A CD box set containing the five albums Ratt recorded for Atlantic Records will be released on March 27th through Cherry Red Records’ HNE Recordings. The collection, titled Ratt: The Atlantic Years 1984-1990, is housed in a clamshell and includes several single edits as bonus tracks.

Taking inspiration from Aerosmith and Van Halen, Ratt originally formed in Hollywood in the mid-1970s, eventually releasing the independent Dr. Rock single in 1980, before contributing a track to the highly influential Metal Massacre compilation in 1981, and their independently released, self-titled mini-album in 1983. But Ratt finally made their mark when Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Robbin Crosby (guitar), Warren DeMartini (guitar), Juan Croucier (bass) and Bobby Blotzer (drums) signed to Atlantic Records in 1984 for the Out Of The Cellar LP. Their tuneful hard rock found favour with both radio and on MTV, where clips for singles Round And Round and Back For More received heavy rotation. A big influence on the growing glam and hair metal scene based around L.A.’s Sunset Strip, Out of The Cellar would soon reach triple platinum status. The radio edit of Round And Round is included as a bonus track.

In 1985, Ratt followed up their full-length debut with Invasion Of Your Privacy. Produced by Beau Hill, and featuring the singles Lay It Down and You’re In Love Ratt’s popularity wasn’t confined to the States, as they would make fans as far afield as Japan, as well as inclusion on the U.K.’s legendary Monsters Of Rock festival in 1985, on a bill featuring ZZ Top, Marillion, Bon Jovi and Metallica Invasion Of Your Privacy would eventually make double platinum sales, and includes What You Give Is What You Get (single edit) as a bonus track.

Not wasting any time, and again with Beau Hill at the helm, Ratt released Dancing Undercover in 1986. Lead single Dance would make a healthy dent on the charts, as well as featuring in an episode of Miami Vice, while Body Talk would be included on the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy’s The Golden Child. A single edit of Dance has been added to the album.

Fourth album Reach For The Sky (1988) was the last album to be produced by Beau Hill, and was co-produced with Mike Stone. Featuring the single Way Cool Jr.Reach ForThe Sky racked up platinum sales, proving that Ratt could still reach the U.S. top 20. The MTV Unplugged version of Way Cool Jr. is included as a bonus track.

Ratt’s fifth record, 1990’s Detonator, was the last album released by Atlantic and the final record to feature the classic lineup. Enlisting Jon Bon Jovi for backing vocals on Heads I Win, Tails You Lose, the abum is also notable for a number of co-writes with Desmond Child,, as well as production from Sir Arthur Payson. The tracks Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job and power ballad Givin’ Yourself Away made healthy showings on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Chart. The Ratt Fonic Monster Mix and Ratt Fonic Radio Mixes of Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job plus Nobody Rides For Free from the Point Break soundtrack are included as bonus tracks.

Ratt: The Atlantic Years 1984-1990 (Clamshell Boxset) track listing:

Disc 1- Out Of The Cellar (1984):

1.  Wanted Man 
2.  You’re In Trouble 
3.  Round And Round 
4.  In Your Direction 
5.  She Wants Money 
6.  Lack Of Communication 
7.  Back For More 
8.  The Morning After 
9.  I’m Insane 
10. Scene Of The Crime 
11. Round And Round (single edit) (bonus track)

Disc 2- Invasion Of Your Privacy (1985):

1.  You’re In Love 
2.  Never Use Love 
3.  Lay It Down 
4.  Give It All 
5.  Closer To My Heart 
6.  Between The Eyes 
7.  What You Give Is What You Get 
8.  Got Me On The Line 
9.  You Should Know By Now 
10. Dangerous But Worth The Risk 
11. What You Give Is What You Get (single edit) (bonus track)

Disc 3- Dancing Undercover (1986):

1.  Dance 
2.  One Good Lover 
3.  Drive Me Crazy 
4.  Slip Of The Lip 
5.  Body Talk 
6.  Looking For Love 
7.  7th Avenue 
8.  It Doesn’t Matter 
9.  Take A Chance 
10. Enough Is Enough 
11. Dance (single edit) (bonus track)

Disc 4- Reach For The Sky (1988):

1.  City To City 
2.  I Want A Woman 
3.  Way Cool Jr. 
4.  Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds 
5.  I Want To Love You Tonight 
6.  Chain Reaction 
7.  No Surprise 
8.  Bottom Line 
9.  What’s It Gonna Be 
10. What I’m After 
11. Way Cool Jr. (MTV Unplugged) (bonus track)

Disc 5- Detonator (1990):

1.  Intro To Shame 
2.  Shame Shame Shame 
3.  Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job 
4.  Scratch That Itch 
5.  One Step Away 
6.  Hard Time 
7.  Heads I Win, Tails You Lose 
8.  All Or Nothing 
9.  Can’t Wait On Love 
10. Givin’ Yourself Away 
11. Top Secret 
12. Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job (Ratt Fonic Monster Mix) (bonus track) 
13. Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job (Ratt Fonic Radio Mix) (bonus track) 
14. Nobody Rides For Free (Point Break Soundtrack) (bonus track)

6 Responses

  1. Circled March 27 on my calendar! Already have these albums on CD, but I’m hoping for better audio quality, especially for Dancing Undercover, Reach For The Sky, and Detonator. Also, I love “Nobody Rides For Free” from Point Break, great movie!

  2. In my opinion their guitar riffs (usually opening the song) and choruses made the songs, because the lead vocals weren’t that great. I wonder if producer Beau Hill (unproven at the time of the first album) had as much to do with their sound as Ted Templeman did with VH. Their recordings still sound great. The opening riff from “Lay It Down” and “You’re in love” (really like the solo on this one) will just always be awesome.

  3. Was the EP not a atlantic record ? That record was awesome and you could tell that these guys were going somewhere in the industry.
    “Sweet Cheater”
    “You Think You’re Tough”
    “U Got It”
    “You’re in Trouble” (European-only release)
    “Tell the World”
    “Back for More”
    “Walking the Dog”

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