The Essential Meat Loaf

The Essential Meat Loaf

by Meat LoafMeat Loaf


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Unlike previous collections Epic has assembled, this double-disc set draws not only from Meat Loaf's recordings for the label, but it also licenses his '90s comeback recordings for MCA. Which means, of course, that the 20-track collection is, indeed, the "Essential" Meat Loaf. Not all of his charting hits are here -- "What You See Is What You Get," his 1971 single with Stoney, is absent, as is "I'm Gonna Love Her for the Both of Us," the only hit he had between the two Bat Out of Hell albums -- but all of the key album tracks from the two blockbusters are here, along with highlights from the sequels to the sequel, which means everything that anyone but a die-hard Meat Loaf fan could want is on this collection: ("Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," "Bat Out of Hell," "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," "Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through," "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," and a remix of "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back"). That said, it is true that either the two Bat out of Hell albums are a more cohesive listen than this set, simply because they were designed as complete albums. Consequently, casual fans may be just as happy to purchase those two discs, which will set them back about as much as The Essential Meat Loaf, but anyone who wants all the hits on one set should pick this up.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Epic
UPC: 0886979221123
catalogNumber: 792211
Rank: 35346

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meat Loaf   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Cher   Vocals
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Todd Rundgren   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bonnie Tyler   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ellen Foley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone   Guitar
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Ted Neeley   Background Vocals
Roger Powell   Synthesizer
Jim Steinman   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Kasim Sulton   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Roy Bittan   Piano,Keyboards
Jeff Bova   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Steve Buslowe   Bass,Background Vocals
Robert Coron   Background Vocals
Rhonda Coullet   Background Vocals
Brett Cullen   Background Vocals
Mickey Curry   Drums
James "D-Train" Williams   Choir, Chorus
Liberty DeVitto   Drums
Rory Dodd   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Doyle   Guitar
Edgar Winter   Saxophone
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Background Vocals
Cynthia Geary   Background Vocals
Amy Goff   Background Vocals
Elaine Goff   Background Vocals
Max Haskett   Background Vocals
Wells Kelly   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Curtis King   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Robbie Kondor   Piano
Bob Kulick   Guitar
Michelle Little   Background Vocals
Eddie Martinez   Guitar
Cindy Mizelle   Choir, Chorus
Jenni Muldaur   Background Vocals
Gunnar Nelson   Background Vocals
Matthew Nelson   Background Vocals
Allan Nicholls   Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Piano
Jeff Pevar   Electric Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Alan Rubin   Horn
John Sambataro   Background Vocals
John Seigler   Bass
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Pat Thrall   Guitar
Clare Torry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
Max Weinberg   Drums
John Miceli   Percussion,Drums
Marvin Lee Aday   Percussion,Background Vocals
John Wilcox   Drums
Lew Del Gatto   Horn
Mike Reed   Conductor
Pearl Aday   Background Vocals
Patti Russo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Rizzuto   Voiceover
Paul Jacobs   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Lorraine Crosby   Vocals
Glen Burtnick   Background Vocals
Stephanie de Sykes   Background Vocals
Rev. Timothy Wright & The Concert Choir   Choir, Chorus
Clem Clemson   Guitar,Soloist
Tom Malone   Horn
Mark Alexander   Piano
Keith Murell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer,Orchestration
Meat Loaf   Producer,Remixing
Todd Rundgren   Producer,Engineer
Jim Steinman   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Remixing
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Kenny Ascher   String Arrangements
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Don Black   Composer,Lyricist
Jeff Bova   Programming,Remix Programmer
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Steve Buslowe   Composer
Paul Christie   Composer
David Cullen   Orchestration
Tom Dowd   Producer
Tom Edmonds   Engineer
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Stephan Galfas   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Engineer,Remixing
John Jansen   Engineer,Remixing
Robbie Kondor   keyboard arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Ron Nevison   Producer,Engineer
Malcolm Pollack   Engineer
Steve Rinkoff   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Jess Sutcliffe   Engineer
Mark Thomas   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Marvin Lee Aday   Composer
Michael Whelan   Cover Art
Alex Olsson   Engineer
Joe Pearson   Artwork,Layout
Ed Sprague   Engineer
Paul Jacobs   Producer,String Arrangements
Timothy White   Back Cover Photo
P. Jacobs   Composer
Don Peyronel   Composer
Shelley Yakus   Engineer

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