We all heard the awful news this week that Meatloaf had died. Supposedly he felt that even though he had asthma, he didn’t want to be vaccinated or wear a mask. I don’t want to make this post a political rant so even though I disagree with Meatloaf’s stance and pretty much everything Ted Nugent says or does, I will say they both make great music.
During the recording for this album Derek St. Holmes had recorded vocals for 3 of the songs but disagreed in the direction of the recording. He walked out and left the band holding the bag. Producer Tom Werman suggested Meatloaf to be his replacement. Meatloaf was most famously known at that point as a musical theater actor with chops. Many felt his style was not suited for this album, however Ted knew Meatloaf from his earlier days of opening for The Amboy Dukes shows with his band Stoney & Meatloaf. Meatloaf was only given 2 days (with no musical accompaniment or arrangement) and $1000 to record the vocals for 5 of the songs. This tight schedule suited him fine since he was already 2 years into the recording of his soon to be released debut album Bat Out Of Hell. You will soon find out if Meatloaf was up to the task.
Free-For-All – This is the only song on the album sung by Ted Nugent. It’s a pretty sweet tune in an Aerosmith vein. This combination of 3 vocalists on the album gives listeners an amazing mix of greatness.
Dog Eat Dog – The mix of amazing guitars, thumping bass, pounding drums, banshee screaming and cool Derek St. Holmes vocals propel the status of this song up with the top shelf liquor.
Writing On The Wall – The first Meatloaf song is a wicked tune that would easily have fit onto Bat Out Of Hell, except with better guitar work, and a harder edged rockin’ slab o’ Meatloaf.
Turn It Up – I will do that in tribute to Meatloaf
Street Rats – The 2nd Meatloaf song has some Stranglehold-like drumming and Meatloaf playing a more straight edged rocker than his theatrical background would suggest.
Together – A bit softer, but with wicked guitar wails and just simply amazing vocal prowess from our man Meatloaf. A really great song that could run note for note with any of the Bat Out Of Hell songs.
Light My Way – Derek St. Holmes returns for the last time on this album and does a great job in this faster paced rocker that has an early Rod Stewart meets Aerosmith feel.
Hammerdown – Meatloaf reads the title and mashes the throttle right to the floor on this one.
I Love You So I Told You A Lie – Kind of like me telling my wife I didn’t buy any new music. Or by telling you that Meatloaf doesn’t completely rule.
R.I.P. Meatloaf. Your music will be missed.