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Ratcity In Blue

April 19, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 18, 1978
  • Label: Uncle Rat Music
  • Copyright: 1976 Uncle Rat Music
  • Total Length: 41:48
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  • ASIN: B004XRVDJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,983 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I'm a long time Good Rats fan from the early days and this or any Rats albums is just a MUST have.
Tommyr
"Hour Glass" begins as a slow melodic guitar and vocal tune, and shreds into a power pop tune with a very different ending.
Pat Lamorgese
I have an extensive music collection and I know most of what is out there when it comes to rock and metal.
Christopher Fryer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul on April 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I used to live in the Rochester NY area, and I had a chance to catch the Good Rats at I believe the Penny Arcade club in mid 80's. I had been given a copy of Ratcity in Blue just before they came to town and I played it to death. I could not believe the musicianship and vocal arrangements this band offered. They were unreal. These guys could play! It was one of those Peppi Birthday things and they rocked. I immediately got hooked on their stuff, both familiar and unfamiliar material. There is not a track that gets skipped over on the record, no throw away tunes here. If you like progressive rock with broadway type vocals and a great sense of humor, you'll love this record.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rocco on March 18, 2000
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I still cant understand why in the world these guys never made it nationally. They were big in NY (Long Island area)
I saw them as an openig act for RUSH at the Nassau Coliseum 10th row center and walked out after the rats left.
This album(CD)had a real Jazzy Rock sound with great harmonies.
If you never heard these guys, give them a try, probally the most unique under rated rock band that there ever was.
Also try Tasty and Rats to Riches.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
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THE GOODS RATS bring a most unusal but creative sound to rock , a mix of barbershop quartet harmony, stinging guitar, and ballads that will soothe your soul.
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The Good Rats are a local NYC band who had a great cult following because of their powerful live shows. The Rats, fronted by Peppi Marchello were built on great lead vocals, brother Micky's harmonies and guitar synchopations with lead guitarist, John (the Cat) Gatto, Lenny Kotke's background vocals and bass work, and Joe Franco's thunderous double bass driven drums. They had a minor hit with "Taking It To Detroit", with Peppi's powerful roaring vocals. This disk, released on Ratcity Records, is one of the overlooked albums of the time. "Does It Make You Feel Good" opens the disk, a strong rocker with a catchy chorus. "Boardwalk Slasher" is another powerful tune with catchy lyrics and soaring harmonies. "Reason To Kill" begins with and affected Micky's flanged guitar playing chords while Johnny answers with a synchopated picked intro. The tune then tears into a story of one night stand gone which takes a different turn. "Writing the Pages" is another great rocker, which takes a humbling look at man's legacy on the larger scope. "Almost Anything Goes" is a lighter, bouncy pop tune with a feel good chorus. Peppi's voice soars on "Advertisement in the Voice", a tale about responding to a classified ad in the Village Voice seeking companionship. "Yellow Flower", still a live favorite for its audience participation aspect, is a comical statement about a young lady with an unusual for the time tatoo. "Tough Guys" begins with a rattling machine gun, and unfolds into a homage to legendary movie tough guy actors. "Hour Glass" begins as a slow melodic guitar and vocal tune, and shreds into a power pop tune with a very different ending. "Mean Mother *" was not originally available on the record, an added track that was recorded live. In all this a great album by a group of imaginative live players, who were overlooked because of record label difficulties, and never received their just due.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Ball (mball@kent.wednet.edu) on July 21, 1998
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The first sound on Ratcity in Blue is drummer Joe Franco's rim shot on "Does It Make You Feel Good". It's a slap in the face, a wake-up call to anyone not willing to get up and party. For forty minutes the music rarely lets up, as this "greatest unknown band in the world" takes you on a joyride down their Long Island Expressway of Rock and Roll. Leader (and Lead Singer) Peppi Marchello writes the lyrics and the music for the Rats. His songs are witty societal observations that continue to sound great (and hit their mark...) twenty years after the album was first released. Peppi's writing hits topics as diverse as Hitler's last thoughts, Walter Cronkite, one night stands gone wrong, Hollywood Tough Guys, and free love 70's style. The music is straight-ahead rock and roll, with some occasional jazz-tinged melodies and solos. A great studio band, The Good Rats were even better live. They were known for playing incredibly tight sets, ! reproducing complex album arrangements at very high volume. Ratcity in Blue contains some of the best harmonizing you'll ever hear from a hard rock band. In fact, their harmonies and excellent musicianship set them head and shoulders above many of the heavy metal posers that fell to the wayside in the 70's and 80's. To that end, Peppi still plays these songs around the northeast with his new lineup of Rats. As a friend once told me, "They're Kiss, Rush, Cheap Trick and Spinal Tap all rolled into one!" For those of us who lived through the 70's, you know that this is high praise, indeed. Buy this album! It is great rock and roll that'll make you want to turn the volume up to eleven...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
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There is only one Good Rats sound, and it is here. But I am still waiting for Tasty on CD.
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By Baddstuff on April 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing the Good Rats a couple of times in smaller clubs back in their heyday and these guys were the real deal! Musically they were as tight as any band I have seen and I have seen many. The track 'Ratcity In Blue' is a killer and shows what these guys can do.
They were funny, but musically they were dead serious. Joe Franco is an amazing drummer, really. I have their 'Live at Last' album on vinyl, recorded way back in 1979 and that is a 'must-have' Rats album, if you can still find it. Why these guys weren't bigger just goes to show that the music business is not fair at all. Long live The Good Rats!!
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