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Under Lock & Key

DokkenAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Dokken's best May 14, 2001
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.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is *twenty* years old????? July 25, 2005
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic March 1, 2006
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted album. July 28, 2000
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. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT pop-metal offering February 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This release was more commercial friendly then their magnificent TOOTH AND NAIL, but it is still just as enjoyable - just different. Lyrically speaking, there are at 4-5 songs on here that explore the "having been wronged by the femme-fatale" theme that appears often enough on Dokken releases so as to almost make those lyrics a Dokken trademark.

Anyone who has ever been disappointed in love should be able to relate to Dokken's thorough covering of the subject, whether it be "searching for love on the lonely streets again" (The Hunter), betrayal of confidence (Don't Lie To Me), yearning for a love that still flourishes although it is history (In My Dreams), or the helplessness one feels when a loved one exits one's life (Slippin' Away). I think that has been a big reason Dokken has had such a lasting appeal to their fans because this is a subject so many of them can relate to.

I love Don Dokken's voice. He doesn't exhibit the same range as someone like Rob Halford (then again, who does?), but his voice can suit perfectly for all-out rockers like "Lightnin' Strikes" or ballads like "Slippin' Away" with equal justification. Can you imagine Rob Halford or Ronnie James Dio singing ballads? To me, it just doesn't work as well as Don Dokken's would on Dokken's ballads. Don's voice and style works out great in either capacity.

The first three songs, plus "Don't Lie To Me", are what I would classify as "melodic metal" - musically speaking, similar in style to the Scorpions. A theme and beat is recorded and diversified with George Lynch's intricate guitar work so as to maintain listener interest through the songs.

"Unchain the Night" is a great opener to the release - a mid-tempo track with a thumping bass hook and Don Dokken's soaring vocals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Had this as a kid and like a couple songs on it, still sounds good.
Published 24 days ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good, on time, excelent album
Published 1 month ago by allan campos garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars It rocks.....
This is a great album. I highly reccomend it.
Published 2 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Is really amazing cd
Published 2 months ago by caligirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Dokken Rocks...
Great album. Great songs. Don Dokken hits all the high notes and George Lynch shreds. If you are into Dokken this is a must have album beside Tooth and Nail.
Published 4 months ago by Summer M. Kaiser
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Dokken
I like some of the other Dokken songs,but this is my favorite cd.I like all the songs,no fillers,just good metal.
Published 4 months ago by Dragonsbane
5.0 out of 5 stars if you are a dokken fan you must have this one
it is really very good to recieve a very good remastered edition, congratulations to all the staff at Candy your work is extraordinary, this album never sounded so gooood!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Jose Romero Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great work by Dokken!
Another great Hair Metal album by Dokken! With tracks such as In My Dreams, unchain the night, The Hunter, Its not love and living till the end, this is another great album to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ClassicRocker
4.0 out of 5 stars "TURN" "IT" "UP" !!!!''
Good cd over all. I feel Dokkens best cd is Tooth and Nail by far. Tooth and Nail every song is good. This CD there is some good songs and ok songs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by blue
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of Dokken's Best!
A fantastic album! This was made during Dokken's finest period (which includes Tooth and Nail and Back for the Attack)! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rick Payne
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