|Reach for the Sky|
|Studio album by|
|Released||November 1, 1988|
|Studio||A&M Studios and The Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA)|
The Enterprise (Burbank, CA)
|Producer||Beau Hill and Mike Stone|
|Singles from Reach for the Sky|
Though it sold well enough to achieve platinum status and spawned the popular songs "Way Cool Jr." and "I Want a Woman", the record's performance was not enough to keep the group on the road for longer than seven months. As a result, "What's It Gonna Be", a track not released as a single, was used as a B-side to "Lovin' You's a Dirty Job", the first single from the band's next release Detonator. In doing so, it was hoped that listeners would go back and give Reach for the Sky a second listen.
Reach for the Sky marked the last Ratt album to be produced by Beau Hill. The band originally intended for the record to be produced entirely by Mike Stone. However, substandard DAT tape recordings of Stone's production efforts prompted then-Atlantic Records president Doug Morris to bring in Hill to assist Stone and salvage the album.
Pro-wrestler Brian Pillman used "Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds" as his theme music, when WCW talent went on tour with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Another pro wrestler, Larry Zbyszko, used "City To City" as his theme music in New Japan.
|1.||"City to City"||Robbin Crosby, Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier, Beau Hill||3:31|
|2.||"I Want a Woman"||Crosby, Pearcy, Croucier, Hill||3:58|
|3.||"Way Cool Jr."||DeMartini, Pearcy, Hill||4:27|
|4.||"Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds"||Crosby, Pearcy, Croucier, Hill||3:08|
|5.||"I Want to Love You Tonight"||DeMartini, Crosby, Pearcy||4:27|
|6.||"Chain Reaction"||DeMartini, Pearcy, Croucier||3:42|
|7.||"No Surprise"||DeMartini, Pearcy||4:03|
|8.||"Bottom Line"||Crosby, Pearcy, Croucier, DeMartini, Hill||4:20|
|9.||"What's It Gonna Be"||Crosby, Croucier, DeMartini, Pearcy, Hill||4:07|
|10.||"What I'm After"||Pearcy, Croucier||3:35|
- Stephen Pearcy – lead vocals
- Robbin Crosby – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Warren DeMartini – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Juan Croucier – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Bobby Blotzer – drums, percussion, harmonica, washboard
- New West Horns arranged by Chris Botti and Kent Smith
- Beau Hill – producer, mixing
- Mike Stone – producer
- Stephen Benben – engineer, mixing
- Al Wright – engineer
- Marty Hornburg, Tom Banghart, Jim Mitchell – assistant engineers
|USA||RIAA||1989||Platinum (+ 1,000,000)|
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