Couldn't Have Said It Better
Couldn't Have Said It Better Studio album by Meat Loaf Released September 23, 2003 Recorded 2001 - 2003 Genre Rock Length 55:23 Label Mercury, Sanctuary (US) Producer Tony Flores, James Michael, Peter Mokran Meat Loaf chronology VH1: Storytellers
Couldn't Have Said It Better
Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Couldn't Have Said It Better is a 2003 album by Meat Loaf.
Only for the third time in his career, Meat Loaf released an album without any songs written by Jim Steinman (not counting the bonus tracks). Although Meat Loaf claimed that Couldn't Have Said It Better was "the most perfect album [he] did since Bat out of Hell", it wasn't quite as successful.
Three singles were released, "Did I Say That", "Couldn't Have Said It Better" and "Man of Steel", all with little chart impact. The album was recorded for Universal Music Germany's Polydor division and was licenced to Mercury Records for UK release and Sanctuary Records for US release, while global distribution was handled by parent company Universal Music Group. Most of this was caused by poor promotion on behalf of Sanctuary Records, the company that released the album in the US, and few actual singles being distributed, especially in the UK - his biggest market. However, "Couldn't Have Said It Better" feat. Patti Russo reached #1 on the UK rock charts. The duet also charted on the AC Top 40 in the USA (the only song to do so since "I'd Lie for You"). The videos also had low budgets, in stark contrast to his 1990s videos.
However, the album was a minor success worldwide and reached #4 in the UK charts. There were many writers for the album including Diane Warren and James Michael. Diane Warren has written for Meat Loaf in the past and had some very big hits. James Michael had never written for Meat Loaf before and it was only his songs that were released as singles from the album.
Several versions of the album have been released, some with bonus-material. Also, the color of the album cover is different in the UK (blue) from the other territories (red).
The album was accompanied by a sell out world tour which was used to promote the album and some of Meat Loaf's biggest hits. On November 17, 2003, during a performance at London's Wembley Arena he collapsed with what was later diagnosed as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The following week he underwent a surgical procedure intended to correct the problem. As a result, Meat Loaf's insurance agency did not allow him to perform for any longer than 1hr 45mins.
Meat Loaf finished his tour and came back two years later for his 'Hair of the Dog That Bit You' world tour, which was a sell out for over 160 concerts. As well as singing all the classics, he sang a cover version of the hit single "Black Betty." During this tour Meat Loaf also sang one of the songs from his upcoming album Bat out of Hell III called "Only When I Feel". He mentioned that this was not one of the most critical songs on the album, and it has since been removed from that album's track listing. Meat Loaf said that this could be his last 'world' tour, and when he came to promote Bat out of Hell III, he would be doing less than a fifth of the concerts he did on this tour.
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Vocal arrangements (track 1) by Todd Rundgren Orchestral arrangements (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8, 11) by Aaron Zigman
Chapter One No. Title Writer(s) Length 1. "Couldn't Have Said It Better" (duet with Patti Russo) James Michael / Nikki Sixx 7:07 2. "Did I Say That?" James Michael 6:02 3. "Why Isn't That Enough?" Jo Davidson 4:07 4. "Love You Out Loud" James Michael / Nikki Sixx 4:10 5. "Man of Steel" (duet with Pearl Aday) James Michael / Nikki Sixx 4:44 Intermezzo No. Title Writer(s) Length 6. "Intermezzo" (instrumental) Peter Mokran 1:28 Chapter Two No. Title Writer(s) Length 7. "Testify" Kevin Griffin 4:56 8. "Tear Me Down" Stephen Trask 3:37 9. "You're Right, I Was Wrong" Diane Warren 3:44 10. "Because of You" Steve Balsamo / Rick Jude 3:54 11. "Do It!" Billy Rankin 2:36 12. "Forever Young" Bob Dylan 5:05 13. "Mercury Blues" (hidden track) K. C. Douglas / Robert L. Geddins 3:48 Bonus No. Title Writer(s) Length 14. "Bat out of Hell" (live bonus track, UK edition only) Jim Steinman
An early version of the album, titled Testify (eventually dropped because of Phil Collins' Testify release), was released in France by Universal in 2002 as a promo disc not intended for sale. At the time, it was stated that "Did I Say That?" would be the first single (eventually true), and the album would come out March 31, 2003 (eventually not true).
The track listing for this version is as follows:
No. Title Writer(s) Length 1. "Testify" Kevin Griffin 5:23 2. "Did I Say That?" James Michael 6:06 3. "Tear Me Down" Stephen Trask 3:38 4. "Why Isn't That Enough?" Jo Davidson 4:13 5. "Love You Out Loud" James Michael / Nikki Sixx 4:14 6. "Man of Steel" (duet with Pearl Aday) James Michael / Nikki Sixx 4:46 7. "Unsaid" Diane Warren 4:30 8. "Do It!" Billy Rankin 2:41 9. "You're Right, I Was Wrong" Diane Warren 3:49 10. "Decadent Wish" Michael Duff / Jud Friedman / Shelley Peiken 4:15 11. "Did I Say That?" (radio edit) James Michael 4:12
- Meat Loaf — vocals
The Neverland Express
- Kasim Sulton — bass guitar, backing vocals
- Tom Brislin — piano, Hammond B3
- John Miceli — drums (tracks 9, 11, 12)
- Patti Russo — female lead vocals (track 1), backing vocals (tracks 11, 12)
- Pearl Aday — female lead vocals (track 5), backing vocals (track 7)
Regular Meat Loaf Studio Sidemen
- Tim Pierce — guitar (track 1)
- Mark Alexander — piano (tracks 9, 12), Hammond B3 (track 1)
- Kenny Aronoff — drums
- Todd Rundgren (track 1), Eric Troyer — backing vocals
- Michael Thompson — guitar
- Peter Mokran — guitar (track 12), synthesizer, programming
- Aaron Zigman — piano (tracks 1, 11)
- Dan Higgins — penny whistle ("Intermezzo")
- Stephen Erdody — cello (track 12)
- Luis Conte — percussion (track 3)
- Tanja Reichert — spoken intro (track 5)
- Giselda Vatcky — spoken breakdown (track 7)
- James Michael — backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 5)
- Maxi Anderson, Alexandra Brown, Lynn Davis, Rose Stone — backing vocals (tracks 3, 5, 6)
Australian Edition Bonus Special Live CD
The Australian release of Couldn't Have Said It Better included a live bonus disc, compiled by Meat Loaf, including 6 live tracks from the American leg of the 2003 world tour.
- "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back" - 6.47 (Steinman)
- "Tear Me Down" - 4.00 (Trask)
- "Love You Out Loud" - 4.34 (Michael / Sixx)
- "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" - 10.32 (Steinman)
- "Couldn't Have Said It Better" - 8.18 (Michael / Sixx)
- "Bat out of Hell" - 11.47 (Steinman)
Musical Director/Producer: Kasim Sulton
- Meat Loaf — vocals, guitar
- Patti Russo — female lead and backing vocals
- Paul Crook — lead guitars
- Randy Flowers — guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
- Kasim Sulton — bass, backing vocals
- Mark Alexander — keyboards, backing vocals
- John Miceli — drums
- Renee Cologne — backing vocals
Special Edition Bonus CD
The special editions of the UK and international releases included a bonus disc containing two video clips and an MP3 file from Meat Loaf's 1999 VH1 Storytellers DVD and CD, and the promotional video for "Did I Say That?".
- "I'd Do Anything for Love" (video from Meat Loaf Storytellers DVD) - 8.04 (Steinman)
- "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste" (video from Meat Loaf Storytellers DVD) - 5.24 (Andrew Lloyd Webber / Steinman)
- "Did I Say That?" (video) - 4.46 (Michael)
- "Two out of Three Ain't Bad" (Meat Loaf VH1 Storytellers DVD, MP3 file) - 4.47 (Steinman)
Meat Loaf Studio albumsStoney & Meatloaf (1971) • Bat Out of Hell (1977) • Dead Ringer (1981) • Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983) • Bad Attitude (1984) • Blind Before I Stop (1986) • Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993) • Welcome to the Neighbourhood (1995) • Couldn't Have Said It Better (2003) • Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006) • Hang Cool Teddy Bear (2010) • Hell in a Handbasket (2011) Live albumsLive at Wembley (1987) • Live Around the World (1996) • VH1: Storytellers (1999) • Bat out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (2004) • 3 Bats Live (2008) CompilationsHits out of Hell (1984) • The Big Ones (1984) • Heaven & Hell (1989) • Paradise By The Dashboardlight (The Very Best of) (1991) • Back From Hell! The Very Best of Meat Loaf (1993) • Back From Hell Again! - The Very Best of Meat Loaf Vol. 2 (1994) • Alive In Hell (1994) • Heaven Can Wait – The Best Ballads of Meat Loaf Vol. 1 (1996) • The Very Best of Meat Loaf (1998) • Piece of the Action: The Best of Meat Loaf (2009) Videography ToursBat Out of Hell (1977-78) • Dead Ringer (1981) • Meat Loaf & The Neverland Express Euro '82 (1982) • World Tour / Monsters of Rock (1983) • Bad Attitude (1984-85) • 20/20 (1986-87) • Lost Boys & Golden Girls / Bat Out of Hell 10th Anniversary (1988-89) • Everything Louder (1993-95) • Born to Rock (1996) • The Very Best of... (1999) • Storytellers (1999-2000) • Night of the Proms (2001) • Just Having Fun... (2002) • Couldn't Have Said It Better (2003-04) • The Hair of the Dog (2005) • Seize the Night / The Three Bats (2006-07) • Casa de Carne (2008) • Hang Cool (2010-11) • Guilty Pleasure (2011-12) Singles"What You See is What You Get" • "It Takes All Kinds of People" • "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" • "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (w/ Ellen Foley) • "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" • "All Revved Up with No Place to Go" • "Bat Out of Hell" • "I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us" • "Dead Ringer for Love" (w/ Cher) • "Read 'Em and Weep" • "Peel Out" • "In Europe '82 (4 Track EP)" • "If You Really Want To" • "Razor's Edge" • "Midnight at the Lost and Found" • "Modern Girl" • "Nowhere Fast" • "Surf's Up" • "Sailor to a Siren" • "Piece of the Action" • "Rock 'n' Roll Mercenaries" (w/ John Parr) • "Getting Away with Murder" • "Blind Before I Stop" • "Special Girl" • "A Time for Heroes" (w/ Brian May) • "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (w/ Lorraine Crosby) • "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back" • "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" • "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" • "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)" (w/ Patti Russo) • "Not a Dry Eye in the House" • "Runnin' for the Red Light (I Gotta Life)" • "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste" (w/ Bonnie Tyler) • "No Matter What" • "Is Nothing Sacred" (w/ Patti Russo) • "Did I Say That?" • "Couldn't Have Said It Better" (w/ Patti Russo) • "Man of Steel" • "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (w/ Marion Raven) • "Blind As a Bat" • "Cry Over Me" • "Los Angeloser" • "If I Can't Have You" • "All of Me" Related articles
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