'I'd Lie For You..', a duet with Patti Russo, is a classic embodiment of Meat Loaf's approach... Due for release on 16th October 1995 and surely destined to join the wonders in the Meat Hall Of Fame. From CD/Tape "Welcome To The Neighbourhood"
It can only be a coincidence, knowing how far in advance they'd have had to go to press, but this was Number 2 the week before the Queen single; and the track that kept them both off the top shows up on Disc 2.
This was Mr Loaf's first single since his career was rebooted by Bat Out Of Hell 2, his most successful album since you-know-what, and although he was evidently unable to do a third Bat album at this stage, he wasn't in any mood to mess with the formula. This single was neither written nor produced by Jim Steinman (Diane Warren and Ron Nevison respectively) but it wishes it was. Right down to the convoluted and jokey song title, and the inordinate running time (though the edit featured here manages to trim a full two minutes from the original album version) this models itself on his biggest hit single. They even made a ludicrously over the top video, which took up seven minutes of TotP before the single had even been released.
Whilst all the above is entirely understandable, it doesn't leave a lot for those of us who firmly believe that Meat Loaf only needed to make one record. It wasn't this one. And if this really delivered on its promised epicness, it'd be odd to throw it away so early in the sequence; maybe it's just as well it proved to be a bit of a damp squib. As for the "Meat hall of fame", well, I can't remember the last time I heard this outside the context of this album.
Also appearing on: Now 26, 27, 33, 65
Available on: Hits Out of Hell (Expanded)