Rough Cutt (album)

Rough Cutt is the self-titled debut album of the 80's hard rock/heavy metal band of the same name. It was produced by Tom Allom, who is most famous for producing Judas Priest.

Rough Cutt
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 30, 1985
RecordedThe Record Plant, Los Angeles, USA
GenreHeavy metal, glam metal
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTom Allom
Rough Cutt chronology
Rough Cutt
Wants You!
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[2]

The song "Take Her" was co-written by Ronnie James Dio. The songs "Dreamin' Again" and "Black Widow" were co-written by Wendy Dio, Ronnie's wife and also the band's manager at the time. "Piece of My Heart" was originally performed by Erma Franklin, though Janis Joplin made it famous, and many people mistakenly believe Janis Joplin was the original performer of the song. "Never Gonna Die" was written by vocalist Mark Gable and guitarist Brad Carr whose band The Choirboys scored a minor hit with it in 1983. The single peaked at No. 21 on the Australian charts.

Track listingEdit

Side one
  1. "Take Her" (Chris Hager, Matt Thorr, Paul Shortino, Dave Alford, Craig Goldy, Ronnie James Dio) - 3:39
  2. "Piece of My Heart" (Bert Berns, Jerry Ragovoy) - 4:44 (Erma Franklin cover)
  3. "Never Gonna Die" (Brad Carr, Mark Gable) - 4:21 (The Choirboys cover)
  4. "Dreamin' Again" (Alford, Hager, Thorr, Shortino, Wendy Dio) - 5:34
  5. "Cutt Your Heart Out" (Hager, Thorr, Shortino) - 2:28
Side two
  1. "Black Widow" (Amir Derakh, Alford, Thorr, Shortino, W. Dio) - 4:33
  2. "You Keep Breaking My Heart" (Derakh, Hager, Thorr, Alford, Shortino) - 5:13
  3. "Kids Will Rock" (Thorr, Shortino) - 4:02
  4. "Dressed to Kill" (Hager, Alford, Shortino) - 4:16
  5. "She's Too Hott" (Hager, Alford, Shortino) - 3:27


Band members


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Rough Cutt Rough Cutt review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 295. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)