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DOKKEN - From Conception Live 1981

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Don Dokken (vocals)
George Lynch (guitar)
Jeff Pilson (bass)
Mick Brown (drums)
Produced by: tbd
Engineered by: tbd
Mixed by : tbd
Mastered by: tbd
In the late 70's Dokken was still an unsigned band playing clubs in the L.A. music scene alongside groups such as Van Halen and Quiet Riot-the L.A. club scene then was a mixture of punk, pop, and hard rock. At that time Dokken was a three piece power trio with me on guitar and vocals, Juan Croucier on bass and Greg Pecka on drums As luck would have it, a German club owner on vacation in L.A. saw Dokken and offered them a club tour in Europe. While we were in Germany, Dieter Dierks, who was producing the Scorpions at that time, saw us perform in Hamburg and offered me a chance to do some background vocals on their "Blackout" LP. I jumped at the chance and afterwards he let me record some demos at his studio in Pulhiem Germany. While I was there Gabby Hauke, the manager of the heavy metal group Accept, heard them and offered to take them to Carrere Records. She came back with a plane ticket in her hand to Hamburg and said "You've got a record deal !". "Now the fun begins!" I returned to L.A. and called Mick Brown and George Lynch, who I had known from the group Xciter and asked them to join up. Three months later we were on our way back to Germany to record our debut LP, "Breaking The Chains". After the release, we toured Europe, where the record was a success. But when we returned to L A we still didn't have a recording deal in the U.S. a few months later Juan Croucier left to join the group Ratt. We then found Jeff Pilson to play bass and started playing clubs again in Southern California. In 1982 Elektra records signed the group and released "Breaking The Chains" in the U.S. The group went on to achieve multi-platinum success and reached stadium status before first breaking up in 1988. In 2006 I was asked to remix the original tapes for "Breaking The Chains" for a 25-year anniversary release. So I went to our locker where we had been storing our master tapes for years and while I was there, I noticed some old 2-inch tapes that were in faded boxes; the only thing they said was "Dokken Live", so I took them with me to see what was up. When I put them on the machines, I didn't recognize some of the songs. I called Mick, and after he heard them he said he remembered those shows! It was recorded while we were trying to get a deal in the States... I was surprised to hear a few songs that never made it onto our future records, but there they were-the tapes were moldy and I wasn't sure they would be able to be played, but after baking them in an oven, transferring them straight to a hard drive and spending a month mixing, I think the performance came out great. It's raw but still really powerful. So here it is, one of our first live recordings before we saw success. I love the angst in the performance; we were hungry and ready to take on the world. It brought back a lot of memories hearing that show after all these years. I hope our fans will enjoy adding this to their Dokken collection-it's definitely a blast from the past.
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