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Artist: Desmond Child

Title: Discipline

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Desmond Child Discipline Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1991

Label: Elektra

Catalog Number: 9 61048-2


Desmond Child lead vocals
C.J. Vanson keyboards
Butch Walker guitar
John McCurry guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta drums
Michael Fisher percussion
Richie Sambora guitar
Steve Lukather guitar
Tony Levin bass
Tico Torres drums
Joan Jett backing vocals
Vivian Campbell guitar
Abraham Laboriel bass
Mark Free backing vocals
Jesse Harte backing vocals
Mitch Malloy backing vocals
Kane Roberts backing vocals


1.  The Price of Lovin' You  3:51
2.  Discipline  5:07
3.  I Don't Wanna Be Your Friend  4:59
4.  Love on a Rooftop  5:19
5.  You're the Story of My Life  4:59
6.  According to the Gospel of Love  6:10
7.  Do Me Right  4:20
8.  Obsession duet with Maria Vidal  5:47
9.  The Gift of Life  7:10
10.  A Ray of Hope  4:56
Total Running Time:  52:38

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From: paul Date: March 3, 2001 at 13:37
i am 42 years old and live in england. i have been buying records since i was 12 years old i have seen many bands over the years e.g kiss blue oyster cult. u f o budgie rush pat travers .tyketto yes.hawkwind .acdc and many more . ihave alarge selection of records and cds mostly aor eg mark free survivor king cobra signal michealbolton shy.strangeways john farhnam ect but the point iam trying to make is that in all my years of listening to music ihave never heard anything as good as dicipline

From: Rene Date: July 16, 2001 at 10:24
I love this album, Desmond child is great, in your album has touches from Bonfire, Meatloaf, Kiss, Winger, Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi, great songs, the ballads are beatiful and pretty, I love the ballad Obsession, like too the version The price of loving you from Bonfire ( pointblank album ) singing here for Desmond Child, and the song discipline with featuring Richie Sambora is very cool, Great album, A classic of AOR.

From: ANTONIO Date: June 12, 2002 at 16:29

From: the scarab Date: June 19, 2002 at 14:01
Desmond Child ,Mutt Lange & Dianne Warren need to take an EXTENDED break from the song writing department.They are part of the cause for the collapse of the 80's mainstream rock scene,they were writing for so many people that everyone started sounding the same.Thank God for more creative writers with expanded melodic vision such as Mark Spiro,Martin Page,Randy Goodrum and Holly Knight.Ohh yeahh by the way This album is CCCCCCRRRRRRRAAAAAAPPPPPPPp

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: July 7, 2002 at 9:02
Jamas entendere como el mas grande compositor de hits de la historia del rock melodico,saca un disco bajo su nombre de lo mas mediocre.

From: Reno Date: September 9, 2002 at 0:28
Bought this cd a few years ago and gave it a once thru and took it to the pawn shop. Complete shit would be an understatement for this cd.

From: Kim Date: September 9, 2002 at 15:09
Right Reno. Its a piece of commercial piece of shit. Hate it.

From: ROBERT Date: October 23, 2002 at 9:50
tiene 2 temas q me encantan, el resto lo encuentro interesante, para nada me parece un disco malo. ¿como es posible hacer algo mal con esos musicazos? Un disco correcto! para mi gusto por supuesto.

From: Axelinger Date: October 26, 2002 at 1:43
The schlockmeister releases his own steaming pile of turds instead of foisting it upon other artists for a change. This guy has the market cornered on wimpiness through his trite, dull, syrupy "contributions" to artists that had no business searching the jester out in hopes of finding the elusive (s)hit single. One word for ya, Desi -- RETIRE...

From: alejandro Date: April 15, 2003 at 13:42

From: Desmon's Mommy Date: June 14, 2003 at 8:16

From: giorgos-greece Date: August 16, 2003 at 7:52
aaaah desmond child .The man behind so many hits goes on his own singing record for the first and last time.Listening to the cd,you can verify his unique wrting talent that made so many artists popular.The production is ideal(as expected) and the list of the guests takes your breath away!The man is the best in what he does and although "discipline" is soft pop oriented with a target for big markets/sales the result is excellent.Tip about his voice: without knowning who's singin'....doesn't it

From: giorgos-greece Date: August 16, 2003 at 7:54
doesn't it remind you of Paul stanley???

From: La Narice Date: September 29, 2003 at 11:03
Tristemente, questa musica suona come i feces distillati.

From: Chris. Date: October 30, 2003 at 22:47
This album is a total and utter pile of shit..

From: caluche Date: November 11, 2003 at 17:38
de 0 a 10 le pongo un 0 lo estraño es que esta acompañado de unos músicazos por eso le pongo un cero como una rueda de tractor

From: ejeh Date: January 30, 2004 at 22:20
how do i get to listen to any of the track?

From: run2u Date: February 5, 2004 at 14:25
Exacto.Este álbum es como si invitas a un famoso cocinero a tu casa...y el hijoputa te prepara una tortilla de patatas incomestible. Te preguntas:¿lo habrá hecho a mala leche?Pues esto es lo mismo,incomprensible que alguien de la talla de D.Child edite algo así de aburrido y soso,repetitivo,lite AOR del peor.Si tuviese que puntuar,lo aprobaría como mis matemáticas,por los pelos...y gracias a algún tema chulo(The Price Of Lovin'You)y al nivelón de los músicos. KEEP ON ROCKIN'

From: pablo Date: February 13, 2004 at 10:54
Pues a mi me parece un grandioso trabajo de AOR americano con temazos como la fenomenal "You re the story of my life" o el hit "The price of loving you"

From: Aero Force Mike Date: February 16, 2004 at 14:28
My god I have never heard anything as disgusting as this! This is THE most vomit-inducing, slick, power-ballad ridden slab of slime-ball garbage I have ever heard. Nelson have more balls than this! Not only does the very nature of Desmond Child doing a CD have a disgraceful aura of "this is how you do REAL songs you amateur bands out there!"... but the guy can't even sing! His voice strains to hit any notes beyond normal conversation octaves... and all the songs are just scum. Total crap!

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From: Blue Charvel Date: February 16, 2004 at 14:51
I'll drink to that Mike. This is what you get when you're so powerful in the industry that no one will tell you how much you SUCK. But quite obviously this sucks more than anything ever sucked before, and hopefully ever will again.

From: Tony Date: February 22, 2004 at 3:30
I figured this disc would either be loved or hated. I actually think it's very good FOR WHAT IT IS!!!! Don't make the mistake of thinking "Hey he's written for Bon Jovi & Kiss, it'll sound similar". More along the lines of Michael Bolton with better songs. "Love On A Rooftop" is just perfect AOR and "Do Me Right" is spectacular too. Yeah it is slickly produced but are you buying a Desmond Child disc or an indie punk band disc? Worth it for"Love On A Rooftop" alone!!!

From: Aero Force Mike Date: February 22, 2004 at 11:48
Well I DID buy it cos i was thinking there'd be similarities to his work with all the other bands... but not just on blind assumption, it's because I looked at the other band members first - Kane Roberts, Jesse Hart, Mark Free, Butch Walker, Vivian Campbell, Richie Sambora - I honestly thought "well if these guys are there, it can't be all wimpy crap! I know there will be some, cos it's old Des, but the guitarist from Dio? Kane Roberts? Southgang?!?!?! It's gotta rock!" What a waste of talent.

From: Gareth Date: April 11, 2004 at 6:21
Great album....just what I expected from such a great writer....8/10

From: Big Papa K Date: June 12, 2004 at 23:46
After listening to this album, it is obvious that Desmond did not save his best songs for himself. An incredibly weak album, not just sonically, but also song wise. One of the biggest dissapointments I have heard considering the talent involved on the album. 3/10

From: TIM (2) Date: August 26, 2004 at 14:14
Wow, really negative comments on this. I've always thought this was an excellent album, and so what if his voice isn't the best, the songs are (almost all) great. "Price of Loving You" is on Bonfire's "Point Blank" and the versions are similar, and "The Gift of Life" are my highlights, only "Obsession" lets the side down a little. It's AOR-by-numbers, and he's lost some credibility with recent work with O-Town/Diana DeGarmo etc, but this still gets airtime in my house. 8/10.

From: Wotty Date: August 26, 2004 at 14:52
Hi Tim[2].It should have been a top CD but only Gospel of Love came close to a rock out,followed by Obsession which was sickly-sweet,but a soft AOR fans delight,apparently.Bit of a disappointment really...

From: TIM (2) Date: August 26, 2004 at 15:20
Hey Wotty, I just love his songs, they all have killer hooks, and although this is soft I still liked it. Have you heard Danny Vaughn's version of his song "Suddenly" (that Leanne Rimes covered) on the From the Inside album? Awesome song, with an amazing vocalist...

From: Geoff Date: August 26, 2004 at 20:46
I admit that after hearing this CD I prefer Desmond in the background of such melodic titans like Kane Roberts and countless others he assisted, but I don't think this is a bad CD by any means. A lot softer than I was expecting, but that said, ballads like 'Gift of life' and 'I don't wanna be your friend' are just beautiful. 'The price of loving you' was done much better by Bonfire, but overall I can find a few songs off this one I like. Pretty good album overall...

From: Blue Tequila Date: September 18, 2004 at 19:56
This starts out pretty good, sounding a little like Kane Roberts. The first 4 tracks are the standouts but then it totally runs out of gas and melts into sappy unmemorable pop love for the remainder of the album.

From: BWH"Indonesia" Date: September 30, 2004 at 3:21
Anyway, DC is a great songwriter and he is a great singer too. This is an amazing album. I'll always wait for his next release.

From: christos/greece Date: October 24, 2004 at 1:09
i love this album! check out for my review at

From: Mike Date: November 19, 2004 at 2:31
good album, relaxing. "Price of loving you" is the 'heaviest' song on the album... could be much more rocking songs...

From: raul Date: November 19, 2004 at 6:13
Simply..a MasterPiece

From: Dave Stamos Date: December 13, 2004 at 10:24
Bueno bueno...veo estoy quedando boquiabierto...como se pasan con Desmond...este album es un gran disco, solo con mirar la lista de musicos colaboradores uno se da cuenta de ello. Es un trabajo intimista de sensacional feeling, es un trabajo SUYO, es Bon Jovi ni Aerosmith no os confundais...Desmond era genial: Desmond era "The Touch" se si me entendeis...hay que juzgar a Desmond como lo q es: un genio de la composocion y nada mas y nada menos. Gracias a Dios por genios asi!!!

From: G. Oliveira Date: December 14, 2004 at 9:43
Thank you Desmond for everything you have done for music, you are a master!!! Discipline 10/10

From: howe Date: January 12, 2005 at 18:38
This isn't "powerful" hard rock... so what? It's simply music, very good music! "You're the story of my life" is one of those songs I couldn't live without! 9/10

From: CurtisLoew Date: February 12, 2005 at 16:58
Definitely pretty lame. Not a disappointment, because I wasn't really expecting much (I picked it up BECAUSE of the negative comments here!) A better vocalist might've been able to salvage a track like "I Don't Wanna Be Your Friend", but on the whole, there is no need to own this. (And I typically dig Desmond's cheesy tunes.)

From: Swriter Date: February 12, 2005 at 20:33
I love this one, I had the cassette when it came out and knew he was a great writer but this one grew on me and to this day, still listen from time to time, great production, vocals, and tunes!!! The Price and The Gospel are two wonderful songs and a few of the best from Desmond

From: The Dolphin Date: February 27, 2005 at 4:05
A good cd,not the best.Two great songs are "I don't wanna be your friend" and "You're the story of my life".It sounds like Bob Halligan "Window in the wall"

From: Lennie Date: March 21, 2005 at 17:45
There's obviously quite a few people out there who dont like Desmond Child. What generally makes a good album is great songwriting, and in that department this album is top notch. OK so he doesnt rock out on every track but 'Story of my Life' , 'I dont wanna be your friend' and 'Gift of Life' get my vote.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 15, 2005 at 21:05
Average, Bufff y pensar que es el genio que creo tantos buenos temas en muchas bandas y de si mismo se descuido que pena. lo justo es lo justo no se merece una buena critica con las expectativas que uno tenia de el.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 15, 2005 at 21:09
Mejor olvidate de este disco.

From: juan carlos Date: August 6, 2005 at 20:42
bueno bueno para mi es un album correcto, menos mal que no espere mucho de este album.. simplemente lo escuche y me agradó.. hay temas bonitos y una voz adecuada a la musica hecha aqui, me gustan mas los temas tranquilos, claro que el album peca de irregular pero es aceptable a mi modo de ver y la produccion es excelente.. sobre todo repito en las semi-baladas que sin ser grandiosas me gustan de verdad.. 7/10

From: juan carlos Date: August 6, 2005 at 20:49
ah y me olvidaba... la composicion tambien cuenta ehh.. es desmond child no? 10/10 ;-)

From: Dorothea Date: February 11, 2006 at 18:48
Si algo merece la pena de este disco son los coros de Mark Free.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: March 1, 2006 at 14:42
It's mind-boggling that the master songwriter/producer behind so many great melodic hard rock albums could release this dismal piece of AOR/pop dogshit. I think I'd rather listen to one of those CDs full of little kids screaming nursery rhymes at the top of their lungs while a synthesizer thumps in the background than hear this gag-inducing drivel again. The man has mucho talent, so it's indefensible that he put out a solo album this bad. He should be severely disciplined for this abomination...

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 3, 2007 at 17:26
The bottom line on this one is this. If you know Desmond's work enough that you would buy this in the first place, then you know exactlly what to expect from him both musically and as an artist. If you do, then you know that is exactlly what you got. This album is loaded with killer AOR, that done buy any other band or artist. Would be top ten hits. The problem for most of you is that Desmond is singing them and his voice is not all that great. Granted, had he even used a different guest...

From: Metalmusicman Date: January 3, 2007 at 17:32
Vocalist on each of the songs here it would have made a huge difference and this album would have been a whole different beast. That said, it's the songs here that matter and for the most part they are top notch. I would love to hear some of these redone in the future by other artists. Bonfire's take on "Price Of Love" is killer. Now while this wont be the best cd in your collection. If you like the songs of Desmond Child, this one's for you.

From: Frank (Arg) Date: April 26, 2007 at 16:33
Descepcionante, empieza flojo y termina terrible, para nada lo esperado le doy un 6 de 10 razguñando.

From: ferstyx Date: July 11, 2007 at 14:53
Lo tuve y lo vendi. En esa epoca me parecio demasiado suavecito. Estaba en una onda mas hard rock. Hace poco me lo compre nuevamente a menos de 10$. No me parece que sea tan malo. La primera cancion es mi favorita. Las baladas son buenas. Eso si no sabe aprovechar bien los talentos que lo acompañan como Steve Lukather o Vivian . Buen produccion y con una voz que se ajusta perfectamente a este estilo

From: SamboraRocks86 Date: November 4, 2007 at 12:08
i must be the only person who actually likes this album then!! granted its not a classic, but there are atleast 3 good songs on here, the cover and the Sambora tunes...worth it for those 3 i think. just dont spend more than $5 on it.

From: Dance Nation Date: March 10, 2008 at 19:05
Nope Samborarocks86, you are not alone. This is an easy 9/10 for me. Desmond writes and sings with true feeling on this release, making it a little more indulgent than Desmond's 80's 'AOR by numbers' output (which I personally LOVE). Opener 'Price of Lovin' You' is AOR Heaven! The styles mix a little after that - from the Poppy/Fusion of the title track, which kicks in at the chorus, thru the Bon Jovi-ish (circa 'New Jersey') 'According to The Gospel Of Love' (the weakest song on the CD). 'Obses

From: Dance Nation Date: March 10, 2008 at 19:09
....'Obsession' is the albums killer for me - a soulful ballad (duet), which builds and builds until the two vocalists voices are soaring and interspersing with each other right to the fade-out. Exquisite! So it's a mixed bag, of decent to excellent songs. Perhaps a more AOR-filled CD would have given this a 10. As it stands, a reliably solid release, which still occasionally makes it onto my player even after these 16 or so years since it's release. 9/10.

From: Flyboy Date: April 18, 2009 at 11:21
Wow! What a lot of bitterness and jealousy directed at DC. You can love or hate him, and you can love or hate some of the songs on the CD, but anyone that doesn't like Obsession is suspect. Anyone I have played this song for has bought the CD. Personally, I have a condo that has an incredible view overlooking the city. If I bring a lady there at night and play Obsession- I don't sleep alone. It is truly magnificent.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 22, 2011 at 22:59
For me is a good album,not too consistent but enjoyable anyway...Desmond Child has been linked with many artists through out his career and well it was time for him to release his first solo effort(the only one known as a solo) faves are "The Price Of Loving You"(perhaps the best track of the album IMHO),"Love On A Rooftop"(Cher covered this track),"You're The Story Of My Life","According To The Gospel Of Love"(rocks good!),"Do Me Right" & "The Gift Of Life"...88/100

From: 123charpenay Date: November 25, 2021 at 15:59
desmond child have writing many,many hits.thanx to him.but his voice have nothing extraordinary and this record is france we says "c est mou du genou".too too soft .this album is for mens who wants seduce a girl.

From: hair metal again Date: June 27, 2022 at 15:01
excellent solo release for DESMOND CHILD back in the early 90s having on board many of his famous musicians-friends !the production is fantastic as expected,the songs are very good with a strong commercial edge and the musicianship is of the highest level as well!"the price of loving you","you re the story of my life","i dont wanna be your friend" and "according to the gospel of love" are great songs the prove his ability!great stuff

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