What do you do when you want to do an “unplugged” album but MTV doesn’t care for you?
In Dokken’s case, it’s simple.
Do a few unplugged shows, record em and release it. Now this CD was originally released for the Japanese market. It was successful there and it got an international release in 1995.
My CD version is a double and it was released in 1999 in Australia with the album “Shadowlife” attached to it.
But this review will be solely for the “One Live Night” album. “Shadowlife” is up next.
In the CD booklet, you open it up and see the cover to the Shadowlife album and lyrics to the live Album. It’s bizarre to say the least and I already had the “Shadowlife” album purchased separately.
Now it’s not all unplugged as Lynch does plug in for his solos.
Into the Fire
No one in the audience had any idea that the opening song was “Into The Fire” based on the opening strummed chords.
But when the arpeggios started, it was recognizable and the audience was on board.
I wasn’t sold on the plugged in lead break. I wanted Lynch to recreate a lead suitable for an unplugged setting.
“Who would have thought?”, said Don Dokken at the end of the song.
Yes, who would have thought.
Unchain The Night
Great song all round.
The Intro is excellent and I like the sinister acoustic verse riff.
The electric leads over the verse riff detract instead of enhancing.
How powerful does the Chorus sound in this setting?
And the outro.
They are strumming Em to D to C and back to D and the vocal melody is hooky. The electric guitar comes in for the outro lead and it works. It’s restrained, but I still would have preferred an acoustic lead.
Don introduces this song as one that Mr John Kalodner selected. For those that don’t know, Kalodner knew how to spot a hit.
But the 90s era was a different beast to the 80s era and a hit was harder to find especially when every promotion avenue ignored bands like Dokken.
Nothing Left To Say
Like the album version and Lynch delivers an acoustic lead like the album.
From The Beginning
The ELP cover works well here.
Tooth And Nail
They’ve rearranged it into a blues rock tune, almost Bad Company like with Wild Mick Brown on vocals who sounds like Jon Oliva from Savatage.
And it works.
But… why the lyric lead. An acoustic lead would have served this rendition well.
Just Got Lucky
You get to hear how poppy the Chorus vocal melody is in this setting.
I Will Remember
An instrumental from Lynch’s solo album “Sacred Groove”. It’s like a ballad with a lot of melodies and some super fast shred. A nice intermission.
How do you get the wall of electric sounds to sound so serene and haunting without losing the essence of the song?
They got it right on this one.
I like how the piano is the dominant instrument this time around. When you go unplugged, you need to be creative.
In My Dreams
This song works in any setting. The melodies are that anthemic it doesn’t matter if there distortion or acoustics.
I would have preferred a few Dokken cuts but everyone was trying to see if they could have a hit like Tesla and “Signs”.
It’s Not Love
It’s got that blues rock 70s vibe in the Intro. And the crowd has no idea the song title.
Then someone (I think its Mick Brown) yells 1, 2, 3 and 4 and the riff starts.
A perfect closer.
And no songs from “Back For The Attack” are on it. I guess they have their reasons.
This is the sound of Dokken fighting tooth and nail to stay alive in a hostile market place.
6 thoughts on “The Record Vault: Dokken – One Live Night”
Two Dokken for the price of one. That unplugged one I bought as well and is good but I was so burnt on the whole MTV unplugged series by this time.
But Mr Lynch is plugged in. Lol
Dang thats right. Thats how long it’s been since I heard it.
Cool that you got a twofer, but when you said that George plugged in for the solo, that is actually quite disappointing. Unplugged is unplugged. Can’t he do a solo on an acoustic?
I guess not. Lol.
He should have created solos that fit the acoustic format they way Clapton did, like in Layla.