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Keel - 1987 Keel

YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Ron Keel - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards * Marc Ferarri, Brian Jay - guitars, backing vocals * Kenny Chaisson - bass, backing vocals * Dwain Miller - drums, percussion, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 United Nations * 02 Somebody's Waiting * 03 Cherry Lane * 04 Calm Before The Storm * 05 King Of The Rock * 06 It's A Jungle Out There * 07 I Said The Wrong Thing To The Right Girl * 08 Don't Say You Love Me * 09 If Love Is A Crime (I Wanna Be Convicted) * 10 4th Of July


Probably the least remembered album of the Keel back-catalogue would've been their 1987 self-titled effort. Just because few people talk about it doesn't mean it's any good. Far from it. I recently picked it up and have been pleasantly surprised by its quality. This was recorded for MCA Records and it appears they did bugger all to support the band and album. Yes, this one sounds like Ron and the boys spent a bit of time listening to Def Leppard, as the smooth MTV friendly tracks hit home early, as does the big bucks production. From the anthemic 'United Nations', with its big shout-outs, to the glam metal of 'Cherry Lane', Keel are right at home in the late 80's hair-metal scene. The twin guitars dominate on tracks like 'King Of The Rock' and 'If Love Is A Crime', but the truth is that the whole album is a solid outing. When talking about the 80's output of Keel, do not forget this album in the overall scheme of things.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 04 2017 19:38:13
I like all of Keel's 80s output, although I don't feel they ever bettered the rough n raw debut album. This one though is particularly elusive on CD and thus quite expensive. Found a very reasonably priced copy for £11.99 a few years ago, but some of the prices I've seen since have been astounding.
#2 | englandashes on June 04 2017 22:27:51
Remember seeing them supporting Dio on the Sacred Heart tour, other than their cover of Because The Night that night they really passed me both, in later years picked them up on vinyl, but out of all the US bands at the time, never become my main focus, might just dig them out again for a reassessment
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