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Long Way Home
April 2002
Released: 2002, CMC International
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Keith McDonald

Dokken were definitely one of the better ‘hair bands’ that the 80’s produced. Yet due to internal problems the band never was able to make the dent in the music industry that they should have. They produced platinum album after platinum album only to break up just as they were ready to become arena headliners. Now the band has carried on since regrouping in 1994. But they have also seen some personnel changes as well. Now we all expected George Lynch to be the first to go, but now we’ve seen his replacement Reb Beach return to his former outfit Winger, replaced by ex-Europe axe-slinger John Norum. But what surprises me the most is that the backbone of Dokken, Jeff Pilson, is not in the picture, being replaced by Barry Sparks. After their musical departure of Shadowlife, the band returned to its melodic roots with 1999’s Erase The Slate, and now Long Way Home has continued that journey. Blistering with the tracks Sunless Days, Little Girl and the best track on the album Goodbye My Friend, Don Dokken has shown that like a fine wine, he only gets better with age. Dokken are great songwriters, churning out great song after great song – full of energy and emotion. John Norum provides strong, powerful guitars and what would a Dokken album be without powerful harmonies that compliment Don’s sweet vocals and lyrics. This is a must for any Dokken or melodic hard rock fan. Pick up this CD.

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