LIKE A ‘BAT OUT OF HELL’ CLEVELAND RECORDS IS READY TO ROCK AGAIN
The Home of Meatloaf, Southside Johnny & Ronnie Spector Returns with a Classic CompilationGalloping drums and a soaring saxophone greet us at the onset of Cleveland Rocks in its boldly reissued form, with Ronnie Spector & the E-Street Band leading the way in “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” The classic swing of the song hasn’t aged a day, and its intrepid fine-lines and detailed tonality set the stage for an unparalleled compilation that will see us cross style boundaries and age-gaps in what is ultimately an unforgettable LP. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes keep the lively energy going with “I Don’t Wanna Go Home,” Just Us Girls dish out “Time Warp” in one of the most underrated explosions of relentless pop melody from its time, and Iron City Houserockers inject the playlist with some firebrand rock in the form of “Have a Good Time But Get Out Alive,” all before we ever reach the halfway point of the record.
It was the UK that initially broke Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ album, the “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” BBC Old Grey Whistle Test performance was the catalyst behind the albums success. Every song included on this LP is a watershed track from a legend in their own right, and in the sense that some of it might be new to younger listeners, it’s re-emergence in 2019 should be considered all the more important culturally.
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