Reach for the Sky (Ratt album)

Reach for the Sky
Studio album by Ratt
Released November 3, 1988
Recorded 1988
Studio A&M Studios and The Record Plant, Los Angeles,
The Enterprise, Burbank, California
Genre Hard rock, glam metal, heavy metal[1]
Length 39:25
Label Atlantic
Producer Beau Hill and Mike Stone
Ratt chronology
Dancing Undercover
Reach for the Sky
Singles from Reach for the Sky
  1. "Way Cool Jr." / "Chain Reaction"
    Released: 1988
  2. "I Want a Woman" / "What I'm After"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Martin Popoff[3]

Reach for the Sky is the fourth full-length album by the American glam metal band Ratt.


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 "Clay" Stone. However, substandard DAT tape recordings of Stone's production efforts prompted Atlantic Records to bring in Hill to assist Stone and salvage the album.

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 listing

Side one
1."City to City"  Stephen Pearcy, Robbin Crosby, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier, Beau Hill3:31
2."I Want a Woman"  Crosby, Pearcy, Croucier, Hill3:58
3."Way Cool Jr."  DeMartini, Pearcy, Hill4:27
4."Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds"  Pearcy, Crosby, Croucier, Hill3:08
5."I Want to Love You Tonight"  DeMartini, Crosby, Pearcy4:27
Side two
6."Chain Reaction"  DeMartini, Pearcy, Croucier3:42
7."No Surprise"  DeMartini, Pearcy4:03
8."Bottom Line"  Croucier, Pearcy, DeMartini, Crosby, Hill4:20
9."What's It Gonna Be"  Croucier, DeMartini, Crosby, Pearcy, Hill4:07
10."What I'm After"  Croucier, Pearcy3:35



Additional musicians




Year Chart Position
1988 Billboard 200 (USA)[4] 17
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 28
UK Albums Chart[6] 82


Year Single Chart Position
1988 "Way Cool Jr." Mainstream Rock (USA)[7] 16
Billboard Hot 100 (USA)[7] 75


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


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