Must Own Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums :
Artist : Ratt
Album : Out Of The Cellar
Released : March 27, 1984
Today is the sad 15th anniversary of the tragic death of Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby, one of the most talented musicians of the 1980s L.A. metal scene. To truly understand both his importance, and influence on the band he helped co-found all you have to do is listen to their discography. The more he became consumed by his addictions, the weaker the records became, never recapturing the magic of their first two classics Out Of The Cellar, and Invasion Of Your Privacy, two tecords that proved when clicking on all cylinders that Ratt was truly a great band.
One of Robbin’s greatest quotes was when he learned the band was offered a deal with Atlantic Records. With his bandmates looking to him for approval he said ” If Atlantic is good enough for The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, then obviously they are good enough for Ratt.” After signing with Atlantic they would record their now legendary debut album “Out Of Cellar” which immediately raised the bar not only for them, but other bands too of what a good album of the times should sound like. One important piece to the puzzle was producer Beau Hill who gave the band a classic 1970s style classic rock sound. Using the trick of putting Warren DeMartini’s guitar through the right speaker, and Robbin’s through the left you were able to hear the difference in each player, especially the way Robbin played excellent rhythm guitar, which many producers would’ve buried in the mix. All you have to do is listen to the song “Back For More” both from the “Ratt EP” and the Out Of The Cellar version and it will prove why Beau was so essential to their sound.
From the iconic “Round And Round” video with legendary actor Milton Berle, to the front cover of Robbin’s girlfriend at the time Tawny Kitaen, (years before the Whitesnake videos) to most importantly the music itself. Everything on the record seems to work, including Stephen Pearcy’s unique voice that compliments the music perfectly. From the killer opening song “Wanted Man”, to great album tracks like “Lack Of Communication” and “You’re In Trouble” the record still sounds great today, and now that it’s been remastered by Rock Candy Records it sounds better than it has sonically now than ever before. It will always be an enduring testament to the legacy of Robbin Crosby, and that alone makes it essential.