Under Lock and Key

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Under Lock and Key
Dokken - Under Lock and Key.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 1985 (1985-11-22)
GenreGlam metal[1][2][3]
ProducerNeil Kernon, Michael Wagener
Dokken chronology
Tooth and Nail
Under Lock and Key
Back for the Attack
Singles from Under Lock and Key
  1. "The Hunter"
    Released: 10 December 1985 (Japan) [4]
  2. "In My Dreams"
    Released: February 1986 (US) [5]
  3. "It's Not Love"
    Released: 1986 (US)

Under Lock and Key is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Dokken, released on November 22, 1985, through Elektra Records.[6] The album reached No. 32 on the U.S. Billboard 200[7] and remained on that chart for 67 weeks.[8] 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.[9] Under Lock and Key was certified Gold on March 4, 1986, and Platinum on April 14, 1987.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[11]

The album received mostly positive reviews. 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.[10] 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".[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Dokken.

Side one
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
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



Additional musicians[edit]




Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1987 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[6]


Publication Country Accolade Rank
Rolling Stone US 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time[2] 21
Metal Rules US Top 50 Glam Metal Albums[3] 11

Unchain the Night[edit]

Unchain the Night
Unchain the Night.jpg
Video by
ReleasedOctober 27, 1986 (1986-10-27)
LabelElektra/Asylum Records
Dokken video albums chronology
Unchain the Night
One Live Night

The music videos produced for the singles from the three Dokken albums were featured on a longform videocassette release, Unchain the Night, by Elektra/Asylum Records through Elektra Entertainment.[14] That video debuted on Billboard's Top Music Video—Longform chart at No. 11 in January 1987, peaking at No. 5 that May.[15] The video collection was certified Gold in April 1987, and Platinum the following April.[6] 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.[16]

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"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014). The big book of hair metal : the illustrated oral history of heavy metal's debauched decade. Minneapolis, MN. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-7603-4546-7. OCLC 858901054.
  2. ^ a b Weingarten, Tom Beaujour,Richard Bienstock,Chuck Eddy,Reed Fischer,Kory Grow,Maura Johnston,Christopher R.; Beaujour, Tom; Bienstock, Richard; Eddy, Chuck; Fischer, Reed; Grow, Kory; Johnston, Maura; Weingarten, Christopher R. (August 31, 2019). "50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "METAL RULES". November 26, 2017. Archived from the original on November 26, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "Dokken singles".
  5. ^ "Dokken singles".
  6. ^ a b c d "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Dokken". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Under Lock and Key Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Dokken – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Under Lock and Key Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Dokken – Under Lock and Key review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  12. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 43, No. 17, January 18, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. January 18, 1986. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Unchain the Night - Dokken | Release Info". AllMusic.
  14. ^ "Unchain the Night - Dokken | Release Info". AllMusic. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  15. ^ Billboard http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=388&cfgn=Videos&cfn=Top+Music+Video&ci=3005946&cdi=6286214&cid=05%2F09%2F1987. Retrieved February 13, 2016. {{cite magazine}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  16. ^ Billboard http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=383&cfgn=Videos&cfn=Billboard+Comprehensive+Music+Videos&ci=3083027&cdi=9218833&cid=03%2F31%2F2007. Retrieved February 13, 2016. {{cite magazine}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]