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Dancing Undercover [Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered]

Ratt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dance
2. One Good Lover
3. Drive Me Crazy
4. Slip of the Lip
5. Body Talk
6. Looking for Love
7. 7th Avenue
8. It Doesn't Matter
9. Take a Chance
10. Enough Is Enough

Product Description

Special Deluxe Collector's Edition / Classic LA Metal / Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 Bit digital technology / Contains Dance , Body Talk and Enough Is Enough / 16 page full colour booklet 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and band involvement. Formed in 1976, Ratt were initially based in San Diego before moving lock, stock and barrel to Los Angeles in 1980. By this time, however, only vocalist Stephen Pearcy remained from their original line up, with a new unit assembled to take the LA metal scene by storm. Establishing themselves as one of the hottest acts playing the clubs they were soon snapped up by Atlantic Records whose belief was fully justified when their debut album Out Of The Cellar sold in excess of three million copies and produced a major hit single with Round And Round . The band continued to rack-up further platinum awards with the follow up album Invasion Of Your Privacy and played sold out arena concerts before going back into the studio to record Dancing Under Cover . It was a testing time for the band, relationships were strained and cracks began to show. They had barely taken their foot of the gas pedal since recording their debut album and those close to the situation were concerned that such fast paced activity was having a detrimental effect. It's a minor miracle then that this album maintained such impressive quality. Produced, to pin point accuracy, by long-time associate Beau Hill (Winger, Kix, Warrant), the album contains a fine selection of songs in the finest Ratt tradition. Check out the swish and swagger of Dance , Body Talk and Enough Is Enough ; all killer, no filler. Track listing: Dance; One Good Lover; Slip Of The Lip; Body Talk; Looking For Love; 7th Avenue; It Doesn't Matter; Take A Chance; Enough Is Enough

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous sound 28 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
I heard this album when it first came out and remember being impressed by 'dance'. For some reason I don't remember playing this album since then. Now , I have just bought a copy of this on CD after finding my old cassette. What a gem!

This rocks all the way through. The hard and fast numbers grab you first (Dance, Drive me crazy, Body talk) but then the slower ones shine through after a few listens and become even more enjoyable - best of these are 'One good lover, Slip of the lip, It doesn't matter & Take a chance', great melody from start to finish. The vocals are the outrageous part, unusual, maybe a bit OTT (Drive me..crayzee..oooooooh yeaaah!), unreal but interesting. Its fun to listen to for both the sound and the subject matter - the whole album is about love and girls.

This should be a great album to blast in the car! Have a look at for some good reviews on this album as well.

I have also just bought 'invasion of your privacy' after reading good reviews. On first listen I am disappointed in comparison to DU, I had to skip though it, it sounds boring - but I will listen to it properly later.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album with plenty of catchy moments 9 July 2013
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Noticed this has just recently come into the MP3 section. Don't know why it came in late.
Anyway this is a good album and the high points for me are 'It doesn't matter', 'Looking for love', 'Dance' and 'Enough is enough'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Oct 2014
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Excellent service. Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars RATT's most underrated album 29 Jun 2007
By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman - Published on
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RATT's third album "Dancing Undercover" (1986) sounds a lot like the first two; Van Halen/KISS derivative hard-rock with a lot of impressive, screeching solos, songs concerning sexual escapades and melodic, sing-along choruses. This time around, however, while the writing is still strong, the songs have a certain looseness to them. The album's hit singles "Dance," "Slip of the Lip" and "Body Talk" have a certain swagger, a groove that makes them utterly irresistible. The rest of the album is also quite good, if not as strong as the singles.

"Dancing Undercover" is probably RATT's most underrated album, and I would rank it my second favorite of theirs right after the classic debut "Out of the Cellar." This isn't mold-breaking profound stuff here, but it is good, solid 80s rock. There isn't a lot of filler or obligatory generic power ballads on "Dancing Undercover;" in fact, there are no ballads at all. This album is ten songs worth of dated but totally fun, infectious pop-metal that fans of the genre will love.

"Dancing Undercover" has the advantage of not having any of its singles played to death on 80s comps or "retro-lunch" radio programs, so for those that love 80s melodic hard-rock, listening to this album will be a fresh and rewarding experience.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Good, But Not Their Best 13 Feb 2004
By James Choma - Published on
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Now before anyone looks at my three star rating and assumes it's a knock to this album, hear me out. I usually reserve five stars for an album that is timeless -- something like Led Zeppelin IV or The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album. Something that has left an indelible stamp on the face of the music industry. Four stars is reserved for the a great album that, while not a classic, is exceptional. For me, "Dancin' Undercover" is a good album, not a great album.
I remember buying this after wearing out my "Out of the Cellar" and "Invasion of Your Privacy" tapes. It was released in 1986 to a lot of hype in the music magazines of the day, as well as teaser clips on MTV. You'd think this album was going to be the end-all-be-all of, well, everything. As soon as it came out, I shelled out my cash and bought a copy on tape.
I listened to it once and was instantly underwhelmed. Whoa... only "Slip of the Lip" stood out. I listened again and took a liking to "7th Avenue," but everthing else seemed so uninspired. Stephen Pearchy's voice still sounded good, Warren DeMartini was still impressive, but something was missing. To this day, I still can't put my finger on it.
I'd place this as my fourth favorite album by the band, following "Out of the Cellar," "Detonator," and "Invasion of your Privacy." It's not a bad album, I still enjoy listening to it, it's just not a "great" album to me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy rythms, great hooks, Demartini's craftiest effort... 12 Mar 2001
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"Dance" and "Body Talk" were the two big hits here but, as with most hard core fans, you need to dig deeper to find the REAL gems. "One Good Lover" and "7th Avenue" possess two of the best Demartini solos I've ever heard. "Drive Me Crazy" is a great driving tune. "Slip of the Lip" is a heavy slow groove. But listening to these tunes out of the context of the CD is not the same. It is best to listen to this CD straight through to really appreciate it, but I guess that could be said for any Ratt CD. As a complete package, this Ratt album wins hands down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RATT AT THEIR VERY BEST 2 Oct 2003
By JS - Published on
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Ratt was one of my favorite bands from the 80's. Their first two full albums "Out of the Cellar" and "Invasion of your Privacy" were very good, but for me, this is where the band put it all together. Never have they sounded so smooth and tight, with razor sharp guitars and great hooks throughout. "Dance", "Body Talk", "One good Lover" etc. are all outstanding 80's hard rock. If you get one RATT album, this is the one
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confident `RATT Gang' was peaking in 1986 14 Aug 2008
By Sal Nudo - Published on
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The central themes to RATT's "Dancing Undercover" are mostly these: Have a good time, be sure to have an even better time and, by the way, just have the best time of your life. And all things considered, I suppose there's something a little off kilter with a bunch of macho heavy metal dudes dancing the night away, so perhaps the band was right on target when it named this CD. Thankfully, though, "Dancing Undercover" is a happy median of sorts for RATT, halfway between the gritty metal pop blast of Out of the Cellar but also showing signs of a more commercial direction that would be overly evident on future records. This is the third of RATT's six studio records, and it really does display the band in fine fighting form and nicely hitting its stride.

Stephen Pearcy and the "RATT Gang" always started their CDs off in a fiery, loud, in-your-face manner, and this album is no exception. "Dance," "One Good Lover," "Drive Me Crazy" and "Body Talk" are all sex-crazed, chorus-heavy and self-explanatory tunes just itching to be played in the nearest 16,000-seat arena. The single "Slip of the Lip," meanwhile, is one of RATT's best-ever songs, a slickly worded, truly catchy song that contains honest-to-God groove -- this band's specialty.

Rather than coming off as a letdown, "Side 2" of this CD also boasts great tunes and is, in some ways, a little more musically diverse and interesting. The vibe on the back half of the album is a little less pumped up but the songs are every bit as grabbing -- to the point that they may even exceed the first five songs. Of particular note is another great groover, "7th Avenue," but the screw-`em-all attitude heard on "It Doesn't Matter" is cool, too. "Enough is Enough," the final tune, starts off with Pearcy's stark lone voice coupled with an equally isolated guitar. The song, due to its pleading, slightly desperate tone from Pearcy, is oddly touching despite simple lyrics. It's the closest thing to a ballad on this rock-heavy album, and it may just be, surprisingly, the best song within a slew of 10 greats from the mighty RATT.
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