Album Review: Dokken – Return to the East Live (2016) (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

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By: Jesse Striewski

In late 2016, the “classic” Dokken lineup of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown got back together to play some shows in (mostly) Japan. The end result of their one-time reunion is yet another live Dokken album recorded in Japan (their 3rd to be exact).

All the standards are here (“Breakin’ the Chains,” “Alone Again,” “Dream Warriors,” “In My Dreams,” etc…), as well as two acoustic songs (“Heaven Sent” and “Will the Sun Rise”).  There’s also a brand new studio track in the form of “It’s Another Day;” perhaps not the best single the band has ever recorded, but admirable enough (there’s even a sleek new video to go along with it). It’s unfortunate the reunion was as short-lived as it was, but if nothing else, at least they were able to release this (no small feat for a band like them).

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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