Friday, July 2, 2010

TVD: Bonzai!

Unlike yesterday's "Bad for Good" - Jim Steinman's solo LP which was planned as the follow up to Meatloaf's outrageously successful "Bat Out of Hell" (until something happened) ...I love this record. Somehow it still works for me even with all the over the top contrivances that might have doomed "Bad for Good."

Hell, it's got Todd Rundgren behind the board and the E Street Band and Utopia as the backing ensemble. Pedigree galore.

And it's a very summer, Fourth of July, Budweiser in a can, keep it low, in the back seat of a Camaro kind of record. Or it was for me way back when in steamy Jersey summers.

It's sort of a pretty record too and it's never thought of in those terms. "Heaven Can Wait" and "For Crying Out Lord" are both quite gorgeous in a way. The opening keyboard notes of "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" ring with sadness and regret. Which I know nothing about.

A little while back I found the whole LP on line, condensed into one Mp3 but reordered for some reason, as if shuffling the tracks around would breathe something new into the dusty grooves. (And it does.)

So, Happy Fourth! (Keep that beer down.)

Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell (Mp3)

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