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Artist: Keel

Title: Lay Down the Law

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Category: Metal

Year: 1984

Label: Shrapnel

Catalog Number: (LP) 1014


Ron Keel lead vocals, guitar
Kenny Chaisson bass, backing vocals
Bobby Marks drums, backing vocals
Bryan Jay lead guitar, backing vocals
Marc Ferrari lead guitar, backing vocals


1.  Thunder and Lightning  
2.  Lay Down the Law  
3.  Speed Demon  
4.  Princess of Illusion  
5.  Born Ready  
6.  Metal Generation  
7.  Till Hell Freezes Over  
8.  Tonight You're Mine  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: WADELINK Date: November 24, 2001 at 19:48

From: T. Rush Date: January 23, 2002 at 22:46
I have 2 of thesene from eBay and one from a private seller.One is a CD-R, and I highly suspect that the other is (though advertised as an IMPORT).The artwork is of lesser quality than a normal cd,& the barcode is from the tape version.Be VERY aware of what you are buying.If the barcode number ends in anything but a '-2' it is NOT the original CD, but a copy (records end w/'-1', and tapes w/'-4').I honestly don't think that this was EVER released on CD - domestically OR as an import. BEWARE!

From: Gar Date: January 5, 2003 at 22:59
Their other albums were decent, but I could never get into this one. The songs and the production are terribly dated. A few of these songs were re-recorded for their 2nd album, with better results. Unless you're a die hard fan, skip it.

From: 80sMetal1 Date: November 13, 2003 at 16:58
This one's hard as hell to find, luckily I have it on cassette from back in the day. Thunder And Lightning, Born Ready, Metal Generation, and Lay Down the Law are all kickass metal tracks. And Princess of Illusion is one awesome ballad which showcases Ron Keel's dynamic voice.

From: Fat Freddy Date: December 22, 2003 at 12:43
One of the worst album covers of the 80s... and I'll stick with the re-recorded versions of the songs that wound up on RIGHT TO ROCK. The ones they didn't re-record weren't that good anyway. I guess everyone has to start someplace...

From: Rene Date: December 22, 2003 at 16:45
I think that the album cover looks increible sexy. It makes you wanna fuck all the time. Yes, cool cover and cool album by one of my all time favorite bands KEEL.

From: Paolo Date: March 24, 2004 at 14:16
I never listen to this album but i have to say that the cover is really beautiful, in my opinion this is one of the best cover of the 80's!!!

From: Rockhead Date: March 25, 2004 at 5:45
Paolo-are you trying to pull Rene? The best cover of all time?? I think NOT

From: Paolo Date: July 22, 2004 at 5:32
Hey Rockhead i didn't say this is the best cover of all time, read more carefully!!!

From: Rockhead Date: July 22, 2004 at 9:12
Blimey Paolo-you been in prison? Posted in March-Responded in July!!LOL. Fair dues-But it is still no where near the best cover's even of the 80's.

From: Paolo Date: July 26, 2004 at 5:09
Rockhead you are right....i've been in prison....hey, about this cover it's my opinion, you can agree or not, no problem....btw which are your 80's favourite covers??

From: jack Date: August 30, 2004 at 6:46
Best cover or not,the cover certainly is my favourite-wow.

From: Metal Man Date: October 11, 2004 at 18:50
This has never been officially released on CD.Ron is reportedly working on having it out soon!

From: Rene Date: October 12, 2004 at 2:34
I still think this cover is cool and i am still having sex watching it ha ha ha. I have it on vinyl and the cover is sooooooo big!!!!!

From: Propane Date: December 1, 2004 at 14:03
Ron knows how to assemble musicians, doesn't he? Everything Keel did was great.

From: orietto Date: April 25, 2005 at 19:24
why not released on cd ? ron keel and the others guy have been drinking too much during last 20 years ?

From: underworld king Date: January 5, 2009 at 3:17
It's finally been officially released on cd in 2008 by Shrapnel Records.

From: forza-orietto Date: January 6, 2009 at 13:04
eeehhh digipack popo i don't like digipack ehh hope now on japan press, anyway forse andrea per millelire lo prende....

From: odinroxx Date: May 23, 2009 at 1:11
This is an awesome album!! And an awesome cover to!!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 14, 2009 at 15:55
An excellent debut by Keel undoubtebly..powerful and overall..metal!!!all the songs are bloody worth every penny you spend on it 4 sure!!!.."Thunder And Lightning","Speed Demon","Till Hell Freezes Over" and of course the hymn "Lay Down The Law" are amazing songs...about the cover???...didn't get the censorship sticker i suppose..hahahaha!!!.Buy this album if u can..90/100

From: hair metal again Date: April 18, 2020 at 9:38
fantastic debut for KEEL back in 84 ,a band that ruled the mid 80s metal/hard scene with that raw,straight.guitar driven commercial sound and those strong rough Ron s vocals that give much power to their sound!al the songs here are anthemic and catchy and overall this is a much underrated release ,for me one of the best of that era!a must have of course by a classy band

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