Meat Loaf

Fallen Angel

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This German double-CD compilation is drawn from Meat Loaf's first three albums, Bat Out of Hell (1977), Dead Ringer (1981), and Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983). All but two of the tracks from those LPs have been included, in a sequencing that mixes them up. The omissions are "Nocturnal Pleasure" from Dead Ringer and, amazingly, the biggest hit from Bat Out of Hell (in the U.S. anyway), "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad." There is also one additional track, "I Love You So I Told You a Lie," from Ted Nugent's 1976 album Free-for-All, which features Meat Loaf on vocals. American fans may be scratching their heads at this point, so it may be worth pointing out that Meat Loaf's catalog is viewed differently in Europe than the way it is in the U.S. In his own country, Meat Loaf was considered a one-album wonder from the release of the multi-platinum Bat Out of Hell in 1977 to the release of the multi-platinum Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell in 1993. But in Europe, recordings released in the interim were also successful. Dead Ringer, which only got to number 45 in the U.S., hit number one in the U.K., with the single "Dead Ringer for Love" reaching the Top Ten. Midnight at the Lost and Found didn't chart at all in America, but in England it made the Top Ten and threw off three chart singles. So, while an American citizen may think of Fallen Angel as an odd juxtaposition of classic Meat Loaf and a bunch of castoffs, a European fan may have less trouble with the compilation. That said, this is still a bare-bones, oddly assembled collection with only adequate sound quality. There are no annotations, and one of the songs, "I'll Kill You if You Don't Come Back," has been listed as "I'll Kill You if You Come Back"! Worst of all, the decision to leave off "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" (which could have fit easily) is positively bizarre.

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