by Cleveland International Records, a subsidiary of Epic Records.
The album was not an immediate hit; it was more of a growing one. Bat Out of Hell still sells about 200,000 copies per year and has sold an estimated 40 million copies worldwide, 16 million in the United States alone, over 1.5 million albums in Australia (even re-entering charts on June 2007, at number 43 on the ARIAs) becoming one of the biggest selling albums of all time. It stayed on the United Kingdom charts for 474 weeks, a feat surpassed only by the 478 weeks of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. In 2003, the album was ranked number 343 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is also one of only two albums that have never exited the top 200 in the UK charts. This makes it the longest stay in any chart in the world.
Jim Steinman is credited with the album cover concept, which was illustrated by Richard Corben. The album was dedicated to Wesley and Wilma Aday (Meat Loaf's parents) and Louis Steinman.
In 1993 a sequel called Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (with a cover by Michael Whelan modelled on the first one) was released, which includes the hit single "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)". A second sequel called Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, was released in October 2006.
1. "Bat Out of Hell": 9:48
2. "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)": 5:04
3. "Heaven Can Wait": 4:38
4. "All Revved Up with No Place to Go": 4:19
1. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad": 5:23
2. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light": 8:28
* "Let Me Sleep on It"
* "Praying for the End of Time"
3. "For Crying Out Loud": 8:45
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