Q - 10/915 Stars
- Classic - "...this record, more so than "Rumours" or "Dark Side Of The Moon", was DNA coded into the genes of a generation..."
Q - 11/94, p.1295 Stars
- Indispensable - "...BAT OUT OF HELL is, 17 years on, breathtaking; seven wonderful songs known by all..."
Uncut - 6/03, p.1343 stars out of 5
- "...This is cheese of the highest quality, enhanced in no small way by the input of one Todd Rundgren, whose lavish production and buzzsaw guitar echo that of his own sterling output of the time..."
Personnel: Meat Loaf, Ellen Foley (vocals); Todd Rundgren (guitar, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Edgar Winter (saxophone); Roy Bittan (piano, keyboards); Steve Margoshes, Cheryl Hardwick (piano); Jim Steinman (keyboards, percussion); Roger Powell (keyboards); Kasim Sultan (bass, background vocals); Max Weinberg, John Wilcox (drums); Marvin Lee (percussion); Rory Dodd, Phil Rizzuto (background vocals).
Recorded at Bearsville Sound, Bearsville, New York; Utopia Sound, Lake Hill, New York; The Hit Factory, New York, New York; House Of Music, West Orange, New Jersey; and Nassau Colliseum, Hempstead, New York.
Personnel: Meat Loaf (vocals); Todd Rundgren (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Marvin Lee Aday (vocals, percussion, background vocals); Ellen Foley, Kasim Sulton, Rory Dodd (vocals, background vocals); Ed Sprague, Jimmy Iovine, John Jansen, Mark Thomas (recorder); Edgar Winter (saxophone); Roy Bittan (piano, keyboards); Cheryl Hardwick, Steve Margoshes (piano); Jim Steinman (keyboards, percussion); Roger Powell (synthesizer); John Wilcox, Jon Wilcox, Max Weinberg (drums).
Audio Mixer: Todd Rundgren.
Audio Remixers: Jimmy Iovine; John Jansen.
Liner Note Author: Arthur Levy .
Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY (1975-1976); Hit Factory, New York, NY (1975-1976); House Of Music, West Orange, NJ (1975-1976); Nassau Coliseum, Hempstead, Long Island, NY (1975-1976); Utopia Sound, Lake Hill, NY (1975-1976).
Illustrator: Ed Lee .
Photographer: Frank Laffitte.
Arrangers: Steve Margoshes; Jim Steinman; Todd Rundgren.
Pomp and circumstance of the grandest order for the multi-platinum Meat Loaf and his songwriting mentor, Jim Steinman. The grandiose intro to the title track was indication enough of the tone of the album, with songs stretching out over what at times seemed like musical infinity. Steinman set his songs in evocative wastelands populated by full orchestras and small-town weirdos, 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light' an entire two-handed play in itself, and 'Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad', an overblown symphony of regret and unrequited love. Between them, they pretty much provided the balance of the album. A huge success, only to be repeated by its follow-up in 1993.