LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ --
Rarely has an album sequel had as twisted a road to being completed
and been as successful as Meat Loaf's BAT OUT OF HELL II: BACK INTO HELL
Now expanded into a two-CD set, BAT OUT OF HELL II: BACK INTO HELL (DELUXE EDITION) adds the single edit of the #1 smash "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" as well as the radio edits of the Top 40 hit "Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are," Top 20 "Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through" and "Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back."
Also appended are a 1998 remix of "Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back"; an acoustic "Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" and its Wild Car Mix, and three live tracks recorded in July 1993, including flashbacks to the original BAT OUT OF HELL ("Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" plus the previously unreleased "All Revved Up With No Place To Go" and "Heaven Can Wait").
All of the tracks have been 96k/24-bit remastered. With BAT OUT OF HELL, Meat Loaf gave rock music a welcome sense of epic drama. At 14 times platinum, BAT OUT OF HELL only hit #14 but stayed on the chart 88 weeks thanks to the gold "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" and the hits "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" and "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth." But as the follow-up, Bad For Good, was being planned, Meat lost his voice from tour burn-out. He also butted heads with Steinman on creative and personal issues. So Steinman cut the vocals himself and released the album under his own name in 1981. Eventually the pair re-teamed, with Steinman writing new songs and Meat re-recording BAD FOR GOOD's "Lost Boys And Golden Girls," "Love And Death And An American Guitar" (re-named "Wasted Youth" with Steinman on rants), "Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire)" and "Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through." BAT OUT OF HELL II shot to the top of the charts and reached quintuple platinum.
Boosted by an elaborate video portraying Meat as a rock 'n' roll Phantom Of The Opera, "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" went platinum and won a Grammy. Meat had gone to hell and back. And that ain't bad.