Hang Cool Teddy Bear CD (2010)

Artist: Meat Loaf

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Hang Cool Teddy Bear, whose title was taken from a line in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, is 13 tracks of classic Meat Loaf, primed and ready for the 21st century. More than four decades into his career, the man and his voice are as big, bold and relevant as ever. Meat Loaf's creativity was sparked by working with a new collaborator, producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Fleetwood Mac), a lifelong Meat Loaf fan who has worked with some of the most explosive names in rock music and who helped to foster a modern and contemporary vibe for the album. Of their relationship, Meat Loaf said, "Rob is the number one rock producer in the world because he leaves his ego out of the equation and gives an artist his voice, making it sound better than the artist could even imagine."

Thematically, like most Meat Loaf albums, Hang Cool Teddy Bear has a larger concept and was inspired by a short story written by Los Angeles screenwriter, director and longtime Meat Loaf friend Kilian Kerwin.

"It's the story of a soldier," revealed Meat Loaf. "He's been in battle and he's lying face down on the ground. He can't move, but he turns his head and starts to see blood run across the ground, and so he thinks he's going to die. They always say you see your life flash backward when you're about to die. But his life flashes forward - into what possibly could happen. He sees what his life could be: the good and the bad. The songs are the different scenarios he finds himself in. It's not always the same time or the same place, but it's always the same woman. But I don't want to give too much away. I want people to work it out for themselves."

Hang Cool Teddy Bear also features a stellar array of big-name guests, including Steve Vai (who appears on "Love is Not Real"), former Queen guitarist Brian May (who appears on "Song of Madness" and "Love is Not Real"), American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi (who co-wrote and sings on "If I Can't Have You") and Hollywood star Jack Black, who duets with Meat Loaf on "Like a Rose". Additionally, English actor Hugh Laurie of TV's House fame has a cameo on the album, playing piano on "If I Can't Have You". The pair met after Meat Loaf guested on Laurie's hit series and discovered the star was a classically trained pianist.

For Hang Cool Teddy Bear, the singer enlisted elite musicians, including Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins, who co-wrote two songs for the album, guitarists Tim Pierce, Paul Crook and Randy Flowers, legendary bass players Chris Chaney and Kasim Sulton, genius keyboardist Jamie Mulhoberac and the world's greatest rock drummer, John Micelli.


Label Roadrunner Records/wea
SKU 215090597
UPC 016861776022
UPC 14 00016861776022
Format CD
Release Date 5/11/2010
Author Meat Loaf
Compilation Appearance Rock Hits Of The 70's
Compilation Appearance 1990's Americas Top 10
Compilation Appearance Metal Ballads
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Classic Rock H
Compilation Appearance Icon:90's Hits
Compilation Appearance Forever Rock Vol.03
Associated Artist/Work Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Technical Info
Engineer Dan Chase; Doug McKean
Producer Rob Cavallo
CatalogID 17760
Lable Name Roadrunner Records
Released 05/11/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 13s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00016861776022
Musical Guests
Hugh Laurie
Kara Dioguardi
Jack Black
Patti Russo
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: James Michael, Justin Hawkins, Randy Flowers, Rick Brantley (vocals, guitar); CC Coletti, Kasim Sulton, Patti Russo (vocals); Paul Crook , Rob Cavallo, Tim Pierce (guitar); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); John Miceli (drums); Dan Chase (programming).
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Recording information: Bungalow Castle, London, UK; Capitol Studios; Emblem Studios; Lightning Sound Studio.
Photographer: Martin H?usler.
Hang Cool Teddy Bear may not be an explicit sequel to Bat Out of Hell -- not in its title or in its composition, with Meat Loaf once again parting ways with Jim Steinman, the architect of the Bat songs -- but it sure has enough bombast to trick anybody into thinking it's the fourth volume of Bat. It's not, of course: unlike those three career-defining records, Hang Cool Teddy Bear boasts an actual narrative -- a hazy, unformed tale of a wounded soldier -- instead of merely being conceptual, a difference that should give the album shape, particularly when married with Rob Cavallo's crisp, bright production. Cavallo corrects all the errors of the heavy-handed metallic Bat Out of Hell III -- its slick processed grind playing like an unfortunate artifact from the moussed and teased '80 Sunset Strip -- but the album still lacks the songs of Steinman. Instead, many other writers craft tributes to that over-the-top sound -- notably, Justin Hawkins, who made his bones with the parodic rock of the Darkness, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Bon Jovi & Desmond Child -- winding up with fist-pumping, Springsteen arena-anthems and guitar-laden rockers. Meat Loaf also gets assistance in the studio by a true motley crew -- Steve Vai and Brian May double-team on guitar, Jack Black sings backing vocals, and House's Hugh Laurie pounds the piano. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.36) - "[O]ld-school rap nods and blunt lyricism add to the set's allure..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]y trying something a little different, he's mustered a late-career triumph....And, of course, Meat sings every song as a matter of life and death..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]nother collection of gale-force rock opera, inflated by bellicose orchestral production and augmented by an array of guest stars."
Artist Bio
Meat LoafSome people think big. Some people think huge. And then there's Meat Loaf.For the past 35 years, the man born Marvin Lee Aday has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell transformed this former high school football player, nightclub bouncer and stage actor into one of the great American rock 'n' roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 43 million albums worldwide - still one of the biggest-selling records of all time.Meat Loaf's reputation as one of music's greatest artists was underlined by such masterpieces as Dead Ringer (1981), Bad Attitude (1984) and the Bat Out Of Hell sequels Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993) and Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006). Other artists might have tried to match his scale and copy his sound, but no one has come close.
Disc 1
1 Peace On Earth
2 Living On the Outside
3 Los Angeloser
4 If I Can't Have You - (featuring Kara DioGuardi)
5 Love is Not Real/Next Time You Stab Me In the Back
6 Like a Rose
7 Did You Ever Love Somebody
8 Song of Madness
9 Running Away From Me
10 Let's Be In Love
11 If It Rains
12 Elvis In Vegas
Product Attributes
Artist Meat Loaf
Music Format Compact Disc

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