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Album Review

The majority of album buyers looking to pick up a George Lynch compilation will undoubtedly be expecting some of his renowned work with Dokken from the '80s to be included in such a set. While you get to sample Lynch's shredding six-string skills throughout 2007's Guitar Slinger, none of Dokken's hits are included. Sure, you get a few latter day Dokken recordings, but tracks such as "In My Dreams," "Tooth and Nail," and Lynch's trademark instrumental, "Mr. Scary," are nowhere to be found here. Instead, you get a healthy helping of cover songs Lynch has contributed to tribute albums (including Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" and Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies," among others), as well as probably the best-known track from his Lynch Mob era, "Wicked Sensation," plus such largely unknown Dokken tracks as "When the Good Die Young." If you already own a true Dokken best-of or a few of their better studio albums (Under Lock and Key, Back for the Attack), then Guitar Slinger could be worth inspecting.


Born: 28 September 1954

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most popular guitarists to emerge from '80s-era heavy metal was Dokken's George Lynch. With an arsenal of snazzy-looking guitars and speedy solos, Lynch helped propel Dokken toward the top of the charts for a spell (before interband tension broke up the group), and later, launched a solo career. Although born in Spokane, Washington, on September 28, 1954, Lynch was raised in Sacramento, California, where he took up the guitar as a teenager. Influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Leslie...
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