21/05/2021: “Bat Out Of Hell” by Meatloaf

I once said that I’d probably end up covering “Bat Out Of Hell”. Well, here we are!

The entire Bat Out Of Hell album, released in 1977, has a matchless theatrical quality that has rarely, if ever been equalled since. And that’s largely down to the singular genius of Jim Steinman.

Although Bat Out Of Hell is often compared by critics to Bruce Springsteen, to the extent that the album’s producer Todd Rundgren initially thought it was a Springsteen parody, it goes far beyond that in scale.

Steinman had an eclectic range of influences, but most commented on is his love of classical composer Wagner.

Jim Steinman died last month. His legacy? The millions of people who have soundtracked their lives with his songs, perhaps not realising he was behind their most treasured musical moments.

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