Despite their dreadful showing at the 2017 Ramblin’ Man Fair, there’s no doubt that Dokken at their peak were one of the most powerful exports in US hard rock history.
And the brilliant live album Beast From The East captures the classic tunes and well documented tension at the heart of a band that never fully realised its obvious potential.
This Grammy nominated double album benefits from a crisp remaster and sleeve notes that include a new Howard Johnson-penned piece on the trials and tribulations firing a brief but brilliant period of rich creativity.
Against the backdrop of a screaming Japanese crowd (the show was taped in Tokyo in early 1988), all the hits and more are delivered with a determination and desire sadly missing in Kent earlier this month.
Frontman Don Dokken is on fire and the molten licks spewing forth from George Lynch’s guitar go some way to explaining why the modern-day version of the band – missing the supremely talented axeman – is a shadow of its former self.
Tooth And Nail, Dream Warriors, Into The Fire and Breaking The Chains are four brilliant and often overlooked examples of 80s hard rock at its anthemic best. All four songs add a brilliant sheen to the sparkling Beast From The East.
In 2017 Dokken don’t really cut it live. This essential double disc set is a reminder that the band was a serious contender three decades ago.