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''Bat Out of Hell'' is the second album by American rock musician Meat Loaf, released in October 1977. Selling approximately 200,000 copies per year as of 2010, it is the fifth best-selling album worldwide, having sold 43 million copies worldwide . ''Rolling Stone'' magazine ranked it at number 343 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003. Its musical style is influenced by composer Jim Steinman's appreciation of Richard Wagner, Phil Spector and Bruce Springsteen.
This album's title also became the title for two more Meat Loaf albums. Steinman produced the 1993 album, ''Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell''. Desmond Child produced the 2006 album, ''Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose''. - Wikipedia