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Don Dokken talks about "The Lost Songs: 1978-1981"

Το 1977 δημιουργήθηκαν οι Dokken. Το 1981 κυκλοφόρησε το ντεμπούτο τους υπό τον τίτλο "Breakin' the Chains". Πριν από αυτό η Αμερικάνικη μπάντα είχε "βγάλει" ένα demo και τέσσερα singles. Η συνέχειά τους είναι (λίγο - πολύ) γνωστή. Ο πιο πρόσφατος στουντιακός δίσκος τους ήταν πριν από οκτώ χρόνια ("Broken Bones" 2012).

Πρόπερσι κυκλοφόρησαν το "ζωντανά" ηχογραφημένο album "Return to the East Live (2016)" (με την κλασική σύνθεση του "Beast from the East"). Το 2020 η δισκογραφική τους παρουσία αφορά συλλογή. Όχι όμως τύπου "best of" ή "greatest hits". Φέρει τον τίτλο "The Lost Songs: 1978-1981" κι είναι αυτό ακριβώς: ηχογραφήσεις των πρώτων ετών της μπάντας που δεν κυκλοφόρησαν ποτέ...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Don Dokken talks about "The Lost Songs: 1978-1981", set for release on 28 August 2020 via Silver Lining Music. It wasn’t always multi-platinum sales and stadium gigs for Dokken.

There was a first-phase and there were early days, and it is those bold first steps to stardom which are celebrated comprehensively on Dokken’s The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 album, out on August 28th 2020 through Silver Lining Music.

Featuring spectacular sleeve art by renowned US artist Tokyo Hiro (Motörhead, Motley Crüe), The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 show the crackle and craft of a hungry young Don Dokken as he embarked upon a journey which started in Southern California and Northern Germany.

It is a trek which is testimony to the sheer endeavor and perseverance Don Dokken showed in those few years between 1978 and 1981, starting from when he spent time at a guitar store called Drake’s Music, owned by Drake Levin in Manhattan Beach, California.

A fair selection of the treasure on The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 are from these early European days. “Felony” carries a thuggish fuzz-coated riff -think early Van Halen in really greasy embroidered denims- while “Day After Day” showed that Don could pen a radio-slaying ballad.

The writing and creation of The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 are further tribute to enduring early days of struggle in both Germany and LA, Don would return to LA for a spell after those brief European gigs, and he worked with Croucier on material, including perhaps the truest view of Dokken’s then-future “Hit and Run”, which incredibly did not end up on the eventual Breaking The Chains release.

From the sunbaked SoCal hook of “Step Into The Light” to the furious, fledgling, late-Sunset Strip sound of “Back In The Streets,” The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 shows Don in his unfettered early days of balls-out attitude, qualities doubtless forged in the sheer nature of the adventures undertaken in writing, recording and deciding Europe was the place to keep cutting his teeth.

The Lost Songs: 1979-1981 not only shares that magic with the fans, it gives them the final, vital and undeniably missing (until now) early album in the Dokken collection.»

Η συλλογή των Dokken "The Lost Songs: 1978-1981"
Band: Dokken
Country of origin: United States
Location: Los Angeles, California
Formed in: 1977
Genre: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Lyrical themes: Love, Personal issues
Years active: 1977-1989, 1993-present

Album: "The Lost Songs: 1978-1981"
Type: Compilation
Release date: August 28th, 2020
Label: Silver Lining Music
Format: CD

Track listing:
01. Step Into The Light
02. We're Going Wrong
03. Day After Day
04. Rainbows
05. Felony
06. No Answer
07. Back In The Streets
08. Hit And Run
09. Broken Heart
10. Liar
11. Prisoner

Band members:
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
Greg Pecka - Drums

Guest/Session:
Rustee Allen - Bass
Bill Lordan - Drums

Miscellaneous staff: Tokyo Hiro - Artwork


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