Reach for the Sky (Ratt album)

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Reach for the Sky
Studio album by Ratt
Released November 3, 1988
Recorded 1988
Studio A&M Studios and The Record Plant, Los Angeles,
The Enterprise, Burbank, California
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 39:25
Label Atlantic
Producer Beau Hill and Mike Stone
Ratt chronology
Dancing Undercover
Reach for the Sky
Singles from Reach for the Sky
  1. "Way Cool Jr." / "Chain Reaction"
    Released: 1988
  2. "I Want a Woman" / "What I'm After"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[2]

Reach for the Sky is the fourth full-length album by the American glam metal band Ratt.


Though it sold well enough to achieve platinum status and spawned the popular songs "Way Cool Jr." and "I Want a Woman", the record's performance was not enough to keep the group on the road for longer than seven months. As a result, "What's It Gonna Be", a track not released as a single, was used as a B-Side to "Lovin' You's a Dirty Job", the first single from the band's next release Detonator. In doing so, it was hoped that listeners would go back and give Reach for the Sky a second listen.

Reach for the Sky marked the last Ratt album to be produced by Beau Hill. The band originally intended for the record to be produced entirely by Mike "Clay" Stone. However, substandard DAT tape recordings of Stone's production efforts prompted Atlantic Records to bring in Hill to assist Stone and salvage the album.

Opening acts on the promotional record tour included Great White, Warrant and Kix.

Pro-wrestler Brian Pillman used "Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds" as his theme music, when WCW talent went on tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Another pro wrestler, Larry Zbyszko, used "City To City" as his theme music in New Japan.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "City to City" Robbin Crosby, Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier, Beau Hill 3:31
2. "I Want a Woman" Robbin Crosby, Pearcy, Croucier, Hill 3:58
3. "Way Cool Jr." Pearcy, DeMartini, Hill 4:27
4. "Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds" Robbin Crosby, Pearcy, Croucier, Hill 3:08
5. "I Want to Love You Tonight" Robbin Crosby, Pearcy, DeMartini, 4:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Chain Reaction" Pearcy, DeMartini, Croucier 3:42
7. "No Surprise" Pearcy, DeMartini, 4:03
8. "Bottom Line" Robbin Crosby, Pearcy, Croucier, DeMartini, Hill 4:20
9. "What's It Gonna Be" Robbin Crosby, Croucier, DeMartini, Pearcy, Hill 4:07
10. "What I'm After" Pearcy, Croucier, 3:35



Additional musicians[edit]

  • New West Horns arranged by Chris Botti and Kent Smith


  • Beau Hill - producer, mixing
  • Mike Stone - producer
  • Stephen Benben - engineer, mixing
  • Al Wright - engineer
  • Marty Hornburg, Tom Banghart, Jim Mitchell - assistant engineers



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1989 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[7]


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  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. 
  3. ^ "Reach for the Sky Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ratt – Reach for the Sky (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ratt - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Reach for the Sky Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Ratt". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 14, 2015.