KEEL - The Right To Rock 12" Vinyl LP Album

This 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.

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Album Description:

In the vast realm of heavy metal, where power chords reign and anthemic vocals echo, few albums have left as indelible a mark as "KEEL - The Right to Rock". This second studio album by the eponymous heavy metal band Keel is a testament to the genre's enduring allure and the band's relentless pursuit of sonic excellence. Released in Germany as a 12" LP vinyl album, "The Right to Rock" not only solidified Keel's place in the metal pantheon but also showcased the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of the genre.

Produced under the watchful eye of none other than Gene Simmons, of the legendary rock band Kiss, "The Right to Rock" ushered Keel into a new era. Simmons, known for his larger-than-life persona and musical prowess, brought his signature touch to the album, infusing it with a blend of raw energy and polished sound. The album's production was a testament to Simmons' commitment to fostering emerging talent through his label Gold Mountain Records, which was distributed by A&M Records at the time.

As fate would have it, the journey to crafting this album was not without its twists and turns. The departure of drummer Bobby Marks cast a shadow of uncertainty, but the band proved its mettle by seamlessly integrating a succession of talented drummers. Notable names like Fred Coury, Barry Brandt, and Steve Riley each left their mark on the album, infusing it with diverse rhythms and powerful percussion.

The recording process itself spanned coast to coast, with the album being meticulously crafted at both Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, and Media Sound in New York City. The result was a harmonious blend of West Coast flair and East Coast intensity, encapsulated within each track.

Behind the mixing console and in the studio booths, a team of sound engineers orchestrated the album's sonic tapestry. From Bruce Smith to Craig Engel, Eddie DeLena to Mikey Davis, and beyond, each engineer contributed their expertise to create a rich and textured sound that enveloped listeners in a wall of metal soundscapes. The mastering prowess of Greg Fulginiti added the final polish, ensuring that every guitar riff and vocal crescendo would reverberate with power.

The visual aspect of "The Right to Rock" was just as meticulously curated as its sound. The album cover, designed by Chuck Beeson, and the intricate illustration by John Taylor Dismukes, captured the essence of the album's rebellious spirit and unapologetic attitude.

But what truly immortalized this album were the talented musicians who poured their heart and soul into its creation. Ron Keel, the vocalist and guitarist, spearheaded the charge with his distinctive vocals and undeniable guitar prowess. Joined by Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay on guitars, Kenny Chaisson on bass, and Dwain Miller on drums, the band's synergy was palpable, creating a sonic force that resonated with fans across the globe.

Notably, Steve Riley's contribution as an additional drummer added yet another layer of intrigue to the album's story. Riley, with his extensive experience in bands like Steppenwolf and W.A.S.P., brought his rhythmic finesse to the mix, leaving an indelible mark on the album's sonic landscape.

Production & Recording 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".

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Bruce Smith , Craig Engel , Eddie DeLena , Mikey Davis , Patrick Hutchinson , Paul Wertheimer , Sebastian Thoner ,

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

Greg Fulginiti - Mastering and Sound Engineer (Trivia: Greg Fulginiti - Mastering and Recording engineer. Known to have worked at Artisan Sound Recorders, Elektra Records, Sterling Sound and Masterdisc.)

Album cover design: Chuck Beeson

Album cover illustration: John Taylor Dismukes

Album cover photography: Aaron Rapoport

Music Genre:

American Heavy Metal

Label & Catalognr:

Vertigo – 824 549-1

Media Format:

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

Year & Country:

1985 Netherlands / Europe

  • 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.)
Tracklisting Side One:
  1. The Right To Rock 3:32
  2. Back To The City 3:44
  3. Lets Spend The Night Together 3:40
  4. Easier Said Than Done 3:22
  5. So Many Girls, So Little Time 3:14
Tracklisting Side Two:
  1. Electric Love 4:02
  2. Speed Demon 3:38
  3. Get Down 5:00
  4. You're The Victim (I'm The Crime)2:54
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