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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth having in your collection, 6 April 2009
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R. Baines (West Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Under Lock and Key (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.

Overall though the songs on this album are all either good or excellent, and only held back in part by slightly cheesy lyrics at times. If you're a fan of hard rock, metal etc or fancy checking out some great guitar work in the context of a song then you could do a lot worse than picking up this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lynchs best album, 4 April 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dokken - Under Lock And Awesome!!!!, 25 Mar. 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy? Yes. Good? Yes, 17 Dec. 2000
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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 Five Stars, 15 Dec. 2014
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Great value and extremely quick delivery! Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Oct. 2014
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