Out of the Cellar
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Along with Motley Crue, Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister, Ratt was one of the main players of the '80s glam metal movement. Although many of their songs lacked diversity and emotional poignancy, their guitarist Warren De Martini possessed the flash and technical ability to escalate the group above most of its peers. Out of the Cellar is by far the band's best record, but between the blazing solos and call-and-response choruses are many lackluster moments. What saves it from the bargain bin, however, is the quintessential metal anthem "Round and Round," one of the greatest three-or-so minutes in '80s rock. --Jon Wiederhorn

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Customer Reviews:

  • amazing
    ratt is by far my favorite band. this is their best work although invasion of your privacy was also a great album. this has all the feel of a good hair metal band plus a lot of talent. anyone who likes 80's metal even more if you love hair metal and glam should listen to this. ratt is by far the most under rated band of the decade. they are one of the kings of the genre and anyone who likes motley crue or quiet riot needs to check out ratt!...more info
  • Not a remaster!!!
    I've been waiting for a long time to see "Out Of The Cellar" remastered, checking for such quite often. Imagine my delight when I saw the disc on Amazon as "Original recording remastered"! I immediately fired off an order. Now imagine my chagrin when I received the disc only to discover it to be the exact same crappy sounding original release I already have! Fortunately I didn't remove the shrink wrap - Back to Amazon it goes......more info
  • Jon Wiederhorn is a Idiot
    I think Jon Wiederhorn, the original idiot who reviewed this for Amazon has a screw loose. Was Ratt emotionally diverse? Ahhh no...so what.. Round and Round saves this from the barain big...please Jon..this was a great rock album and most of the songs on here are worth a listen esp. She Wants Money and Lack of Communication. Jon, obviously your too good for this type of music so go and listen to Yanni and leave the real rock and roll to the fans. ...more info
  • Great...needs to be remastered though..........
    The songs are great, but it really sounds dated. THe production has not held up and this thing desperately needs to be remastered and reissued.
    I'd recomend you check out the new Fozzy All that Remains Reloaded cd as well! ...more info
  • Hair Metal at its near best
    While this album is not perfect, it is nonetheless a quintessential hair metal album for those who are in love with '80s nostalgia. While it's not fair to call this album a "hit and miss" album, there's really only one identifiable hit on this album ("Round & Round"), but it's not the only good song. The other "hits" were simply singles that failed to chart, or crack anywhere successful on the pop charts.

    Songs like "I'm Insane," and "Round & Round," and "She Wants Money" pepper this album with '80s sleaze, debauchery, and simply great guitar work by Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby. Stephen Pearcy is forgettable as a singer and frontman. Simply imagine a singer trying to be Vince Neil (Motley Crue) and Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) at once, but neither at the same time. The rhythm is the typical '80s backing. Echoed drums with the always complimented "driving" basslines, if you can ever hear them.

    The only real treat from these music videos off the album is that comedian legend Milton Berle is in almost all of them. I must confess, Berle is more entertaining in HIS transvestism than Ratt's, who tries very hard to upstage him in their feminine behaviors, or Pearcy's mannerisms that are just so distinctly '80s, it makes me almost sick to watch. The band is more entertaining than the frontman. Which is bad criticism, but fair and honest nonetheless. Bruce Dickinson jumps around on stage, with his David Lee Roth-esque acrobatics, Ozzy would pour water over fans, Rob Halford and Peter Gabriel both rode bikes of some kind, while Halford would seem to sign, while Gabriel would dress in crazy costumes. Stephen Pearcy just seems to stand there, bending his knees at the beat in the "Round & Round" video. Even Elvis Pressley was more entertaining 35 years earlier on the Ed Sullivan Show shaking his hips.

    Some songs, such as "Wanted Man" are just, if anything, too '80s, too forgettable, too boring, tired, and too over the top. Don't believe me? Watch the music video for this song. It takes place in the old West with Ratt, a notorious gun-slinging gang fighting yet another infamous gang. It's truly pathetic upon retrospect to see Ratt facing off and attempting to look tough with their glossed hair (that I'm surprised doesn't combust in the heat because of all the hairspray) and lipstick with earrings... Hell, the cover just gives it away. Anything with Tawny Kitaen in it/on it/around it/on top of it/under it (who was dating Robbin Crosby at the time) has its own seal of '80s authenticity.

    Overall, one does not need to be a Ratt fan to purchase this album to like it. However, one does need to be a hair metal fan to enjoy it. Those of you who's tastes are Metallica to Pantera up, avoid this album....more info
  • More than hair
    Though there were a lot of "hair bands" in the 80's, many people mistakenly assume that this was the choice of the bands. The record companies made the decisions about hairstyles and spandex, not the bands. Unfortunately, too many people make decisions based on looks or what they hear on the radio. Ratt's music was and is worth listening to. Though they do not even come close to anything approaching a ballad, their music is well crafted. Some may complain that it is not "serious" music merely because it does not have the dark timbre of metallica or pearl jam -- these folks lack objectivity. Out of the Cellar contains a number of solid songs, including Round and Round (which is the most overplayed), and Wanted Man. Also check out Back for More and The Morning After. A good first effort, this album would set the stage for the next. If you're not afraid of loud solos and guitar work, it's worth the twelve bucks....more info
  • The debut that never died!!!
    Now album will rock the roll right off of you! Warren DiMartini is without a doubt the most under-rated guitarist on the planet (rigth along with George Lynch). Anyway, 'Round-n-Round' was a major hit for Ratt and is their staple song like KISS's 'Rock n Roll all Nite'. The solo sounds just as fresh as it did 15 years ago. Sent chills up my back and I wouldn't rest until I learned it note for note.

    This is basically a party album and you can't go wrong cruisin' to it either. Any complaint I have is 'Lack of Communication'. Their social commentary just doesn't fit well on an album dedicated to girls and rockin' good times. Never cared too much for that tune really. The guitar riff kicks, but the lyrics and chorus just fall flat. Aside from that, this debut, like 'Appetite for Destruction' will live forever to the rock n rollers who either have just discovered Ratt or who were there in the beginning....more info

  • very good, but doesn't match Dancing Undercover
    the solo on She Wants Money has to be an all-time rock guitar standard-DeMartini at its very best. However, I find some of the songs to be a little too raw, Dancing Undercover really defined the Ratt'n roll sound of the '80s......more info
  • Quintessential 80's hard rock music from L.A.!
    I was first introduced to Ratt on Friday Night Videos in 1984 when they first showed the video for "Round and Round." (You know, that really cool video with Milton Berle!) I liked the song immediately, and it didn't take more than the next 3 times I heard it to make me badly want to get the album "Out Of The Cellar." Just before I did, I had already heard the follow-up single "Back For More." ANOTHER killer track!! I bought the album, and it remained one of my most-played albums that year. The above two songs were my favorite, plus I also liked "You're In Trouble" and "Wanted Man". Sorry, but "Lack of Communication" never did it for me, I basically refer to it as "Lackluster Communication."

    Ratt was a group that had a glam image, but were certainly not a bubblegum group by any means. They had a good, crunchy sound; more melodic than the Crue and no less talented. Ratt was also never one to ride on anybody's coattails. I've always found it interesting that as soon as they became big, they distanced themselves from other L.A.-based heavy metal bands. (You would have expected a young band like them to do the opposite.) First of all, they described themselves as hard rock, and they went out of their way to distance themselves from the "heavy metal" category. In fact, lead singer Stephen Pearcy STILL maintains that Ratt was not really a heavy metal band at all, just a regular hard rock band. Whether or not this would accurately describe their style of music I guess is a matter of personal taste, and is therefore subjective. In any case, I have always respected them for being very non-pretensious about themselves. Listen to their music and decide for yourself what they are. :)

    I do agree very much with the earlier reviewer, who said that the real secret of this band was the rhythmic groove they provided, in the form of bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer (who was such a madman on drums, and probably one of the strongest drummers of his time). Of course, this is to take nothing away from Warren DeMartini's talent on lead guitar: I've always admired his fluid, effortless style of playing. Robin Crosby played a steady rhythm guitar, and occasionally traded off some pretty mean leads with Warren DeMartini (like on "Round and Round"). Stephen Pearcy has always been a decent rock 'n' roll singer/screamer. Sure, he'll never be counted among the true greats (Plant, Halford, Dickinson), but how many hard rock singers can say that they've been doing this for 20 years the way Pearcy has?

    After this album, Ratt would go on to record several others, each of them having at least 2 or 3 certifiable rock 'n' roll hits. Over time, they have amassed a pretty impressive collection of great songs...call them hard rock or heavy metal, one thing's for sure: Ratt have been, for the past 20 years, one of the most consistently good rock 'n' roll bands around. They are instantly recognizable without being repetitious. Ratt rocks!! :)...more info

  • Ratt's groundbreaking '84 album
    THE BAND: Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Robbin Crosby (guitars R.I.P.), Warren DeMartini (guitars), Juan Croucier (bass), Bobby Blotzer (drums & percussion).

    THE DISC: (1984) 10 songs clocking in at just over 37 minutes. Included with the disc is a 3-page foldout containing individual small black & white photos of each band member, song titles/credits and thank you's. Label - Atlantic.

    COMMENTS: This is the best Ratt album... easily. The classic radio hit "Round and Round" opened up the flood gates for the band. Fact - "Out Of The Cellar" is Ratt's best selling album (decades later). Pearcy's vocals accompanied by Crosby's fast guitar was a great combo. With the likes of other heavyweight hair-bands such as Motley Crue, Dokken, Poison (etc), Ratt held their own ground for several albums worth. Never though did they maintain song for song power and shreding like they did on "Out Of The Cellar". This album is slick and polished and contains no filler. Best songs are: "Lack of Communication", "Back for More" (with a great intro), "Round & Round", "Wanted Man" and "You're in Trouble". This is classic hair metal from right smack in the middle of the hair and glam era. If you want one Ratt album, this is the it. A classic 80's disc....more info
  • It IS Worthy.
    Call it whatever you like...pop, glam, L.A. metal or hard rock...this is one of the great metal albums that marked the advent of more accessible, mainstream metal.

    This album is really underrated. Yes, it does lack some lyrical substance/depth...I agree. And at times the music is a tad formulaic. But this band had/has excellent talent. Tight, tight musicianship, excellent technical guitar playing and soloing and catchy, memorable melodies...that's what makes this album highly valued.

    And one thing many people seem to overlook with these bands...along with Motley Crue and AC/DC, Ratt (especially on this album) had something that made it distinctive...GROOVE. Yeah, that's right...these songs groove and bounce, and that's what makes you come back to this album and makes the songs so strong and memorable. It's an item oft-overlooked because groove has been "rediscovered" in the 90's...but just take a listen to "Round and Round", "Trouble", "Lack of Communication", "Back For More" and "Scene of The Crime" to hear what I mean. These guys had it. Bobby Blotzer (drums) and Juan Croucier (bass) were very underrated...listen carefully to their work here to hear the subtle touches and nuances that make these songs so addictive.

    Good music that makes you want to "bang your head" - and with better musical/instrumental playing than the majority of the other bands coming out around this time in this vein of music.

    This is one of their best - if not the best - along with "Invasion of Your Privacy" and "Detonator"....more info

  • A solid album
    Clocking in at just over 37 minutes, Out of the Cellar--released in 1984--is Ratt's first full-length album. The material is in a straight-ahead hard rock musical direction. Ten tracks are in evidence. Out of the Cellar displays solid songwriting, tight musicianship, and satisfying sound quality. One of my favorite aspects of Ratt, besides the rhythm guitar work of Warren De Martini and Robbin Crosby, is Stephen Pearcy's unique vocals. Pearcy's vocals provide Ratt with its signature sound. All of the album's tunes are enjoyable; examples of some of these would be "Round and Round," "In Your Direction," and "Scene of the Crime." The memorable "Round and Round" supplies an indelible guitar riff, pleasing guitar soloing, and a nice refrain. "In Your Direction" exhibits a captivating, hard-driving guitar riff. Also, "Scene of the Crime" has a good chorus. The CD insert does not include the song lyrics, but does contain a black-and-white photo of each member of the band. Out of the Cellar is recommendable. ...more info
  • Ratt Inspired
    When I was 14, I saw Warren DeMartini jump from a dirty attic onto an elegant dinner scene in the video for Round and Round. Without hesitation, I bought Out Of The Cellar and a guitar. Both worthy investments. Though this is the only good Ratt cd, quite good compared to Dokken, Poison and other 80s lite-metal bands, this was the catalyst for the great pleasure of playing guitar, which I still crank on 16 years later....more info
  • "Out of the Cellar" is out of this world
    RATT entered the public consciousness with a bang via "Out of the Cellar," beginning with the ultra-cool tune "Wanted Man," perhaps one of the best "heavy metal" songs to come out of the 1980s. When my friend told me back in 1984 that the hit "Round and Round" was "the worst song on the album," he may not have been too far off the mark. And that's saying a lot, because "Round and Round" is an awesome tune that even my dad liked back then; and it's one of the few RATT songs that still receives ample radio airplay today. My least favorite tune on this record is, ironically, the other single that was released for radio and MTV, "Back for More." And even that song is pretty cool.

    Similar to Def Leppard, RATT specialized in tight production (thanks to producer Beau Hill) and huge choruses that were arena-ready and impossible not to sing along with. RATT's "Out of the Cellar" began a great streak of 10-song records by the band that were a fine marriage of pop and seriously groovin' heavy metal. Case in point, "In Your Direction," written by lead singer Stephen Pearcy, contains an almost dance-ish vibe that was a noticeable notch above much of the `80s fluff that surrounded it at the time. And there was always something about the singer's half-rasp, half-growl that seemed pretty cool to me. Still does, in fact.

    "Side 2" begins with Pearcy and Juan Croucier's machine-like "Lack of Communication," an impressive attempt at social consciousness, perhaps RATT's only such endeavor. ("Too many problems the world can't solve/Too many people, no one wants to be involved!") Whereas "Lack of Communication" speaks of social isolation in a world gone awry, most of "Out of the Cellar" is comprised of the mundane issues that typical heavy metal dudes in their 20s would sing about: women, an out-of-control lifestyle and being present at the "scene of the crime."

    Though future RATT records would also rock hard and be considered worthy by the band's fans, there were elements of this special CD that set it apart: It was a bit rawer, darker, edgier, less sex-obsessed and less generic than future efforts. Additionally, every song is a catchy gem, basically pop music with large-than-life guitars and a raspy, confident lead singer who never seemed like too nice of a guy.

    Just to fully give "Out of the Cellar" its proper merit, the closing song, "Scene of the Crime," features a guitar intro that reminds me a lot of the famous intro to "Sweet Child o' Mine" -- the Guns n' Roses classic that was released three years later. ...more info
  • Out Of The Cellar rocks!
    I'm not really a big fan of Ratt. I'm basically a hardened metal fan and Ratt is less heavy for me, but I must say that Ratt is at their absolute metallic best on this album. It's another one of my top 5 favorite albums. Every song on here is my favorite, but my favorite songs altogether from this disc is Back For More, In Your Direction, She Wants Money and Scene Of The Crime. Just this album is one Ratt album enough for my metal collection. Recommended....more info
  • A Glam Metal Classic
    More trebly than the Crue (and with way less make-up), the mischevous rockers from Ratt put out this classic album back in 1984. More than anything, its a paean to fast and direct rock and roll. There's no pussyfootin' here; lyrics don't deal with anything transcendant ("She Wants Money" is about a girl who wants money... who would've thought?) and the riffs keep on coming. Yes, on one level, there's nothing redeeming about this sort of approach. On another level, one can appreciate the absolutely rockin' guitar stylings embodied by the band. From the fast "I'm Insane" to the pop rock classic "Round & Round" this album packs a nice rockin' wallop. Any fan of 80s rock must have a copy of this in their collection,...more info
  • 5 stars for 'round and round' alone
    Out of the cellar is a blast and will work wonders for your friday afternoon commute. It's guaranteed to make you completely forget the office for at least 30 minutes. That's worth the price alone!...more info
  • Great Stuff
    The songs, the guitarwork, the hooks, the vocals...This is one of those albums that ages well; Every song a classic, still sounds great loud. Can't go wrong here...Some of my favorite leads ever are here, by the way...By far the best Ratt album....more info
    This cd is one of Ratt's personal best right next to invasion of your privacy. This is just an all around great cd. I could go on and on about this disc so I'll just make it short and simple..... if you are a 80's headbanger get this disc!!!!...more info
  • Great Album
    Great Great Album one of the best bands in the best metal bands in the fof sure Wonful music videos they have the best cd's the songs are the bomb but you what any metal band I like but Ratt is my best but I wood not ever take anyboby over Ratt there music is great music videos songs cd's every album every thing about metal music but Ratt is the best ...more info