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Dokken - 1984 Tooth And Nail



ARTIST: Dokken
ALBUM: Tooth And Nail
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 9 60376-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1985, Elektra, 9 60376-2 * 2008, Elektra/Flashback Records, 9 60376-2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Don Dokken - vocals * George Lynch - guitars * Jeff Pilson - bass * Mick Brown - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Without Warning * 02 Tooth And Nail * 03 Just Got Lucky * 04 Heartless Heart * 05 Don't Close Your Eyes * 06 When Heaven Comes Down * 07 Into The Fire * 08 Bullets To Spare * 09 Alone Again * 10 Turn On The Action

WEBLINKS: www.dokken.net


Background
One of my favourite albums from 1984 is this sophomore set from Los Angeles rockers Dokken. Impressing me no end with their debut 'Breakin' The Chains' (the original Carerre release I must say, not the rebadged Elektra version), the band have shedded their skins and matured into a class act for this album. Departing the band was Juan Croucier who had since moved onto to Ratt. Joining the band was a youthful Jeff Pilson who would bring a strong backing vocal and even heavier bottom end to Dokken's immense firepower of George Lynch on guitars and the human battering ram Mick Brown. Bringing the best out of the band was producer Tom Werman with sidekick assistance from Roy Thomas Baker. The results on 'Tooth And Nail' are astounding.. to say the least.


The Songs
Dokken open with a guitar/synth intro entitled 'Without Warning', and soon after (1min 34sec to be exact), the band rip into it with all guns blazing on the fast and furious title track 'Tooth And Nail'. Catching everybody by surprise, Don and the boys have heavied up immensely since we last heard them on 'Breakin The Chains'. An incredible opener with George Lynch stealing the show with an amazing series of riffs, guitar taps and arpeggios. The band then revert to a commercial style with 'Just Got Lucky', but make no mistake, Dokken do not let up at all, this one still contains a steely attitude with guitars to burn. 'Heartless Heart' takes a leaf out of the book that Ratt wrote earlier in the year with their 'Out Of The Cellar' LP. Another track with heavier pretensions is 'Don't Close Your Eyes' - this one has a prowling riff that John Sykes would be proud of. 'When Heaven Comes Down' is an intense affair with slow burning riffs that build in intensity toward a climactic end with amid a bombast of spiralling guitar solos. 'Into The Fire' is one of my favourite tunes from the band. It's commercial, super melodic and a favourite listen all these years later. 'Bullets To Spare' continues the commercial metal style heard earlier, but is superceded by one of the bands best ballads - 'Alone Again', which as a single saw some chart action, but not significantly so. A shame really, is this really is a great mellow tune similar in vibe to fellow L.A rockers Great White. To end the album, we have the metalicious 'Turn On The Action'. George Lynch is firing on all sixes here, it's guitar hero stuff all the way to the finish line, with the obligatory squeal of brakes well timed to round off a terrific session of metal.



In Summary
'Tooth And Nail' would provide the template for this band to go out and dominate the world fro the next three to four years. Though the album would not yield any significant hit singles, it was still very successful overall, with album sales in excess of 3 million copies. Without question, this was the album to put Dokken onto the metal directory. They would go on to higher honors with the following years album 'Under Lock And Key' which also went platinum.


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#1 | super80boy on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Hands down my favorite Dokken album
#2 | sabace on March 24 2008 19:20:32
THIS IS POSSIBLY DOKKENS HEAVIEST LP! SIDE ONE IS PARTICULARLY EXCELLENT!
#3 | spooky on March 27 2008 21:10:13
There was a magic on this record that would never be found again. The guitars are scratching to pieces. This is why Don had to sing for his life. It must have been because of the fact that the Michael Wagener was still producing while Roy Thomas Baker gave his villa, girls and ... something more. 'Alone Again' is a allover crying song, 'Tooth And Nail' ist just a earthquake with sreaming guitars that never have been better. This album is scratching the surface on the walls (better than Freddy Krueger ever did).
#4 | dangerzone on March 28 2008 00:29:50
I don't know what happened to these guys after this, but they were always a below average proposition at best for me.
 
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