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Under Lock and Key

Dokken Audio CD
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1. Unchain The Night
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6. It's Not Love
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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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Digitally remastered edition of the L.A.-based Heavy Metal band's third studio album. Produced by both British studio wizard Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Kansas, Autograph) and Michael Wagener (M”tley Cre, Extreme) the album, originally released in 1985, is generally regarded as one of their best creations, giving rise to a number of classic tracks, including 'The Hunter' , 'Unchain The Night' , 'It's Not Love' and the chart hit 'In My Dreams' . It was a record that promoted them to an A-grade platinum attraction and one that resulted in the sort of curb appeal shared by the likes of the Scorpions, Ratt and White Lion. 16 page full color booklet 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, unpublished photos and new interview with Don Dokken.

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5.0 out of 5 stars xmas gift Feb. 4 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
my partner had told me that this was his favourite album growing up, I wanted to surprise this as a Christmas gift for him, has never left his vehicle since putting it in the disc player. thank you
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Japanese SHM CD Jan. 23 2011
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album a few months back with the understanding that it was the SHM CD from Japan. This was not the case. It seemed strange that a SHM CD would be listed for such a cheap price. The average SHM CD is around $30.00 or more. I thought that maybe Amazon was just having a sale and getting rid of them, so I bought it.
When i got this album, it was not in the cardboard package and should also have had a Japanese label on it. I would have sent it back , but the TOOLS that work in the warehouse for Amazon would have just sent me the same thing over again. Buy the Album because you like Dokken. Don't buy it if you think you're getting the Japanese version
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never Unchain the Night...(4.5/5*) July 1 2011
By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Released in 1985, Under Lock and Key is Dokken's third album and marked a bit of a change of sound as it's not as heavy and raw as the band's previous album, Tooth and Nail (1984), or even its follow up Back For The Attack (1987). This one goes for a more polished and melodic approach that was popular during that decade but is overall just as good of an album, if not better than its predecessor. The band was obviously aiming at the charts with this release as they went towards a more commercial way. Under lock and Key features Dokken at it's as its best with some highly melodic and fun rocking songs that proves why Dokken is one of the better Hair/Glam-Metal bands. Dokken released some excellent albums in the 1980's and to me Under Lock and Key is perhaps their very best, it captures the band at its brightest moment. Don's voice is at its best here and sounds amazing; I really feel that he does some of his best singing on this album. As always we are treated to some very skillful guitar work by George Lynch who proves himself once more. Not to be forgotten, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer Mick Brown also provide a strong and tight rhythm section.

Unchain The Night opens the album very well, it's a good rocker with a memorable chorus. I just love Don Dokken's screams towards the end, Don sounds excellent here and his voice is terrific. The Hunter is one of my favorite Dokken songs, it has a good feel, solid melody and the chorus is undeniably catchy and is simply the band at its best. In My Dreams is a softer song that's very much on the pop side but there's nothing wrong with that as it's a great Dokken song. Its Not Love features an excellent riff courtesy of George Lynch, got to love the tongue-in-cheek breakdown towards the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finest of 80's Hard Rock July 1 2004
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh that cover...that horrible cover June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
I doubt that a two word sentence was ever uttered with the words 'Dokken' and 'Rules' in alphabetical order. Of all the hard rocking L.A. hair metal bands, Dokken was a unique mystery. They were not really power pop because of George Lynch's amazing guitar skills, and they weren't Bon Jovi either, even though Don Dokken wanted everyone to think he was just as sexy and talanted (I for one think that Bon Jovi sucks, but that style was where the money was in the decadant 80's).
Dokken was a meat and potato rock n roll band, period. They hit it big for a short time on MTV with the video 'In my Dreams', followed by 'It's not Love'. Belive it or not a cheap and worthless black and white fuzzy video was shot for 'The Hunter' that played on Headbanger's Ball maybe two times.
Under Lock and Key is a good definition of what Dokken is and what they could have been. When you hear a song like 'Lightning Strikes' you say these guys can really rock, but when you hear stuff like Slippin' Away, you laugh at them for being a cheezy hair band. I don't know of anyone who detests Dokken, but I don't think they were anyone's favorite band. Here's the best way to send them up.
When a Poison or Warrant fan put them on, they were into 'the hard stuff', however a Slayer or Anthrax fan could play them without being embarrassed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you sir, May I have another , June 11 2004
By Hilow
Format:Audio CD
My ears hurt,
This CD rocks so hard you will climb the walls. If your a fan of Ratt, this is better than "out of the cellar". Sure it came along sometime after but it is produced better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best effort June 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Dokken album. Every song is at least abouve average or better. Unchain the night and the Hunter is one of the best one two punches that I have heard in a 'hair metal' album. In my dreams is pretty good too. The rest of the album isn't quite as good but is still worth a listen. Slipping away and Lightning strikes again are two of my favorite lesser known Dokken gems. What's up with the cover though? That's a pretty lame cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the album cover alone
Why pass this up? I enjoy this album for the cover alone, which features the gloriously teased-up hair and petulant faces of the one and only Dokken. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Da Peace Dogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid Dokken album
Under Lock And Key (1985.) Dokken's third album.
By 1985 Dokken had managed to become one of America's most popular heavy metal bands. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Rocker_Man
5.0 out of 5 stars A shining example of quality 80's hard rock
From the introdcutory acoustic opening chords of "Unchain the Night", quickly turning into a crunchy, solid hard rocker, this CD is a winner! Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Paul E. Xavier
5.0 out of 5 stars The best "Hair metal" has to offer.
Dokken, yes they're a part of the much maligned "hair metal" genre. And YES, they look like they had spent a day in their sisters closets by the looks of this GODAWFUL... Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by Mattowarrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth buying
I wore this album out in the 80's. A GREAT album. George Lynch-the man can just flat out burn up a guitar! Pick up Tooth and Nail too. Wish the band did'nt break up!
Published on March 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning strikes again for Dokken
Under Lock and Key(1985). Dokken's third studio album.
Dokken started out in 1983 with their first album, Breaking The Chains, which although raw, it showed a stunning display... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by M. B. Link
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