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Artist: Keel

Title: The Right to Rock

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Keel The Right to Rock Album Cover


Category: Metal

Year: 1985

Label: Gold Mountan/A and M

Catalog Number: (LP) GM6-5041


Ron Keel lead vocals, guitar
Bryan Jay lead guitar, backing vocals
Marc Ferrari lead guitar, backing vocals
Kenny Chaisson bass, backing vocals
Dwain Miller drums, backing vocals


1.  The Right to Rock  
2.  Back to the City  
3.  Let's Spend the Night Together  
4.  Easier Said Than Done  
5.  So Many Girls, So Little Time  
6.  Electric Love  
7.  Speed Demon  
8.  Get Down  
9.  You're the Victim (I'm the Crime)  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: wade-link Date: March 14, 2001 at 9:19

From: fredman Date: July 25, 2001 at 1:23
i agree,,but this does stand on its own,great hair band before you knew what to call them.produced by gene simmons,this one is ok gene! its worth a listen or 2 or 3.

From: toņo chile Date: October 9, 2001 at 22:32
great disc,the best album of all ron keel's history

From: TIM Date: April 26, 2002 at 3:36
I am not a fan of Keel's material. I liked this one above his others, but I got bored quick. I like Ron better with other bands.

From: carlos rosales Date: May 6, 2002 at 20:31
These is one of my alltime favorite bands KEEL rocks!!! 'The Right To Rock' is my favorite song on this cd i love the video for 'the right to rock' it's awesome......

From: Nift Date: September 6, 2002 at 22:52
my first taste of Keel and it was not nice..never bite into this lot again

From: Metal_Ed Date: October 6, 2002 at 21:09
This is not my favorite Cd of all time but it holds it's ground. At the time it was something different...gotta love Ron Keels voice! The only thing is that the sound quality really sucks even for '85 standards.

From: Gar Date: January 5, 2003 at 23:05
This was a big improvement over their 1st. The title track is a semi-classic. Their next album, THE FINAL FRONTIER, was probably their best.

From: Trick Taylor Date: February 3, 2003 at 18:11
I always got the impression that Ronnie (Lee) wanted it too bad and he was willing to sell his soul to Gene Simmons or country music to get it. I bought EVERYTHING back in the day, but never bothered with this bunch. Ron's voice does nothing for me, and if you can't get past the voice, then you got nuthin. Ronnie, Blackie Lawless, Traci Gunns, and Steve Rachelle should form a band called 'Almost'.

From: Edward Date: May 24, 2003 at 14:37
This album is for me their best. I love all the songs, but my favorites are: The Right To Rock and Speed Demon. The song Speed Demon was from their first album: Lay Down The Law. But I love the second version of the song. The loyal KEEL fans wait for a comeback show. Maybe, just maybe they'll return because nothing can stop the 80's fever. And the songs in this album may be the reason to come back, if they ever come back to the metal scene.

From: 80's Maniac Date: May 24, 2003 at 14:48
Awesome band, awesome album! Is great! And the best of all, it was produced by the awesomely great Gene Simmons! I really recommend you to get this one. All the songs are great! I'm a huge KEEL fan. And, so are you? If you said yes, you'll love to get this one!

From: Alejandro Date: June 12, 2003 at 14:25
Otro disco que tuvo un paso fugaz por mi discoteca.A pesar de la producciōn de Gene,al menos en mi opinion,NADA de lo que se escucha en este ālbum puede destacarse tan siquiera como interesanteY sobre todo es sencillamente asombroso que RON haya tenido cierto reconocimiento como vocalista.Los temas armados en la estructura de mediados de los 80,con buenas guitarras,pero sin demasiada originalidad,y lo poco que podrėa resaltar se opaca con una voz de ese nivel.4/10. carro_martin2000@yahoo.com.ar

From: Axelinger Date: September 15, 2003 at 18:05
Let's get real here, people -- the lyrics on this album blow dead toads... Kiddie anthems, aimed at the 12 to 15 age range, with every hokey cliche in the book trotted out ad nauseum... The music might be decent enough, but those gawdawful lyrics sink this thing faster than a destroyer firing on a rowboat...

From: Scandinavia Date: September 18, 2003 at 12:37
Hahaha Having an off-day Axelinger?? First you dis Poison then Keel...I wonder what else I'll find! Yeah, sure it's cheesy if you compare it to Kenny G etc. Hahaha...Man, don't be SO serious all the time! Try to enjoy life once in a while...On the other hand, what would Keel have been without the anthemic songwriting?? It matches the sound/style perfectly! I love it! Same goes for Poison...They play dirty music = They write dirty lyrics....Anyway, you can't change it can ya???

From: Axelinger Date: September 18, 2003 at 14:07
No, but I can maintain that it's well below spectacular...

From: John Date: October 21, 2003 at 15:42
This is how you do melodic hard rock. Ron keeps it mega heavy while retaining the melodies. There's no denying big choruses like 'The Right To Rock' or 'Electric Love'. Am I crazy or was 'Speed Demon' playing during the mailroom scene in Men In Black II? 9.5/10.

From: Scandinavia Date: October 21, 2003 at 16:50
No, you're right...I watched the movie during a serious session of hangovers & suddenly I heard 'Speed Demon'....YEEEES!!! Metal lives on! Aliens seem to dig it too....

From: 80sMetal1 Date: November 13, 2003 at 17:05
This is definitely Keel's best album, combining the power of Lay Down the Law with the melody of the S/T. Just about every track on here rocks; the best one's being Back to the City, Easier Said Than Done, The Right To Rock, and the kick-ass cover of the Stones' Let's Spend the Night Together. Just loud crunchy, razor-sharp guitars with soaring voices, a must for all melodic hard rock/metal fans. Not to mention, I've met Ron Keel before, he's just the nicest guy.

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 5, 2004 at 17:53
What a great record! Kind of cheesy looking back nineteen (!) years later but when this was a current release it got TONS of play in my house. When I got my first car I made sure the first song played in the cassette deck was 'Speed Demon' off of this album. Does anybody have the re-issued CD on Metal Mayhem Records? I ask because it has a bonus track, a 'remix' of 'Easier Said Than Done,' which oddly enough doesn't sound that different than the album version... so I wonder what's the point?

From: Scandinavia Date: January 8, 2004 at 10:31
Yes, I have the re-mastered version...The only cool thing 'bout that version is the liner notes by Ronnie...The 'remix' was just an attempt to make it look like more than its original pressing if you ask me...

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 8, 2004 at 13:30
The liner notes by Ronnie are cool but unintentionally funny to some extent... in it he sez something about how he's grateful that this album is considered 'an important cornerstone in metal history,' or words to that effect, and I'm like 'um... Ron... it was a good album, but it was never more than a cult item.. it ain' t like you were Metallica, for cryin' out loud...

From: Alejandro Date: February 9, 2004 at 14:35
Otro disco que tuvo un paso fugaz por mi discoteca.A pesar de la producciōn de Gene,al menos en mi opinion,NADA de lo que se escucha en este ālbum puede destacarse tan siquiera como interesanteY sobre todo es sencillamente asombroso que RON haya tenido cierto reconocimiento como vocalista.Los temas armados en la estructura de mediados de los 80,con buenas guitarras,pero sin demasiada originalidad,y lo poco que podrėa resaltar se opaca con una voz de ese nivel.4/10.carro_martin2000@yahoo.com.ar

From: vandervelde Date: February 14, 2004 at 13:36
What a discovery...what a great band....i love that american heavy metal...energetic, furious, and awesome melodies...vocalist remind me in many moments Gene Simmons If you like music of Icon (with Clifford),Crystavox, Loudness,Leatherwolf this is definately for you....

From: Rycheage Date: June 27, 2004 at 18:02
Keel's high energy brand of rock peaks with 'You're The Victim (I'm The Crime)' a rampaging speed metal masterpiece. The annihilation of the twin guitar attack and Keel's own masterful high pitched vocals go for the throat. Anthems are the main course and plenty are served up with 'The Right To Rock' and 'Back To The City' on a par with the best 80's AC/DC material.

From: Scandinavia Date: June 27, 2004 at 18:18
AC/DC??? Hardly worth comparing the two...

From: Rycheage Date: June 27, 2004 at 18:32
Anthem wise, yes it is. Most of AC/DC's material in the 80's were raucous anthems. I didn't say the band was as GOOD as AC/DC, just the 2 anthems I mention are indeed worth mentioning among AC/DC's 80's anthems.

From: Dean Date: June 27, 2004 at 18:48
Actually-I'd take Keel over AC/DC any day. Just not a fan of Angus and the boys. As a side note I kind of lost respect for Ron Keel after his country conversion.

From: KAN FROM TAIWAN Date: September 8, 2004 at 23:03

From: Geoff Date: September 9, 2004 at 20:07
Good consistent hard rock. Not one of my favourite Keel releases, but I like all their CDs. Just good, ballsy hard rock.

From: christo Date: November 21, 2004 at 7:55
some good songs, back to the city kicks ass

From: Propane Date: December 1, 2004 at 14:05
This kind of stuff proves MTV can shove it up their ass, once again. Extroardinary tunes on this one.

From: razor Date: March 26, 2005 at 11:12
This cd is a GREAT comedy relief album!!!

From: drakken Date: July 26, 2005 at 14:18
Cuando escuchas 'The Right To Rock' se te llenan las venas de metal!

From: Toņo Chile Date: September 4, 2005 at 21:55
Keel is Rock....The right to rock is a amazing album,Final Frontier is great,KEEL KICK ASS

From: themartin Date: August 13, 2006 at 11:46
I found unbelievable that bands like this, got some attention from the metal fans (They were voted best new band in Metal Edge Magazine!) Keel ( and King Kobra, Rough Cutt etc) are so unoriginal, boring, run-of-the mill, uninspired that hurts, these bands has nothing to do along the likes of Leppard, Motley,Guns, Priest or even Ratt. Well, Right To Rock (the song) was fine,a classic anthem at that time, but then Ron Keel screwed everybody saying, the censorship in music is OK. 4.0 outta 10

From: metalhead4life Date: September 24, 2006 at 1:14
I have this one and their S/T - like the S/T better. This one is pretty good too. I give this one a 7/10 while I give their S/T a 8/10. I believe Gene Simmons had a hand in this bands career which I'm sure helped. Let's Spend the Night Together reminds me of Kiss.

From: edwithmj Date: December 2, 2009 at 22:14
Very, very average. With three guitarists I expected there to be good solos but even they were absent. Every song sounds the same and no matter how many times I listen to them I still can't put a name to any of the songs. Having said that, the album certainly has balls and the lyrics are very masculine; I dunno, maybe Keel isn't to my taste.

From: Hairbanger Date: December 3, 2009 at 17:15
first Keel album I ever listened! Keel are one of the best bands of all time, love his voice, and I can't hardly wait for the new material.

From: hair metal again Date: April 20, 2010 at 0:55
great release from KEEL back in 85,when a hard rock explosion was ready to happen.amazing guitar work by ferrari and jay,raw vocs by ronnie and straight heavy hard songs is the deal here."back to the city","lets spend the night together","electric love" and "get down" are the highlights .they were just getting better and better

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 8, 2011 at 9:37
The title track is something of a cult-metal classic and deservedly so, but none of the other songs rise to that level, slapping this firmly in the solid-but-nothing-special-except-for-that-one-song category (which would make a great name for an iPod Playlist, by the way). Still, it's only right that every 80s hard rock fan at least have that track somewhere in their collection, 'cause you have to appreciate the anthemic chorus and with its call-and-response gang vocal delivery. Keel always was a 2nd (or was it 3rd?) tier band, but they managed to encompass what the 80s metal scene was all about.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 29, 2020 at 4:43
A step down if compared with the debut one IMHO 🤨 but still kicks some a**... tracks #6,7,8 & 9 are mine 👍 .83/100

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