- Released: April 1, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Bad For Good
- 2.Lost Boys and Golden Girls
- 3.Love and Death and an American Guitar
- 4.Stark Raving Love
- 5.Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire)
- 6.Surf's Up
- 7.Dance in My Pants
- 8.Left in the Dark
- 9.The Storm
- 10.Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through
Personnel: Jim Steinman (vocals, keyboards), Karla DeVito, Rory Dodd (vocals), Davey Johnstone (guitar), Steve Buslowe (bass), Joe Stefko (drums), Jimmy Maelen (percussion), Eric Troyer, Ellen Foley (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Neal Jason, Alan Schwartzberg, Steven Margoshes.
Producers: Jim Steinman, Jimmy Iovine, Todd Rundgren, John Jansen, Andrew Kazdin.
Engineers include: Todd Rundgren, Gary Russell, Tommy Edwards.
Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York and The Record Plant, New York.
After penning the songs for Meat Loaf's massively successful Bat Out of Hell album, Jim Steinman decided to step into the spotlight himself when his singer's voice was too damaged to record a follow-up. The result was 1981's Bad for Good, an epic slab of operatic rock that is very much in the same vein of Meat Loaf's work, but nowhere near as satisfying. The first problem is Steinman's voice: he simply doesn't have the vocal range or lung power necessary to make this dramatic style of rock & roll work. For example of this problem, look no further than "Left in the Dark"; he struggles to keep up with vocal demands of this orchestral ballad, resulting in a vocal that sounds strained and occasionally off-key. The second problem is that some of the songs repeat the Bat Out of Hell formula instead of building upon it; the obvious culprit in this arena is "Dance In My Pants," a duet that gratuitously recycles the battle of the sexes verbal sparring and the multi-part structure of Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" to less-impressive effect. Despite these problems, a handful of gems shine through: "Surf's Up" is a strong power ballad that effectively combines the Steinman songwriting style with Beach Boys-style production elements, and "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" is a heart-tugging testament to the inspirational power of rock & roll that draws its power from a sublime chorus layered with soaring background vocals. Ultimately, Bad for Good is too inconsistent and eccentric to keep the attention of the casual listener, but remains an interesting listen for anyone who appreciates Jim Steinman's one-of-a-kind style of epic-size rock & roll. ~ Donald A. Guarisco