Heaven & Hell (Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler album)

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Heaven & Hell
Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler - Heaven & Hell.jpg
Compilation album by
Released1989
Recorded1971–1986
GenrePop rock[1]
Length61:42
LabelTelstar

Heaven & Hell is a compilation album by American singer Meat Loaf and Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released in 1989 by Telstar Records. The majority of songs included on Heaven & Hell were written by Jim Steinman, who wrote some of Meat Loaf and Tyler's biggest hits. Meat Loaf's tracks come from Bat Out of Hell (1977), Dead Ringer (1981) and Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983). Tyler's tracks come from Faster Than the Speed of Night (1983) and Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire (1986).

Though the album was not an immediate commercial success, due to steady sales Heaven & Hell was certified platinum by the BPI in 2013 for sales of over 300,000 copies.

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic described the compilation as "a rather pointless collection of tunes", only that it was "a good idea at the time". He described Steinman's songs as "brilliantly composed" and Meat Loaf's vocals as "wonderfully sung".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Heaven & Hell — Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Bat Out of Hell"Jim SteinmanBat Out of Hell4:55
2."Faster Than the Speed of Night"SteinmanFaster Than the Speed of Night4:42
3."You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth"SteinmanBat Out of Hell5:05
4."Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"John FogertyFaster Than the Speed of Night4:08
5."Read 'Em and Weep"SteinmanDead Ringer3:48
6."Total Eclipse of the Heart"SteinmanFaster Than the Speed of Night4:31
7."Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"SteinmanBat Out of Hell4:50
8."Holding Out for a Hero"
Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire3:31
9."Dead Ringer for Love" (with Cher)SteinmanDead Ringer4:23
10."If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)"Desmond ChildSecret Dreams and Forbidden Fire4:02
11."If You Really Want To"
Midnight at the Lost and Found3:39
12."Straight from the Heart"
Faster Than the Speed of Night3:43
13."Loving You's a Dirty Job but Somebody's Gotta Do It" (with Todd Rundgren)SteinmanSecret Dreams and Forbidden Fire5:50
14."Heaven Can Wait"SteinmanBat Out of Hell4:41

Alternate track listing[edit]

In the UK, the album was released with different cover art and a different track order. Two of Meatloaf's tracks, "If You Really Want To" and "Heaven Can Wait", are also omitted in favour of two other tracks: "Rock N' Roll Mercenaries" and "Modern Girl". The label for this release was Telstar Records PLC.

Side one
  1. "Dead Ringer For Love"
  2. "Holding Out For A Hero"
  3. "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth"
  4. "Faster Than The Speed Of Night"
  5. "Have You Ever Seen The Rain"
  6. "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad"
  7. "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"
Side two
  1. "Bat Out Of Hell"
  2. "Straight From The Heart"
  3. "Read 'Em And Weep"
  4. "Loving You's A Dirty Job But Somebody's Got To Do It"
  5. "Rock N' Roll Mercenaries" (Michael Dan Ehmig/Alan Hodge)
       (from the 1986 album Blind Before I Stop)
  6. "If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man)"
  7. "Modern Girl" (Paul Jacobs/Sarah Durkee)
       (from the 1984 album Bad Attitude)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990-94) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 43
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 84

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version Format(s) Label Ref.
United Kingdom 1989 Original Cassette Telstar
Europe 5 May 1993 CD Columbia [5]
1994 CD Epic
2004 Digital download Columbia [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Heaven & Hell - Meat Loaf / Bonnie Tyler — Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Meat Loaf & Bonnie Tyler – Heaven & Hell". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Heaven & Hell". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 7 April 2015. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Heaven & Hell in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  5. ^ a b "iTunes — Music - Heaven & Hell by Meat Loaf & Bonnie Tyler". iTunes Stores (UK). Apple, Inc. Retrieved 7 April 2015.