Lay Down the Law (Keel album)

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Lay Down the Law
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Studio album by Keel
Released November 1984
Recorded Prairie Sun Recording Studios, Cotati, California
Genre Glam metal
Length 33:49
Label Shrapnel
Producer Ron Keel, Mike Varney
Keel chronology
Lay Down the Law
The Right to Rock
(March 26, 1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[2]

Lay Down the Law is the debut album by the American glam metal band Keel. It was the only album to feature original drummer Bobby Marks. Also, three songs - "Speed Demon", "Tonight You're Mine", and the Rolling Stones cover "Let's Spend the Night Together" - were re-recorded for their next album The Right to Rock, although the version of "Let's Spend The Night Together" on this album ends with reprises of earlier album tracks, while "Tonight You're Mine" was re-recorded as "You're the Victim (I'm the Crime)" with altered lyrics.

The album was released on November 1984 by Shrapnel Records to rave reviews, despite the band signing to Gold Mountain Records a few months prior. It was not released on CD format until 2008.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Thunder and Lightning" (Ron Keel) - 3:34
  2. "Lay Down the Law" (R. Keel) - 3:47
  3. "Speed Demon" (R. Keel) - 3:39
  4. "Princess of Illusion" (R. Keel) - 4:04
  5. "Born Ready" (Marc Ferrari) - 3:09
Side two
  1. "Metal Generation" (R. Keel, Kenny Chaisson, Bobby Marks) - 2:59
  2. "Till Hell Freezes Over" (R. Keel, Chaisson, Marks) - 4:27
  3. "Tonight You're Mine" (R. Keel, Chaisson, Marks) - 3:00
  4. "Let's Spend the Night Together" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 5:10


Band members
  • Mike Davis - engineer, mixing
  • Mike Varney - executive producer


  1. ^ "Keel Lay Down the Law review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 2013-04-24.