KEEL - THE RIGHT TO ROCK - German Release 12" LP VINYL Album

"KEEL - The Right to Rock" is the second studio album by heavy metal band Keel. It was the first to be produced by Kiss's Gene Simmons under their new label Gold Mountain Records (which was distributed by A&M Records at the time). When the band started recording the album, drummer Bobby Marks left. He was replaced by different drummers: Fred Coury (who went on to join Cinderella), Barry Brandt (of Angel) and Steve Riley (who subsequently left to join the band W.A.S.P.). Dwain Miller eventually became the band's permanent drummer before the album was released.


KEEL - The Right To Rock German Release 12" LP VINYL Album front cover

Album Description:

In the world of heavy metal history, certain albums stand as milestones, leaving an indelible mark on the genre and its fans. "KEEL - The Right to Rock" is undoubtedly one of those iconic releases that continue to resonate with metal enthusiasts to this day. This second studio album by the heavy metal band Keel holds a special place not only for its powerful sound but also for its unique journey in creation and collaboration.

The album's significance is immediately underscored by the fact that it was produced by none other than Gene Simmons, the legendary member of the iconic rock band Kiss. Simmons's involvement injected a fresh energy into Keel's music and brought a level of expertise that only a seasoned performer and producer like him could offer. Released under Gold Mountain Records, with distribution by A&M Records at the time, "The Right to Rock" wasn't just an album; it was a statement of Keel's intent to claim their spot in the rock and metal pantheon.

The road to creating this masterpiece wasn't without its twists and turns. As fate would have it, the band encountered changes in their lineup during the recording process. Drummer Bobby Marks departed the group, leading to a series of replacements that included Fred Coury (who would later become a key member of Cinderella), Barry Brandt (known from Angel), and Steve Riley (who would go on to join W.A.S.P.). Dwain Miller eventually took up the drumsticks as the band's permanent drummer, adding stability to the lineup just before the album's release.

The album's sonic journey took place across two iconic locations: Record Plant in Los Angeles, California, and Media Sound in New York City. These studios became the crucibles in which the album's raw energy was harnessed and transformed into a timeless collection of tracks.

Behind the scenes, a team of skilled sound engineers played a crucial role in crafting the album's distinctive auditory experience. Names like Bruce Smith, Craig Engel, Eddie DeLena, Greg Fulginiti, Mikey Davis, Patrick Hutchinson, Paul Wertheimer, and Sebastian Thoner became the architects of the album's sonic landscape. Their expertise ensured that every riff, every drum beat, and every vocal nuance found its perfect place in the mix.

The album's cover art is a testament to the attention to detail that went into its creation. The photography, handled by Aaron Rapoport, captures the essence of the band's energy and spirit. Meanwhile, Chuck Beeson's album cover design and John Taylor Dismukes's illustrations combined to create a visual identity that perfectly complemented the album's sonic power.

Of course, no discussion of "KEEL - The Right to Rock" is complete without acknowledging the musical talents that brought the album to life. The band's lineup included Ron Keel on vocals and guitar, Marc Ferrari on guitar and vocals, Bryan Jay on guitar and vocals, Kenny Chaisson on bass and vocals, and Dwain Miller on drums and vocals. The album also featured the additional drums of Steve Riley, who brought his extensive experience from bands like Steppenwolf and W.A.S.P. to contribute to the album's rhythmic foundation.

Music Genre:

 American Heavy Metal 
Album Production information:

The album: "KEEL - The Right to Rock" was produced by: Gene Simmons

  Gene Simmons is the pseudonym used by Chaim Weitz while playing bass in the Kiss band. He used the alias "Reginal Von Helsing" , when playing bass and producer for "Wendy O. Williams".

This album was recorded at: Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA and Media Sound, New York City

Bruce Smith - Sound Engineer

Craig Engel - Sound Engineer

Eddie DeLena - Sound Engineer

Greg Fulginiti - Mastering and Sound Engineer

Mikey Davis - Sound Engineer

Patrick Hutchinson - Sound Engineer

Paul Wertheimer - Sound Engineer

Sebastian Thoner - Sound Engineer

Aaron Rapoport - Photography

Chuck Beeson - Album Cover

John Taylor Dismukes - Illustration


Record Label & Catalognr:

Gold Mountain Ltd, USA , Vertigo 824 549-1Q

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1985 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: KEEL - The Right to Rock
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ron Keel - vocals and guitar (Ron Keel singer and guitarist who has during the 1980 performed in the bands Lust, Steeler, Keel)
  • Marc Ferrari - guitar and vocals
  • Bryan Jay - guitar and vocals
  • Kenny Chaisson - bass and vocals
  • Dwain Miller - drums and vocals
  • Steve Riley - Additional drums (Steve Riley aka Stephen Riley (Drums) is an experienced drums-player having performed since 1979 in at least half a dozen bands, notable bands he has performed in are Steppenwolf, Keel, W.A.S.P.)
Complete Track-listing of the album "KEEL - The Right to Rock"

The detailed tracklist of this record "KEEL - The Right to Rock" is:

  1. The Right to Rock (Ron Keel, Kenny Chaisson) - 3:35
  2. Back to the City (Keel, Chaisson) - 3:47
  3. Let's Spend the Night Together (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 3:41
  4. Easier Said than Done (Gene Simmons, Mitch Weissman) - 3:25
  5. So Many Girls, So Little Time (Simmons, Howard Rice) - 3:15
  6. Electric Love (Keel, Chaisson) - 4:05
  7. Speed Demon (Keel) - 3:39
  8. Get Down (Simmons, Rice) - 5:02
  9. You're the Victim (I'm the Crime) (Keel, Chaisson, Bobby Marks) - 2:59


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KEEL - The Right To Rock German Release 12" LP VINYL Album front cover

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Large photo of the KEEL band on the album back cover

Large photo of the KEEL band on the album back cover

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"The Right To Rock German Release" Record Label Details: Gold Mountain Ltd, USA , Vertigo 824 549-1Q

Close up of Side One record's label "The Right To Rock German Release" Record Label Details: Gold Mountain Ltd, USA , Vertigo 824 549-1Q Album