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Ratt - 1983 Ratt [EP]

LABEL: Music For Nations, Time Coast Records
SERIAL: MFN 2, TC- 2203
YEAR: 1983


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Think You're Tough * 02 Sweet Cheater * 03 U Got It * 04 You're In Trouble * 05 Tell The World * 06 Back For More * 07 Walkin' The Dog


At the very forefront of the NWLAHM in the early eighties were Ratt. Their brand of commercial metal was a standout at the time, with a good image, strong guitar players, and a 'battened down' rhythm section. The latter in particular gets a mention: Croucier coming to the band via a stint with Dokken, while Blotzer had previously appeared with Swiss artist Vic Vergat on his 'Down To The Bone' album. Fellow L.A rivals Dokken, Malice, and Motley Crue appear to contribute the most in terms of influences, but then again most of the bands from that era and location were listening to each other.

The Songs
This was Ratt's first recorded product, and eventually wound up as one of the first releases on the Music For Nations label in 1983. The album is in fact an EP, played at 45rpm on the turntable. It's immediately obvious that the band have something to offer. All of Side One is fantastic metal.. 'Sweet Cheater', 'You Think You've Got It', the rampant 'U Got It', and an early version of 'You're In Trouble' all beg for ear-time. Side Two is not as good, though it does feature a rather heavy version of 'Walkin The Dog', the old sixties classic to end the record.

In Summary
As history will tell us, Ratt went onto bigger and better things, and released a handful of superb albums, with some of their songs breaking into the charts. However, this initial EP which got the ball rolling for them is an overlooked gem, and sees them at a time when they weren't influenced by the hype going on around them during the 1984-1988 period. Congratulations must also go the UK label Music For Nations for having the foresight to licence this recording, before Ratt become major label superstars with Atlantic.

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#1 | chewie on May 16 2007 04:11:25
Has this been officially issued on CD? Love this Ep... My first Ratt album.
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 11:12:40
Yes, I have an original on CD.
#3 | Eric on January 29 2009 21:17:12
Ratt get a lot of criticism but I really liked 'em and I don't care for much of the 'Hair' genre or 80's metal/ hard rock. I bought this when it first came out and was completely impressed. I never thought of them as 'the new Aerosmith' the press tried to pass them off as since they had a very different sound. Agree, 'an overlooked gem'.
#4 | jeffrey343 on August 30 2011 04:23:32
I got this after "Out Of The Cellar" came out. Good effort that showed a good glimpse of what was to come.
#5 | super80boy on January 31 2016 17:25:49
You can start to hear what would become the trademark Beau Hill produced Ratt sound in the excellent 'You Think You're Tough'. Cool early version of 'Back For More'.

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