Ratt (EP)

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Ratt
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EP by Ratt
Released August 23, 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre Heavy metal[1]
Length 22:03
Label Time Coast Communications (US)
Music for Nations (Europe)
Producer Liam Sternberg, Mark Leonard
Ratt chronology
Ratt
(1983)
Out of the Cellar
(1984)
Singles from Ratt
  1. "You Think You're Tough" / "Walkin' the Dog"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[2]

Ratt is the first official record by American heavy metal band Ratt, originally released on the band's Time Coast label, with the help of the bands manager Marshall Berle.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

The version of "Back for More" featured on this EP is an earlier recording than the one on the album Out of the Cellar. The European version also features an earlier recording of "You're in Trouble" as a bonus track, believed to feature Joey Cristofanilli on bass guitar. A cover of Rufus Thomas' "Walkin' the Dog" is also included, presumably as a nod to the 1973 Aerosmith version. It is also noted for the strong lead guitar presence of guitarist Robbin Crosby, whose trademark "blues with a twist" solos are prominent through the first four songs. An early version of "Tell the World" (which did not feature Blotzer or Croucier) was also featured on the compilation Metal Massacre, but was removed from later pressings. "U Got It" often opened the show circa 1983-84, and Pearcy did the same during his Nitronic 'Pure Hell' Tour in 2000.

In 1984, Atlantic Records remixed and re-released this EP following the success of Out of the Cellar. This reissue featured a glossier production mix to match the band's recent mainstream success, as well as an updated back cover photo of the group with a more pronounced Sunset Strip glam appearance.

The legs on the front cover belong to Tawny Kitaen, the then-girlfriend of guitarist Crosby. She later also posed on the cover of the band's 1984 album Out of the Cellar.

Track listing[edit]

All track written by Stephen Pearcy and Robbin Crosby, except where indicated. Arrangements by Ratt.

Side one
  1. "Sweet Cheater" - 2:41
  2. "You Think You're Tough" - 3:58
  3. "U Got It" - 3:01
  4. "You're in Trouble" (Pearcy, Crosby, Warren DeMartini) - 3:15 (European-only release)
Side two
  1. "Tell the World" - 3:15
  2. "Back for More" - 5:16
  3. "Walkin' the Dog" (Rufus Thomas) - 3:38

Personnel[edit]

Ratt[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Ratt Ratt (EP) review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.