This album is an excellent compilation and performance of the Dokken material from the early/mid eighties. The live performance adds life and evergy to songs that usually don’t stand out on the studio albums. Lynch’s playing and soloing is superb, not to mention the amazing orchestration on his Mr. Scary. He throws spontaneity and fire into the now overused tremelo and tapping techniques of the eighties. Dokken’s voice comes out much more melodic. The band’s lyrics at times can be childish, but the songs themselves come forth with a enormous amount of energy and power. Musically, one of the best live albums I’ve heard.
Drug addiction couldn’t stop them, nor could the ascension of alterna-rock and the process of aging. Not only are Aerosmith still together, but they’re still recording hit singles. Since their formation in the early ’70s, the band has scored a multitude of platinum albums and Top 40 hits. Moreover, Aerosmith remain a flamboyant, energized live band capable of recapturing that magical, sexual endorphin rush of youthful rock & roll abandon. Yup, on a good night, seeing Aerosmith is like experiencing your first time all over again. So it comes as no surprise that this band’s double live disc is no mere trip down memory lane. Vocalist Steven Tyler still sounds raw, untamed, and on-key, shrieking as passionately as ever and reaching notes Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne would sell their kidneys for. And guitarist Joe Perry’s bluesy, blustery rhythms and piercing solos still echo with passion and hunger. The first disc is a bit bogged down with ’90s material, but the band performs stellar versions of ”Love in an Elevator,” ”Livin’ on the Edge,” ”Cryin’,” and ”Janie’s Got Gun.” It’s the second disc that really sizzles, as the Toxic Twins dip into their drug-addled past and unleash monsters such as ”Back in the Saddle,” ”Dream On,” and ”Sweet Emotion.” Get your rocks off! –Jon Wiederhorn
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This is one of the best live albums of the Metal Genre. Don Dokken holds court in Japan, and the fans absolutley love Dokken. He holds the audience in the palm of his hand, and the audience interaction is incredible. This was at the height of their popularity, about 1987-88, as it was shortly after the film “Nightmare on Elm Street, 3″ was on the big screen, and Dokken was a big part of that film, as they sang the movie’s theme, “Dream Warriors”, and even starred in their own video with Freddy Krueger, and Christen! All the Dokken classics are there, and “Its Not Love”, Unchain the Night, and Tooth and Nail, have never sounded better live. I loved the artwork on the album cover so much, that I am having it done on my own back! Its about 40 % done, the centerpiece is nearly complete, but the tough part is going to be the ocean in the background. I actually got to show Don Dokken the work in progress as I won backstage passes from a local radio show to a Dokken Concert here in New Mexico. They still sound great, and I recommend this album to any Dokken fan, or metal fan out there.
I remember when I got for my birthday as a present back in 1989, “Beast From The East” by Dokken. I liked it… but then in 1995-1996 I realized it is the BEST EVER live album a rock band has ever done… I admit it, I’ve still to listen to “Live in Budokkan” by Cheap Trick… but I have listened to and have, Kiss’ “Alive” and “Alive 2″, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Tribute”, Mötley Crüe’s “Entertainment Or Death”, Journey’s “Greatest Hits Live”, Van Halen’s “Right Here, Right Now LIVE”, The Scorpions’ “World Wide Live”, Rush’s “Differente Stages” and many others… but the truth is, this IS the best live album I have EVER heard. First of all, one of the most important factors of a live albums is the crowd. It sounds like a million lions in the album, AMAZING. Then of course comes the musicianship… and the guys make it worth your while. SOmething that I have to bring out especially is the quality of Don Dokken’s vocals, he sings like a god, I’ve NEVER heard a better singer in a live album… not even Steve Perry or Paul Stanley, who were and are unbelievable. You can especially notice this when you compare it to last year’s live album by Dokken, they still sound good but there really is no point in comparison. George Lynch is also incredible, being the only guitarist that I’ve heard who can play tiny little solos between chords in the songs, and make it sound completely and utterly seamless… you gotta hear it to believe it. I give it five stars, and if there were 10, then ten it would be. Buy it. You WILL like it, you will LOVE it!
The All Music Guide has rated this album to be Dokken’s best album, but don’t forget “Tooth And Nail”(1984) and “Under Lock And Key”(1985) too. Dokken gives one hell of a proformence on their 1988 live album. It tells you that how good Dokken was as a live act, this album shows what the 80’s hairbands had to offer, beside’s their big hair and spandex pants. These guys (Dokken) had talent big time. But there is still one thing that they should have done on this album? They should have added the 3 songs they took out of this album when it came to CD. The 3 songs they took out were “Standing In The Shadows”, “Turn On The Action” and “Sleepless Night”. To me, if they ever re-package and re-master this album, they should add those songs as well. This is a fun album to listen too. This was one of my favorite albums for the summer of ‘88 and it still is. Note to the headbangers of the world: “Be true, bang your head and play it loud! The 80’s still rock………..
This album was from a tour supporting Back for the Attack and has songs from all of Dokken’s first four albums, which most agree are their true prime. Labels and bands love to put out live albums, of course, because they serve as de facto Greatest Hits albums, cost relatively little to make, and don’t require new songwriting. On that level, this live album works really well and shows that Dokken can deliver these songs live. It’s fun to hear them singing “In My Dreams” and other songs without benefit of studio overdubs. Many live albums contain a lot of dubs. I can’t be sure they didn’t tamper with this album, but if they did you can’t tell.The production is merely ok, though. There is too much reverb even for a live album and it comes off a bit muddy. It’s better than bootleg quality by far, but it’s not a crystal clear live album like some of the best I’ve heard.Moreover, as a live album it doesn’t really transcend the studio albums…Dokken’s performance is good, but mostly pretty straight ahead. George Lynch’s guitar solo is a special treat, but mostly you hear the songs played much like the albums. This isn’t a harsh criticism, but still the album doesn’t belong in the very top tier of classic live albums.