Hang Cool Teddy Bear
|Hang Cool Teddy Bear|
|Studio album by Meat Loaf|
|Released||19 April 2010|
|Genre||Rock, hard rock|
|Label||Mercury, Loud & Proud (US)|
|Meat Loaf chronology|
Hang Cool Teddy Bear is the 11th studio album by Meat Loaf. It was released on 19 April 2010 by Mercury Records in the UK and by Loud & Proud Records in the US on 11 May 2010, with global distribution handled by Universal Music Group.
The album was produced by Rob Cavallo, and contains songs written by Justin Hawkins, Rick Brantley and Jon Bon Jovi, amongst others. Guests on the album include Brian May, Steve Vai, Patti Russo, Hugh Laurie, Jack Black, and Pearl Aday. This is the fourth studio album by Meat Loaf not to include any songs written by former collaborator Jim Steinman.
The album was released on CD, Hardback book CD/DVD Deluxe edition, Limited Edition LP, digital and Super Deluxe Box Set. The Super Deluxe edition comes in a booklike box containing two audio CDs, a concert DVD of Meat Loaf live in 2008, a Meat Loaf metal keyring, sheet music for the track "Los Angeloser," and a Meat Loaf Hang Cool Teddy Bear album art print card. The Universal Music UK store has an exclusive version available featuring a signed certificate.
In May 2009, Meat Loaf began work on the album in the studio with Green Day's American Idiot album producer Rob Cavallo, whom he credits with rescuing the project after the initial recordings were made. "I went into the studio with 19 songs and three of them made the record," Meat Loaf said. "Rob said, 'Look, these other songs are for a different album than the one we're making.'" A friend, Hollywood screenwriter Kilian Kerwin, gave Meat Loaf the idea of making a concept album. Meat Loaf and Kerwin discussed the idea of a soldier lying near death on a battlefield, but instead of his life flashing before his eyes, his possible future flashes before them. Each song presents "a different scenario in his future". Meat Loaf recruited eight songwriters for the album— including Jon Foreman, Desmond Child, former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins, Rick Brantley, Eric Sean Nally, Tommy Henriksen and Jon Bon Jovi. "I didn't tell [the songwriters] what the story was and I'm kind of glad I didn't because it becomes too literal when you do that," Meat Loaf said.
Guest musicians on the album include guitarists Steve Vai and Brian May of Queen, a longtime friend of Meat Loaf, Brooklyn musician Adam Ahuja, as well as actors Hugh Laurie and Jack Black, also old friends.
Thirteen songs appear on the album, with a fourteenth, "Prize Fight Lover," included as a free MP3 download from hangcoolteddybear.com.
A fifteenth song was recorded as a B-side to "Los Angeloser" entitled "Boneyard." It features Meat Loaf's daughter, Pearl Aday. A further B-side is available for purchase on iTunes (US store only) entitled "Don't Get Me Going" on the "If I Can't Have You" EP. That EP also includes a single edit of "If I Can't Have You" and a live version of "Hot Patootie (Bless My Soul)" recorded on the 2010 tour.
|1.||"Peace on Earth"||Rick Brantley||6:38|
|2.||"Living on the Outside"||Brantley||5:03|
|3.||"Los Angeloser"||James Michael||4:09|
|4.||"If I Can't Have You" (feat. Kara DioGuardi and Hugh Laurie)||Kara DioGuardi, Paul Freeman, Raine Maida||5:00|
|5.||"Love Is Not Real/Next Time You Stab Me in the Back" (feat. Brian May and Steve Vai)||Rob Cavallo, Justin Hawkins, Meat Loaf, Eric Sean Nally||7:33|
|6.||"Like a Rose" (feat. Jack Black)||Kevin Kadish, Jake Scherer||3:16|
|7.||"Song of Madness" (feat. Steve Vai)||Brantley, Meat Loaf, Jamie Muhoberac||5:31|
|8.||"Did You Ever Love Somebody"||Marsha Malamet, Liz Vidal||4:01|
|9.||"California Isn't Big Enough (Hey There Girl)" (*Not included on some editions)||Hawkins, Nally||4:43|
|10.||"Running Away from Me"||Jon Foreman||3:54|
|11.||"Let's Be in Love" (feat. Patti Russo)||Gregory Becker, John Paul White, Mathius Wollo||5:11|
|12.||"If It Rains"||Jaren Johnston/Neil Mason||3:56|
|13.||"Elvis in Vegas"||Desmond Child, Billy Falcon, Jon Bon Jovi||6:01|
|14.||"Boneyard" (iTunes bonus track)||Tom Hambridge||5:02|
|15.||"Prize Fight Lover" (free download bonus track www.hangcoolteddybear.com)||Dave Bassett, Rick Brantley, Tommy Henriksen||5:50|
|16.||"Don't Get Me Going" (iTunes and Napster B-side to If I Can't Have You EP)||2:53|
|Disc 2: Casa de Carne Live Album (with Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions only)|
|1.||"I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)" (8/11/08, Helsinki Ice Hall, Finland)||Jesse Hughes, Josh Homme||3:09|
|2.||"If It Ain't Broke, Break It" (7/9/08 Nottingham Arena, UK)||Jim Steinman||4:59|
|3.||"Blind as a Bat" (7/13/08, Blickling Hall, Norfolk, UK)||Desmond Child, James Michael||6:21|
|4.||"Amnesty Is Granted" (7/21/08, Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany)||Sammy Hagar||5:11|
|5.||"Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" (7/23/08, Stadtpark, Hamburg)||Steinman||7:34|
|6.||"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (6/29/08, The Marquee, Cork, Ireland)||Steinman||10:01|
|7.||"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" (12/2/08, Chevrolet Centre, Youngstown, Ohio)||Steinman||6:25|
|8.||"Bat Out of Hell" (12/6/08, United Palace Theatre, New York)||Steinman||12:51|
|9.||"Roadhouse Blues/Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" (8/8/08, Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway)||The Doors/John Lennon, Paul McCartney||9:29|
|10.||"Out of the Frying Pan (And Into the Fire)" (7/26/08, Atlântico Hall, Lisbon (iTunes exclusive))||Steinman||10:39|
Disc 2: Tour Edition
During Meat Loaf's 2010 UK tour, a special two-disc tour edition was given out. The second disc included four songs recorded live at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, on July 16, 2010.
|1.||"Peace on Earth"||Rick Brantley||7:03|
|2.||"Living on the Outside"||Brantley||5:58|
|3.||"Song of Madness"||Brantley, Meat Loaf, Jamie Muhoberac||6:25|
|4.||"Los Angeloser"||James Michael||4:59|
The Guardian's Caroline Sullivan says, "Hang Cool, Teddy Bear is of a piece with the rest of his catalogue: the pounding guitars never slacken, emotions are writ very large and the lyrics rarely lack sly wit ... Less happily, the tempo never varies – this album desperately needs a ballad – and 13 unrelenting tracks is a good deal more than enough." The Times gave a positive review, saying "Everything about Meat’s eleventh album screams novelty cabaret “metal”, yet this is his most credible record in three decades. Ditching the theatrical cheese, Meat, 62, can still bellow an anthem of youthful lust." The Independent is more skeptical, pointing to correlation between recruiting guest-performers and the weakness of "a high-profile performer's output."
The album charted at #4 in the official UK album chart on April 25, 2010. It peaked at #27 on the US Billboard 200.
The Hang Cool Tour
The Hang Cool Tour commenced on the July 3rd, 2010 in support of the album and consisted of 3 legs through Europe and North America until August 5, 2011.
- Produced by Rob Cavallo
- Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge
- Engineered by Doug McKean
- Mastered by Ted Jensen
- String and percussion arrangements on "Peace on Earth": David Campbell
The Neverland Express
- Paul Crook – guitar
- Randy Flowers – guitar, backing vocals (tracks 1-4, 7, 8, 10-13)
- Kasim Sulton – bass guitar, backing vocals
- John Miceli – drums
- Patti Russo – female lead vocals (track 11), featured vocals (track 2), backing vocals (tracks 1-3, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13)
- Carolyn "C.C." Coletti-Jablonski – backing vocals (tracks 2, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13)
Regular Meat Loaf Studio Sidemen
- James Michael – guitar, backing vocals (track 3)
- Tim Pierce – guitar
- Pearl Aday – backing vocals ("Boneyard")
- Adam Ahuja – "3rd verse R&B guitar" (track 5)
- Rob Cavallo – additional guitar (track 5)
- Chris Chaney – bass guitar
- Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards
- Eric Dover, Jaime Neely, Julian Raymond, Eric Skodus – backing vocals (track 9)
- Carmen Carter – backing vocals (tracks 2, 11)
- Marcus Blake, Georgia Haege (also track 2), Jim Wilson – backing vocals (tracks 7, 8, 10, 12, 13)
- Rick Brantley – guitar, backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 7)
- Justin Hawkins – guitar, backing vocals (tracks 3, 5, 9)
- Steve Vai – additional guitar (tracks 5, 7)
- Brian May – additional guitar (track 5)
- Hugh Laurie – piano (track 4)
- Kara DioGuardi – female lead and backing vocals (track 4)
- 78violet – backing vocals (track 4)
- Jack Black – backing vocals (track 6)
- Jake Scherer – backing vocals (track 6)
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