Dokken - The Anthems (Digiapk Edition) (2011)
Year : 2011
Style : Hard Rock , Heavy Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 168 mb
Dokken is an American hard rock band formed in 1978. They split up in 1989 but reformed four years later. The group accumulated numerous charting singles and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.The band was nominated for a Grammy in 1989.Dokken was composed of founder Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on lead guitar, Juan Croucier on bass and Mick Brown on drums. In 1983 Croucier left Dokken in order to join Ratt and was replaced by Jeff Pilson. Currently only Dokken and Brown remain from the original line-up. After several personnel changes on guitar Dokken's attorney Jon Levin stepped in to fill the role in 2004. In 2001 Barry Sparks replaced Jeff Pilson on bass. In 2009, Sean McNabb (formerly of Great White and Quiet Riot fame) replaced Barry Sparks on bass guitar.
The collection of re-worked '80s hits recorded by DOKKEN few years ago, more specifically its Japan version featuring 2 bonus tracks. As the Japanese release turned out of print, this reissue by UK label Store For Music under the new title "The Anthems" is the one to get, as it's exactly like the Japanese (but with a new cover artwork and digipak case).Don Dokken had his greatest success with Dokken in the mid '80s with great albums like Breaking The Chains , Tooth And Nail, Under Lock and Key and Back For the Attack. The voice of Don and the excellent guitar work from George Lynch were the trademarks of the US Hard Rock. But the band felt apart a few years later.Don came back with an excellent album Up From The Ashes with a mega line-up: John Norum and Billy White on guitar, Mikkey Dee on drums and Peter Baltes on bass. George Lynch came with an even better album Wicked Sensation with his own band Lynch Mob.Both bands didn’t last very long, and George and Don tried to make some magic again together, but seems the chemistry was gone. So George decided to quit the band and continued as solo-artist.Don put Dokken back on the map with awesome guitarist Jon Levin (with a similar guitar style as George) and bass player Sean McNabb. Sean played in bands like Great White, House Of Lords, XYZ and Paul Shortino.This is the combo which re-recorded some Dokken classics and added two new tracks, and a couple of covers originally featured on the original Japanese release.On the album you’ll find ten of the greatest hits from Dokken. They have been re-recorded with the new line-up and I am pleased to say all sound terrific. Jon Levin is monster of a guitarist and Don sounds great in my opinion.There where rumors that the voice of Don wasn’t what it used to be... Don has slightly re-arranged his vocal-lines here to spare his voice, and frankly most of the time he’s gotten away with it. He gets some help from the rest of the band during the harmonies and it all works out perfectly.So we can enjoy classic Dokken tunes like “Just Got Lucky”, “Breaking The Chains”, “Into The Fire” and “Unchain The Night”. Even “In My Dreams” and “Alone Again” - perhaps the more harder to re-create - come out greatly. Perhpas it's in the speedy “Tooth and Nail” where is more noticeable Don's struggle to hit the original high vocal notes, but the groove in the arrangement provides a refreshing new take on the song.The overall resulting sound of these classic songs is a bit more punchier than the originals, and although Jon Levin has a guitar set-up similar to Lynch, he still adds a little touch of his own flair all over."The Anthems" has also 4 new songs to offer, and all are juicy.The First “Almost Over” is a mid-tempo rocker with a great sounding Don accompanied by excellent guitars from Jon. Then “Magic Man” is a truly awesome track, faster & heavier and has that extremely furious guitar riff. Mick Brown’s drumming is outstanding, fiercely bashing the skins.One of the Japanese bonus tracks is “Bus Stop”, a surprising cover from The Hollies from 1966! Don't worry; the smooth vocals from Don and the acoustic guitar from Jon make this a real treat for the ears.The other, “Lies”, is a cover from the one hit wonder from a band called The Knickerboxers (never heard the original). Dokken's version is fun and somehow reminds you Enuff Z'Nuff (plus the Beatles influence) with a scorching guitar solo, and it's perfect to close an album.Many Hard Rock aficionados (and some Dokken fans) didn't know this new line-up of Dokken re-recorded these classic songs - and believe me, this baby worth the purchase.Of course the original '80s recordings are the timeless ones and my favorites, but the new takes featured here seriously Rock.Additionally, you have two new songs exclusive to this release, plus the two Japanese bonus tracks (also exclusive to the Asian version).
Don Dokken - Vocals
Jon Levin - Guitars
Barry Sparks - Bass
Sean McNabb - Bass
Mick Brown - Drums
01. Just Got Lucky
02. Breaking The Chains
03. Into The Fire
04. The Hunter
05. In My Dreams
06. It's Not Love
07. Alone Again
08. Dream Warriors
09. Unchain The Night
10. Tooth And Nail
11. Almost Over (New Track)
12. Magic Man (New Track)
13. Bus Stop (Japan Bonus Track)
14. Lies (Japan Bonus Track)
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