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Editors’ Notes

Dokken broke through to the big time with their sophomore album, 1984’s Tooth and Nail. In addition to bringing on Jeff Pilson to replace Juan Croucier (who had departed to join Ratt), the band was assigned two expert producers in Roy Thomas Baker and Tom Werman. Baker had overseen classic records by Queen and the Cars, while Werman had produced Cheap Trick and more recently, Mötley Crüe’s Shout at the Devil. The collaboration helped make Tooth and Nail one of the definitive metal albums of the early ‘80s. The band could conjure speed metal (“Tooth and Nail,” “Turn On the Action”) and chunky, fist-pumping riffs (“Heartless Heart,” “When Heaven Comes Down”), but Don Dokken’s soaring vocals keep the songs from becoming too threatening or overbearing. “Just Got Lucky,” “Into the Fire” and “Bullets to Spare” exemplify the melding of hard rock and pop that would make hair metal a chart force throughout the ‘80's. And like every hair metal band worth its stripes, Dokken delivers here its first bona fide power ballad. “Alone Again” is a paragon of the form.

Customer Reviews


Great album. Lynch is why I started playing guitar. The only problem I have is the production. I wish they would remaster it.

I agree with MetalmaniaC4LYFE

This is by far their best stuff. I am not usually a big "hair metal" fan but I like dokken a lot my favorite track from this album is "Into the Fire".

Greatness all around.

The 2nd Dokken album is where they were to make a name for themselves and boy did they great riffs great hard album all around!


Formed: 1978 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

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

At a time when the charts were ruled by pop-metal acts, Dokken was a major attraction throughout the 1980s. With vocalist Don Dokken's captivating stage presence and guitarist George Lynch's high-energy style, the band combined rockers such as "Kiss of Death" and power...
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Tooth and Nail, Dokken
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock, Hair Metal
  • Released: Sep 11, 1984

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