The Rats

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The Rats

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Spoonful - I've Got My Eyes On You Baby - I've Gotta See My Baby - New Orleans -
The Rise And Fall Of Bernie Gripplestone - Stop Get A Hold Of Myself - Guitar Boogie - Morning Dew -
Early In Spring - Telephone Blues - It Ain't Easy - I Feel Free


The Hunter - Colour Me - Life's A River

Mick Ronson's tragic death in April 1993 served to emphasise just how little is known about the guitarist's formative years, prior to international recognition with David Bowie. This first-to-CD release rectifys this situation and includes six previously unissued recordings from the late-1960s featuring Ronson's work with
The Rats.

The Rats were a Hull-based outfit whose origins were in the early sixties and subsequently included frontman Benny Marshall (vocals), John Cambridge (drums) - who was replaced by Mick "Woody" Woodmansey (later of Uriah Heep) - and Keith "Ched" Cheesman (bass, guitar). All three reformed for the CD's "bonus" tracks , recorded in 1998.

Mick Ronson joined The Rats in 1967 and the band's music was heavily influenced by the late-sixties R & B and blues boom. It was John Cambridge who convinced David Bowie that he should recruit Ronson and the rest, as they say, is history. (After Cambridge left The Rats he joined Junior's Eyes who effectively became Bowie's backing band for a short while).

This CD is a unique document and is accompanied by comprehensive liner notes of particular interest to early-period David Bowie fans.

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