Dokken : The
Very Best of Dokken
Dokken were quite an influential band for many
of today's Metal acts. They were leagues ahead of the typical Glam band, with competent
musicians who could rock with the best of them. One thing is for sure: Dokken put out some
quality material in their day. ..And guess what? Many of them are right here on this
The tracks on this album contain mostly Dokken's more successful and commercial hits from
their catalog, but it wasn't a bad selection, none the less. Starting from the 1983 debut Breaking
the Chains all the way up to 1997's Shadowlife, this is an
excellent starter for someone just getting into Dokken, or the hardcore fan that
wants it all in one piece.
There's no real reason to list the highlights of this album, as nearly every track is one.
Notable favorites of mine include "Into the Fire," the speed driven
"Tooth and Nail," the fan favorite and emotional "In My Dreams,"
"Dream Warriors" which was included in the Nightmare on Elm Street
3 soundtrack, and of course, the spooky instrumental "Mr. Scary,"
where George Lynch really shows what he's made of behind that guitar. Also of note is
"Mirror Mirror," which was a part of Don's solo career and not with
If you're into 80s metal, such as Ratt
or Skid Row,
I would highly recommend Dokken. Most of the hits are included here, but sadly many gems
are left out of this package as well. Still, at $12 or less, it's a bargain..so pick it
up! Great to throw on at parties, too.
1. Breaking the Chains
9. It's Not Love
2. Paris is Burning
10. Dream Warriors
3. Into the Fire
11. Burning Like a Flame
4. Just Got Lucky
12. Heaven Sent
5. Alone Again
13. Mr. Scary
6. Tooth and Nail
14. Walk Away
7. The Hunter
15. Mirror Mirror
8. In My Dreams
16. Too High to Fly
Reviewed by Sam