Fifth highest-selling album of all time. Over 43 million copies sold worldwide. 12x platinum in the US alone. An average of 200,000 copies sold each year to this day. Topped the UK charts for 474 weeks. The musicians and performers on the record include: Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Todd Rundgren (he also produced the album), Phil Rizzuto (famed New York Yankees baseball announcer), and members of the New York and Philadelphia symphony. Can you guess the album?
I remember being amused by how overblown and crazy the album and the music were. The guitars were loud and wailing, the orchestra was dramatic and churning, the drums were epic as shit, and the singer could wail and blast like no one I had heard. I vaguely remember my aunt just kind of laughing at the songs and my reactions to them. I had never heard anything quite like it outside of musical theater and movies, and even there things weren’t nearly as epic.