Archive for May 5, 2007

I need some input

Posted: May 5, 2007 in Uncategorized

I visit a lot of music websites, message boards, and blogs daily. One of the features that I would like to have is the ability for my readers to hear some of the music I’m writing about. Nothing is better than reading about a band, album, or song and being able to hear the music or a sample. Wouldn’t it be easier to check out Balance Of Power if you could hear some tracks? Or if you’re on the fence about dropping $15 for the new Saxon album, wouldn’t it be great to hear a sample?

I’m not looking to open an online radio station or offer people the ability to download the songs, just a means to hear them. Kind of along the lines of Vibrations Of Doom’s Classic Albums. So if anyone out there can suggest a decent MP3 host, I’d appreciate it.

Thanks.

Dokken - Unchain The Night DVD

Dokken – Unchain The Night DVD (2007, Rhino)

  1. Into The Fire
  2. Just Got Lucky
  3. Breaking The Chains
  4. Alone Again
  5. The Hunter
  6. In My Dreams
  7. It’s Not Love

Bonus Features:

  1. New Interview with Don Dokken & Mick Brown (Dec 2006)
  2. Walk Away
  3. Dream Warriors
  4. Heaven Sent
  5. Burning Like A Flame

Band Lineup:
Don Dokken – Lead Vocals
George Lynch – Guitars
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Mick Brown – Drums

(Region 1, NTSC, Running Time = 65 mins)

Dokken official website

UNCHAIN THE NIGHT was released on VHS back in 1986. The good people at Rhino got together with the band and decided to re-release the package on DVD with extra footage.

I was fourteen back in ’86 so my hard earned money bought new albums, I never got around to buying these home videos. Twenty years later, I’m spending the money on these DVDs. The funny thing is that the DVD with bonus footage is cheaper now than the VHS was back then.

This collection is a trip down memory lane for me. I’m a Dokken fan, I have all of their albums and I enjoy their music. I get the occasional video on VH-1 Classic, or maybe I check out YouTube, but I like to own the footage. As a collector, DVDs like this are a must.

Basically, you get the original UNCHAIN THE NIGHT home video, a new interview with Don & Mick, and four videos released years after the VHS hit the shelves. Their aren’t a lot of frills here and that is actually refreshing. I’m all for bands like Iron Maiden and Manowar releasing DVDs with running times over four hours but what I remember most about growing up in the MTV era were the videos. That’s what this DVD is about…..eleven songs, eleven videos.

The first part of the DVD, the original VHS, stays true to form with all of the backstage/on tour footage shot by the band included. These slices of “life on the road” introduce and join each song/video. The bonus videos have introductions and commentary by Don & Mick taken from the interview they made for this DVD package. The actual interview separate from the videos doesn’t repeat this song by song commentary, the guys fire away at a number of topics ranging from being on tour in Europe, losing band members, the Internet, the state of the band, etc. You don’t get to actually see candid interviews with bands anymore so I was glad to see this included in the package.

Bottom Line:
A basic DVD with all the videos you remember, a new interview, and some footage shot by the band back in the day. For the $10 I spent, that’s more than a bargain and money well spent. For just over an hour, you get good music and good memories. Can’t go wrong with that…..