“Bat out of Hell” by Meat Loaf

Bat out of Hell had a famously troubled history that eventually became a triumph. Not only was it at least arguably an artistic triumph, but it became one of the best-selling albums of all time.

In 1973, Jim Steinman was working on music for More than You Deserve, a musical play at the New York Shakespeare Festival, when Meat Loaf auditioned. The meeting quickly became a long-term partnership that eventually resulted in the Bat out of Hell album when the pair worked on the National Lampoon tour and Steinman came to the conclusion that it might be easier to bring musicals to rock than the reverse had been so far. He and Meat Loaf essentially both considered Steinman to be a genius whose work needed to be heard, so they went to work trying to sell a label on the album.

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