The Right to Rock
|The Right to Rock|
|Studio album by|
|Released||January 28, 1985|
|Studio||The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California|
Media Sound, New York City
|Genre||Glam metal, hard rock|
|Label||Gold Mountain/A&M (US)|
|Singles from The Right to Rock|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||6/10|
The Right to Rock is the second studio album by American glam metal band Keel. It was the first to be produced by Kiss's Gene Simmons under their new label Gold Mountain Records (which was distributed by A&M Records at the time). When the band started recording the album, drummer Bobby Marks left. He was replaced by different drummers: Fred Coury (who went on to join Cinderella), Barry Brandt (of Angel) and Steve Riley (who subsequently left to join the band W.A.S.P.). Dwain Miller eventually became the band's permanent drummer before the album was released. The band had only written three songs when the label sent them to the studio, therefore Keel covered three Gene Simmons demos and re-recorded three songs from their debut album - Tonight You're Mine was renamed to You're the Victim, I'm the Crime for this album.
- Side one
- "The Right to Rock" (Ron Keel, Marc Ferrari, Kenny Chaisson) - 3:35
- "Back to the City" (R. Keel, Chaisson) - 3:47
- "Let's Spend the Night Together" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 3:41
- "Easier Said than Done" (Gene Simmons, Mitch Weissman) - 3:25
- "So Many Girls, So Little Time" (Simmons, Howard Rice) - 3:15
- Side two
- "Electric Love" (R. Keel, Chaisson) - 4:05
- "Speed Demon" (R. Keel) - 3:39
- "Get Down" (Simmons, Rice) - 5:02
- "You're the Victim (I'm the Crime)" (R. Keel, Chaisson, Bobby Marks) - 2:59
The remastered version of the album features two bonus tracks - a remixed version of "Easier Said than Done", and a "reunion" version of "The Right to Rock".
- Band members
- Ron Keel - vocals and guitar
- Marc Ferrari - guitar and vocals
- Bryan Jay - guitar and vocals
- Kenny Chaisson - bass and vocals
- Dwain Miller - drums and vocals (Miller did not play on this album; all drums were performed by Steve Riley before he left the band)
- Steve Riley - drums and vocals
- Gene Simmons - producer
- Mike Davis - engineer, mixing
- Paul Wertheimer, Sebastian Thoner, Bruce Smith, Eddie Delena, Craig Engel - assistant engineers
- Greg Fulginti - mastering
- Aaron Rapoport - photography
- Chuck Beeson - art direction, design
- John Taylor Dismukes - illustrations
- Ron Keel - liner notes
In popular culture
- The song "Speed Demon" was used in the 2002 movie, Men In Black II at the post office scene, when Agent J shows Agent K an alien inside a mail sorting machine.
- Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Keel The Right to Rock review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 978-1894959315.
- "History". Keelband.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- "Keel Reunion, Brian Jay, Dwain Miller, Band Interview, Ron, Marc". Fullinbloommusic.com. 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
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