RATT 'The Atlantic Years 1984-1990' Box Set To Be Released In March
A CD box set containing the five albums RATT recorded for Atlantic Records will be released on March 27 via 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 in1981, 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 (ALICE COOPER, KIX, WINGER, WARRANT, FIONA, EUROPE), 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 (QUEEN). 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(KISS, CHER, BON JOVI), 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.
"The Atlantic Years 1984-1990" (Clamshell Boxset) track listing:
Disc 1: "Out Of The Cellar" (1984)
01. Wanted Man 02. You're In Trouble 03. Round And Round 04. In Your Direction
05. She Wants Money 06. Lack Of Communication 07. Back For More 08. The Morning After 09. I'm Insane 10. Scene Of The Crime 11. Round And Round (single edit) (bonus track)
Disc 2: "Invasion Of Your Privacy" (1985)
01. You're In Love 02. Never Use Love 03. Lay It Down 04. Give It All 05. Closer To My Heart 06. Between The Eyes 07. What You Give Is What You Get 08. Got Me On The Line 09. 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)
01. Dance 02. One Good Lover 03. Drive Me Crazy 04. Slip Of The Lip 05. Body Talk 06. Looking For Love 07. 7th Avenue 08. It Doesn't Matter 09. Take A Chance 10. Enough Is Enough 11. Dance (single edit) (bonus track)
Disc 4: "Reach For The Sky" (1988)
01. City To City 02. I Want A Woman 03. Way Cool Jr. 04. Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds 05. I Want To Love You Tonight 06. Chain Reaction 07. No Surprise 08. Bottom Line 09. What's It Gonna Be 10. What I'm After 11. Way Cool Jr. (MTV Unplugged) (bonus track)
Disc 5: "Detonator" (1990)
01. Intro To Shame 02. Shame Shame Shame 03. Lovin' You's A Dirty Job 04. Scratch That Itch 05. One Step Away 06. Hard Time 07. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose 08. All Or Nothing 09. 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)