A remastered CD reissue was released in May 1999, which restored the artwork of the original release. This has two tracks of a longer duration than on the first US CD issue.
This album is generally referred to in reviews as a commercial effort by the band, attempting to repeat the success of the song "I Surrender" and the album Difficult to Cure. As a result, some of the songs, like the first single released from this album, "Street of Dreams", are usually considered to be more in the album-oriented rock style, instead of the hard rock sound of earlier Rainbow albums. The album was particularly aimed at the US market: the title is an American idiom rather than a British one.
The music video for "Can't Let You Go," directed by Dominic Orlando, was filmed in New York City (1984) and inspired by the 1920 silent b/w film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Along with "Street of Dreams," directed by Storm Thorgerson (1983), it became a part of Rainbow's "The Final Cut" home video collection (1985).
The first US CD edition (Polydor 815 305-2) has "Desperate Heart" at 4:04, whilst the US remaster (Polydor 314 547 367-2) has this track at 04:36, repeating the verse after the guitar solo. Similarly, "Make Your Move" is 03:56 on the initial release, yet 05:25 on the Remaster, on account of a reprise of a bridge section and a much longer playout. The other tracks are of equal length on the two releases, allowing for a second here or there dependent on the indexing.
Bent Out of Shape is recorded in Sweet Silence Studio in Copenhagen, it took abut 7 weeks