Yeah...not sure. He's supposed to be on 'Song of Madness' as well, but as you note he's not credited, though Steve Vai is. There's definitely little pieces in the guitar layers that sound like him to me, but there are many, many people better than I to make that call.
There's a lot of music on this CD. Just over an hour over 12 tracks, and there is no mistaking that you're listening to Meat Loaf. Typical vocals, typical driving guitar. Good stuff. A few thoughts:
1. Peace on Earth
Great opener with both tempo changes and a vocal footprint typical of Mr. Loaf. There are several tracks on this CD that have almost a gospel/revivalist feel in parts. This is the first.
2. Living on the Outside
A freedom/on the road rocker that has some of the great forward propulsion of others in the genre like Born to Run or Running on Empty, with heavier guitar.
3. Los Angeloser
This is the first single. Has a rock/country/gospel jam feel. Should do well on the title alone (Los Ange-loser)
4. If I Can't Have You
Mid tempo duet with Kara Dioguardi (who co-wrote it with others) of American Idol. Pretty ordinary and never really rises above really bad lyrics.
5. Love is Not Real
The credited Brian track. One of the best on the CD. It's been posted here, so no need to say much more. Great track.
6. Like a Rose
As in 'The Bitch is Like a Rose'. Hmmm. Features Jack Black on vocals. Short, tight, aggressive guitar rock.
Did You Ever Love Somebody
7. Closest thing there is to a ballad on the CD, which needed a slow down at this point. It's OK but not great.
8. Song of Madness
The second Steve Vai assisted track. A big, epic, typical Meat Loaf song. There are kings and queens and lambs and descending minor chords.
9. Running Away from Me
Sounds like it could have been from a broadway show or rock opera. Not my favourite vibe.
10. Let's Be in Love
Thematically interesting, but somewhat less so musically. Slower tempo, angst. Features Patti Russo.
11. If it Rains
Shorter, mid tempo hook driven track. Half sounds like a single, and half sounds like filler. Clearly I might not be too good at this.
12. Elvis in Vegas
Co-written by Jon Bon Jovi with others, and it shows. Has that Springsteen light feel that JBJ has at times. Meat Loaf proves he can still rock a coming of age tune at 60 something. Good on him.
Overall, very happy I own this.
Anybody else that's given it a listen have any thoughts?