Dokken’s new record The Lost Songs: 1978-1981, is an album which is a treasure trove of unheard tracks from the early years of one of the most celebrated bands in the history of Metal. This album features a hungry young Don Dokken as he embarked upon a journey which started in Southern California and Northern Germany. The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 not only shares that magical adventure with the fans. It gives them the final, vital and undeniably missing (until now) early album in the Dokken collection. What did ROCK TITAN THINK?
DOKKEN – Don Dokken & The Lost Songs: 1978-1981
Errant thoughts by Scotty J – An Album Review
Step Into The Light – Considering this song was written so long ago, I find myself blown away. I wouldn’t have expected this kind of music from that period. No question this paved the way for an epic 80’s run.
We’re Going Wrong – This is a young Don Dokken no doubt. I’m sure Juan Croucier has no regrets walking away givin the success he had in other bands such as RATT (who I LOVE). But what if he stayed?
DOKKEN – We’re Going Wrong
Day After Day – This reminds me of a track I heard on the Ferris Bueller’s Day off soundtrack. What a beautiful love ballad. It’s too much to ask Dokken to sound like this anymore. This is a great tune that should have received much more attention.
Rainbows – I don’t want to sound like a broken record here. But, Dokken definitely had one of the best voices in his “hay day” era. I wish I knew the full lineup for this track?
DOKKEN – Rainbows
Felony – This sounds like it had to be recorded in a live environment. It is a tune that should not have been buried. “The Lost Songs” is an ironic name for this album because there’s no way these should’ve been lost.
DOKKEN – No Answer
No Answer – I would have loved to be in the room when this was recorded! Just to see the expressions on the producer, engineer, and whatever other personnel faces were involved. They had to be thinking “we’ve got gold here”.
Back In The Streets – This is a seriously rough/raw cut. The quality of what was to be is definitely still there. Don’s voice was truly special. Then you throw in this guitar solo! Seriously? These guys were Rockin! I think Motely Crue got there hands on this some how and said… “this sound… this right here is what we want to emulate”.
DOKKEN – Back in the Streets
Hit and Run – If I had to guess I’d say this was definitely recorded in the 70’s. The audio is actually a bit blown out. This is really raw, but again just shows the potential greatness provided they had the right people around them. Don hits notes that are obscene (I mean that as a compliment). The featured guitar shredding is sick. Way ahead of its time.
Broken Heart – This actually sounds like something a kid recorded on to tape from his fisher price recorder while listening to the radio. That’s just how authentic this is. No studio involved. The guitar playing is off the rails ridiculous. Eddie Van Halen heard this and copied it without question. He’s like “oh I gotta do that”. Don’s high notes are something few metal singers could dream of hitting.
DOKKEN – Broken Heart
Liar – So here we’ve got a true live recording. I wonder how big the audience was for this? I’ll say I wish I was there. Whatever the Dokken lineup was at this moment, they were awesome! This right here is the vintage Dokken sound I grew to love. Every element of this song had to drive the crowd into a frenzy. Guitars, drums, Don’s vocals, bass… insanely awesome. It wraps up with the crowds response I’d certainly expect.
Prisoner – Here’s another great live performed song. Has to be the same show as Liar if I were to guess? I was so young when this was performed. But, being a product of the 80’s, I’m just surprised this sound existed before I was old enough to appreciate it? This final track is SICK! Dokken’s success was a foregone conclusion.
DOKKEN – Prisoner
This album is awesome! Period. I’m actually upset knowing I’ll never hear anything like this again. No one is replicating this today! That’s for sure! Ugh I’m crushed. I’m glad Dokken released this, but at the same time I find it a torturous tease. I wish the classic lineup stayed together and beat back the grunge movement of the 90’s. I loved the music that came out of that era. But! The sound on “The Lost Songs” disappeared. That is a tragedy. At least we have this now.
Musicians who appear on The Lost Songs: 1978-1981:
Don Dokken – vocals, guitar
Jon Levin – guitar
BJ Zampa – drums
Juan Croucier – bass
Greg Leon – guitar
Gary Holland – drums
Mick Brown – drums
George Lynch -guitar
Rustee Allen – bass
Bill Lordan – drums
Greg Pecka- Drums
The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 is available to order at this location on CD, Vinyl, digital formats and special D2C bundles
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