Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

Nick C
21-11-2017 22:43
Here it is - ran out of space https://www.youtub
e.com/watch?v=N9qr
cJd1O68

Nick C
21-11-2017 22:40
Daddy Warbucks - try this on Youtube and download it using Torch browser - it will strip the audio out - let it down the MP4 video and then it will download the audio as aac.

gdazegod
21-11-2017 20:31
Not me but I'll have a hunt for it.

reyno-roxx
20-11-2017 22:15
Anyone have a rip of the Daddy Warbucks album on Tiger Lily from 76 please?

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1985 Articles » Dokken - 1985 Under Lock And Key
 
Dokken - 1985 Under Lock And Key



ARTIST: Dokken
ALBUM: Under Lock And Key
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: E2 60458
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1986, Elektra, 9 60458-2 * 2009, Flashback Records, 60458

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Don Dokken - vocals * George Lynch - guitars * Jeff Pilson - bass * Mick Brown - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Unchain The Night * 02 The Hunter * 03 In My Dreams * 04 Slippin' Away * 05 Lightnin' Strikes Again * 06 It's Not Love * 07 Jaded Heart * 08 Don't Lie To Me * 09 Will The Sun Rise * 10 Til' The Livin' End

WEBLINKS: www.dokken.net


Background
If one was to research the term 1980's melodic hard rock, and associate the bands from that era, then Dokken would be right at the top of the list. The band, despite all of the alleged in-fighting and egos, still had the goods to deliver to metal fans and hard rock fans - equally. With a couple of albums behind them, the band, by 1985/1986, found themselves floating up to the top of the pile among their contemporaries. Backed by a big label, name producers, a proven songwriter in Don Dokken, and a guitar virtuoso in George Lynch, the band had reached a pinnacle of sorts with 1985's 'Under Lock And Key'. In my past, I had unfairly dismissed this album when compared to 'Breakin' The Chains' and 'Tooth And Nail'. Both of those efforts are favourites of mine, despite the low-key production on the former, and the ham-fisted delivery on the latter. Both had tracks which are lifelong friends. But to give the band its due, 'Under Lock And Key' is very strong on many counts too. Great production, some killer tracks bordering on 'near-metal', with the bulk of the material being spread between rock ballads and smooth melodic rockers - but with a razor sharp edge. It is no wonder then that the album did very well, eventually going platinum, the band going out on the road with Judas Priest and Twisted Sister during the 1986 year.


The Songs
Dokken are definitely walking a well-trodden path down the corridors of rock, but it is laden with confectionery booths along the way. Consider tracks like 'Unchain The Night', 'In My Dreams' and 'Don't Lie To Me'. All hard-edged but laced with lean drippings of candy. On the ballads, the band can claim a stake in the Lolly Factory with such offerings as 'Slipping Away' (sounding uncannily like a Strangeways tune), 'Jaded Heart' and to a lesser extent 'Will The Sun Rise'. Not forgetting efforts such as the mid-tempo and punchy pairing of 'The Hunter' and 'It's Not Love'. As stated before, the band fire up with a couple of metal oriented tunes. 'Lightning Strikes Again' contains some nice Thin Lizzy vocal moments a la their 'Thunder And Lightning' era. However, Don Dokken wailing away toward the end of the song does tend to grate a wee bit. However, the album closer 'Til The Living End' is akin to the fast and furious moments found on 'Turn On The Action' from their 'Tooth And Nail' platter. Some classic guitar riffing to be found here, and the band certainly go out with a bang on this track.


In Summary
An underrated album, it contains many great moments. Many found it difficult to understand how a band with this much going for them could be stricken with so much inner turmoil. A credit to them that they endured for another two albums before calling it quits at the end of the decade. Dokken (the band) would resurface in many guises later on in its history, but for many the best moments were to be seen and heard during the mid 80's - while the band were in their prime. If you see the CD going cheap on Ebay, pick it up. Certainly, the CD is a treasured item in my collection.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
 
Comments
#1 | Vincenzo on November 18 2007 17:06:38
Simply THE 'class metal' definitive album.
#2 | sabace on March 24 2008 19:21:46
EXCELLENT RECORD MORE CONSISTENT THAN TOOTH & NAIL!
#3 | jeffrey343 on January 21 2013 00:15:53
This came out my sophomore year in college, and it got quite a few spins on my turntable. Well, side 1 did at least. The first three songs are epic. "It's Not Love" is the other one I really like. I prefer their more mid-tempo material to their slower and faster stuff (with "Alone Again" being the exception). I much prefer the production of this to their first two. "Back For The Attack" has not been reviewed here yet, but it took the formula for this album and improved on it even more (IMHO).
#4 | super80boy on January 10 2016 15:31:04
Even though Dokken took a more commercial approach on this album, it's still one of their most complete albums. The opening trio of songs ('Unchain The Night', 'The Hunter' and 'In My Dreams') are balanced hard rockers. They really delivered on the mid-paced melodic hard rock/metal formula. 'It's Not Love' is another mid-paced standout.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 50% [2 Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 50% [2 Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
Melodine - 2003 Out Of Your Hands, Stonewall - 1974 Stoner, Edoff, Martina - 2015 Unity, Teen Machine - 2000 After School Special, DC Star - 1985 Rockin' In The Classroom, Walk The Wire - 1994 Walk The Wire, Network - 1999 Crashin' Hollywood, Light, The - 1995 On A New Horizon, Jet (UK) - 1975 Jet, Stormzone - 2007 Caught In The Act, 38 Special - 2004 Drive Train, Loggins, Kenny - 1982 High Adventure, Gillan - 1981 Future Shock, Northern Light - 2005 Interview with Tor Talle, Thieves And Liars - 2009 American Rock N Roll
Tags©
Shy (UK) Frontline Vital Signs Wig Wam Unicorn Rush Hellfueled Santana Best Of 2012 DVD Triumph Native Window Al Atkins Jato Michael Clark EP Hollywood Bears Thunderstone Balance Shadowman Russ Taff Boulevard (Sweden) Yesterrock Strike (Finland) Tight Fit Venturia Deep Purple Blue Swede Zappacosta EP White Flame Blind Owl Martin Briley Durocs
All Tags
Search DDG