Title - 'Meat Loaf - Live At Wembley' (Cherry Red)
Artist - Meat Loaf
As a HUGE longtime fan of Meat Loaf, I have to say that there isn't much this man can do wrong. Sure his last few albums have been formalic, like he's trying to just fire out albums every 6 months to end a recording contract, but his voice and musical intent has always remained.
That said, 'Live At Wembley' was Meat Loaf’s first official live album. Originally released in October 1987, it was actually recorded at London’s Wembley Arena on the 1st and 2nd of March 1987. And yes, I can happily say a) I was there and b) I have the tshirt (and tour program) to prove it!
He was performing, together with the Neverland Express (Chuck Burgi, Steve Buslowe, Frank Doyle, Amy Goff, Elaine Goff, Paul Jacobs, Bob Kulick and Alan Meril) in support of the previous year’s Blind Before I Stop album, and as much as it wasn't a great album also, and his set these nights ended with a disappointing old school 'Rock 'N' Roll Medley' (instead of some high-powered ML track), these nights I spent at Wembley came flooding back due to this first-time-on-CD live release.
He kicks things off with the high-octane 'Blind Before I Stop' before backing it with the pulsating fist pump of 'Rock 'N' Roll Mercenaries,' before bringing it back down with 'You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)’, and the chart pop fluff of both 'Midnight At The Lost And Found' and 'Modern Girl.'
In fact, much like his live shows today, 'Live At Wembley' brings us no less than four tracks from his infamous Jim Steinman-created Bat Out of Hell album (which is over half!). As he then brings us 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light,' 'Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad' and the title track itself, 'Bat Out Of Hell.'
With his voice as large, and as bellowing as always, Meat Loaf brings the show to an end with 'Masculine' and that aforementioned (supposedly fan favorite) 'Rock 'N' Roll Medley' feauring 'Johnny B.Goode,' 'Slow Down,' 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'
In closing, I think the only thing that worries me, per say about this album is the a couple of the song titles are spelt incorrectly! Well, in truth one is shortened down to something that it's never been named before re: 'Took The Words' and 'Johnny B. Goode' doesn't have an 'e' on its end here! Sad to see care and attention wasn't paid to this for us fans, but nevertheless it's a solid live recording that now on CD and remastered most definitely comes across crisp and clean.
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