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Under Lock and Key [Import]

Dokken Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000002H3E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Unchain The Night 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Hunter 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. In My Dreams 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Slippin' Away 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lightnin' Strikes Again 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It's Not Love 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jaded Heart 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Don't Lie To Me 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Will The Sun Rise 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Til The Livin' End 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Sure, they may have been the kings of heavy metal Cheez Whiz, but unlike many image-conscious '80s rockers, Dokken wrote genuinely appealing songs. Frontman Don Dokken's voice carried better than most belters, and George Lynch was a ferociously gifted guitarist who could tug at the heartstrings as easily as he could burn down the bedroom. Under Lock and Key, which wasn't as combustive as Dokken's first two albums Breaking the Chains and Tooth and Nail, seemed like an effort by the band to attract a larger following. It worked. Candy metal softballs like "It's Not Love," "Unchain the Night," and "In My Dreams" were heavy enough to keep the guys rockin', but sensitive enough to attract the chicks. And isn't that what '80s metal was all about? --Jon Wiederhorn

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth having in your collection 6 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Despite having sold over a million copies in the US, Under Lock and Key is surprisingly not that well known about amongst many metal fans today, but this classic album from 1985 has to be one of my all time favourites. The quality of songwriting is excellent, and one could argue that this is a must have album for any fans of the mid-late 80s hard rock and metal that was so influenced by Van Halen.

Popular shred guitarist George Lynch was a member of Dokken and this album features his virtuoso playing heavily, complete with some of his best guitar solos; Unchain The Night and In My Dreams in particular have amazing guitar work on them by Lynch. The riffing is also fantastic on this album, Lightnin' Strikes Again and Don't Lie To Me have extremely memorable riffs that make the album stand out greatly.

The album also features some softer ballad styled songs, highly influenced by the style of music that was prevalent at the time but still fairly distinct from other bands; this is why Dokken were such a strong band, since the weaker songs are still good songs in their own right when listened to separately from the rest of the album. It's Not Love is an interesting song that creates a strange 'seedy' feel that is rather different from your average sex-charged Motley Crue tune.

Production on the album is a very (dated?) 80s soft rock style yet is still good for its time, every instrument on the album comes through clearly, and if you're a fan of music like Dokken, this style of production is probably as good as or better than the music you're currently listening to. The guitar isn't over compressed like many later rock LPs so the raw tone of Lynch's Marshall comes through nicely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy? Yes. Good? Yes 17 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a solid album from Dokken. Not all the tracks are great, but a lot of them are! The first three tracks in particular are outstanding, skillfully crafted with huge choruses and air guitaring a-plenty. If you like loud heavy metal, then this is a great album ro buy, it takes a while to grow on you, but it will, and you will like it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dokken - Under Lock And Awesome!!!! 25 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album has hits like "In My Dreams","The Hunter", "It's Not Love", "Till The Living End" and "Lightning Strikes Again".
It has the awesome George Lynch on guitars....
Enough said

BUY THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars lynchs best album 4 April 2012
By johnr75
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
If you are looking to start your Dokken collection,look no further. Not so much for quality of song, many people will tell you that Tooth and Nail is the one to buy, and the songs in truth they are probably on a par. However, for me, Under Lock And Key is more diverse song wise and thus dislays Lynchs talents more clearly.To a certain extent he shreds a lot on Tooth and Nail (nothing wrong with that), but he plays here. Lynch was the talent behind Dokken (check out the latter work of Dokken compared to Lynchs, Lynch Mob!)

Buy this, the production is not only the best on any Dokken record but in my opinion, it contains their best song, i.e. "Its not love" Its even got the 80s gang vocal!!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Dokken's best 15 May 2001
By Erik Rupp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After the Melodic Metal debut album, Breaking The Chains, and the much heavier follow up, Tooth And Nail, Dokken found a middle ground on Under Lock And Key. Under Lock And Key features several of Dokken's best songs, including "In My Dreams," "It's Not Love," "Unchain The Night," and "The Hunter." ULAK also features the rip roaring "Lightning Strikes Again," one of their best "fast and heavy" songs, and "Slippin' Away," the follow up to "Alone Again" from Tooth And Nail. "Slippin' Away" is actually almost as good as "Alone Again." The production on ULAK is excellent, with a GREAT guitar tone and a great mix. For a combination of power and melody with some great hooks you can't find anything better than Under Lock And Key. As good? Maybe. But not better. -(And if you like this one, check out Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid CD, KISS' Asylum CD, and Ratt's Dancing Undercover CD.)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is *twenty* years old????? 25 July 2005
By Donna Di Giacomo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can remember when this first came out and, thinking about the lukewarm reception it got back then, am disappointed that Dokken never got the respect they so deserved (while watching "hair bands" such as Whitesnake and Poison, among many others, headline at stadiums, with their videos in constant rotation on MTV - back when it actually played music videos all day long and not for an hour or two a day).

This is definitely Dokken's best album, a rarity in that one can just push play and enjoy it from beginning to end.

Even as a pre-teen, I had an intense crush on Don Dokken (those eyes!) but I also appreciated his voice (and here's yet another vote for the way he wailed on "Slippin' Away"). It's true that not many male vocalists in the 80's could match him.

This is a great introduction to the music of Dokken - and a good primer for other 80's metal bands.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest of 80's Hard Rock 1 July 2004
By Trent B. Mcdaniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best hard rock albums of the 1980's...period. Cover to cover this is Dokken's best album. Unchain the Night starts it out and it never lets up. In My Dreams and It's Not Love will always be classics. The Hunter and Jaded Heart are mid tempo gems, the latter of which is a haunting ballad. Even the couple of slow moments on this album come with such a kick!The production on this album is phenominal. No collection is complete without this one. Definitely in my top 10 hard rock albums ever.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted album. 28 July 2000
By sauerkraut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Under Lock and Key is my favorite album from Dokken. This album holds personal significance to me. I first got the cassette of Under Lock and Key in 1986 when I was a teenager. Shortly before, I had seen a couple of the album's videos. For a long time, I couldn't get enough of it. I listened to the album incessantly. It's hard to believe that it has been fourteen years since I first listened to this album. This disc opened the doors to a lot of music that I subsequently started to listen to. Even though I don't listen to Under Lock and Key as much as I did when I was younger, I still have and always will have a tremendous amount of respect for it. The album consists of ten tracks and is in a melodic hard rock direction. Under Lock and Key contains a nice variety of songs. There are straight-ahead rockers, ballads, and a couple of heavy, metallic ones. The musicianship, songwriting, and production are all quite impressive. George Lynch does a very good job with the guitar playing; he has his own style of playing. His solos are well constructed, and there are some cool, memorable guitar riffs. Don Dokken does an energetic job with the vocals. The backing vocals from the group are also very nice. My favorite songs are "Unchain the Night," "In My Dreams," "Jaded Heart," and "Will the Sun Rise." "In My Dreams" features catchy backing vocals and a well-crafted guitar solo (one of my favorite guitar solos) from George Lynch. Don Dokken's vocals on the ballad "Jaded Heart" are nice. George Lynch also plays a killer guitar riff on "Unchain the Night." None of the ten tracks are bad. "Lightnin' Strikes Again" and "Til the Livin' End" display the heavy, metallic side of the band. I also like the album cover. The guys really have a cool look. Under Lock and Key is a consistent album that is quite impressive. It's a better-than-good representation of melodic hard rock. It emanates melody, energy, and emotion. I actually give it 3.5 stars. It's well worth a listen.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 1 Mar 2006
By Rainbow Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This isn't as heavy as there album Tooth And Nail but it's almost as good and just as popular. The heavier Lightning Strikes, Til the Livin End, It's Not Love and Unchain the Night are and the more melodic In My Dreans, Will The Sun Rise and The Hunter are excellent too. The 2 ballads Jaded Heart and Slipping Away are excellent power ballads too. The whole band here performs just as well as they did on Tooth And Nail. If you like melodic rock, hair metal, classic rock, metal or good music in general than get this.
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