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Keel - 1985 The Right To Rock

ALBUM: The Right To Rock
LABEL: Gold Mountain/MCA
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2010, Frontiers, FRCD 444


LINEUP: Ron Keel - vocals, guitar * Bryan Jay, Marc Ferrari - guitars * Kenny Chaisson - bass* Dwain Miller, Steve Riley - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Right To Rock * 02 Back To The City * 03 Lets Spend The Night Together * 04 Easier Said Than Done * 05 So Many Girls, So Little Time * 06 Electric Love * 07 Speed Demon * 08 Get Down * 09 You're The Victim (I'm The Crime) * 10 Easier Said Than Done (Remix)


This was Keel's second album and major label debut after 'Lay Down The Law' had been released on Mike Varney's indie Shrapnel a year earlier. Granted there were scores of hard rockers scouring the scene in this era, few had a sound as raw and bracing as Keel. Ron Keel had cut his teeth as part of Steeler, Yngwie J Malmsteen's first US band, but following their demise he formed his own band. Gene Simmons must have liked what he heard, as he took it upon himself to produce their follow up. Whether or not he was the man responsible for the wall of noise brought forth, this is still hair raising stuff.

The Songs
Some may scoff, but this is basically heavy metal. Keel's high energy brand of rock peaks with 'You're The Victim (I'm The Crime)' a rampaging speed metal masterpiece. The annihilation of the twin guitar attack and Keel's own masterful high pitched vocals go for the throat. Flash is the word. Anthems are the main course and plenty are served up with 'The Right To Rock' and 'Back To The City' on a par with the best 80's AC/DC material, and more savagely brazen than Motley Crue's tepid 1985 release. The brawny riffs give it that appeal. 'Speed Demon' is exactly that, another full on burner, the destructive intent quite apparent. 'Electric Love' and 'Easier Said Than Done' rely on the mammoth group choruses that 80's hard rock was renowned for, but very easy on the ear and possible chart contenders. Very much a band on fire.

In Summary
'The Right To Rock' hit no 99 on Billboard giving the band a small break. 1986's 'The Final Frontier' was equally as impressive, more vintage 80's metal. It all ground to a halt after 1987's self titled (and more AOR ish) affair and the band split. They reformed in 1998 to little fanfare before going their separate ways again. The less said about 'Ronnie Lee Keels' foray into country music the better. Like Black 'N Blue, 'The Right To Rock' is not phony or forced. It is an honest, street wise album which remains revered by few.

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#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 13:12:33
great production from simmons has one or two fillers!
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