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Bat Out of Hell


Bat Out of Hell


Hard Rock, Rock Opera

Release Date

October 21, 1977


Todd Rundgren


Cleveland International / Epic

Bat Out of Hell is the second studio album by American rock singer Meat Loaf. It was released in 1977, and is one of the five highest-selling albums in the world with over 43,000,000 copies sold. The success was greatly unexpected. It has been ranked as #343 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.


The original idea for Bat Out of Hell was a play written by Meat Loaf's National Lampoon friend Jim Steinman, entitled Neverland, which was to be a dystopian/futuristic reboot of Peter Pan. It was performed once at the Kennedy Center Music Theater Lab. They began to develop some of the songs from the play into an album. They found it difficult to find s label to release the "hilarious" album. Todd Rundgren found the idea hilarious and decided he needed to produce the album. He thought the album was a parody of Bruce Springsteen (the album is often compared to Springsteen's Born to Run, especially since Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan from Springsteen's E Street Band helped make the album).


All songs are written by Jim Steinman.

  1. Bat Out of Hell (9:52)
  2. You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) (intro spoken by Steinman and Marcia McClain) (5:04)
  3. Heaven Can Wait (4:38)
  4. All Revved Up With No Place to Go (4:19)
  5. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad (5:23)
  6. Paradise by the Dashboard Light (duet with Ellen Foley) (I. Paradise / II. Let Me Sleep On It / III. Praying for the End of Time) (8:30)
  7. For Crying Out Load (8:55)