Meat Loaf — Welcome to the Neighbourhood Collectors Edition 2011

1 Where the Rubber Meets the Road 4:57 Paul Jacobs / Sarah Durkee
2 I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth) 6:41 Diane Warren
3 Original Sin 5:56 Jim Steinman
4 45 Seconds of Ecstasy 1:06 Martha Minter Bailey
5 Runnin’ for the Red Light (I Gotta Life) 3:59 Harry Vanda / George Young / Patti Russo / Meat Loaf / Sarah Durkee
6 Fiesta de las Almas Perdidas 1:27 Jeff Bova
7 Left in the Dark 7:13 Jim Steinman
8 Not a Dry Eye in the House 5:54 Diane Warren
9 Amnesty Is Granted † 6:09 Sammy Hagar
10 (Let’s Make It Last All Night) 4:34 Diane Warren
11 Martha ‡ 4:40 Tom Waits
12 Where Angels Sing ‡ 6:09 Steven Allen Davis
Disc One: Studio Recordings — Bonus Tracks
1.13 Come Together 3:17 John Lennon / Paul McCartney
1.14 Let It Be 2:27 John Lennon / Paul McCartney
1.15 Oh, What a Beautiful Morning 3:04 Richard Rogers / Oscar Hammerstein II
1.16 Is Nothing Sacred (feat, Patti Russo) 5:37 Jim Steinman / Don Black
Disc Two: Bonus Tracks (Live In Concert)
2.01 Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back 7:59 Jim Steinman
2.02 Where the Rubber Meets the Road 5:40 Paul Jacobs / Sarah Durkee
2.03 I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth) 7:17 Diane Warren
2.04 Amnesty is Granted 5:50 Sammy Hagar
2.05 You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) 9:13 Jim Steinman
2.06 All Revved Up With No Place to Go 6:48 Jim Steinman
2.07 Dead Ringer for Love 4:30 Jim Steinman
2.08 I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) 5:29 Jim Steinman
2.09 Runnin’ for the Red Light (I Gotta Life) (album version) 3:58 Harry Vanda / George Young / Patti Russo / Meat Loaf / Sarah Durkee
2.10 Midnight at the Lost and Found 4:58 Steve Buslowe / Paul Christie / Meat Loaf / Dan Peyronel
2.11 Whatever Happened to Saturday Night? 3:15 Richard O’Brien
2.12 Bat Out of Hell 11:58 Jim Steinman
Disc Three: DVD Video
Promo Videos
  1. I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth)
  2. Not a Dry Eye in the House
BBC TV Top of the Pops Appearances
  1. I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth) — 12 October 1996
  2. Not a Dry Eye in the House — 1st February 1996
Interview with Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf discusses the making of Welcome to the Neighbourhood

Produced by Ron Nevison except
† Produced by Sammy Hagar, Steven Van Zandt and Ron Nevinson
‡ Produced by Meat Loaf and Ron Nevinson
Engineered by Ron Nevinson, Larry Alexander and Ben Fowler
Mixed by Mike Shipley
Additional Engineering: Jay Healy, Dan Gellert
Assistants: Barbara Lipke, Jen Monnar, Chad Munsey, Scott Austin, Robert Smith, Rory Romano
Recorded at Power Station (NY), Right Track (NY), A&M (LA)
Mixed at Right Track (NY) and A&M Studios (LA)
Mastered by Greg Calbi, Masterdisc Inc, NYC
Post Production by Randy Nicklaus

Management: Allen Kovac, Jeff Sydney, Tommy Manzi for Left Bank Management
Business Management: Bernie Gilhuly and Anthony Lipman for Tribe Management • Bill Prescott for Grill, Gilhuly, Prescott & Co.
Legal: Gary Stiffelman, Esq, for Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer • Charles Ortner Esq, for Paul, Hastings, Jenofsky & Walker • Don Engel Esq, for Engel & Engel

Recording Coordination: Rick Fagan; Mark Sullivan for Tribe Management & Carol Peters for Left Bank Management

Front Cover Art: Ricky DiTommaso
Back Cover Art: Rafael DeSoto
Martha Art: Ricky DiTommaso
Additional Artwork Supplied by Ira Resnick, Elaina Wahl and Joe Veutis at Motion Picture Arts Gallery, NYC; Jack Devere for the Fighting Ranger; Steve Kennedy for the True Detective
Photography: Norman Watson
Art Coordination & Direction: Joe Pearson, Vartan, Andy Dowsett
Layout & Artwork: Hills Archer Inc.
US Edition Line Illustration: Alan Redulfin
US Edition Design: Cimarron/Bacon/O’Brien

A very special thanks to Jim Steinman for all of his cooperation, support and contributions in the making of this record

The Band: Meat Loaf • Steve Buslowe: Musical Director, Bass Guitar & Background Vocals • Kasim Sulton: Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals • Pat Thrall: Lead Guitar • Mark Alexander: Piano, Keyboards • John Miceli: Additonal Drums, Percussion • Patti Russo: Lead Background Vocals • Pearl Aday: Background Vocals.

Background Vocals Arranged by Kasim Sulton and Rory Dodd

Curtis King: Background Vocals
Rory Dodd: Background Vocals

Touring Staff: Craig Evans: Tour Management • Rock Fagan: Tour Management • Alan Hornall: Production Manager • John “JT” Thomson: Tour Manager • Eric Anderson: Drum Technician/Crew Chief • Billy Sheldon: Lighting Designer/Director • George Wehrlin: Front of House Engineer • Kevin Pruce: Monitor Engineer • Peter "Bear" Barna: Stage Carpenter • Andrea Donnelly: Wardrobe • Yik Wong: Guitar Technician • Tony Roan: Guitar Technician • Rick Huber: Keyboard/Piano Technician • Norman Gomes: Head Rigger • Arthur “Torch” Russo: Rigger • Booking Agencies: Rob Light, CAA, Los Angeles • Jonathan Levine, Artists & Audience, New York • John Giddings, SOLO-IGT Agency, London • Travel Agencies: Travel Concepts World Wide (LA) • Blonder Travel (LA) • Happy Holidays Travel (Norwalk, CT) • Tour Coordinator: Mark Sulivan and Paul Leighton for Tribe Management • Randy Garelick and Mick Angus for Left Bank Management • Merchandising: Winterland, 100 Harrison Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94101 • US/UK Touring Vendors: Sound Company: Eight Day Sound • Lighting Companies: Creative Stage & Lighting/NEG Earth Lighting • Trucking Companies: Upstaging Inc./‌ Edwin Shirley Trucking • Bussing Companies: Florida Custom Coach/Phoenix Bussing Service • Pyro Company: Luna Tech Inc.

The band wishes to thank: Greg Romanl at D’Addario, Modulus Graphite, Lennie Di Muzio, John De Christopher and John King at Zildjan Cymbals, John Barrie Dyke and Oliver Link at Sonor Drums, Ken Parker at Parker Guitars, Washburn Guitars, Frank Sheehan at Hammond Suzuki USA, Vic Firth, Larry Hartke at Hartke System.

Special Thanks to Jim Fifield, Ken Berry, Nancy Berry Paul Conroy, Ray Cooper and Charlie Dimont and everone at Virgin Records, Al Teller, Richard Palmese, Randy Miller, Mark Gorlick and Gina Iorillo, Jane Buslowe, Zoe Thrall, Janet Alexander, Eve and Anna Miceli, Laurie, Alexandra, Karik and Kassandra Sulton, Siro Pagliaro, Lewis Kovac, Laure Dunham &, Randy Nicklaus, Ed Thomas, Holly Browde, and everyone at The Left Bank Organisation, Debbie Tymon at Yankee Stadium, Bill Mahr, Hank Gallo and Hillary Kun at Politically Incorrect, Boomer Esiason, Debbie Bledsloe, Warren Moon, Matt Bahr, Dennis Haysbort, Daniel Baldwin, Bernie Kosar Sr., Andy Noch, Beth Rahill, New York Yankees, Nikki Sixx, Artie Smith, Mike Mascolo at International Pinball, Russ Gill and The Hollywood Allstars, Warren Cuccurulo, Jodi Geiger Davis, Hohn Blankert at NFL Hall of Fame, Bobby Mercer, Dave Cohen, Al Troutwig, and Jim Katt at the Play by Play, Michael Kay and John Sterling at Yankee Radio, Butch the Umpire, The 1995 Entertainment League Division Champs: Danny, Jack, Chris, Jeff, DL, Rick, Meat, Vinnie, Johnny, Steve, Billy, Carl, Buff and Curt, Also, Don Kohler and the Broadway Show League.

Plus: True Alternative — Amanda Aday • Extra Mom — Mimi Sokol • Auction Partner — Amy Kovac • Fireworks Committe — Terry and Gail Coen • Hall of Fame — Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto • Best Actor in an Astronaut Movie — Brett Cullen • Best Actress in an Astronaut Movi — Michelle Little • Baby — Harper Cullen • Hair and Make-up — Catherine Furniss • Still the Throat Guy — Dr, Lane • And Other Parts — Dr, Rogers • Baseball Manager — Dan Hecht • Softball Manager — Curt Chaplin • Best Catcher/Pitcher — Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford • The Godfather — Earl Shuman • Always Ruins Everything & Costs Too Much — Darren Hennault and Mark Finley • Never Hits His Thumb — Master Carpenter Jack • Fine Arts Director — George Read • Coat Keeper — Sharon Tapper • The Best — Harley & Maria Medcalf • Everyone Knows — Ira Resnik • Puts Up With, Never Shuts Up — Zoe Thrall • Best Ball Guys — Don Mattingley, Pat Kelly, Wade Boggs, Jim Leyritz and Kirby Puckett • Autograph Club — Tony “Goose” Siragusa, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Darrell Talley, Bernie Kosar, Jack Trudeau, Bruce Smith

SUPPORT: Tibet House, an organization dedicated to the unique culture of the Tibetan people which has the potential to make a valuable contribution to the world at large: 241 East 32ns St., NY, NY 10016 • Also: War Child, 7/12 Greenland Street, London NW1 0ND

For more information write: Meat Loaf, The Left Bank Organization, 6255 Sunset Blvd., #1111, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Better Than a Fan Club! The Meat Loaf Line: 1-900-4MT-LOAF
For all information updated daily & personally ($1.99 per minute)

In memory of Ol’ number 7
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Politically Incorrect is the ONLY way!

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Collectors Edition 2011

Research and R&D for Virgin Records: Hugh Gilmour with thanks to Nigel Reeve & Jason Day
Product Manager: Helen Owens
Remastered by Andy Pearce
DVD authored by Meedja, London
Liner Notes: Geoff Barton

Disc One tracks 13 & 14 — B-sides of Not a Dry Eye in the House.
Produced by Meat Loaf and the Neverland Express, Engineered and Mixed by Ben Fowler, As heard on Nightline/ABC Network USA.
Disc One track 15 — B-side of I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth).
Produced by Ron Nevinson, Mixed by Mike Shipley.
Disc One track 16 — Single A-side, 1999.
Produced by Meat Loaf and Kasim Sulton, in association with Jeff Bova, Frank Filipetti and Russ Titelman, Mixed by Frank Filepetti.
Disc Two tracks 1, 4, 6, 7 & 10 — B-sides of Runnin’ for the Red Light (I Gotta Life)
Disc Two tracks 2 & 3 — B-sides of Not a Dry Eye in the House
Disc Two tracks 5 & 12 — Previously unreleased.
Produced by Meat Loaf and the Neverland Express, Engineered and Mixed by Ben Fowler, Recorded live at The Beacon Theater, NY, October 1995
Disc Two track 8 — B-side of I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth).
Produced by David Thoener and Meat Loaf, Engineered by Dave Thoener, Mixed by Randy Nicklaus, Recorded live in New York City, 1993.
Disc Two track 11 — B-side of I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth).
Recorded live in Tallahasse, FL, 1989.
A woman is standing on a filght of stairs, against a green wall. She looks freightened. Out of view, there must be a man with a hat, because we see his shadow.
Collectors Edition album cover.
Label Virgin Cat.No. CDVX 2799 Format 2CD+DVD Year 2011 Country EU Notes “Neighbourhood”, Collectors Edition

Collectors Edition Liner Notes

Nobody ever asks Meat Loaf: What do you eat? Why do you eat so much? Shouldn’t you lose some weight? No, he shouldn’t, He’s fuckin’ Meat Loaf, He writes songs, and he has a great time, and none of your fuckin’ business. — Layne Stanley

The late Alice in Chains front man hit it bang on the button in 1996 when he sang the praises of the man Born Marvin Lee Aday, in Dallas, Texas, 1947.

That’s because, just a year earlier, the subject of Stanley’s eulogy had defied his critics by emerging from the belfry-like shadows of his mightily successful Bat Out Of Hell opuses with a hot-selling comeback, Welcome To The Neighbourhood…

It was a comeback that was recorded very much on Meat Loaf’s own terms, and not those of his mentor/svengali/nemesis/sideman/partner (delete as applicable), Jim Steinman (the eccentric song writing genius).

Like it’s pointy-eared predecessors, Welcome To The Neighbourhood may have been dedicated to nocturnal activities — but they were of the type carried out in cheap detective novels, not in the bowels of stately Wayne Manor, Imagine Raymond Chandler wit a hint of Will Eisner’s spirit, Or Elmore Leonard penning the further adventures of Mary, the hero-noir of Frank Miller’s Sin City, That’s Welcome To The Neighbourhood for you!

For further evidence, check out the wide-eyed femme fatale depicted on Welcome To The Neighbourhood’s delightfully garish cover: her tousled, brittle-blonde hairdo, her ripped red dress, the way she’s recoiling from that menacing, hook-nosed silhouette, No doubt about it, The order Chiroptera ain’t remotely on the agenda.

In actual fact, those aforementioned belfries-like shadows had been doubly dark threatening for Meat Loaf around the time of Welcome To The Neighbourhood’s release, That’s because, a couple of years earlier, 1993, he had put out Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell… It had gone on to become a No, 1 record on both sides of the Atlantic.

Despite the span of 16 long years between the original Bat Out Of Hell and its sequel, plus albums such as Dead Ringer, Midnight At The Lost And Found, Bad Attitude and Blind Before I Stop along the way people were starting to question whether Meat Loaf was a single-trick pony, A man who ‘batted’ for one side, if you’ll pardon the expression.

But Welcome To The Neighbourhood proved once and for all that he could large it on his own, It was triumph for the man-mountain frontman, because he had been to hell and back — personally, as well as professionally.

The success of his magnum opus, the glorious gothic rock opera that is the original 1977 Bat Out Of Hell, took its toll on our hulking hero — and then some, Meat Loaf had a nervous breakdown, He lost his voice, He went through therapy, Hell, according to his biography a doctor in Malibu even injected him with his own urine, wrapped him in a carpet and beat him until he screamed in a bid to get his career back on track, Sheesh, it would’ve been a lot easier to just pay a visit to the Job Centre…

Meat Loaf recalls in his biography that, as Bat Out Of Hell got bigger, I got crazier, It was like some terrible curse where everything I’d wished for turned into a nightmare, at it was rapidly turning me into a maniac. But still, that didn’t stop him from eventually recording the 1993 follow-up, (And, indeed, 2006’s Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose), Go figure!

Still, after the release of Bat II, Meat Loaf had conquered his demons and was in a good place, Haven proven himself musically once more, he felt he needed to get back into his second love: acting.

I love acting, and the movie critics love me, he once said, But the rock critics just brutalise me, And when they write about your acting, they don’t want to know about my dog that just died, or whatever when I was a kid, It’s grown-up stuff.

So Meat Loaf moved from New York to Hollywood and started to network — not by hogging the party circuit, but by playing golf, While honing his technique on the green he bumped into the likes of Joe Pesci, Sean Connery, Bill Murray and a director called Peter Chelsen, who gave him a part in the movie The Mighty, Several other roles followed, but before long the prospect of another Bat Out Of Hell recording reared its furry little head.

There were optimistic meetings with Jim [Steinman], Meat Loaf recalled, Two-thousand dollar dinners where Jim orders everything on the menu, Jim was throwing out tempting song titles like ‘God Has Left The Building’, We said: ‘Wow!’

But Jim’s method is seduction, he explained, He has ideas for new stuff; he doesn’t always have the songs, He was romancing us, talking himself into all these visions, We all started to believe he might have a whole new album in embryo, tucked away in one of his ratty old shopping bags.

Well, he hadn’t, Plus Steinman was rumoured to have copyrighted the phrase Bat Out Of Hell as his trademark, hindering Meat Loaf’s further use of it.

There’s just too much baggage, the singer said later, what with Steinman and his manager and lawyer and everything, Nobody will let it go, Everybody has to have a piece, It’s a shame…

Bat III ended up becoming Welcome To The Neighbourhood… Produced by Ron Nevinson (with a little help from Sammy Hagar and Steven Van Zandt), there are just two Steinman songs on the album: ‘Original Sin’, from the Pandora’s Box Original Sin album, and ‘Left In The Dark’, which first appeared on Steinman’s Bad For Good album.

The Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren takes up reins on ‘I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth)’ and ‘If This Is The Last Kiss (Let’s Make It Last All Night)’ — Meat Loaf duets with Patti Russo on both — while Hagar himself gets credit on ‘Amnesty Is Granted’, Van Zandt, in case you were wondering, plays guitar on that track, Hell, even Tom Waits gets a composer’s credit on ‘Martha’.

If the variety of songwiters makes Welcome To The Neighbourhood sounds like a mixed bag, don’t worry: it isn’t, Meat Loaf made clear: It’s a story album, Basically a guy’s life story from the time he went on his first date to the present, I used pulp-fiction artwork for the cover and the booklet, with lurid paintings and titles from the 1940s detective magazines.

Turns out Meat Loaf’s manager, Allen Kovac, wanted to call the record Welcome To The Neighbourhood: Escape From Hell, in order to capitalise on his artist’s heritage, But Meat Loaf responded: I want to do my own record, not more of Steinman’s characters, And I was screaming at Allen, saying I’m sick and tired of being a cartoon, I don’t want to be that Meat Loaf comic book character any more.

Still, one familiar and recurring theme on Welcome To The Neighbourhood is the use of parentheses (in song titles), as pioneered by Bat Out Of Hell’s ‘You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)’ and Bat II’s ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’.

‘I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth)’ was never meant to have brackets, Meat Loaf growled in an interview shortly after Welcome To The Neighbourhood’s release, I didn’t notice them until two weeks ago and I said: Who put this in brackets?! I’m looking for whoever did it but no one will confess, I’m going to put him in a bracket when I find him!

Welcome To The Neighbourhood went platinum in both the United States and United Kingdom, spawning three hit singles along the way: ‘I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth)’, ‘Not A Dry Eye In The House’ and (watch out, it’s those goddamn brackets again) ‘Runnin’ For The Red Light (I Gotta Life)’.

Reflecting on Welcome To The Neighbourhood’s success in his autobiography, Meat Loaf found himself wondering about his self-imposed cartoon character persona, Eventually, the singer decided that instead of rejecting the cartoon image, I would embrace him, I was going to bring that cartoon to life, put him in living colour and take him on the road, So that’s what I did, I came to the realisation that, like Popeye, I yam what I yam, and that’s all I yam.

Meat and two veg, you could say — assuming the veg is Popeye-friendly spinach, And if you don’t agree… well, that’s none of your fuckin’ business.

Geoff Barton
Classic Rock magazine, 2011