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DOKKEN

THE BEST OF DOKKEN VOL.2

 

OK if Dokken are new to you the question is do you start here or with the originals?

 

To be honest you should always start with the originals, but there is nothing on this re-recorded Greatest hits that is too offensive, unlike some similar exercises by some bands over the years. If you are a fan you will probably like this. It is a bit understated to be honest, the guitars are reined in, Don's voice is a little more restrained. It's not exactly elevator Dokken, but certainly not as passionate as the original recordings. At the end of the day the thing I disliked most about this version were the backing vocals!

 

There's no dount that Jon Levin is a great guitarist and obviously it's both a blessing and a curse to have to reinterpret someone as amazing as the master George Lynch; but Jon manages to add his own touches without presumably offending too many people. It's not all doom and gloom for true fans though as re-recorded tracks like "Just Got Lucky"; whilst not actually beating the original; do work pretty well.

 

To some the only reason for buying this record will be the bonus tracks (as the Greatest Hits section itself omits tracks on the original Greatest Hits Compilation). They have been available in one form or another elsewhere so I am guessing that most out there will find little to make them shell out the cash.

 

The new tracks "Almost Over" and "Magic Man" we like, great Dokken and decent stop-gaps until the new album... The Hollies cover 'Bus Stop' is also pretty cool, though we're hanging out for the Japanese release and 'Lies' the Knickerbockers cover.

 

Buy now on MP3 or wait till May for the CD.

 

Jo