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is a 1998 album spanning the first 21 years of The Very Best of Meat Loaf Meat Loaf's recording career. Although not reaching the top ten in the UK, it recently went platinum , 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 ; both of these tracks were produced by Steinman. The third new track, " Whistle Down the Wind 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).
and Bat out of 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 Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell . 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 ]
"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"
2003 re-release [ edit ]
Bat out of Hell" "Dead Ringer for Love"
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" "
Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" "
I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)" "
Modern Girl" "Midnight at the Lost and Found"
Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back" (remix)
I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" "You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth" (Hot Summer Night)
"Heaven Can Wait"
Not a Dry Eye in the House" "
Paradise by the Dashboard Light" "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
Is Nothing Sacred" "Home by Now/
No Matter What" "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
References [ edit ]