Album / Song Review Page
As well as reviewing bootlegs I am also going to be reviewing albums and if not on an album, individual songs. Mostly Meat Loaf albums but also related... I will be doing this in order of artist and release... This is very W.I.P. and probably won't be finished for a while...
POPCORN BLIZZARD - ONCE UPON A TIME / HELLO
- ONCE UPON A TIME
This is a groovy little tune, from what I know it is original, and was written by Meat Loaf. Meat sounds really good on here, even at the age of 21 he had his pipes! It's not the best work he's ever made, but definitely not the worst. The band are pretty good as well, all in all, quite a good little tune. I'd give it a 6.5/10.
This song is actually a cover of a song by Lee Michaels, as it stands I much prefer the Popcorn Blizzard version. Meat's southern accent really comes through in this one, it isn't as good as Once Upon A Time but still worth a listen, another groovy tune, the lyrics are meh but the vocals are pretty damn strong, and the band are sounding very very funky here. I'd give it a 6/10.
Overall Rating - 6/10
STONEY & MEATLOAF - STONEY & MEATLOAF
Original 1971 release on Rare Earth...
- I'D LOVE TO BE AS HEAVY AS JESUS
This was the song Meat auditioned to Jim Steinman, it's a very groovy tune with some brilliant vocals from Stoney and of course Meat Loaf, it's a catchy tune and well worth a listen, the accompaniment from the band is very nice, as well as the added touch of the choir during the verses and chorus. If you're a fan, this one's well worth your time, I give it a 7/10.
- SHE WAITS BY THE WINDOW
From memory, this was the first song I ever heard from this album, and it left quite the impact, I ended up going out and getting the UK reissue after hearing this one. It's a beautiful song, with some soft and powerful vocals from both parties. The band sound really nice here, with some very nice guitar work, Stoney really shines through hear, and it'll always be one of my favourites from this record. I give it an 8/10.
- IT TAKES ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE
Not the best song from this duo, but it's very catchy. I don't listen to this one too often, but it's got a very nice message behind it, the choir sound really good here as well, I don't like this one as much as some of the others from the album, but it's a pretty good song with a great message, I'd give it a 6.5/10.
- GAME OF LOVE
Very funky, never really fit in with this album for me, Stoney sounds really funky on here, but it just isn't my type of thing. Not so much a Stoney & Meatloaf song, more just a Stoney song. It's just not up to par with the rest of this album, I dunno, maybe it's just me, but I've never been too into this one. 5/10.
- KISS ME AGAIN
I find it funny that the male duet version of this is more common than the original. That aside, I really dig this, always been a highlight of the record for me. Much better than the male duet version, the other singer on that has always got on my nerves, and the mix on that one is far inferior to the mix on the original. Meat has a velvet voice on this, just perfect, and Stoney's parts are brilliant. This is another one of my favourites from this album, 8/10.
- WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET
My god, this one. This is hands-down my favourite song from this album, and probably my favourite from early 70's Meat Loaf. This song is one of the catchiest and most digestible songs I've ever heard, the live version is also really good, but not as good, Patti Russo just can't sing this song like Stoney did. Stoney sounds heavenly on this track, and Meat sounds damn golden! Please, if you haven't heard this, go check it out! 9/10!
- SUNSHINE (WHERE'S HEAVEN?)
This is quite a morbid track, about a family who have lost their child, and are questioning their faith as a result of it. It's a great song, but has never been one of my favourites from this record. It's really a pretty average song from the time, but Meat sounds really good on it, it's worth the listen to see if you can get more out of it than I can, but I don't re-listen to this one very often, it only gets a 6/10.
- JIMMY BELL
Always loved this one, I do prefer the extended mix but this mix is still good enough for me to enjoy, it's a groovy tune, and goes to show Meat can do many different styles, really like this one, 7/10.
- LADY BE MINE
One of the earliest songs I heard from the group was this one, and again, just like She Waits, this one stuck. I dig this one with a shovel. Always liked this one, it's got a real good feel to it, I think it's worth a listen to any fan, it's another one of my favourites, 8/10.
- JESSICA WHITE
Meh, kinda bland, and too basic, it's the pop song of the record, and I really have never been into it too much, maybe you can find some value in this track, but I never have. Bleh, 4/10.
Overall Rating - 7/10
UK 1978 reissue on Motown.
In 1978, due to the explosive popularity of Bat Out Of Hell, Motown re-released the 1971 album "Stoney & Meatloaf" as a Meat Loaf album, undermining Stoney, and renaming it to "Featuring Stoney & Meatloaf". However, it isn't just a bland re-issue, it features tracks cut from the original version, including Who Is The Leader, slated for Meat originally but given to Edwin Starr because they didn't expect Meat to be successful, they messed up...
- JIMMY BELL (EXTENDED VERSION)
Better than the original, more of an edge to it, not too much to say on it, but I actually prefer this as an opener than Heavy as Jesus, both are great tho, however this is just better than the original in a lot of ways, 8/10.
- STONE HEART
It's obvious to me why this was cut, it doesn't really fit this album. That doesn't mean it isn't a good song, because damn right it is! Meat sounds so nice here, Stoney isn't on it nearly as much as she should be, but as a Meat fan, that doesn't bother me too much. The accompaniment is the star here, the music here is very nice! All in all, just a great track, it's awesome they dug it up from the vaults when they reissued the record. 7.5/10.
- WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE PEOPLE?
Always liked this one, it's a classic for me! It has a tribal vibe to it, Meat shines through on this, along with the million other voices on this song. It's very catchy, but that isn't all it has going for it. It has one of the best piano riffs I have ever heard, it is very subtle, and is also played on the bass, "the du du du dun dun dun du du du, du du" is just such a good riff. Go give this a listen so you can have an incline as to what I mean, another great one! Again, 7.5/10.
- KISS ME AGAIN (MALE DUET VERSION)
While it's pretty funny, it doesn't compare well to the original version of the song. It's better with Stoney, the mix is also worse, and it cuts the length down, so they just kinda got a great song and made it less great, it loses a point and a half, 6.5/10.
- EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN
Very gleeful tune, that's all I really have to say, it isn't bad but isn't too remarkable. Everyone sounds fine, there's better, but there's also worse. 6/10.
Overall Rating - 7/10
STONEY & MEATLOAF - THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO
Original 7", 1971.
This song was used as a B-Side to several singles released by Stoney & Meatloaf throughout 1971 and 1972, as well as being included on several conclusions. For what it's worth ;-) it's a pretty decent track, some talking and singing, Stoney shines through here, there are better songs from the group, which is probably why it got the B-Side treatment, but not too bad, 6.5/10.
MEAT LOAF - MORE THAN YOU DESERVE
Original 7", 1973.
- MORE THAN YOU DESERVE (LONG VERSION)
In 1973 to promote the play of the same name, Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman went with Reid Whitelaw and Norman Bergen to produce and record their first release together. As this was his first release as Meat Loaf, this is quite special. Meat sounds awesome on this, his vocals were so clean and pure here, before the rigorous touring of 1978 Meat Loaf had flawless vocals. The song is a classic, you all know it, if you don't listen to it, while I prefer the 1981 release, this is still a special part of Meat's history, and a damn good try, 8/10!
- MORE THAN YOU DESERVE (SHORT VERSION)
It's the long version but shorter, point off for length, 7/10.
- PRESENCE OF THE LORD
On some releases of the single, this was the B-Side. It's Meat Loaf covering the Clapton tune Presence Of The Lord, I will always prefer Meat's version, I really don't like Eric Clapton all that much. Meat gives it his all here, the band are brilliant, and it's just an awesome tune, the stereo version is better (in my opinion anyway), and is the only one I really ever listen to, there are loads of different versions of these 3 tracks, but the stereo versions are the most enjoyable, I'm not a fan of mono. Especially after the 60's. Anyway, this ones a belter, get it listened, 8/10 again!
Overall Rating - 8/10
MEAT LOAF - BAT OUT OF HELL
One of the greatest pieces of cover art in history.
- BAT OUT OF HELL
I was four when I first heard this, my brain melted that day. This is, and I truly believe this, the greatest rock song of all time. The song is perfect, nothing could improve it. It is perfect. Meat Loaf sounds perfect, Todd's backing vocals are perfect, Roy's piano is perfect, Todd's guitar is godly. The solo in the middle of this song is one of the best pieces of rock guitar work of all time. What can I say about this song that hasn't been said already? I've listened to it well over 1,000 imes, and I'll listen to it 1,000 more! 11/10.
- YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH (HOT SUMMER NIGHT)
This song starts with a brilliant spoken word by Jim Steinman and Marcia McClain, it was written in 1969 for The Dream Engine, and has been seen in plays and musicals many times since. It's the perfect match for this song. After the spoken word, one of the catchiest pop songs of all times begins, 1977 was a brilliant year for Earth, this album is a big reason why! Live versions of this song are something else! 10/10.
- HEAVEN CAN WAIT
This song has literally saved lives. Not many songs can do that. Jim Steinman is a piece of work, and so is this song. It's a beautiful ballad, I'm sure that if God had a vinyl player, he'd have this one spinning. There aren't words that can describe this, this song is an experience. This is one of the best songs ever written, originally meant for Bette Midler, I'm so glad Meat Loaf through a piano at her. 10/10.
- ALL REVVED UP WITH NO PLACE TO GO
This is a rocker! The saxophone intro is an iconic piece of rock history, the vocals are insane, and the live versions of this song are fucking epic! I don't actually listen to the studio version of this often, because I've listened to this album so many times, but when I do, I turn the vinyl up so loud the room shakes! 10/10.
- TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD
This is a very sad song, and was the last song to be written and recorded for the album. There really isn't too much to say, if you have never listened to this song, have you been living in a cave since October 1977? Get it listened! 10/10.
- PARADISE BY THE DASHBOARD LIGHT
Jim had this nearly finished within 90 minutes of Meat telling him they needed a duet. Let that sink in. Ellen Foley's vocal performance on this is brilliant, along with the famous radio play-by-play from Phil Rizzuto which got him into quite a lot of trouble with his pastor. This is the ultimate rock duet, 10/10.
- FOR CRYING OUT LOUD
What a way to finish an album! This song, just piano and vocals for most of it, is a very emotional ballad written by Jim for Kid Champion in 1975. This is a very beautiful song, what else can I give it? 10/10!
Overall Rating - 10/10!
MEAT LOAF - DEAD RINGER
Original cover, 1981. Amazing cover!
- PEEL OUT
What an opener! From the intro motorbikes to Leslie Aday, to the catchy chorus, and the Steinmanian lyrics! This is truly a brilliant track! The music video makes it even better! Definitely one of the best Meat Loaf songs, it's a pity it was never performed live in it's full capacity... LISTEN TO IT, 10/10!
- I'M GONNA LOVE HER FOR BOTH OF US
Rory Dodd initially demo'd this song for Steinman in 1979, and it was a hell of a start! But Meat gave this song a new energy, this is one of the heaviest love songs you'll ever hear! Meat is practically screaming out his confessions by the end of the song! Some emotion and raw energy in this one, a brilliant track, but even more brilliant live! 9/10.
- MORE THAN YOU DESERVE
This is interesting... It's a main part of the movie of this album, and it works brilliantly there, but I've never been the biggest fan of this 1981 version. For me, the Jim Steinman version, Meat Loaf in the play, his single and most of all THE 1977 LIVE VERSION take the cake for me! Meat screaming this tune in Cleveland can't be beaten! However, it's still a brilliant song, deserving of 8/10.
- I'LL KILL YOU IF YOU DON'T COME BACK
This song is underrated with a capital rat. The music video for this song managed to escape the clutches of quality, and this song managed to escape the public... But that means nothing, this song is a masterpiece of Renaissance proportions. It starts with this cheesy toxic beginning, but it's the good type of cheesy, and by the end of the song you've been hit with an angelic mid-section and a fiery ending! This song is like Steinman in a nutshell, and don't get me started on the name! 10 out of fucking 10!
- READ EM' AND WEEP
To those who prefer Barry Manilow's version... WHY??? He can't sing it with the passion of the Loaf, Meat puts his heart and his soul into this song! It's so obviously Steinman! It reeks of him! This song needs more attention, Barry, as great as he was, couldn't put the raw passion of Meat into his version, this version is just so good! It's may be getting tiring, but this has to be a 10/10!
- NOCTURNAL PLEASURE
Shortened version of Steinman's monologue Shadows On The Freeway (originally released on LA Radio compilation in 1979). This is a haunting yet funny little goof by Steinman, and it segues nicely into the next track, the absolute classic, Dead Ringer For Love! Oh and by the way, this gets a 9/10!
- DEAD RINGER FOR LOVE
Well what can we say about this one? It's fucking brilliant, yeah- let's say that! Because IT IS! With some brilliant studio musicians and the one and only Cher duetting in her prime with a fired up Meat Loaf, what else could you want, oh yeah a Steinman rocker, and guess what, IT IS! Brilliant song, there's no other rating that suits it, let's give this 10!
- EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED
This is a great ending! It's mostly just piano and vocals, and is a beautiful little ending to this underrated masterpiece of an album! Steinman really did a great job writing this one, and Meat does a very emotional performance of the song here. While we're here, don't ever mention Tyce's version of this to me, he can't sing, he mumbles it... He ruined it, damn... Oh yeah, 10/10!
Overall Rating - 9.5/10!
MEAT LOAF - MIDNIGHT AT THE LOST AND FOUND
Pretty disturbing cover, but I like it!
- RAZOR'S EDGE
This song is actually really catchy, and has a pretty crazy music video to go along with it! It's a very awesome album opener I just wish they used it to open the shows on the tour, rather than Bat :/... But... the live version does exist, and it's pretty damn brilliant, I still prefer this album version tho! Very clever mix! Definitely worth an 8.5/10!
- MIDNIGHT AT THE LOST AND FOUND
This is a classic, one of my favourite non-Steinman Meat Loaf moments, it's such a catchy tune, but if you think the album version is great, WAIT TILL YOU HEAR IT LIVE! The arrangements from 1998 to 1991 are fucking brilliant! What a live show! Anyway, this studio version is definitely worth a 9, awesome track, go fucking listen to it (but try and find a live version).
- WOLF AT YORU DOOR
This is a pretty funny song, it seems Steve Buslowe knew how to write a catchy hook! After listening to this, it'll take you about 4 weeks to get the chorus out your head! Instant 8/10! I recommend you give this a listen, it's a great one!
- KEEP DRIVING
I think Meat is too hard on himself about his song-writing, because of all the songs on this album, the ones he helped write were the most fun. It's another catchy one, and as I said very damn fun! This album had a certain style to it, and this song fits it perfectly, I love it, another 8/10!
- THE PROMISED LAND
This is the first of many Meat Loaf covers, and it's one of the best. Although to call it a Meat Loaf song is a bit of a stretch, you can hear him in there, but you can also here 15 other vocals all at the same level, this is a fun band jam and live it's an explosive jam! The live version tops 20 minutes, significantly longer than this barely 3-minute version! This gets a 7/10, it's a fun one but much better live and it's a song I rarely revisit, in terms of studio versions...
- YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO SURE ABOUT THE GIRL
Eh, this is a fairly average song in the world of Meat, it's by no means a bad song, it's great, it even features some strong growly falsetto near the end!... but it's just not up to par with the rest of the album, it's still a song I revisit more often than others however... I'd give this a 6/10, it's worth a try.
Damn, this one smacks! Priscilla features some awesome performances from all involved, and it's written well, it's definitely from 1983! It stinks of it! But as it stands, it's a really good tune! I'd definitely come back to this one, I'm guilty of under-listening on this part... Anyway, yeah, 8/10!
- DON'T YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT
This is a duet with Dale Rossington, and it's quite nice, it doesn't really feel like a Meat Loaf song tho, and doesn't fit this album at all. It would have been better if they put the non-album track Lost Love in the place of this song. This would be better suited to Elvis or someone, but as a Meat Loaf track, ehh... it get's a 5.5/10.
- IF YOU REALLY WANT TO
This song is worth the wait! It's a shame we have no live recordings of it, it was supposedly done live in October 1983! It's a very interesting song, it's (according to the music video) about vampires, ooh. This song is better with the video, but regardless is still kickass. Probably the best song on the album, 9/10!
- FALLEN ANGEL
I'm surprised this one doesn't get talked about more, it's a lovely bit of music. Meat has some very powerful moments here, definitely worth a good listen or two. Strong one, get's an 8/10 for sure!