For most of 2018, I have been reviewing all the Ratt albums from the Ratt E.P. in 1983 all the way to 2010’s Infestation. It has been an enjoyable ride walking through the history of the band, all the ups and the downs, the good and the bad and loving every minute of it (wait that is Loverboy)…and loving watching the wax or cd spinning round and round (much better).
Ratt has been a love/hate relationship. While I love most of what they do, they don’t always deliver the goods and I tried to be as honest as I could be throughout the review processes. I believe I was brutal where I needed to be and kissed their ass when it deserved it as well. I hear they band is planning a new album in 2019 and when it comes I will review it in detail like the others and I will update this list and put it where it belongs among the classics or the crap.
You can go back and read each review in detail by just clicking on the album title. This ranking will be just a summary of the good and bad of each album. I hope you enjoy.
The hardest review of them all to write. I couldn’t connect to this album when it came out or even now. The production quality was horrible; Stephen’s vocals needed some cleanup and weren’t always up to par; the double guitar of Ratt of old was gone and so the songs were missing that punch; and overall it was just bad.
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After the album ‘Ratt (1999), the band had a very troubled time. Stephen Pearcy left the band (again) and started his own band that eventually tried to use the Ratt name, but the other members sued and won. The remaining Ratt members continued on as a band…or at least made several attempts with many line-up changes.
In 2000, the current Ratt was Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane, John Corabi (Motley Crue) and Robert Mason. Robert was brought on as lead singer, but left shortly after when the band couldn’t get a major label deal. That brought on Jizzy Pearl at lead vocals. This would remain the band until at least 2006.
In 2002, the band and fans were delivered some bad news. Original guitarist, Robbin Crosby, passed away from a Heroin overdose. He had long battled with addiction and it finally grabbed hold for good. Robbin has also been battling HIV, but the drugs got to him first. Any hopes of the original band getting back together were quickly dashed.
In 2006, Jizzy would leave and Stephen Pearcy rejoined the band. Then 2 years later, John Corabi would leave and he was replaced by Carlos Carvazo from Quiet Riot. The line-up was now complete for the next album…whew, that was exhausting. Wait, where is Juan Croucier? He was out doing his own thing. He comes back to the band, but not for many years.
Finally, in April 2010, Ratt released their seventh studio album called ‘Infestation’. It had been over 10 years since the last album and with all the line-up changes and the fact the last album was so bad, my expectations for this release were pretty low.
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After the disappointing sales of their album ‘Detonator’, Ratt seemed to be falling apart. Robbin Crosby would leave the band due to his substance abuse problem and the dominos would fall from there. The band went on “hiatus” in 1992 and it felt like the band was done. Well, the weren’t just year.
In 1997, reunion talks began with the five original members. However, Robbin Crosby developed HIV due to his substance abuse problem and was in no shape to carry-on. Juan Croucier would soon afterwards decide he didn’t want to re-join the band. So that left Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer and they decided to continue as Ratt and the set out to go on tour. Before they did that, the decision was made to release a compilation album of B-sides, alternate recordings and even re-work some old Mickey Ratt tunes.
I wasn’t planning on reviewing any compilation albums in my Ratt Review Series, but this one was different as it wasn’t a greatest hits collection. Being that most of the songs haven’t been on any Ratt album, I decided it was worth getting a review of it’s own. I will warn you, this is a collection of songs that is strictly for Ratt fans.
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The year is 1990 and we are getting to the end of the Hair Metal era, but at the time, no one knew that end was coming. Ratt released their fifth album in August of 1990 and it brings us to the end the long running stream of Platinum albums. It is also the last Ratt album with the line-up that has been on all 5 of their albums.
- Stephen Pearcy – vocals
- Robbin Crosby – lead guitar
- Warren DeMartini – lead guitar
- Juan Croucier – bass guitar
- Bobby Blotzer – drums
After the disappointing reception for ‘Reach for the Sky’ (although it did go Platinum), the band needed to make a change. That change was not to use Beau Hill as producer on the next album as he had produced all previous albums to much success. The band (or label) brought in powerhouse songwriter Desmond Child. You know Desmond…he had great success writing with Kiss, Aerosmith and a few Bon Jovi classics.
And did he ever get involved in the songwriting as he has writing credits on 10 of the 11 tracks on the album. Not only did Desmond assist with songwriting, he was also the executive producer along with Sir Arthur Payson. While Ratt did maintain the classic Ratt sound which was a little bluesy and little sleazy, the songs were much more polished and contained more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box. It definitely leaned to a more Glam rock image than prior albums.
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We are now up to the fourth studio album by Ratt called ‘Reach for the Sky’. The album was released on November 1, 1988 and as the predecessors, it also reached Platinum status. The only difference was that the critics really did not like this album. It has been said this was the worst of their albums so far. I personally disagree.
Yes, the album is a little hit or miss at times, but overall I think the album holds up over time and there are some really great songs on here. But before we get to the songs, let’s talk about the band and what was going on with them at the time of making this album.
Ratt brought in Mike Stone to produce the album, but due to some sub-standard production work, longtime Ratt producer, Beau Hill, was brought back in to save the day and that is what he did. This would be the last album the band would do with Beau.
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The band Ratt has been in the news a lot lately and not all in a good way. First with Stephen Pearcy releasing a great new solo album. And second, the Ratt band mates have been feuding over who owns the band name. It is sad and disgusting. To me, Ratt is Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbin Crosby and Juan Croucier. But the band is now two bands fighting over the name.
In one corner you have Stephen Pearcy, Warren MeMartini & Juan Croucier. The other corner you have Bobby Blotzer. Robbin Crosby passed away in 2002 and luckily isn’t witnessing this fiasco. Based on what I have read, Bobby Blotzer will probably lose and Ratt will be with Stephen, Warren and Juan, but what do I know I am not an attorney.
Any other version is a cover band…sorry Bobby that is all your version would look like. Plus, you were never a song writer on any of the songs so the Ratt sound and style didn’t come from you so not sure I would ever check out your version of Ratt. I am sorry that was mean. There were actually 2 songs you have writing credits on and your drumming in the band was actually great. I still feel your version is a cover band though!!!
Because of them being in the news, I have been listening to their music and I realized they have a lot of great songs. I figured why not do a list of my Top 20 Ratt songs. I have gone through all their albums and I feel I have the definitive list of Ratt songs. I was hoping to have songs from every Ratt album, but their 1999, self-titled reunion album sucked so much that I could not in good faith include any songs. Collage was a compilation of rarities and b-sides but mostly stuff from pre-Ratt and I wanted to stick with the main Ratt era. Otherwise, here the Top 20 Ratt songs.
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