Meat Loaf - 'Bat Out of Hell III'
Meat Loaf's 1993 album Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell accomplished the impossible: It revived the completely dead career of the Seventies rocker. This was the peak of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, yet somehow the nearly-forgotten Meat Loaf got a single on the charts that would not die. It's largely due to the fact he re-teamed with the brilliant Jim Steinman, who wrote and produced the entire album. The duo split apart after it came out, and 13 years later a business dispute and Steinman's health issues forced Meat Loaf to make the third Bat out of Hell album without the songwriter. Desperate to use Steinman songs, Meat Loaf revived "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (famously recorded by Celine Dion), a song Steinman wrote for an aborted Batman musical, and other odds and sods the man wrote over the years. The result was a bizarre Franken-Steinman album that didn't come close to capturing the magic of the first two Bat records. Meat Loaf has been telling the press he's made peace with Steinman and they're going to work together again, but we'll believe it when we hear it.