TITLE: Best of Dokken
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Breaking the Chains (#32 Mainstream), Into the Fire (#21 Mainstream), Alone Again (#64 US, #20 Mainstream), Just Got Lucky (#27 Mainstream), The Hunter (#25 Mainstream), In My Dreams (#77 US, #24 Mainstream), Dream Warriors (#22 Mainstream), Burning Like a Flame (#72 US, #20 Mainstream #78 UK), Walk Away (#48 Mainstream)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Tooth and Nail
LINEUP: Don Dokken, George Lynch, Mick Brown, Jeff Pilson. Juan Croucier was in the band early on before he bolted for Ratt.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Pop metal band had one deadly weapon in George Lynch, and screwed it up with inane lyrics and songwriting.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Oh, Dokken. You listen to them, and some things rouse you, and then, there are things that make you cringe. Now, pop / glam metal wasn’t the genre where wordsmiths went, but Don Dokken was not one to eschew clichés when presented with lyric writing issues. “Burning Like a Flame”? Please.
This collecton covers their first era, before their inevitable reunions and long time cash grabs. MTV made the band as it showcased their perfect locks and good looks, but as for the music, Lynch aside, it was damn generic, at best.
Dokken does have some decent riffs in their songs, but most of their tracks are mid-tempo sing alongs or love songs that appeal to 8th graders.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their first record was released in Europe in 1981, then released in the US after some doctoring in 1983.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE C: I gave it a whirl, but I didn’t like them then and I really don’t like them now.