Under Lock and Key

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Under Lock and Key
Studio album by Dokken
Released November 22, 1985 (1985-11-22)[1]
Recorded Amigo Studios in North Hollywood, Los Angeles; Le Mobile; Total Access Recording Studios in Redondo Beach, California
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 42:25[2]
Label Elektra
Producer Neil Kernon, Michael Wagener
Dokken chronology
Tooth and Nail
Under Lock and Key
Back for the Attack
Singles from Under Lock and Key
  1. "In My Dreams" / "Til the Livin' End"
    Released: 1985 (1985)[3]
  2. "The Hunter"
    Released: 1985 (1985)[4]
  3. "Will the Sun Rise"
    Released: 1985 (1985)[5]
  4. "It's Not Love"
    Released: 1985 (1985)[6]
  5. "Unchain the Night"
    Released: 1985 (1985)[7]

Under Lock and Key is the third studio album by heavy metal band Dokken, released on November 22, 1985 through Elektra Records. The album reached No. 32 on the U.S. Billboard 200[8] and remained on that chart for 67 weeks.[9] Two singles also charted: "The Hunter" and "In My Dreams", both reaching No. 25 and 24 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock respectively, with "In My Dreams" at No. 77 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8] Under Lock and Key was certified Gold on March 4, 1986 and Platinum on April 14, 1987.[1][10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[10]

Eduardo Rivadavia at AllMusic gave Under Lock and Key 4.5 stars out of five, calling it "quite possibly Dokken's most 'complete' album, with a little something for every type of fan". He noted "Unchain the Night" and "The Hunter" as "two almost peerless examples of Dokken's best songwriting template—bittersweet mid-paced rockers", while particularly praising George Lynch's soloing on both songs. "In My Dreams" and "It's Not Love" were highlighted as memorable singles; "Lightnin' Strikes Again" and "Til the Livin' End" as "fist-pumping headbangers"; and "Slippin' Away" and "Jaded Heart" as "saccharine ballads". Rivadavia recommended the album as the best introduction to new listeners of Dokken, but remarked that heavy metal purists would likely prefer the band's 1984 album Tooth and Nail.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dokken. 

No. Title Length
1. "Unchain the Night"   5:19
2. "The Hunter"   4:07
3. "In My Dreams"   4:20
4. "Slippin' Away"   3:48
5. "Lightnin' Strikes Again"   3:48
6. "It's Not Love"   5:01
7. "Jaded Heart"   4:16
8. "Don't Lie to Me"   3:37
9. "Will the Sun Rise"   4:10
10. "Til the Livin' End"   3:59
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]


Year Chart Position
1986 Billboard 200 32[8]


Year Title Chart Position
1985 "The Hunter" Billboard Mainstream Rock 25[8]
1986 "In My Dreams" 24[8]
Billboard Hot 100 77[8]


Date Certification Region
March 4, 1986 Gold[1] United States
April 14, 1987 Platinum[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". RIAA.
  2. ^ Under Lock and Key (CD edition "Elektra 9 60458-2").
  3. ^ "Dokken – In My Dreams". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  4. ^ "Dokken – The Hunter". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  5. ^ "Dokken – Will The Sun Rise". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  6. ^ "Dokken – It's Not Love". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  7. ^ "Dokken – Unchain The Night". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Under Lock and Key - Dokken | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  9. ^ "Dokken - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  10. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Under Lock and Key - Dokken". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-03-03.

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