DOKKEN - The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 Video Series, Part 4
September 14, 2020, 10 days ago
Dokken's The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 is out now. In the fourth of a series of videos, Don Dokken discusses Juan Croucier, "Hit And Run", "Liar", "Prisoner" and more. Watch below:
Watch three previous segments below:
Featuring spectacular sleeve art by renowned US artist Tokyo Hiro (Motörhead, Motley Crüe), The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 show the crackle and craft of a hungry young Don Dokken as he embarked upon a journey which started in Southern California and Northern Germany. It is a trek which is testimony to the sheer endeavour and perseverance Don Dokken showed in those few years between 1978 and 1981, starting from when he spent time at a guitar store called Drake’s Music, owned by Drake Levin in Manhattan Beach, California.
A fair selection of the treasure on The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 are from these early European days. “Felony” carries a thuggish fuzz-coated riff -think early Van Halen in really greasy embroidered denims- while “Day After Day” showed that Don could pen a radio-slaying ballad.
The writing and creation of The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 are further tribute to enduring early days of struggle in both Germany and LA, Don would return to LA for a spell after those brief European gigs, and he worked with Croucier on material, including perhaps the truest view of Dokken’s then-future “Hit And Run”, which incredibly did not end up on the eventual Breaking The Chains release. From the sunbaked SoCal hook of “Step Into The Light” to the furious, fledgling, late-Sunset Strip sound of “Back In The Streets,” The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 shows Don in his unfettered early days of balls-out attitude, qualities doubtless forged in the sheer nature of the adventures undertaken in writing, recording and deciding Europe was the place to keep cutting his teeth.
The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 not only shares that magic with the fans, it gives them the final, vital and undeniably missing (until now) early album in the Dokken collection.
The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 is available here on CD, Vinyl, digital formats and special D2C bundles.
The Lost Songs: 1978-1981 tracklisting:
"Step Into The Light"
"We’re Going Wrong"
"Day After Day"
"Back In The Streets"
"Hit And Run"
"No Answer" lyric video:
"Step Into The Light" video:
Musicians who appear on The Lost Songs: 1978-1981:
Don Dokken - vocals, guitar
Jon Levin - guitar
BJ Zampa - drums
Juan Croucier - bass
Greg Leon - guitar
Gary Holland - drums
Mick Brown - drums
George Lynch - guitar
Rustee Allen - bass
Bill Lordan - drums
Greg Pecka - drums