Meat Loaf — Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell… (Deluxe Edition 2002)

Disc One: Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell…
1 I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) 11:55
2 Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back 7:59
3 Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through 5:41
4 It Just Won’t Quit 7:19
5 Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire) 7:27
6 Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are 10:15
7 Wasted Youth * 2:45
8 Everything Louder Than Everything Else 7:58
9 Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere) 6:50
10 Back into Hell * 2:44
11 Lost Boys and Golden Girls 4:23
Disc Two: Single & Radio Edits / Remixes
1 Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are (radio edit)
MCA Single 54848 Pop #38 / charted 5-14-94
2 I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) (single edit)
MCA Single 54626 Pop #1 / charted 9-18-93
3 Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through (radio edit)
MCA Single 54757 Pop #13 / charted 1-29-94
4 Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back (radio edit) 4:47
5 Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are (Wild Bomb mix) 5:53
6 I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) (longer but not as long as the album version) 7:41
7 Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back (Ty Cobb edit) 6:03
8 Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are (Wild Car mix) 7:40
9 Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through (Knute Rockne edit) 5:29
10 Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back (1998 remix) 8:07

Written, Produced and Arranged by Jim Steinman
Co-Arranged by Meat Loaf and the musicians
Associate Producer and Recording Engineer: Steve Rinkoff
Mixed by David Thoener
Associate Producer: Roy Bittan
Background vocals arranged by Todd Rundgren
* Mixed by Steve Rinkoff
Additional Engineering (L.A.): Steve Holroyd
Assistant Engineering (L.A.): Dan Gellert
Second Assistant Engineers: Chris Albert, Matthew "Boomer" LaMonica, Steve Boyer, Mark Guilbeault, Bill Gardner, Brandon Harris, Victor Deyglio, Rory Romano
Recorded at Ocean Way Recording (L.A.) and The Power Station (N.Y.)
Mixed at Record Way (L.A.) and The Power Station (N.Y.)
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (N.Y.)
Project Coordinators: Carol Peters and Don Ketteler

Mrs. Loud appears courtesy of MCA Records
Gunnar Nelson appears courtesy of DGC Records
Matthew Nelson appears courtesy of DGC Records
Bill Payne appears courtesy of Morgan Creec Records

Management: Allan Kovac, Jeff Sydney, and Tommy Manzi, Left Bank Management
Business Management: Bernie Gilhuly, Hecht and Company, P.G., Inc. Los Angeles and New York
North American Booking: Jonathan Levine, The William Morris Company
Flood Control: Terry and Gail Coen
International Booking: John Giddings, Solo Agency, New York
Silver Screen Advisors: Bill Butler and Joel Roman
Homecoming Queen: Pearl Aday
Best Actress, Home Drama Series: Amanda Aday
Travel Agents: Happy Holidays Travel (Norwalk, CT) and Real Time Travel (L.A.)
The Best: Harry Medcalf and Maria
Attorney: Gary Stiffelman, Esq., Ziffren, Brittenham & Branca
Throat Guy: Dr. Ed Lane
Godfather: Earl Shuman
Other Kid: Jodi Rosnick
Timekeeper: Mashawn Nix
Baseball Mgr.: Dan Hecht
Fan Club: Meat Loaf, c/o Left Bank Management, 6255 Sunset Boulevard, STE 2100, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Merchandising: Winterland, 100 Harrison Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94101
The Band: Steve Buslowe, Mark Alexander, Pat Thrall, Chuck Burgi, Amy Goff, Elaine Goff, Dave Gelis, John Miceli, Paul Jacobs, Dominic Chichetti, Patricia Rousseau
The Crew: Eric Anderson, Matt Jeatt, Jim Staniforth, Carl Gagnon, George Wehrlin, Billy Sheldon, Dave Basone, Tony Roan, Brian Hinchcliffe, Fred Galfas, Simon Touchner, Kim Jeatt, Big Mike, Dave Bell, Louise de Ville Morel, O.B. and Bear.

Cover Art and all other illustrations by Michael Whelan
Portrait of Meat Loaf by Michael Halsband
Art Co-ordination: Joe Pearson
Line Artwork: Hills Archer Ink.

Special Thanks: Ken Berry, Paul Conroy, Ray Cooper and everyone at Virgin, Al Teller, Richard Parmese and all at MCA, Bill Prescott, John Bochie, Ed Nussbaum, Charles Ortner, Harvey Strickon, Irv Goldman, Jon Podell, Liane and Eunice at William Morris, Fred “Sparky” Pollard, Chris Linwald, Brad Davis, Marti Bailey, Lewis, Lawrence, Laure, Randy, Chrystal, Roger, Ed, July, Harvey, Nina and Lory at Left Bank, Ian and Sunny Ralfini, Bob and Nene Thurman, Ed and Virginia, Don Mattingly and the New York Yankees; and the Super Bowl champs — the Dallas Cowboys, Audrey Whelan, Cindy Thrall, Jane Buslowe.

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Deluxe Edition Credits (2002)

Written, Arranged & Produced by Jim Steinman
Compilation Produced by Mike Ragogna
96k/24-bit Mastered by Erick Labson @ Universal Mastering Studio West—North Hollywood, CA
Production Coordination by Margareth Goldfarb
Editorial Assistance by Barry Korkin, Adam Abrams and Robin Schwartz
Legal Clearances by Kelly Martinez

Art Dirtection: Vartan
Design: Mike Diehl
Photography: Michael Halsband
Photo Coordination: Ryan Null

Management: Left Bank Management

Fan Club: Official Internation Fan Club. P.O. Box 5228, Bellingham, WA 98227 USA

UMe Deluxe Special Edition Thanks to Bruce Resnikoff, Andy McKaie, Richie Gallo, Robin Kirby, Jim Dobbe, Ken Patrick, Jason Kleve, Michael Rosenberg, David Richman, Lynn Kerman, Brendan Morris, and Randy Aronson at Universal Music Library; Patte Medina, Meire Murakami and Morley Sobo at Universal Music Enterprises Creative Services; and Neil Nagano, Pat Blair and the rest of the UMe and UMVD staff.

Liner notes by Bill DeYoung

Disc Two: All tracks previously released

Album cover of the Deluxe Edition. Art by Michael Whelan.
Album cover of the Rarities Edition. Art by Michael Whelan.
Album cover of the 2002 Deluxe Edition. The second disc has had a separate US release in 2010 as Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (Rarities Edition - Essential Collector’s Tracks) on Geffen Records (B0013746-02).
Label MCA Cat.No. 088 112 810-2 Format 2CD Year 2002 Country USA Notes Deluxe Edition

Meat Loaf has never done anything on a small scale 2002 Deluxe Edition liner notes

Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, first released in August, 1993, topped the American and British Charts, made “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” the Number One single in the world, and, most importantly, turned Meat Loaf, the gale-force rocker with the operatic voice and the prodigious girth, into the comeback kid of the ‘90s.

The original Bat Out Of Hell, released in 1977, was a watershed event. From songwriter Jim Steinman’s elborate wet-dream set pieces, Todd Rundgren’s own Wall of Sound production and dramatic, passionate vocals by Mr. Loaf himself, it was unlike any rock ‘n’ roll the world had ever heard. To date, Bat Out Of Hell has sold more than 25 million copies.

Some history: Meat Loaf began life in Dallas, Texas, as Marvin Lee Aday, Orvis and Wilma’s only child. He was always a large kid, and weighed 240 pounds in the seventh grade. Accordingly, he was the big bruiser on the high school football team. His family called him ML—for Marvin Lee—and it was his father, a cop with Dallas’ finest, who turned the initials into Meat Loaf. A bit uncomfortable for the sensitive youngster, but it stuck. Soon enough, his running buddies at Jefferson High were calling him Meat.

Meat developed an interest in the theater as a teen, began acting in school productions and he also sang in the school chorus. After a stint at North Texas State, he went west, landing in Los Angeles in the summer of 1967. Putting together a band, with many monikers including Meat Loaf Soul, Popcorn Blizzard, and Floating Circus, he sang R&B, hard rock and straight ahead electric blues, lacing the stage show with theatrics: With Floating Circus, the 300-pound Meat wore a tuxedo and went shoeless, the drummer was in full clown regalia, the bass player dressed like an Indian and the backup singer sported a swan costume.

In 1968, on a whim, Meat Loaf auditioned for the L.A. company of Hair and was hired on the spot. Eventually he made his first recording, an album for Motown with the play’s leading lady, Stoney (their single, “What You See Is What You Get,” reached No. 11 on Billboard’s R&B chart). But a career in music was still a few years away. In the early-to-mid ‘70s, Meat Loaf appeared onstage in As You Like It and Rainbow, and a half-dozen other plays. He was the original actor in the role of Eddie in the stage version of The Rocky Horror Show, and he repeated in the film version.

Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman met in 1972 at auditions for the latter’s play, More Than You Deserve, which was being produced by the legendary Broadway bigwig Joe Papp. The eccentric but wildly talented Steinman played Meat the songs he was composing for Never Land, a proposed Peter Pan-type musical. When Meat was hired for the touring ensemble of the National Lampoon Show in ‘75, he insisted that Steinman came alone as the show’s piano player. By this time, they were, together, transforming sections of Never Land into the songs that would become Bat Out Of Hell. Steinman created the songs with no one but Meat Loaf in mind.

Steinman’s grandiose teen-age dreams and lust-fueled nightmares seemed to be tailor-made for Meat’s larger-than life voice. With Todd Rundgren’s stylish production, Bat Out Of Hell was released on CBS subsidiary Cleveland International in October 1977. The late ‘70s were ready and waiting for "Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad," "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" and "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth." With his ample waistline, wild, unkempt hair and a voice that seemed to leap, song by song, from tender to terrorizing, Meat Loaf gave rock music a welcome sense of drama. The rest is history.

Trouble entered the picture almost immediately; burned-out from his constant roadwork, Meat lost his voice as he and Steinman were beginning the follow-up album, Bad For Good. After disagreements about the songs, the studio musicians and the very nature of the singer’s problems, Steinman cut the vocals himselfand released Bad For Good under his own name. Eventually, the split came to legal blows, and although Meat made a handful albums in the 1980s, none were as succesful.

By the end of the ‘80s, he and Steinman had kissed and made up, and Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell was born. Steinman recycled several older songs—“Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through,” “Lost Boys And Golden Girls” and “Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire)” were on Bad For Good—and wrote a handful of melodic epics. There’s nothing like this, Steinman ethused before the album’s release. I believe people will be enriched and thrilled by it.

“Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere),” “Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back,” “Everything Louder Than Everything Else” and “Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are.” Who could resist titles like those? In its original form, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” was more than 15 minutes in length. Jim’s songs may be miniature operas, but they’re always too long for radio, wrote Meat Loaf in his autobiography, To Hell And Back. Practically every one of them has to be edited down from 9 or 11 minutes to something that the stations will play. He goes through incredible agony over these edits. As far as he is concerned, it’ll kill the song.

“I’d Do Anything For Love…” was trimmed for the album, and the single version is included here on Disc 2. Much to the surprise and delight of everyone concerned, the song was championed by MTV, which gave the accompanying $565,000 (or so) video, a gothic tragedy wit Meat as rock ‘n’ roll Phantom Of The Opera, the heaviest rotation possible. The single logged five weeks on the top of Billboard chart, the album went gold, the multi-platinum, and for a while it was 1977 all over again. Meat Loaf was playing sellout shows across the country, and Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell was all over the airwaves.

Older and wiser, but no less Wagnerian in his approach, Steinman produced the album himself, using everything he learned from Rundgren back in the day and applying it to a set of slightly more mature songs. The pathos of “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” or the autobiographical wistfulness of “Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are” would have been beyond the young songsmith’s grasp in the ‘70s.

Meat Loaf himself sang these new productions with a touch of resignation and sweetness that clearly reflected the hard lesson he had learned during his long, lean period. Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell became one of the rarest birds in the entertainment business: A sequel that actually complemented the original.

Bill DeYoung,
November 2002

Sources include “To Hell And Back—An Autobiography” by Meat Loaf with David Dalton (Regan Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 1999)