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Artist: Ratt

Title: Reach For The Sky

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Ratt Reach For The Sky Album Cover


Category: Glam

Year: 1988

Label: Atlantic

Catalog Number: 7 81929-2


Stephen Pearcy lead vocals
Robbin Crosby guitars and vocals
Warren DeMartini lead guitars and vocals
Bobby Blotzer drums, percussion, harmonica and washboard
Juan Croucier bass and vocals


1.  City To City  
2.  I Want A Woman  
3.  Way Cool Jr.  
4.  Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds  
5.  I Want To Love You Tonight  
6.  Chain Reaction  
7.  No Surprise  
8.  Bottom Line  
9.  What's It Gonna Be  
10.  What I'm After  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: T-BONE Date: August 18, 2001 at 12:17
A half assed effort from very talented musicians. This was the beginning of the end for Ratt. Everyone in the band was fighting and all the music was done seperately from the members and it shows. there is very little flow to this album. The songs that are good are tracks 2,6,9, and 10. Way Cool Jr is too commercial and the rest of the songs are just cheezy. I gave this a 6.0

From: Harvey Date: November 16, 2001 at 9:54
I agree that this isn't the best Ratt album but what it did have was a sense of cool. This is what i mean when I complain about the likes of Rough Cutt and Dio. Ratt never wrote any crap about "Rocking hard" or "Black Widows". Stephen Pearcy couldn't sing for toffee but that didn't seem to matter.

From: jarett r. Date: August 10, 2002 at 16:51
even i'll have to admit that everything ratt recorded before this album was better than this album.

From: Steve T Date: September 3, 2002 at 11:00
Lazy album. Rock with their eyes closed.

From: Baris Date: September 10, 2002 at 8:01
I agree that the decline of Ratt starts with this album. Except "City To City" and "Way Cool Jr." the songs are boring. Don't expect too much from this one. If you find "Way Cool Jr" somewhere, even this may be enough...

From: TIM Date: September 29, 2002 at 1:33
I like Way Cool Jr. and I Want A Woman, but I can live without the rest.

From: robert Date: October 23, 2002 at 11:09

From: Greg Date: November 4, 2002 at 9:45
I kinda liked "Chain reaction" too

From: dokken6008 Date: November 11, 2002 at 3:39
'Reach For The Sky' and 'Detenator' are both awesome. Lyrically, they are just two of your average run-of-the-mill tongue-in-cheek late 80's/early 90's hard rock cds. Musically, they hit the spot. 'Dancing Undercover' was good, but it kind of lacks while I always found 'Reach For The Sky' to be mysteriously under-rated. Go out and buy all of RATT's cds with Crosby on them--even the E.P. You know, 'Out Of The Cellar', 'Invasion Of Your Privacy', 'Dancing Undercover', 'Reach For..', & 'Detenator'.

From: JASON Date: November 29, 2002 at 13:22
This cd was good but they have done better in the past. I WANT A WOMAN, CITY TO CITY AND CHAIN REACTION were the 3 best songs.

From: wadelink Date: January 23, 2003 at 15:41
if you love ratt buy this for collection.but if you want there best stuff buy everything before this record it's not a bad record i liked the b-side better for some reason

From: razor2467 Date: June 15, 2003 at 12:28
Sounds like they were doing a little more partying and a little less songwriting.....not their best effort by any means!!!!

From: King James Date: June 16, 2003 at 18:45
This is Ratt's only bad release from the glory days of metal. The only song worth listening to off of it is "I Want a Woman".

From: tomcat Date: June 16, 2003 at 21:39
the cover is very cool..i always loved the cover. the song 'way cool junior' reminded me of Aerosmith. This isn't the best ratt album but it has it's magic moments (magic moments= warren and darren on guitar).the opening sounds in the song 'city to city' are also very unoriginal (many discs contain the exact sounds). I always compared this tune with 'wildside' from the crue, although 'wildside' is 10 times better ofcourse. I love this album,but it ain't my fave. rattnroll 4ever

From: vandervelde Date: July 18, 2003 at 17:28
Solo on "I want a woman" is the BEST i have ever heard, simply amazing.....I think it's a typical RATT album, some good songs some boring...

From: TheRipper Date: August 4, 2003 at 19:47
Boy do I love me some Damn RATT & ROLL!!! This album (like the rest of the band's catalog) is basically all Killer and NO Filler! Sleeper trax like "Chain Reaction", "No Surprise", "Bottom Line", "What's It Gonna Be", and "What I'm After" off the back half of this album are all great too, maybe even better than the "more famous" (well, as far as hits went) front side, which don't get me wrong is Great too! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and this is probably my 3rd fav Ratt CD, which says a lot!!!

From: Burnsy Date: August 5, 2003 at 0:39
Loved this disc. I agree with The Ripper songs 8,9,10 are sweet tunes. I want a woman is arguably the best Ratt tune (Great tune to play cruising on a first date!!)Ratt and Roll Forever!!

From: jack Date: May 26, 2004 at 1:02
Ratt certainly help add a certain toughness to the hair/glam/sleaze metal genre with this album. Unlike most glamor hair bands like bonjovi,poison or warrant,ratt's music is pure rocking sound. Ithink in term of heaviness,only WASP can compare to them from the hair/sleaze/melodic and pop metal genre.

From: Dusty Date: May 28, 2004 at 14:04
What are you talking about ?? Ratt doesn't sound like WASP at all. Ratt were more like Poison or Dokken in term of heaviness. And the quality of Ratt is much better then WASP. WASP did it for the shock, Ratt actually tried to make music. The only thing i don't like about Ratt is that on the CDs, every song starts almost before the last one has stopped. Like they were afraid the songs wouldn't fit.

From: jack Date: May 31, 2004 at 4:57
Dusty,you've got to be kidding? Take a listen to invasion of your privacy and out of the cellar,its much heavier than both look what the cat dragged in and underlock and key. Its almost as heavy as wasp's last command and inside the electric circus. I don't think ratt is better than wasp. MAybe they have more talented member in their team but wasp can deliver a kind of 'rocking' music that not many band can.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 28, 2004 at 16:45
I agree with some of the others. By this time, Ratt had become lazy, able to turn out the good single, but unable to make a full album. "Way Cool Jr." is a nice change of pace and "I Want A Woman" is not too bad, but the rest is nothing special. 5/10

From: Dusty Date: July 12, 2004 at 17:03
The sound may be a little bit heavier than Dokken or Poison, the feel of it is quite the same. Maybe it's because of Blackie Lawless' voice that it sounds a bit different to me, but anyway, that's how I feel about it. (and jack, you're right about WASP that they can deliver that rocking music, and I do like it from time to time, but for now, I prefer Ratt)

From: Endika Date: July 16, 2004 at 8:46
I Think that this Ratt cd is despised,because the others are better than this.In my opinion this cd is the worst Ratt cd,but it dont means that this cd is bad.Songs like Way cool Jr, and I want a woman,are great songs.If you like hard rock,you must love Ratt and If you Love Ratt you must love this album. 8,5/10

From: Twitch Date: July 19, 2004 at 4:05
Yeah, but what the hell is up with the cover art?

From: Endika Date: July 19, 2004 at 10:11
The cover art is strange but is beautiful!

From: Geoff Date: September 21, 2004 at 18:30
This was the first CD they tried to mix it up a bit, add a little variety. Unfortunately, this is the first CD I thought they had fillers on. I love 'I want a woman' - great commercial hard rock (Their obvious new direction) and although 'What I'm after' is lame, I do quite like it a lot. 'What's it gonna be' was my favourite Ratt song before 'Detonator', and overall it's a good CD, but the weakest of the albums so far, as an entire CD.

From: run2u Date: November 7, 2004 at 6:04
Totalmente de acuerdo con Geoff(i totally agree with prev review,Geoff).Nueva dirección,nuevos aires en una dirección más hard rock-FM...y lamentablemente se abandona el sonido característico que los hizo famosos.Probablemente,si los primeros CDs no te acaban de convencer,te gustará REACH...o DETONATOR;en concreto aquí hay grandes canciones como"I want a woman"(pegadiza hasta la muerte)o"Way Cool Jr"(hard bailongo del mejor).Pero el resultado global pierde bastante.6'5/10 run2u69@hotmail.com

From: Propane Date: November 30, 2004 at 23:14
I liked this one as well, probably because I was out of the information loop at the time (May have been a good thing). Ratt were a no nonsense band of little compromise, and That's more than I can say of some bands at the time. Good album.

From: Metal T Date: February 27, 2006 at 9:14
Ratt were a great band,but this was NOT a great album.Remember seeing the RFTS coverart and thinking-What the hell ?? Some greek statue holding his crotch and a big hand reaching for him ??? Anyway this was not definitive Ratt for me.(See the previous 4 records for that).This was "poppy-metal ratt" with no balls! Yet,all things considered and image aside they were still a metal act."City To City" however was a pretty nice tune ill give em that ...

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: June 2, 2006 at 0:18
El disco mas bajo de ellos, no hay grandes temas como en los demas discos algunos guapos otros no tanto, quiza este si es el que se acerca mas a la onda glam por el estilo que aca practicaron y por ende el mas bajo de su carrera 7.5/10

From: themartin Date: July 20, 2006 at 10:29
Hey, being a HUGE Ratt ( I still got posters on my walls, tapes, LP, Cd )fan I got to recognize that this album is their worst ever, at least their worst of the 80's. I love the last 2 songs but "I Want To Love You Tonight" is the lamest song I've heard from them, laaaaazy It got no hooks, no punch, no Ratt no Roll!It's a shame they'd put out this at the time just in a time they needed a great album to revamp thier career, it was like a Kiss of Death for them, anyway "Detonator" is a return to t

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 11, 2007 at 18:56
At the time this album came out, i bought this for my friends older brother so he could laugh & throw it in his fireplace. But i still like it though it's not their best. Well, actually probably their worst from the 80's, though it does have a few cool tunes being "I Want A Woman" & "Way Cool Jr.".

From: Rycheage Date: August 26, 2007 at 10:19
Ratt got really sloppy and lazy just churning out songs to appease mainstream radio. "Way Cool Jr." and "I Want A Woman" are the hits here but neither would make it on to earlier albums. Lazy lazy lazy. And I believe this was the beginning of the end for Ratt as we knew them.

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 10:05
i have to agree,what happen here. It's good,but this was the chance to get big world wide and they put some ordinary tracks on it.

From: BIG-TIME Date: February 20, 2008 at 16:34
Not that good an album, bit boring in places but "Way Cool JR" and I Want A Woman" are good tracks...KEEP ROCKIN ALL!!!

From: edwithmj Date: May 10, 2009 at 13:22
I agree with all the reviews here. This is definitely their worst album and the last one I got. The opener City to City is OK I suppose but it would never have made their earlier albums. I want a woman was the track that made me get this album as I thought the rest would be of this quality. Way Cool Jr sounds like an ego trip for DeMartini and has the cheesiest lyrics since Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet. The next two songs Don't Bite and I want To Love You are lyrically OK but the music just isn't there at all and I forget how they go as soon as the songs finish. The last four are average listenable rock with What's It Gonna Be being the highlight. It's interesting to note that except for Detonator, this is the first album where Robbin took a back seat in both song sriting and guitar playing and it shows. Warren just seems unable to write a good song.

From: WookieEnthal Date: July 11, 2009 at 22:36
A weird album but it has grown on me over the years...it just seems like something is missing when I listen to it. Still worth having though.

From: rockhardrock Date: February 7, 2011 at 15:26
probably the weakest album by this band. don't understand that it's bad. far from that, but I just wanna say that other albums they made from 83 to 91 were better. my faves here: I want a woman, way cool juniour, I wanna love you tonight, bottom line and chain reaction.

From: J.Wylder Date: February 11, 2012 at 18:11
I agree with dokken6008 - underrated Ratt album. There are some fillers, but I find them on all other Ratt albums as well, but perhaps fewer on Cellar and Detonator. After in band battles hurting their tour, they needed another hit single after the killer "I want a woman" and classic Ratt groove song "Way cool jr" - they planned on releasing "What's it gonna be" as the third single and video, but unfortunately for some reason that never happened. That was a big mistake I think, cause that is one really good Ratt song with the right elements, and could have been a hit much needed (agreed Geoff, killer song). I think all Ratt 80s albums were great, and at least half of this album is excellent stuff as well, no doubt.

From: Ydol eM Date: July 4, 2013 at 16:13
Quite so, I agree with last J. Wylder's sentence. The first six songs are above the rest. All in all the whole album is about classic L.A. heavy rock. It reminds me Motley Crue mainly, a little bit Twisted Sister or Slaughter (because of the vocals alike). A fine hors d'oeuvre before main "Detonator" dish. 80/100.

From: hair metal again Date: May 20, 2014 at 12:57
excellent release once again by the mighty RATT !the sound is polished and commercial,the musicianship astonishing as always and the songs really great!"i want a woman","way cool jr","bottom line" and "what it s gonna be" are fantastic songs and overall a great hair metal release!you cant go wrong with major bands of the genre!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 27, 2015 at 21:55
A cool hard rock/glam release..."I Want A Woman" is my fave in here...tracks 3,4,6( ),8 & 10 are also good ones...85/100

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