Under Lock and Key

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Under Lock and Key
Dokken - Under Lock and Key.jpg
Studio album by Dokken
Released November 22, 1985 (1985-11-22)
Recorded 1985
Studio
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 42:25
Label Elektra
Producer Neil Kernon, Michael Wagener
Dokken chronology
Tooth and Nail
(1984)
Under Lock and Key
(1985)
Back for the Attack
(1987)
Singles from Under Lock and Key
  1. "The Hunter"
    Released: 1985 (promo only)
  2. "In My Dreams" / "Til the Livin' End"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Will the Sun Rise"
    Released: 1986 (promo only)
  4. "It's Not Love"
    Released: 1986 (promo only)
  5. "Unchain the Night"
    Released: 1986 (promo only)

Under Lock and Key is the third studio album by heavy metal band Dokken, released on November 22, 1985 through Elektra Records.[1] The album reached No. 32 on the U.S. Billboard 200[2] and remained on that chart for 67 weeks.[3] 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.[4] Under Lock and Key was certified Gold on March 4, 1986 and Platinum on April 14, 1987.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10[6]

Eduardo Rivadavia in his review for AllMusic calls Under Lock and Key "quite possibly Dokken's most 'complete' album, with a little something for every type of fan", like "fist-pumping headbangers", extraordinary "bittersweet mid-paced rockers" ("Unchain the Night" and "The Hunter") and "saccharine ballads". Rivadavia recommends the album as the best introduction to new listeners of Dokken, but notes that heavy metal purists would likely prefer the band's 1984 album Tooth and Nail.[5] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff considers the album "too weighted towards Def Leppard's fat-and-open formula rock", resulting "a bit subdued and predictable" in comparison with its predecessor. The band's glamorous look, the media exposure and George Lynch's "attempt to define the L.A. sound in his own image" do not save Under Lock and Key from sounding "like the work of a band just fed".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dokken.

Side one
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
Side two
No. Title Length
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

Personnel[edit]

Dokken[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1987 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[1]

Unchain the Night[edit]

The music videos produced for the singles from the three Dokken's albums were featured on a longform videocassette release, Unchain the Night, by Elektra/Asylum Records through Elektra Entertainment. That video debuted on Billboard's Top Music Video—Longform chart at No. 11 in January 1987, peaking at No. 5 that May.[8] The video collection was certified Gold in April 1987, and Platinum the following April.[1] In 2007 the collection was re-released in DVD by Rhino Home Video through Warner Music Vision, debuting on the Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos chart at No. 27.[9]

VHS track listing[edit]

  1. "Into The Fire"
  2. "Just Got Lucky"
  3. "Breaking The Chains"
  4. "Alone Again"
  5. "The Hunter"
  6. "In My Dreams"
  7. "It's Not Love"

References[edit]