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DOKKEN – Under Lock and Key

Dokken – Under Lock and Key (1985, Elektra Records)

1. “Unchain the Night” … 5:17
2. “The Hunter” … 4:06
3. “In My Dreams” … 4:18
4. “Slippin’ Away” … 3:46
5. “Lightnin’ Strikes Again” … 3:47
6. “It’s Not Love” … 5:01
7. “Jaded Heart” … 4:13
8. “Don’t Lie to Me” … 3:38
9. “Will the Sun Rise” … 4:09
10. “Til the Livin’ End” … 3:56

Band:
Don Dokken – Lead Vocals
Georgy Lynch – Guitar
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Mick Brown – Drums

Producer: Michael Wagener

What a difference a year makes! Almost 12 months ago I gave an extremely brief and less than glowing review of Dokken’s Tooth And Nail and stated that 2009’s Lightning Strikes Again (a title that gives a nod to a song off this very album) was more of the same. Well, despite not being the biggest Dokken fan in the world, I knew enough to know that Under Lock and Key was generally considered to be their best work so when I saw it along with Back for the Attack at Barnes & Noble for $5.99 each, I had to pick it up because I had money to burn.

I was really surprised by this album. I was already familiar with “In My Dreams”, “It’s Not Love” and “Unchain the Night” but the rest is completely new to me. Don really pushes his voice on this album and in a good way. I didn’t realize he ever had it in him!

I like most of these songs. They range from great to decent but there is one that sticks out like a sore thumb: “Slippin’ Away”. Just a bad hair ballad. Ballads are not this band’s strong suit but they excel at dirty rockers like “It’s Not Love” (probably my favorite Dokken song of all time) and “The Hunter”.

Funny side note – I was playing this album in my car and my girl noticed the cover. She picked up the jewel case and said “who are these losers?” I had to remind her that was Dokken!

“Who?”

“Dokken! Multi-platinum artists!”

Then she asked for their names and referred to George Lynch simply as “girl” based on his cover appearance.

Anyway, I’ve been cranking this album a lot since finally listening to it (it saw here for a few weeks without me even sampling one track) and I’m really glad I bought it. Another classic album joins my collection!

Highlights: “Unchain the Night”, “The Hunter”, “In My Dreams”, “Lightnin’ Strikes Again”, “It’s Not Love”

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