Reach for the Sky (Ratt album)

Reach for the Sky is the fourth studio album by the American glam metal band RATT.

Reach for the Sky
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 1988
StudioA&M Studios and The Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA)
The Enterprise StudioBurbank, CA
ProducerBeau Hill and Mike Stone (треков: A1, A2, A4 to B5)
Ratt chronology
Dancing Undercover
Reach for the Sky
Singles from Reach for the Sky
  1. "Way Cool Jr."
    Released: December 1988[1]
  2. "I Want a Woman"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[3]


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Opening acts on the promotional record tour included Great White, Warrant and Kix.

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.

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."City to City"Robbin Crosby, Juan Croucier, Warren DeMartini, Stephen Pearcy, Beau Hill3:31
2."I Want a Woman"Crosby, Croucier, Pearcy, Hill3:58
3."Way Cool Jr."DeMartini, Pearcy, Hill4:27
4."Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds"Crosby, Croucier, Pearcy, Hill3:08
5."I Want to Love You Tonight"DeMartini, Crosby, Pearcy4:27
Side two
6."Chain Reaction"DeMartini, Croucier, Pearcy3:42
7."No Surprise"DeMartini, Pearcy4:03
8."Bottom Line"Croucier, Crosby, Pearcy, DeMartini, Hill4:20
9."What's It Gonna Be"Croucier, Crosby, DeMartini, Pearcy, Hill4:07
10."What I'm After"Croucier, Pearcy3:35


Additional musicians
  • Beau Hill – producer, mixing
  • Mike Stone – producer
  • Stephen Benben – engineer, mixing
  • Al Wright – engineer
  • Marty Hornburg, Tom Banghart, Jim Mitchell – assistant engineers



Country Organization Year Sales
US RIAA 1989 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[8]


  1. ^ "Ratt singles".
  2. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Ratt - Reach for the Sky review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 283. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  4. ^ "Reach for the Sky Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Ratt – Reach for the Sky (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ratt - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Reach for the Sky Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Ratt". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 14, 2015.