DOKKEN 1981-1988

DOKKEN-BREAKING THE CHAINS

Breaking the Chains is the debut studio album by Dokken.

The album was originally released in 1981 as Breakin’ the Chains on Carrere Records (France). This version contains some different mixes and titles of songs. “Paris Is Burning” is called “Paris” and is actually a studio version. The album also contained a song called “We’re Illegal” which was later turned into “Live to Rock”.

The album was renamed and released in the U.S. in 1983. It reached number 136 on the Billboard 200. The title track was named the 62nd greatest hard rock song by VH1. It is featured on the radio station “V-ROCK” in the 2006 video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Band members

  • Don Dokken – Lead vocals/Rhythm guitars
  • George Lynch – Lead guitars
  • Juan Croucier – Bass/Backing vocals (credited but did not play)
  • “Wild” Mick Brown – Drums/Backing vocals

Uncredited musicians

  • Peter Baltes – Bass[4]
  • Bobby Blotzer played drums on “Young Girls”, “Stick to Your Guns”, & “Paris Is Burning”

Production

  • Michael Wagener – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Wyn Davis – mixing
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering

DOKKEN-TOOTH AND NAIL

Tooth and Nail is the second studio album by heavy metal band Dokken, released in 1984 through Elektra Records. It was the #35 album of 1985 according to Billboard magazine.  The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA and reached #49 on the Billboard 200 U.S. album chart.

This album was the group’s first with bassist Jeff Pilson following Juan Croucier’s departure to join Ratt. Associate producer was Roy Thomas Baker, who had produced successful albums for Queen and The Cars and had re-recorded, remixed and re-mastered Mötley Crüe’s Too Fast for Love after the album was picked up by Elektra/WEA. It was produced by Tom Werman, known for producing several successful albums for Cheap Trick and the previous year’s Shout at the Devil, the Crüe’s breakthrough album.

Lead-off single for the album was “Into the Fire”. A music video for the song received moderate play on MTV. “Into the Fire” spent eight weeks in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart from October to December 1984, peaking at #21 and charting for a total of eleven weeks.

Second single, “Just Got Lucky”, was somewhat less successful, again supported by a music video while charting on the 50-place Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for seven weeks during January and February 1985 and peaking at #27.

It would be a power ballad that would give the album—and the band—its biggest hit. “Alone Again” spent fourteen weeks on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including two at its peak position of #20. More significantly, the melodic song of heartbreak was aided by strong rotation that spring and summer at MTV and gave the band their first and biggest hit on the Hot 100, where its eleven-week run from May to July 1985 peaked at #64.

Though clearly more an album act than a singles act, Dokken’s album sales were tied to the videos for the singles from those albums. Tooth and Nail rose to #71 on The Billboard 200 during the release of “Into the Fire”, but fell off the charts for a week before re-entering and rising to #77 during the release of “Just Got Lucky”.  It was during the run of this single that the album, sliding down the charts after “Just Got Lucky” faded, reversed course and hit its peak of #49.  This time, Tooth and Nail would be certified Gold by the RIAA (in August 1985)—the band’s first certification—and would linger on the charts for the remainder of the year, aided by a gig opening for the Scorpions.  This continued buoying of sales resulted in the unusual circumstance of the album being rated higher on the 1985 year-end charts (#35) than it had actually reached in its chart peak.

The album’s three music videos were later featured along with the band’s other videos to date on a longform videocassette release, Dokken—Unchain the Night, by Elektra/Asylum Records through Elektra Entertainment. That video debuted on Billboard’s Top Music Video—Longform chart at #11 in January 1987, peaking at #5 that May.  The video collection was certified Gold in April 1987, and Platinum the following April.  In 2007 the collection was re-released in the DVD format byRhino Home Video through Warner Music Vision, debuting on the Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos chart at #27.

The song “Into The Fire” was featured in the 1987 film “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors”, along with their newly-written title track. The song can be heard in some versions of the film when Kristen is listening to the radio in her bedroom.

In March 1989, on the strength of continued sales, Tooth and Nail—the band’s first Gold album—was its third to be certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million in the U.S. alone.[12]

Production

  • Produced By Roy Thomas Baker & Tom Werman
  • Mixed By Michael Wagener
  • Engineered By Gary McGachan
  • Mastering By George Marino

Personnel

  • Don Dokken – Vocals, Additional guitars
  • George Lynch – Lead and rhythm guitars
  • Jeff Pilson – Bass guitar, Backing vocals
  • Mick Brown – Drums, Backing vocals

DOKKEN-UNDER LOCK AND KEY

Under Lock and Key is the third studio album by Dokken, released in 1985 through Elektra Records. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1986 and remained on that chart for 66 weeks. Two singles also charted: “The Hunter” and “In My Dreams”, both at #25 and #24 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks respectively, with “In My Dreams” charting at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Personnel

  • Don Dokken – lead vocals
  • George Lynch – guitar
  • Mick Brown – drums, background vocals
  • Jeff Pilson – bass, background vocals
  • Chris Currell – Synclavier programming
  • Neil Kernon – engineering, mixing, production
  • Michael Wagener – engineering, mixing, production
  • Mark Wilczak – engineering, mixing
  • Cliff Bonell – engineering
  • Michael Lardie – engineering
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Barry Diament – mastering

DOKKEN-BACK FOR THE ATTACK

Back for the Attack is the fourth studio album by heavy metal band Dokken, released in 1987 through Elektra Records; a remastered edition featuring a bonus track was reissued in 2009 through Warner Music Japan. It is the band’s best-selling album, reaching #13 on the Billboard 200 chart and remaining on that chart for 33 weeks.Three singles also charted: “Dream Warriors” (which charted at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks); “Burning Like a Flame” (#20 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and #72 on the Billboard Hot 100); and “Prisoner” (#37 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks).

“Dream Warriors” was first released earlier in 1987 as the theme song for the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The album’s title was taken from an earlier Dokken track of the same name recorded during the sessions forUnder Lock and Key (1985); it was later released as the B-side to “Dream Warriors”. The 2009 remaster includes “Back for the Attack” as a bonus track.

The album was the last Dokken studio release before their breakup in 1989, after which they reformed in 1993 and released Dysfunctional in 1995. Dokken toured Japan in April 1988, the material for which was released on the 1988 live album Beast from the East. They also supported Van Halen during their Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 from May 23 – July 30, 1988. It was after this tour that Dokken disbanded.

Personnel

  • Don Dokken – lead vocals
  • George Lynch – guitar
  • Mick Brown – drums, background vocals
  • Jeff Pilson – bass, background vocals
  • Neil Kernon – engineering, production
  • Toby Wright – engineering
  • Matt Freeman – engineering
  • Eddie Ashworth – engineering
  • Andy Udoff – engineering
  • Steve Klein – engineering
  • Stan Katayama – engineering
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering

DOKKEN-BEAST FROM THE EAST

Beast from the East is a live album recorded by Dokken in Japan in April 1988, during their Back for the Attack album tour. It was released on November 16, 1988. The album features live versions of the band’s most popular songs from previous four studio albums and also includes a new studio track entitled “Walk Away”. The song was accompanied with a music video, which featured members of the band performing on top of a mountain in a desert. The album earned the band their only Grammy Award nomination for the Best Metal Performance in 1990, losing to Metallica’s “One”.

Up to 1988, Dokken had released four studio albums, of which the last three were certified platinum. The band opened for Judas Priest, Aerosmith and several other bands, which eventually gained the band a spot on the Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 festival, where they played with Metallica, Scorpions, Kingdom Come and the headliner, Van Halen. Also, they recorded a song Dream Warriors for the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. After the Monsters of Rock fest, the band went on to tour Japan, where they recorded several shows of the tour. Those recordings were released as their first live album called Beast from the East, with an additional new song called “Walk Away”. While not as successful as the band’s previous release, Back for the AttackBeast from the East entered Billboard Top 40, achieving gold certificate. Also, in 1990, it was nominated for Grammy Award for the Best Metal Performance, the only Dokken album to receive one. However, the band was involved in controversy when Chris Cornell of Soundgarden said he was perplexed when found out Dokken was nominated for the award.  To date, Beast from the East is the last Dokken album to receive a certification by RIAA.

Personnel

  • Don Dokken – lead vocals
  • George Lynch – lead guitar
  • Jeff Pilson – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mick Brown – drums, backing vocals