The prospect of an official live ratt recording
July 04, 2010 10:20:31 PM UTC Post #1

There has long been a sentiment for an official live Ratt video/album from the band w/ footage from the platinum era..I thought it'd be grounds for its own thread.

1980's live Ratt performances are few and far between in any media form.

In this fan's view, some of limited amount of stuff i have heard..is really good!There are actually a few performances i've come across..where the specific songs i prefer live over studio!. My point being, Ratt has GOT to have some similar material stashed away that they can put some equalizer and modern recording software to and release as another album. I think it's something the band and the fans would both adore. Ratt has always been very quick to point out to their critics that they were and still are a LIVE band..and what better way to showcase it?

Here are a few songs from Youtube. Anyone else's comments of these performances are welcome as well as any other Ratt live footage people come across. Ratt n Roll!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U813J1QplFE
Between the eyes- 1986-Japan
Stephen adds a couple live hooks during the verses of this one..they actually add another layer of catchiness to the song. And as SeattleRatt mentioned in the "deep cuts" thread,Warren SHREDS throughout!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81mW9Ey2B_I
Dangerous but worth the risk-1986- Japan
Fair warning to the listener: This was an opening track..there are a few opening guitar chords they play before the opening riff of the song begins.Sound quality throws it off a bit if you don't know this in advance! What great energy to start a show...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFJ6y8Qg1pQ&feature=related
Enough is Enough 1987- Detroit, Michigan
You could put this one on any official release as is.Best sound quality ive heard. This shows a different side of the band musically and also displays their charisma!






July 05, 2010 3:41:04 AM UTC Post #1

thanks for the links RATTnJets!

Nice recording of Enough is Enough. That one is definitely on my Deep Cuts list!

Have a RATT-n-Roll fourth everybody.

July 05, 2010 3:22:58 PM UTC Post #2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsk7swopWoo
Lay it down-1989 Tokyo Dome
This is an amazing performance...including an outstanding solo from Warren.Lay it down has always been great live...Stephen is on record stating that he feels the studio version was too compressed and that he thinks it is much better live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4w969X_G9M
You're in love,Wanted Man, Sweet cheater-1987-Germany
This recording, quality wise, I'd be a slight notch below "Enough is enough" from Detroit which was previously posted. The band sounds really heavy and tight on this recording. Bobby mentioned in the metal sludge interview that he wants to switch up some of the set list. I agree w/ that..however the song he used as an example to move away from was Wanted Man. Sorry Bobby...I think Wanted man is one of Ratt's best songs live...right up there w/ Lay it down and Back for More.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogYGDdl2Zs4
Give it all-1986- Newcastle UK
I absolutely love this version. Raw,heavy and tight. An under appreciated Ratt classic that should be performed live to this day! This is arguably Warren's best solo.

July 13, 2010 6:21:57 PM UTC Post #3

We know from watching the Ratt promo videos that pro footage was shot from the 1984 tour (in the Wanted Man video), the 1985 tour (You're in Love video) and the 1989 tour (I Want a Woman video).....and likely many more shows were filmed. Do the master tapes still exist? If so who owns them? Lots of questions. Will any of it ever see the light of day? Sure would be nice!

July 15, 2010 8:56:31 PM UTC Post #4

Please, please, please. we want a live album! Doesn't have to be an entire show, could be a compilation of songs from different tours. I've asked Bobby about this several times and he says they have stuff "in the can" and that they wanted to do it, but that was years ago, so I'm not sure why they haven't done anything yet.

July 19, 2010 5:22:47 PM UTC Post #5

more recently.....we know they recorded the EP live on Rockline....a. couple of those tracks showed up on the expanded Infestation release available on Amazon.

Also, the 2008 shows where they played OOTC in its entirety would be GREAT to put out on DVD, and as a live album! We don't even have to go back to "the day" to get great live recordings (though culling a few Robbin Crosby tracks would be very cool!)

For RATT, we all know that Stephen isn't a "note-hitter", as he puts it....so that has probably presented some roadblocks in doing the live album (that, and the fact that live albums are usually "for the fans", and generally not big money makers for the bands and labels).

July 19, 2010 11:35:52 PM UTC Post #6

=SeattleRATT said:more recently.....we know they recorded the EP live on Rockline....a. couple of those tracks showed up on the expanded Infestation release available on Amazon.

Also, the 2008 shows where they played OOTC in its entirety would be GREAT to put out on DVD, and as a live album! We don't even have to go back to "the day" to get great live recordings (though culling a few Robbin Crosby tracks would be very cool!)

For RATT, we all know that Stephen isn't a "note-hitter", as he puts it....so that has probably presented some roadblocks in doing the live album (that, and the fact that live albums are usually "for the fans", and generally not big money makers for the bands and labels).


Yeah a more recent performance would be nice..but at the same time this is a band that's biggest claim to fame other than MTV and some of the hits is their classic arena performances. Stephen's voice is not what it used to be but the stuff I've heard from the 80's he's pretty good on and I'm sure no one would mind some slight overdubbing in studio just to bring things up to speed.

I agree with you about live albums not usually yielding much commercial success but there are some exceptions. Peter Frampton,Iron Maiden, and even Dokken (who weren't as good live as Ratt) have all put out successful live albums.

Perhaps a compromise would be a box set w/ a disc/dvd dedicated to live performances throughout the years. Box sets usually do pretty well and I believe Ratt has more than enough material and a following to bring it to fruition.

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