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Ratt - 1984 Out Of The Cellar



ARTIST: Ratt
ALBUM: Out Of The Cellar
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 80143-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1987, Atlantic, 80143-2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Stephen Pearcy - vocals * Warren De Martini - guitars * Robbin Crosby - guitars * Juan Croucier - bass * Bobby Blotzer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 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

WEBLINKS: www.therattpack.com


Background
Back in 1983, I was introduced to L.A metal hopefuls Ratt. Originally from San Diego, the core members moved a few hundred miles up S.H 5 to further their career. I managed to secure an import copy of the debut EP 'Ratt', my version the Music For Nations vinyl copy sourced from England. As good as that EP was, little did I know how successful this band would end up being. Los Angeles at the time was riding a Motley Crue driven wave. Sure there were other bands doing good things at the time, but that glam/metal crossover was proving popular. Atlantic Records obviously saw 'cha-ching' signs with Ratt, and duly snapped them up. As history would show, this album would be the breakthrough for Ratt, and along with it - a slew of other bands were signed up by other labels wanting to cash in on the next big thing from L.A.


The Songs
The band and label bought in Beau Hill to handle the production, with the eventual album landing on the market in March 1984. 'Out Of The Cellar' was populated with a couple of well-heeled tracks which proved popular at the time. Opener 'Wanted Man' made it into the lower reaches of the Billboard 100, though it took 'Round And Round' less time to make it to No 12 on the charts. The other major highlight on the album is the track 'You're In Trouble' which bought back reminders from their fantastic EP - considering that an earlier version can be found on the EP, though the MFN LP vinyl did not include it. Talking of which.. 'Back For More' on this album is also another re-recorded version of the one found on that EP. Much has been made of De Martini and Crosby's inclination to churn out guitar riffs modelled on Judas Priest - though obviously not as heavy as Messrs Tipton and Downing. You can hear on songs like 'In Your Direction' and 'Im Insane'.


In Summary
Despite the brain-dead press who tried to write this band off as being nothing more than ordinary, the youth of America voted with with their feet and their wallets, converting 'Out Of The Cellar' into a triple platinum seller. The album went as high as No 7 on Billboard - a ranking not to be sneezed at considering this was their debut. The band would go on to bigger things with their next album 'Invasion Of Your Privacy' the following year.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on March 23 2008 10:38:04
A great band on record for sure, but by the 'Reach For The Sky' tour Pearcy's voice was a mess and Robbin Crosby was all over the place.
#2 | gdazegod on March 23 2008 17:29:12
I think we can blame it on drugs Dave. Heroin.. in the case of Robbin Crosby. Gee thanks Nikki!
#3 | reyno-roxx on March 23 2008 19:17:39
Agreed. At one of the shows (seem to recall it being in Newhaven) on that tour Robbin admitted that he couldn't do an interview with me before the show unless he'd drunk a bottle of Jack Daniels.
It was a dream bill...Ratt, Britny Fox and Kix, but Ratt were not the same band I had seen on the 'Invasion Of Your Privacy' tour. A great shame. Crosby, bless him, was a pretty nice guy. What a tragic waste.
#4 | jeffrey343 on March 23 2008 20:31:08
This was one of those albums I bought immediately after hearing one of their songs the first time - in this case right after seeing the video for 'Round & Round' (actually just the second half of it - I was that impressed). I could just tell that this band was a winner, and I was correct.
#5 | dangerzone on March 24 2008 04:49:43
The only thing that plagued Ratt was their inability to pen a consistent album. I think we all know that and I pointed that out in a past review here. Still, great band, one of the best of their kind of the time.
#6 | sabace on August 19 2011 14:19:24
I agree with dangerzone, this lp runs out of steam on the second side! decent lp nonetheless! .
#7 | super80boy on December 20 2015 17:26:26
This album had lots working for it when it debuted, a great production via Beau Hill and team, MTV exposure galore and a band in unison with their musical creativity. They wouldn't quite see the heights of this album's successes again, an unfortunate premature high point. Ratt should have kept climbing higher and higher like their friendly competitors Motley Crue…None the less, this is a stellar album full of driving glam metal that warrants lots of repeated spins.
 
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