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Dokken - From Conception Live 1981

Label: Rhino Ent.
Format: CD
Released: 2007
Reviewed By: Rich Catino


This live recording features Dokken in their very early stages even before their debut "Breaking the Chains" was released in 1982. Recorded in Germany, sonically this is a quality professional recording and not a poorly packaged bootleg. Little to no crowd noise is heard in the songs and really only in between tracks with lead singer Don Dokken’s rants. You get several songs like the title track/ first single off the debut (which sounds great by the way even this early in the band’s career), the juvenile 'Young Girls’ (yeah they sound young here), 'Night Rider' with crowd participation, 'Live to Rock', and 'Paris is Burning' which also appears live on the debut. Aside from it being an excellent recording what make’s this worth picking up is the three unreleased tracks that never made it to a Dokken album. Rockers 'Goin Down', 'Hit and Run' and 'Liar'.

 
 
 

Dokken – Unchain the Night

Label: Rhino Ent.
Format: DVD
Released: 2007
Reviewed By: Rich Catino


Originally released in the mid 80’s on VHS, the DVD version now comes in expanded form. You get the original footage and videos found on VHS including band interviews and backstage/on the road footage some shot by the guys themselves having fun. Check out guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson recording on the road and pluggin their "Guitar Buddy" guitar bag and "Metal Poser" video which is a good laugh.

Now you get all their videos including 'Breaking the Chains', 'Into the Fire', 'Just Got Lucky', 'Alone Again', 'Its Not Love', 'The Hunter' and the breakthrough hit 'In My Dreams' off the "Lock and Key" album up to "Beast from the East" that includes their final video ('Walk Away') before the band broke up which we learn by watching the extended interview with Don was a more than fitting and prophetic title at the time. Drummer Mick Brown joins Don for the extended interviews and the two comment on the bonus videos which were not released on the original VHS at the time in 1986; 'Dream Warriors' (the theme to "A Nightmare on Elm St. 3 Dream Warriors"), 'Heaven Sent' and 'Burning like a Flame' from “Back for the Attack”.

 
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