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Artist: Dokken

Title: Under Lock and Key

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Dokken Under Lock and Key Album Cover


Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1985

Label: Elektra

Catalog Number: 9 60458-2


Mick Brown drums, backing vocals
George Lynch guitars
Don Dokken lead vocals
Jeff Pilson bass, backing vocals


1.  Unchain the Night  5:17
2.  The Hunter  4:06
3.  In My Dreams  4:18
4.  Slippin' Away  3:46
5.  Lightnin' Strikes Again  3:47
6.  It's Not Love  5:01
7.  Jaded Heart  4:13
8.  Don't Lie to Me  3:38
9.  Will the Sun Rise  4:09
10.  Til the Livin' End  3:56
Total Running Time:  42:11

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Troy Date: March 22, 2001 at 9:39
I still like this disc the most out of the entire collection. This was Dokken at their best. I still like the rest of their output up to Back for the Attack, but this album has always shown the most promise ot me. The sound on this one was great and they still sounded sincere. This one finds its way to my cd player the most. The songs are awesome with lots of ambience and emotion. George is restrained, but bang on the mark for every song and Don's vocals are great. Firing on all cylinders

From: GEORGE Date: April 19, 2001 at 8:41
One of my best albums , this one , pure Dokken music talkin' about love (or maybe hate!). Very emotional in any way , worth to buy it. JADED HEART is one of the best songs ever written in rock/metal.

From: Eric Date: April 24, 2001 at 19:34
A good one! Go buy it if you don't already have it.

From: Michael Date: April 25, 2001 at 0:33
Good CD with a good mix. My fave Dokken work and a classic.

From: mike g. Date: June 26, 2001 at 9:03
The best Dokken album EVER!!! This album was created straight from the heart!! It doesn't get any better than this!!!!

From: Steve F Date: July 24, 2001 at 21:54
One of the most polished Dokken albums that still has enough of a 'heavy' factor in most of the songs to warrant repeated listening. Some of the songs have the best melodies I've heard in any melodic metal release ('In My Dreams,' 'Slippin' Away'), but there's still a lot of crunch in Lynch's playing ('It's Not Love'). Unfortunately, there's still a few cheese songs mixed in ('Lightning Strikes Again') that brings the rating down slightly. (9 out of 10)

From: Ronnie Date: September 30, 2001 at 1:39
To me....the best melodic rock album ever....

From: Rob Date: October 10, 2001 at 10:46
One of my favorites

From: wade Date: October 11, 2001 at 9:14
this is a good record which got them air play and there first commercial record a must for dokken fans i give it a 8

From: metal_man73 Date: October 31, 2001 at 18:14
GREAT Dokken album!!! Good lyrics and guitar solos........remember those???LOL. This one rates up there with Back For The Attack for me.

From: Marco Date: December 28, 2001 at 14:33
It's easily their best work to date, and one of my all-time fav's. If you don't have it yet and are a Dokken fan, you're a poser! ROCK ON!

From: WidoMakr Date: April 22, 2002 at 2:38
Just for my 2 cents Dokken...THIS is my favorite album from Dokken...I like most all their stuff but this one really stnds out IMO...In My Dreams, Hunter and Lightnin' Strikes Again are 3 kickin ass tunes....I wore out the tape of this when i first got it from playing it so much..2nd is Back for the Attack...Quote the WidoMakr....never more

From: WidoMakr Date: April 27, 2002 at 19:18
Dokken...Rick...wanted to see if u ever heard of a band named Change of Heart....got the first album for almost nada...very very good stuff...most definietely worth a listen...later....Quote the WidoMakr....never more

From: Rick Date: April 28, 2002 at 8:44
I'll check them out. Thanks WidoMakr!! Any opinions on the new Dokken yet? Just got it but haven't listened to it yet.

From: dokken6008 Date: May 4, 2002 at 19:58
Rick, I went out and bought Dokken's new cd the day it was released (4/23) and I was only disappointed by the fact that there is only 37 minutes of listening time!! Still, some good stuff. 'Sunless Days' is a killer Dokken tune but a lot of the other stuff most long-time fans will probably be let down hearing it (no resemblance to 'UL&K' or 'BFTA'). Personally, I like many of the tracks (a good cover song, 'Everybody Needs (To Be With Someone)', 'Goodbye My Friend'); check it out for yourself.

From: Metalhead Date: May 18, 2002 at 5:17
I want to know the TRUTH! Was this album released in 1985 or in 1986? I read somewhere that this was from '86. Anyway, this is a good album. But not their greatest effort. Yet I'm a Lynch fan!

From: jason Date: May 18, 2002 at 12:29
Who gives a fat rats ass what year it came out! That was over 15 years ago and no one gives a shit anymore. How is that for 'TRUTH' Metalhead?

From: TIM Date: May 18, 2002 at 12:58
It was released in 1985 Metalhead. I just looked at the insert. The magazine could have been had a misprint. Unless there's a special pressing of it, that's the year it was released.

From: jason Date: May 18, 2002 at 13:28
Hey Tim, how do you now that your insert is right? Maybe the magazine was right! I know on the 3 doors down CD the copyright says 2000, but it didn't come out until Feb. 2001. So like I said before....does it really matter?

From: TIM Date: May 18, 2002 at 14:12
It's not of national importance, I was just trying to help the guy out. Most of the time, when there's a mistake there's a recall. If you are a big music fan, somethimes the little details do matter. People tell me all the time that I know quite a bit about many things- it's because I asked instead of just blowing it off. Some of these questions may not be anything that interests you, but they might someone else. Personally I like to learn new things.

From: TIM Date: May 18, 2002 at 14:15
Some of the facts you mentioned I already knew, but someone else might not have. Then again, you've mentioned stuff that I had no clue over. I was glad you spoke up.

From: jason Date: May 19, 2002 at 14:46
Well Tim, sorry I blew up.

From: dokken6008 Date: May 20, 2002 at 7:30
jason-- 3 Doors Down? I'm disappointed in you, man. Talentless B.S. like that should have no place in a melodic rocker's collection but if you like that kind of crap....

From: jason Date: May 20, 2002 at 16:17
Dokken6008, I'm not going to defend a band like 3 Rooms Over (or whatever?). I am sure that this has pissed you off because I noticed how you went aroud this site today and craped on some people (alot like I do). And for very good reasons! SO, once again...............Sorry I blew up!

From: Hbomb Date: June 4, 2002 at 11:13
Under Lock & Key is 'probably' (hey, everything is debatable) the gold standard of Dokken albums...they have a strong discography, some recent disappointments (as voiced by others) aside. For a newcomer to the hard rock/metal/pop metal/melodic metal genre(s), this effort is a fine jumping off point for an exploration of Dokken's music.

From: Federico Date: June 10, 2002 at 11:39
Nothin' to say, this is an absolute masterpiece. It sure gets ten. In my dreams,Lightin'strikes and don't lie to me are my favs. The new one is good too, my favs are Magic road,Under the gun and Sunless day. It gets 7,5 on my scale. John Norum has been replaced by an Italian guitar hero, Alex De Rosso, that's incredible.

From: RichieRocker Date: June 24, 2002 at 22:13
'In my Dreams' is one of my favorite Dokken songs ever. Great vocals and the guitar work is priceless it doesnt need an explanation. 'Its not Love' is also a favorite of mine. I would say this was a high point in the bands career.

From: dokken6008 Date: June 27, 2002 at 4:13
Federico mentioned two songs off the new Dokken album that had a lot of potential but they just don't quite make it. They could have used some extra work, is all. As for 'Sunless Days', that is one of the best songs I have heard all year. LOVE the riff, the solo, the chorus, the echo-effect on Don's voice during the chorus----a masterpiece of a song. Oh and j., it's okay!! But God, do I hate 'bands' like the one you just mentioned.......

From: b casarin MEX Date: October 30, 2002 at 22:42
el disco mas sensacional y melodico de dokken highly recommended saludos from mexico!!! rating 95/100

From: J Scott Date: November 1, 2002 at 20:34
Best of the Dokken CD's, Not a bad song on this anywhere. It's Not Love, Jaded Heart and in My Dreams are my personal favorites. This is one of the Best Melodic Hard Rock CD's of all-time

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: November 5, 2002 at 4:22
Siguiendo los pasos del anterior,pero de sonido mucho mejor gracias a dos de los productores clásicos de los 80,N.Kernon y M.Wagener,quizás este disco tenga un sentido mas melódico que el anterior,y como temas me quedo con el mas cañero Lightnin'Strikes Again y uno melodico que es una maravilla como es Will The Sun Rise.VALE LA PENA.

From: ted Date: November 8, 2002 at 10:53
Uno de los mejores cds de los 80 repleto de temas para el recuerdo entre los q destacan 'in my dreams' ,'lightning strikes again' y 'don´t lie to me' ,a por el si no lo tienes

From: JASON Date: November 28, 2002 at 16:08
This album came out in 1985 and it still kicks the ass of Slipknot, Korn and all of their bullshit followers which some people think is music. BURN IN HELL: Slipknot, Korn, Mudvayne, System of a Down, etc.

From: dokken6008 Date: December 25, 2002 at 12:39
NOTE: If you read this message within the next twenty or so hours, you have no life. It's Christmas, man! Why waste your time reading crap-can messages from people like me when you should be out celebrating? Wha--?

From: Trick Taylor Date: December 30, 2002 at 16:09
They should have called this turd 'Dropping the Ball'. Perched on the edge of metal superstardom all Donald had to do was release an album with one killer track. Instead he comes up with 'The Hunter'? WTF! Granted there are a few rockers on this disc, but I can't get past the shiney suits and mundane songcraft. The band sucked live when I saw them open for Aerosmith on this tour.

From: Jhonnyrocker Date: March 11, 2003 at 14:04
wow!!this one really rocks!!!it is a little 'dark' but great performances by the whole band!lynch is a master..great chops!!

From: argentino aor Date: April 10, 2003 at 20:16
Que decir de este disco? BRILLANTE, SOBERBIO. Los solos de LYNCH conmueven hasta un muerto!!!! DOKKEN en su mejor momento, sin dudas un top ten de todos los tiempos. Cuando vi el video de In My Dreams corrí a comprarme el vinilo!!! Todos deberían de hacer lo mismo!!!

From: Date: May 31, 2003 at 22:58

From: Tony Date: June 9, 2003 at 4:49
For being released in 85' this is just a great combination of pop sensibilities with metal . My favorite Dokken cd and if some young kid today wanted to know what were some of the best 80's 'hair' metal cd's I'd feel comfortable handing him this one. Seems to be the most 'honest' sounding Dokken album and doesn't sound dated to me now in 03' and I think the reason is that the songs are so good and performed so well it really has no expiration date on it. Can't say the same about the cover!!

From: Pelarranas Date: June 9, 2003 at 10:05
en 2 palabras : IM - PRESIONANTE

From: RR-Finland Date: August 30, 2003 at 6:53
Second best album after Back For The Attack. Really good melodies and choruses. If you haven´t heard Dokken ever, you should buy this first and go get 'Back For..' after that! Satisfaction guaranteed!

From: pablo Date: September 6, 2003 at 8:43
Megaclasicazo que debe estar presente en cualquier colección de AOR y Hard Rock ,las 10 canciones alcanzan la perfección y la melodía que impregna George Lynch con su guitarra es maravillosa ,por cierto Don Dokken canta como los ángeles 10 /10

From: keebler Date: October 8, 2003 at 1:13
great cd a classic great guitar work!!

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: November 8, 2003 at 1:17
Definitely some classic tunes here,with tracks 1,2,3,4, & 6 being the stand-outs! 'It's Not Love' and 'In My Dreams' were Dokken's big video hits along with 'Alone Again' & 'Dream Warriors'.While this is definitely a classic hard rock disc,as a Dokken fan who owns all their domestic releases, I'd have to rank this one behind 'Back For the Attack','Tooth & Nail' ,AND 'Erase the Slate';still, this a MUST have for the true hard rock fan. 9.5/10

From: Dean Date: November 18, 2003 at 22:16
Someone said in a previous post that the first few Dokken albums did not age very well and though it pains me to say it, i'd have to agree. These guys were one of my favorite bands in the 80's but most of the songs sound better in my memories than they do when i play them now. These still is alot of good stuff on this album and I will defend Dokkken any time someone puts them down but compared to bands like Tesla they still kind of measure up short. I still give it 8/10 because most of the tunes

From: diego Date: November 19, 2003 at 16:33
it's not love es mas comercial ,se nota la influencia yankee.muy bueno.

From: piko Date: November 24, 2003 at 16:14
po pse mo gento. perse e the kte

From: K.K. Date: December 28, 2003 at 7:52
To me.. The best album in Dokken collection. It's really amazing, a very good stuff like It's Not Love, In My Dreams or Will The Sun Rise. Very catchy tunes, Lynch for me is a one of the best guitarists ever, great solos,

From: MJ (Marla) Date: January 4, 2004 at 16:44
My favorite Dokken album......so far!! 'It's Not Love', 'Jaded Heart', and 'Don't Lie To Me' .......GREAT stuff!!!

From: pablo Date: January 12, 2004 at 11:13
Obra maestra de este soberbio combo norteamericano ,los temas son fabulosos ,George Lynch y Don Dokken lo bordan un diez!!

From: Dusty Date: February 25, 2004 at 17:20
Awesome album! This is one of the best hard rock albums around. Melodic and heavy, the way it should be!

From: slayer_fan Date: April 5, 2004 at 6:35
To all dokken fan out there, is this album heavier, rawer or melodic than the tooth and nail album? does it got more ballad or more non-ballad songs? of all the 80's dokken album, which one is the more melodic metal?pleaase alittle HELP CAUSE I AM THINKIN BOUT BUYING IT!

From: melo Date: April 18, 2004 at 11:12
just buy it

From: jack Date: April 19, 2004 at 6:47
Dokken, just like ratt is just not good enough in the rock/metal world. i've listened to all their album from back in he street to back for the attack and its not as good as quality 80's rock/metal album like night songs by cinderella. i would not be bother about dysfunctional cause whats with the alternative crap? i know its the grunge and alernative era but cinderella 'still climbing' album is still hard rock/metal album and its released in the peak of grunge era. CINDERELLA ROCKS!!!

From: Metal T Date: April 26, 2004 at 20:19
Don's vocals are exceptional---Lynch's guitar-work smokes !(He had some d*mn good tone on Key').Sorry,-Sambora,Mars,Deville,LaBar etc not even in the same league as George .Keifer',Bon Jovi',Micheals', Neil',Elliot',Rose'etc not even in the same league as Don Dokken. -Dokken'(original line-up) have always stood head and shoulders above their so called peers,just thought id point that out !!-------------

From: Dusty Date: April 27, 2004 at 5:50
This is a very good album, great tunes and great guitar work from George, but I don't think Don's vocals are exceptional. His singing is ok, but his voice just misses something. I think singers as Tom Keifer, Jon Bon Jovi and the list you named all have something special (Vince Neil maybe doesn't sing as good, sometimes even off key, he has a voice of his own) and Dokken certainly does not stand head and shoulders over them, not all of them.

From: caluche Date: April 29, 2004 at 16:37
el mejor albun de este gran grupo ,un disco que no es una obra maestra pero resulta un insulto no tenerlo ,de 0 a 10 le pongo un 8

From: jack Date: April 30, 2004 at 5:29
I agree with Dusty!How can Don's voice be better than tom keifer's. DON'S voice is like a cross between klaus meine(scorpion) and joey tempest(europe)but more similar to klaus except he can't scream as well as klaus.His vocal prowess however is better the klaus and in the same league as joey but not in the same class as BOTH sebastian bach(skid row) and TOM KEIFER.BACH CAN DEFINITELY SCREAM AND SING BETTER THAN DON.AND KEIFER?HIS VOICE IS JUST EXCEPTIONAL:RASPY(LIKE NAZARETH)AND FULL OF EMOTION.

From: jack Date: April 30, 2004 at 6:09
Any way ,i think this album is not on the boundary of rock and metal but more of rock and pop,with mostly on the rock side of course, as expected of a hard rock band. This album is weaker and 'softer' than all of 80's dokken album.

From: Rockhead Date: April 30, 2004 at 6:18
jack-Why keep dissing Dokken's Cd's and making inane comparisons to other groups? 1. How is it weaker? 2. What are the POP songs? The majority of your comments have nothing to do with the cd's you are writing about, but rather a my dad is bigger than your dad scenario. Why don't you go to the notice boards and discuss the merits of one vocalist over another in the proper place.

From: jack Date: April 30, 2004 at 6:33
sorry ,Rockhead! I like dokken and all but it is comparison to great band like cinderella, MOTLEY CRUE and bon jovi that makes me think highly of them. which also imply that they are maybe on the same mould as them. I PLACE THEM EVEN HIGHER THAN WARRANT,POISON AND EVEN RATT. i don't want to compare them to nirvana, korn or incubus(would you?)cause dokken is far better than all three o them put together!

From: jack Date: April 30, 2004 at 6:40
and Rockhead, i think it is weaker than the other dokken 80's album means that this album have more ballad(slippin away&will the sun rise), softer guitar riff(in my estimation) and more importantly, the most melodic album out of the bunch. Just Look at the music category at the title page!

From: charvel man Date: May 12, 2004 at 19:56
I never listen to this anymore, I think the time for me on this one has just passed. But it is a good record. I have heard the stupid clown suits they are wearing on the cover was all don's idea. Lynch is great on this one as usual. the best tracks are the hunter, in my dreams, jaded heart, and don't lie to me. But worth picking up if you are a dokken fan.

From: angelo Date: May 13, 2004 at 19:04
un discazo!! will the sun rise increible, uno de mis temas favoritos de siempre.

From: jack Date: May 28, 2004 at 5:14
The suit they are wearing are pretty Weird and 'clownish' but its the 80's,man! In those days,these type of suit are the trend and fashion. Don may be exceptional at singing but his fashion taste sure is bad. But i think the cover is quite cool.

From: Andi Date: June 2, 2004 at 15:50
Einer der besten CD's der 80er. Für mich das beste Dokken Album

From: jack Date: June 11, 2004 at 1:53
Hey,i was just wondering if any of you guys heard of EZO? Even though they are from japan,they really rock. Anyone who like this album should listen to those kickass 80's japanese melodic metal band. Japanese metal band are quite amazing! cheers!

From: samolice Date: June 25, 2004 at 14:57
If i have to choose only one album on the long list of hard rock albums ever, i will probably take this!!!! Only great songs, great production, great musicians and of course great memorable hooks!!! 10/10

From: Big Papa K Date: June 26, 2004 at 1:17
Dokken changes their sound by going for a very clean, Def Leppard like production job. And it works! This is the most consistent release of Dokken's career and contains their biggest hits "In My Dreams" and "It's Not Love". 9/10

From: MARCHOCLO Date: July 14, 2004 at 0:04

From: jack Date: August 11, 2004 at 6:37
Is in my dream consider to be an anthem or ballad? most forum or fans regard it as a ballad while some do not.s.o.s

From: Big Mike Date: October 11, 2004 at 12:42
What it this a forum....dickheads. This album is a classic, some really good hard rock tracks and rare quality songwriting. Dokken never bettered this album. pure spun gold.

From: Rycheage Date: October 13, 2004 at 9:20
Not a filler on this exquisite album. "In My Dreams", "Unchain The Night" and "The Hunter" absolutely smoke. Lynch is indeed in rare form. "Jaded Heart" and "It's Not Love" also are great tunes. This is a must have for ANY 80's hard rock fan.

From: walter69spirit Date: November 26, 2004 at 11:23

From: Propane Date: November 30, 2004 at 10:54
Absolute perfection. The album will etch itself into awsomeness.

From: AHUEA Date: January 14, 2005 at 10:20
My favorite Dokken album, can´t get enough of in my dreams and tha incredible solo by George Lynch, no bad tracks on this one, just pure hard rock

From: Michael Date: January 16, 2005 at 21:18
This CD is one of the best hard rock albums..........ever.......to bad Don and George hated each other too much to keep it going (at this level) for years.........10/10

From: figgy Date: January 25, 2005 at 20:29
Always thought this was their best.Still remember cranking up the radio as soon as I heard them.Awesome melodies,harmonies,riffs.Always caught the ladies attention.All the songs were excellent.At the end I thought they changed too much.The 80's man,too bad it had to end....

From: Geoff Date: March 5, 2005 at 1:06
Another stunning release. 'Unchain the Night' begs the question- does it get any better (in '85)? 'In My Dreams' is awesome and by now you're already marvelling at George's stunning contribution, 'Slippin' Away' is a beautiful ballad, 'Lightnin' Strikes Again' is killer hard rock, 'It's Not Love' is a highlight and nothing short of sensational, 'Jaded Heart', 'Don't Lie to Me' are both great and 'Will the Sun Rise' is another highlight, and 'Til the Livin' End' a great closer. Nearly perfect.

From: JF Date: September 9, 2005 at 8:32
Imprescindible para amantes del hard melodico. It's Not Love o la maravillosa in my dreams (que tal solo de Lynch)son mis favoritas.Recuerdo cuando los vi por primera vez sus videos en Mtv (mi primo me mando un vhs de Usa)desde ese momento me gustaron mucho.

From: "el gran Ñako" Date: October 26, 2005 at 5:51
Otro de esos discos que resumen a la perfección lo que era el Heavy Metal en los 80. “Unchain the night” es un himno con unos coros y un solo alucinantes, “In my dreams”, otra lección de como hay que cantar y tocar. “Lightnin´...” el tema más cañero para terminar la primera cara. No flojean para nada los cinco temas restantes, no se puede destacar ninguno. Estos tíos eran unos monstruos y este su mejor disco.

From: Welsh Dragon Date: March 18, 2006 at 18:17
This is Dokkens finest hour. The playing is superb and the songs are among the best they ever wrote.'THE HUNTER','IN MY DREAMS' and 'IT'S NOT LOVE' stand out over the others but that doesn't mean the rest are rubbish. If only this line up could stop fighting and write more songs like these. Sadly it was all downhill from here. 9/10

From: Priest On E Date: April 9, 2006 at 18:03
Overshadowed by BACK FOR THE ATTACK...great album though. Also think TOOTH AND NAIL is better, as this is poppier. But thats just personal, as the production is an improvement and the melodies more refined...JADED HEART and the title track are the highlights, no doubt.

From: DANTE Date: July 6, 2006 at 3:34

From: sanxdowntherainbow Date: December 12, 2006 at 13:45
Wow this is the second from the Trilogy!!(tooth,lock,attack) I love the video from "Its not love"! every song is a winner here!, Neil Kernon did a great job producing this album! The sound still so fresh, even now that 21 years have passed since it was released. "Slipping away" should have be as huge as "Alone again" was. It also feautures two of the best Heavy metal tracks by Dokken: Lightin strikes again & Til the livin end! A must have! A+++

From: rockhardrock Date: March 25, 2007 at 16:58
my personal fav. of their best 3(tooth and nail,under lock and key,back for the attack).great band-similar to Ratt-thats why i love this band."in my dreams","the hunter" and "its not love" are true gems.Theres also beautiful ballad "will the sun rise"-i could say that its my fav.ballad of dokken.The 1. track has a great intro. Dokken at its best-for sure!!

From: dafoe21 Date: May 12, 2007 at 23:53
The tracks I would recommend to anyone would be, Unchain The Night, The Hunter, Till The Livin End, Lightning Strikes Again, and It's Not Love. Not a bad track on the album, really!

From: Wolven Date: August 12, 2007 at 15:39
Simply one of the best hard rock CD of all time. God bless Dokken !

From: YIRO Date: November 20, 2007 at 22:41
Un discazo. Un clásico definitivo. Un grupo que marcó pautas en el Hard Rock Melódico de los 80s gracias a esa fuerza en sus guitarras, las melodías y esos coros, es decir, tenían un gran sentido de la comercialidad en sus melodías que los hacía sonar frescos, potentes y melódicos a la vez. Temas como "In My Dreams" (INCREIBLE), "Don´t Lie To Me" y la vibrante "Unchain The Night" son autenticas muestras de poderío de Don Dokken y los suyos

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 10:32
This is Dokken at their best,buy it now.

From: RockMan10 Date: March 15, 2008 at 18:49
This is the ultimate CD. It has pacing, hard rockers, ballads, harmonies and memorable tunes for decades! Hard Rock does not get better than this. ULAK is ONE of the standards that all others try to measure up to. I do when I write songs.

From: kai Date: August 24, 2008 at 20:08
Wow this is a classic hard rock album of the 80s! Great riffs, guitar works and hooky tunes like "Unchain The Night","In My Dreams", "The Hunter", "Will The Sun Rise" , "It´s Not Love" makes this record a must have in any hard rock/AOR collection. Highly recommended!

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 5, 2009 at 1:29
For some reason, I don't like this one as much as Tooth And Nail. It's like a toned-down version of T&N. Just doesn't seem to have the same fire, for the most part. Some great songs, like, "Unchain The Night," "It's Not Love," and "Lightning Strikes Again" is a real ripper ... but man, one thing Dokken DIDN'T have, for better or worse, was that carefree sense of fun that kinda defined the era. And the last two songs on this disc do nothing for me. "'Til The Livin' End" is just a watered-down rewrite of "Tooth And Nail."

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 5, 2009 at 1:29
For some reason, I don't like this one as much as Tooth And Nail. It's like a toned-down version of T&N. Just doesn't seem to have the same fire, for the most part. Some great songs, like, "Unchain The Night," "It's Not Love," and "Lightning Strikes Again" is a real ripper ... but man, one thing Dokken DIDN'T have, for better or worse, was that carefree sense of fun that kinda defined the era. And the last two songs on this disc do nothing for me. "'Til The Livin' End" is just a watered-down rewrite of "Tooth And Nail."

From: hair metal again Date: July 6, 2009 at 9:17
this is the time that dokken started flirtinng with perfection.unbelievable production for that time,so polished and so not heavy metal,big backing vocals,excellent songs,this a truly big band.dokken , ratt and bon jovi through difficult heavy metal times kept the spirit alive and helped the most in what was going to be...anyway this is a killer melodic release by the mighty dokken

From: ghettonation73 Date: October 26, 2009 at 9:09
Good Cd, But I Still think Back For The Attack Is Their Best One.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 3, 2009 at 20:42
One of his (their) best effort undoubtebly..."Unchain The Night","In My Dreams"(semi AOR),"Lightnin' Strikes Again"(a blast and the best track!),"Will The Sun Rise" and "Til The Living End"(in the line of Lightnin'...another blast!)are Dokken's classic style!!!.The 80's will be remembered as the best years in music and this album belongs to that history...90/100

From: JamesEagle Date: December 2, 2009 at 4:01
Brilliant album. Every song is great, by far the best Dokken album for me. My favourites are 'Will the Sun Rise' and 'Unchain The Night', absolute classics. Fantastic.

From: Rick Thunder Date: December 5, 2009 at 2:35
This album is in my Ranking of the 10 best Hard Rock Albums , great tunes, the whole album is a Hard Rock masterpiece.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 2, 2010 at 12:39
We're rokken with Dokken! Well, uh, actually, I'm not, 'cause I've just never understood the overwhelming zeal people have for this album. Nothing particularly wrong with it--God knows they did a perfectly acceptable (but nothing more, in my opinion) job of locking down that mid 80s hard rock style--but I just don't hear anything that makes me label this a classic masterpiece.

From: Delbert Date: January 2, 2010 at 14:48
Dokken's vocals on this album are, in my opinion, at their pinnacle. Just listen to him hit the soaring notes in "Slippin' Away," an awesome ballad, or sample his vocal power in "Lightning Strikes Again." "Unchain the Night" is another example of how Dokken outshines most other 80's metal wailers [vocally]. This album is proof positive that Don Dokken is one of the 80's best vocalists. He injects passion and vitality into Dokken's songs....but Don would be "just another band" without their signature sound-- that of axeman George Lynch. His guitar talent and skill rivals that of other of the 80's best axemen-- no joke. Any of his solos on this album will prove that. The crisp, clean distortion sound that jumps off of his guitar in this album was/is one of the definitive sounds in 80's metal. ANYONE WHO IS NEW TO THE BAND SHOULD START HERE, THOUGH YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH ANY OF THE FIRST FOUR ALBUMS.

From: metalhead4life Date: September 18, 2010 at 9:47
The best Dokken album; 93/100

From: DonDefo Date: December 19, 2010 at 14:37

From: Animal! Date: January 22, 2011 at 1:32
Dokkens best without question! The Hunter melted my brain. My all time favorite Dokken song next to Breaking the Chains.

From: the rocker Date: January 22, 2011 at 15:17
I love this cd,I'm a huge fan of dokken to begin with. It really is tough for me to say this is their best, because back for the attack is SO awesome as well.

From: edwithmj Date: January 30, 2012 at 17:14
My favourite Dokken release. Unchain the Night is a great opener but lasts a little too long for me but The Hunter (very melodic), In My Dreams (catchy chorus and good rhythm) and Slipping Away (their best ballad I think) are all essential tracks. My favourite track though is Don't Lie To Me as it has a great riff and captivating vocals. Although fitting, Til The Livin' End isn't so good. Everyone on here should listen to this disc at least once.

From: pie75 Date: April 15, 2012 at 6:57
man this band delivered the goods in the 80's they had great rocking tunes that were friendly enough for radio rthe hunter and in my dreams is pure evidence of that

From: titothetitan Date: April 24, 2019 at 9:32
An OK album just like the previsous one. I liked the melodic songs more, 'Don't Lie to Me' and 'Will the Sun Rise'. Production is great, guitar player is awesome. 80/100.

From: Auslander Date: May 5, 2021 at 4:44
In 1985 there were quality releases from Kix, Loudness, Stryper, Icon and Kiss. But my pick of the year 1985 (glory years 1982-1992) is Dokken's "Under Lock and Key". Always a fractious band with Don (band leader) and George (guitar hero) basically hating each other and at each other's throats, they somehow managed to release a string of good albums. This commercial sounding release had genre classics like The Hunter, In My Dreams and It's Not Love. Grade A.

From: 123charpenay Date: May 5, 2021 at 17:43
the best dokken s record.love it.many hits.exceptional production,what sound!!!!!fabulous!!!.this album is a must have.unfortunately,no bonus tracks on the japan import.

From: BDrums1971 Date: November 25, 2021 at 2:21
To me, this will always be the definitive Dokken album. This was the first Dokken cassette I owned, and is still my favorite. Not a bad song on here. To me, the drums and guitar sound was perfect. I felt that BFTA, their next album, didn't have as good production, at least for drums and guitar as Under lock and key. Tooth and Nail was a pretty good album, but this one is to me light years ahead in song writing and production especially. This is one of those albums that come along once in a lifetime where everything lines up just right and a masterpiece is created.

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