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Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell: The Original Tour (1978/Rockpalast Series/Eagle Vision DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Concert: C+



Yes, it is time once again (for whatever reason) to revisit the infamous 1978 multi-platinum hit album Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf, not to be confused with its 1993 sequel.  Even by Mr. Loaf’s own admission, you could rip his name off of it and write in someone else’s, which is short hand for saying one’s work is generic and/or populist.  We originally looked at the album when Eagle reissued the volume of Classic Albums that covered it.  You can read more about it at this link:





This time, we get a rare look at the man and his crew (including creator Jim Steinman, who returned in the mid-1980s to record multiple versions of the same hit record that you would know best as Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie (It’s A Heartache) Tyler.  Miss Tyler recently sang that song on an airplane and the airline was sued.)  The songs performed include:


1)     Great Boleros Of Fire

2)     Bat Out Of Hell

3)     You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)

4)     All Revved Up With No Place To Go

5)     Paradise By The Dashboard Light (featuring Karla DeVito)

6)     Two Out Of Three Ain’t Band

7)     All Revved Up With No Place To Go (Reprise)



Unless you are a fan, this is not easy to sit through and sit through without laughing and/or falling asleep.  Every time I see our lead singer in his suit getting all sweated-out, I wonder if he is going to have a heart attack.  At any rate, if you must hear the album and don’t want to just listen but see the singers and musician in action, this is your disc.  You could do worse, but we’ve seen worse.


The 1.33 X 1 image is soft, but color is good and it is better more often than not from what is likely an analog PAL video source, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is not great, but just rich enough and offering enough separation (with audio flaws of the time) to enjoy.  The only extra is an interview with Loaf and Steinman that runs about 15 minutes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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