Monday, September 09, 2019
My Music Monday
Sirius XM isn't always a good thing - as I've stated dozens of times before. The other day, and I have no idea to which station I was listening, but Jim Steinman's "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through".
Jim Steinman was the mastermind (well, with Todd Rundgren) behind Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album.
You'll also know him from songs he has written, and possibly produced, that have been done by Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion, and yes, Air Supply. These are not always pluses, though Tyler seemed to pull it off.
You know who can definitely pull it off? Steinman himself.
The song is credited to him, but he doesn't sing on it. A background singer from Bat Out of Hell takes the lead.
Full disclosure: I owned the 45 back in the day (1981). I'm guessing I liked it since I paid for it. I remember it being 'better' than this.
The singer.....well.......is just awful. To be all American Idol about it, the word 'pitchy' comes to mind. So does 'out of tune'. Still, it's Steinman, so more than half of the song resides in the background vocals - and there's always a chorus of them.
Still, to release this with such a questionable vocals knowing this was still the best take of the bunch.
Mr. Loaf did record the song almost 15 years later. The production and vocals are better, but in both songs there is saxophone. One being bad and the later one being worse.
Still, I"m guessing (the Other) Brett will like this.