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MEAT LOAF Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (2CD + DVD) Virgin/EMI (2006)

Pandoras Box

A 3 disc special edition of the classic Meat Loaf set, with the original album bolstered by a disc of live material from both I & II, and a DVD of promo videos.

The original album may have taken 16 years to come to fruition, but it certainly saved Marvinís career, with the self penned music, although not actually that bad, dying in comparison.

Most will be familiar with the Meat Loaf performed and Jim Steinman penned set. Big, grandiose, powerful, commercial, catchy, orchestrated, choir backed, radio friendly operatic hard rock tinged set. The lengthy ďIíll Do Anything For Love (But I Wonít Do That)Ē was a major hit, the album hit #1 just about everywhere, it rejuvenated both Meat Loafís and Jim Steinmanís careers. And rightly so. Even if youíre not a fan, even if you canít stand it, you canít deny itís appeal nor itís impact. Both huge.

The bonus discs and extensive sleevenotes make for a great reissue, timely coinciding with Part III of the Bat Out Of Hell set.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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