Sass Jordan’s Rats 25th Anniversary Limited Edition 180 Gram Coloured Vinyl Available August 30, 2019

Multi-Platinum, JUNO Award Winning 3rd Album Will Be Newly Pressed On Orange Coloured, 180-Gram Vinyl

TORONTO, July 25, 2019

JUNO Award winner Sass Jordan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her third album, Rats, this year. The monumental record is one of the biggest releases of her career so far, and a popular fan favourite. To commemorate the anniversary, she will release a newly-manufactured 180-gram orange-colored vinyl. The edition will be limited to just 1000 copies, and is available now  (along with exclusive bundles), her upcoming live shows, and select retailers.


Sass Jordan and her band Stevie Salas, Brian Tichy and Tony Reyes as well as special guests Ian Moore, Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), George Clinton (Parliament, Funkadelic), Richie Kotzen, Rei Atsumi and Carmine Rojas – recorded Rats at Mates Studio in Los Angeles with producers Nick DiDia, Sass and Stevie in March, 1994. The album continued Sass’s dominance in rock music, after reaching the top 20 Rock Songs on the Billboard Charts. Anticipations were high, and Sass delivered with the lead off-track “Sun’s Gonna Rise” reaching Billboard’s Hot 100, her biggest song of her career in the US.

In reflecting on Rats, Sass says: “25 years is a long time, so I wanted to celebrate this record with some sort of offering, and that is why this vinyl re- release happened. This record was truly a milestone in my life, marking a turning point into a darker period. It was released in ‘94, 3 years before I left Los Angeles for good. It was a tumultuous period, filled with a lot of emotional chaos and bad decisions. The music was a fitting soundtrack to the confusion and anger of those times, as well as a catharsis, and it obviously ignited a fire that has burned well, even all these years later.”

Leading the inspiration in a male-dominated music industry years before Lilith Fair, Rats was an achievement in both musical quality and continuing Sass’s ability to be a fearless leader in the studio, and equally at home in performing to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. Sass reflects, “I think Rats is a bit of a maverick, in that you rarely hear female artists expressing in this particular musical style, and I am honoured by the amount of people that have covered songs from it. I am really proud of it, and I think it is still one of my personal favorite pieces of work so far. I hope you enjoy it in it’s new format – I sure do!”


Track Listing:
1. “Damaged”
2. “Slave”
3. “Pissing Down”
4. “High Road Easy”
5. “Sun’s Gonna Rise”
6. “Head”
7. “Ugly”
8. “I’m Not”
9. “Honey”
10. “Wish”
11. “Breakin'”
12. “Give”

8 thoughts on “Rats 25th Anniversary

  1. Mark Blayer

    I have been a follower since my purchase of rats in 1994 while stationed in Germany. I loved the rocking raspy sound Sass and band offer. They are true rock rooted.

  2. Robert Gibson

    Just saw Rats is released on vinyl and am so happy. I have loved this album from day one. Front to back this album does it for me. ‘Sun’s Gonna Rise Again’ has been there for me through every tough patch of life. The album is perfectly raw, dirty and real.

  3. Todd

    Ok, I’m gonna have to get this somehow. Just found a cd copy in an box in storage from an age ago. it’s like I just heard Sass again for the first time. What a treasure.

  4. Gord

    I’ve had the CD since the week it was released. My friends and i consider this album “essential”
    Guaranteed listening, always there, always pops up with the Zeppelin, Aerosmith, CCR etc.
    Super happy i can add it to my 30 year old vinyl collection!!
    An earlier post mentioned Sun’s Gonna Rise Again as getting them through patches of life. That is exactly how i feel about that song. I can’t tell how many times i “needed” to hear that song.

  5. Gord

    Got my copy of RATS on vinyl this week and it is ROASTING!!
    Vinyl sounds great. The vinyl, materials and printing are all of a high quality! I’m extremely happy.
    BUY THIS THING OF BEAUTY NOW …or forever live in regret! This is an album that you can actually put on, sit down and never have to worry about having to get up to skip that song you don’t like.
    There aren’t any!! Sass took a dark time in her life, chewed it up and spit out a mouthful of some of the most soulful, kick ass, gravel laden, bullet biting, speaker melting vocals ever laid down.

  6. Mar10

    I saw Sass on the RATS tour in ’94 on Veronica’s mega music Rock experience in the NEtherlands (only topped by headliner Aerosmith) Cannot wait for her to come back to europe

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