Dead Ringer (album)
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|Studio album by Meat Loaf|
|Released||September 4, 1981|
|Producer||Stephan Galfas, Meat Loaf|
|Meat Loaf chronology|
Dead Ringer is a 1981 album by Meat Loaf and is the second of his three albums written entirely by Jim Steinman. The album cover features an illustration by comic book artist and horror illustrator Bernie Wrightson.
Steinman started to work on Bad for Good, the album that was supposed to be the follow-up to 1977's Bat Out of Hell, in 1978. During that time, a combination of touring, drugs and exhaustion had caused Meat Loaf to lose his voice. Without a singer, and pressured by the record company, Steinman decided that he should sing on Bad for Good himself, and write a new album for Meat Loaf. This album was Dead Ringer, which was later released in 1981, after the release of Bad for Good.
After playing the role of Travis Redfish in the movie Roadie (which had cameos by Debbie Harry, Roy Orbison and Hank Williams, Jr., but was still a box office flop), Meat Loaf got his voice back, got off drugs, played softball, and started to work on his new album in 1980. Steinman had written five new songs which, in addition to the track "More Than You Deserve" (which Meat Loaf had sung in the musical with the same name) and a reworked monologue, formed the album Dead Ringer. The album was produced by Meat Loaf and Stephan Galfas, with backing tracks produced by Jimmy Iovine and Steinman. In 1976, Meat Loaf appeared on the track "Keeper Keep Us" from the Intergalactic Touring Band's self-titled album, which was produced by Galfas.
The tour for this album also marked the beginning of his long-running collaboration with pianist Paul Jacobs, as both sideman and songwriter.
All songs written and composed by Jim Steinman.
|1.||"Peel Out" (Female voice: Leslie Aday)||6:30|
|2.||"I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us"||7:09|
|3.||"More than You Deserve"||7:02|
|4.||"I'll Kill You if You Don't Come Back"||6:24|
|5.||"Read 'Em and Weep"||5:25|
|6.||"Nocturnal Pleasure" (Monologue by Steinman)||0:38|
|7.||"Dead Ringer for Love" (Duet with Cher)||4:21|
|8.||"Everything Is Permitted"||4:41|
|Chart (1981)||Peak position|
|UK Albums Chart||1|
- Meat Loaf - vocals
- Davey Johnstone - guitars
- Mick Ronson - guitars (track 3)
- Joe DeAngelis - acoustic guitars (track 1)
- Steve Buslowe - bass guitar
- Roy Bittan - piano, keyboards (tracks 1, 2, 8)
- Nicky Hopkins - piano (track 3)
- Larry Fast - synthesizers (tracks 1, 6)
- Lou Del Gatto, Tom Malone, Lou Marini, Alan Rubin - horns (track 7)
- Max Weinberg - drums
- Liberty DeVitto - drums (tracks 5, 7)
- Jimmy Maelen - percussion, African logs (track 7)
- Leslie Aday - female voice (track 1)
- Jim Steinman - spoken word (track 6)
- Cher - guest vocals (track 7)
- Rhonda Coullet (track 7), Rory Dodd, Ted Neeley, Allan Nicholls, Eric Troyer - vocals
Time by Electric Light Orchestra
|UK Albums Chart number-one album
September 12–25, 1981
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