Buyer beware. Ratt Era isn't just a compilation of Ratt's finest moments from the '80s, but a collection of recordings by Mickey Ratt, an early version of the Los Angeles band. The recordings feature lead singer Stephen Pearcy and a backing band, with cameo appearances by '80s shredders George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) and Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns). All of the hits are represented here: "Round and Round," "Lovin You Is a Dirty Job," and "You're in Love" all appear here in fine form. These are re-recordings, so the digital age has polished the sound up a bit and gives the song a bit of an unnecessary coating of shine. For those looking for a Ratt greatest-hits record but don't mind not having the original performances, this is a sensible purchase. But for those looking for the original hits and original recordings by Ratt, it would be better to seek out 2002's excellent Essentials compilation.
AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2
feat: Stephen Pearcy