The Very Best of Meat Loaf

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The Very Best of Meat Loaf
Cover art by Michael Whelan
Compilation album by Meat Loaf
Released November 24, 1998
Recorded 1977 - 1998
Genre Rock
Length 116:57
Label Virgin, Sony
Meat Loaf chronology
Live Around the World
(1996)
The Very Best of Meat Loaf
(1998)
VH1: Storytellers
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Very Best of Meat Loaf is a 1998 album spanning the first 21 years of Meat Loaf's recording career. Although not reaching the top ten in the UK, it recently went platinum[when?], and was already platinum around the rest of the world just after its release. The album features many of Meat Loaf's best-known songs as well as a few from his lesser known albums of the 1980s.

Besides hits like "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", The Very Best of Meat Loaf contains three new tracks. Two of those are written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman and are adapted from their musical Whistle Down the Wind; both of these tracks were produced by Steinman. The third new track, "Is Nothing Sacred" is written by Steinman and lyricist Don Black, and produced by Russ Titelman (the single version of this song is a duet with Patti Russo, whereas the album version is a solo song by Meat Loaf. The single version would later appear on the VH1 Storytellers CD).

Both Bat out of Hell and Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell are prominently featured with five tracks from the first and four from the second. The album did not feature any songs from his 1986 album Blind Before I Stop.

The album was rereleased in 2003 with the same tracks in a different order, and did so again in 2011 with the original order but now under the title The Essential Meat Loaf.

Track listing[edit]

Original 1998 release[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) From album Length
1. "Home by Now/No Matter What"   Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Steinman Previously unreleased (1998) 8:25
2. "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back" (remix) Steinman Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) 8:07
3. "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)" (Intro spoken by Steinman and Marcia McClain) Steinman Bat Out of Hell (1977) 5:04
4. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"   Steinman Bat Out of Hell (1977) 5:23
5. "Modern Girl"   Paul Jacobs, Sarah Durkee Bad Attitude (1984/1985) 4:28
6. "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through"   Steinman Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) 5:50
7. "Is Nothing Sacred"   Steinman, Don Black Previously unreleased (1998) 6:37
8. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (I. Paradise/II. Let Me Sleep On It/III. Praying for the End of Time; duet with Ellen Foley) Steinman Bat Out of Hell (1977) 8:26
9. "Heaven Can Wait"   Steinman Bat Out of Hell (1977) 4:49

Disc 2[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) From album Length
1. "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (featuring Lorraine Crosby) Steinman Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) 11:58
2. "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste" (featuring Bonnie Tyler) Webber, Steinman Whistle Down The Wind (1996) 7:36
3. "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)" (edited version; featuring Patti Russo) Diane Warren Welcome to the Neighborhood (1995) 6:27
4. "Not a Dry Eye in the House"   Warren Welcome to the Neighborhood (1995) 5:55
5. "Nocturnal Pleasure" (Monologue spoken by Steinman) Steinman Dead Ringer (1981) 0:37
6. "Dead Ringer for Love (1981)" (featuring Cher) Steinman Dead Ringer (1981) 4:20
7. "Midnight at the Lost and Found"   Marvin Lee Aday, Steve Buslowe, Paul Christie, Dan Peyronel Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983) 3:31
8. "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" (edited version) Steinman Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) 9:45
9. "Bat Out of Hell"   Steinman Bat Out of Hell (1977) 9:48
Japanese Bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) From Album Length
17. "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (live) Steinman Previously unreleased 12:58

2003 re-release[edit]

  • Disc One
  1. "Bat out of Hell"
  2. "Dead Ringer for Love"
  3. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"
  4. "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through"
  5. "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)"
  6. "Modern Girl"
  7. "Midnight at the Lost and Found"
  8. "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are"
  9. "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back" (remix)
  • Disc Two
  1. "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"
  2. "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth" (Hot Summer Night)
  3. "Heaven Can Wait"
  4. "Not a Dry Eye in the House"
  5. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"
  6. "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
  7. "Is Nothing Sacred"
  8. "Home by Now/No Matter What"
  9. "Nocturnal Pleasure"

After the Greatest Hits[edit]

Following an appearance on VH1 Storytellers in 1999 (which was released as an album and a DVD) Meat Loaf's next studio album was the 2003 album, Couldn't Have Said It Better.

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