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Couldn't Have Said It Better is a 2003 album by Meat Loaf. Only for the third time in his career, he 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 was not as successful.

Couldn't Have Said It Better
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2003
Recorded2001–03
GenreRock, hard rock
Length55:23
LabelMercury, Sanctuary
ProducerTony Flores, James Michael, Peter Mokran
Meat Loaf chronology
VH1: Storytellers
(1999)
Couldn't Have Said It Better
(2003)
Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[2]

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 licensed to Mercury Records for its 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 lack of promotion on behalf of Sanctuary, the company that released the album in the US, and few actual singles being distributed, especially in the UK—his biggest market. The single "Couldn't Have Said It Better" featuring Patti Russo reached the AC Top 40 in the US, while the videos also had low budgets, in stark contrast to his 1990s videos.

However, the album was a minor success worldwide and reached number 4 on the UK Albums Chart. There were many writers for the album including Diane Warren and James Michael. Warren has written for Meat Loaf in the past and had some very big hits. 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).

TourEdit

The album was accompanied by a sold-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 one hour and 45 minutes.

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 sellout 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 it 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. "Only When I Feel" has instead been added to the 2016 album "Braver Than We Are".

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Couldn't Have Said It Better" (duet with Patti Russo)James Michael/Nikki Sixx7:07
2."Did I Say That?"Michael6:02
3."Why Isn't That Enough?"Jo Davidson4:07
4."Love You Out Loud"Michael/Sixx4:10
5."Man of Steel" (duet with Pearl Aday)Michael/Sixx4:44
6."Intermezzo" (instrumental)Peter Mokran1:28
7."Testify"Kevin Griffin4:56
8."Tear Me Down"Stephen Trask3:37
9."You're Right, I Was Wrong"Diane Warren3:44
10."Because of You"Steve Balsamo/Rick Jude3:54
11."Do It!"Billy Rankin2:36
12."Forever Young"Bob Dylan5:05
13."Mercury Blues" (Hidden track)K. C. Douglas/Robert L. Geddins3:48
14."Bat Out of Hell" (live bonus track, UK edition only from VH1: Storytellers)Jim Steinman11:17

TestifyEdit

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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Testify"Kevin Griffin5:23
2."Did I Say That?"James Michael6:06
3."Tear Me Down"Stephen Trask3:38
4."Why Isn't That Enough?"Jo Davidson4:13
5."Love You Out Loud"Michael/Nikki Sixx4:14
6."Man of Steel" (duet with Pearl Aday)Michael/Sixx4:46
7."Unsaid"Diane Warren4:30
8."Do It!"Billy Rankin2:41
9."You're Right, I Was Wrong"Diane Warren3:49
10."Decadent Wish"Michael Duff/Jud Friedman/Shelley Peiken4:15
11."Did I Say That?" (Radio edit)Michael4:12

Australian edition bonus live discEdit

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.

  1. "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back" (Jim Steinman) – 6:47
  2. "Tear Me Down" (Trask) – 4:00
  3. "Love You Out Loud" (Michael/Sixx) – 4:34
  4. "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (Steinman) – 10:32
  5. "Couldn't Have Said It Better" (Michael/Sixx) – 8:18
  6. "Bat Out of Hell" (Steinman) – 11:47

Special edition bonus CDEdit

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?".

  1. "I'd Do Anything for Love" (video from Meat Loaf Storytellers DVD) (Steinman) – 8:04
  2. "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste" (video from Meat Loaf Storytellers DVD) (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Steinman) – 5:24
  3. "Did I Say That?" (video) (Michael) – 4:46
  4. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" (Meat Loaf VH1 Storytellers DVD, MP3 file) (Steinman) – 4:47

PersonnelEdit

Track numbers indicate that a musician only plays the instrument so noted on that specific track.

ArrangementsEdit

BandEdit

The Neverland ExpressEdit

Regular Meat Loaf studio sidemenEdit

Studio musiciansEdit

Australian edition bonus live discEdit

Musical director/producer: Kasim Sulton

  • Meat Loaf – vocals, guitar
  • Patti Russo – female lead and backing vocals
  • Paul Crooklead guitars
  • Randy Flowers – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kasim Sulton – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Mark Alexander – keyboards, backing vocals
  • John Miceli – drums
  • Renee Cologne – backing vocals

ChartsEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[3] 28
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 58
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[5] 5
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[6] 36
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 8
Irish Albums (IRMA)[8] 16
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 44
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 4
US Billboard 200[13] 85

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Couldn't Have Said It Better- Meat Loaf". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). "Meat Loaf". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 533. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Meat Loaf – Couldn't Have Said It Better" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Meat Loaf – Couldn't Have Said It Better" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Meat Loaf – Couldn't Have Said It Better" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 21, 2003". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Meat Loaf – Couldn't Have Said It Better". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Meat Loaf – Couldn't Have Said It Better". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Meat Loaf – Couldn't Have Said It Better". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "Meat Loaf | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Meat Loaf Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 1, 2016.