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Bat Out Of Hell (album) by Meat Loaf 

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Bat Out Of Hell
Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf (1977)
Overall rank: 466th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
69/100 (from 495 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1977 (15th)
Top albums of the 1970s (117th)
Top 500 albums of all time (466th)

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Meat Loaf bestography

Bat Out Of Hell is ranked as the best album by Meat Loaf.

Meat Loaf album bestography « Higher ranked This album (466th) Lower ranked (1,691st) »
-Bat Out Of HellBat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell

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Average Rating: 
69/100 (from 495 votes)
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75/100
From PeterSmith 09/16/2018 11:39
An old girlfriend had this way back in the day and played it incessantly. Initially it wasn't my cup of team as I was into a bit of Japan, Bauhaus and Bowie at the time, but it grew on me. So this was another album I got in 2017 to give a listen over 30 years later and again I connected with a few of the tunes - in addition to the well known tracks I also rate Paradise By The Dashboard Light.
All big ballad or rockin tunes.
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85/100
From kingofstorm 07/29/2018 06:05
Surprised at the low BEA score. One of my all-time favourite albums. Love the whole wagnerian rock aspect of it, and the whole concept/opera vibe it has. Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman's lyrics and song composition standout the most about this album.
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80/100
From mjp11 07/15/2018 02:24
An enjoyable concept album. Some people might find it overly operatic or dramatic, but I really enjoy the story Meatloaf and Jim Steinman created here. Meatloaf has a great voice and he brings out a lot of emotion throughout. His duet with Ellen Foley in 'Paradise" is probably the highlight of the album. Favorite tracks for me are Bat Out of Hell and Paradise by the Dashboard Light.
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75/100
From Johnnyo 07/04/2018 16:21
This has really not aged well at all. on its release, it struck a cord with me but now it’s just so so. Maybe in another 20 years i’ll Have swung back again to thinking it’s a classic.
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95/100
From glynspsa 06/20/2018 15:48
Brillant Classic Album, Steinman and eat loaf combine to make a legendary piece. It is part musical part concern album, with some pop and kitsch thrown into the mix and boy does it work on this record. They would revisit the themes on more bat albums to diminishing returns. But this record is truly enjoyable though it is cheesy it still is great.
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80/100
From Brad1770 06/20/2018 10:37
This album has not 1 but 3 100/100 perfect tracks in
"Bat Out Of Hell"
"You Took The Words ..."
and of course
"Paradise .."

I also love the double entendre lyrical content delivered with dead pan seriousness , favourites include:

"No you're never gonna regret it / So open up your eyes (read LEGS) I got a big surprise / It'll feel all right" (Paradise)

and

"Oh I know you belong inside my aching heart / And can't you see my faded Levis bursting apart" (For Crying Out Loud)

And a final nod to my favourite lyric from the entire album which comes from "Two Out Of Three"

"But there ain't no Coup de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box"

The definition of a classic album
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75/100
From Junomoogmello 06/17/2018 19:21
I never really know whether I want to take Meat Loaf seriously. I never liked the name Meat Loaf, possibly because when that disgusting dish appeared on the School lunch board, it confirmed the horrid smell wafting into the quadrangle while you were in the lunch queue! I then look at Meat Loaf and see a very unhealthy looking individual who reminds me of School Dinners! OK, having got that off my chest, the album is a classic, is bombastic and nodding towards Musical territory, in fact it should be made into a Musical. I have the CD and am umming and arring whether to get the vinyl. This album was actually one of the albums the School Music Department had in their collection, the first time I heard it was as a first year in Secondary School, it was played to the class to demonstrate 'a rock album'. As I am writing this I am thinking that I probably will get the vinyl because if I don't I will miss the opportunity and could regret it...
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75/100
From planetneutral 04/17/2018 00:22
It's fun. If you like musicals and you like pop, this should mostly work for you.
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From Medelsvensson 12/07/2017 21:26
Great album. Should really be turned into a broadway musical!
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80/100
From Brad1770 09/07/2017 09:21
Over blown , bombastic, theatrical and good ! . This isn't a Meat Loaf album it's a Jim Steinman album and is an underrated classic. Double down on the video clips on YouTube & you've got the full picture. Real shame this album has been besmirched by the absolutely terrible Bat Out Of Hell 2 , woof what a stinker . Stick to the original and best and crank it up to 11
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