Midnight at the Lost and Found

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Midnight at the Lost and Found
Studio album by Meat Loaf
Released May 1983
Recorded 1982-3
Genre Hard rock
Length 35:26
Label Epic
Producer Tom Dowd
Meat Loaf chronology
Dead Ringer
(1981)
Midnight at the Lost and Found
(1983)
Hits out of Hell
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Midnight at the Lost and Found is a 1983 album by Meat Loaf. This would be the final Meat Loaf release under Epic Records until 1998's The Very Best of Meat Loaf.

Following a dispute with his former songwriter Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf was contractually obliged to release a new album. According to Meat Loaf, Steinman gave him "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Making Love (Out of Nothing at All)" for the album, but Meat's record company refused to pay for Steinman. The songs Steinman had given to Meat Loaf were then given to Bonnie Tyler and Air Supply respectively, which both became hits in their respective countries and worldwide.[2] Struggling for time and with no resolution to his arguments with Steinman seemingly on the horizon (eventually, Steinman and Meat Loaf would sue one another), he was forced to find songwriters wherever he could, including writing the songs himself.

Meat Loaf is credited with being involved in the writing of numerous tracks on the album, including the title track. However, as Meat would later admit, he was not much of a songwriter and did not like the songs he had written for the album. It was also regarded by fans and critics alike as a poor effort whether compared to previous releases or on its own merit. Those same fans and critics were disappointed to see that the iconic pictures on the covers of Bat out of Hell and Dead Ringer were replaced by a black-and-white photograph of Meat Loaf. (On some later re-releases, a color image of a screaming Meat Loaf was used as the cover image.)

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Razor's Edge"   Steve Buslowe/Paul Christie/Mark Doyle/Meat Loaf 4:07
2. "Midnight at the Lost and Found"   Buslowe/Christie/Meat Loaf/Dan Peyronel 3:36
3. "Wolf at Your Door"   Leslie Aday/Buslowe 4:05
4. "Keep Driving"   Christie/Paul Jacobs/Meat Loaf 3:30
5. "The Promised Land"   Chuck Berry 2:44
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "You Can Never Be Too Sure About the Girl"   Buslowe/Meat Loaf 4:28
7. "Priscilla"   Sarah Durkee/Jacobs 3:33
8. "Don't You Look at Me Like That" (Duet with Dale Krantz Rossington) Marshall James Stiler 3:27
9. "If You Really Want To"   George Meyer/Ted Neeley 3:38
10. "Fallen Angel"   Dick Wagner 3:38

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Razor's Edge", "If You Really Want To" and the title track were released as singles, but none made top chart positions. The song "Lost Love", which was originally recorded during the sessions for the album, was released as the B-Side to "If You Really Want To". This track was only released on CD on the Australian edition of Hits Out of Hell.[3] The title track still regularly forms part of Meat Loaf concerts, and was one of very few 1980s songs to feature on the 1998 hit album The Very Best of Meat Loaf.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Adams, Cameron (October 26, 2006). "Meat Loaf's a Hell raiser". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  3. ^ [1]