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Long Way Home

Dokken Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Sunless Days
2. Little Girl
3. Everybody Needs (To Be With Someone)
4. You
5. Goodbye My Friend
6. Magic Road
7. There Was A Time
8. Heart Full Of Soul
9. Under The Gun
10. I've Found
Disc: 2
4. YOU

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Japanese edition of 2002 album includes 3 bonus tracks 'Dancin' (the Irish Song), 'Only Heaven Knows' & 'Let It Be True'.


It's sad that Dokken's image forced them into that dreaded hair-band category, because they've always been more talented than most of the groups of that era. Despite major lineup changes--original bassist Jeff Pilson has been replaced by Barry Sparks and former Europe guitarist John Norum has stepped in for Reb Beach--the band has retained much of their signature sound. Don Dokken likes to work with fiery guitarists who counter his soothing vocals and melodies, and he has again found that complementary balance. Long Way Home picks up the back-to-basics style of their 1999 release, Erase the Slate. Diehards will be delighted with the heavy "Under the Gun," as it sounds like an outtake from Under Lock and Key. The band goes deeper on the midtempo "Everybody Needs (To Be with Someone)," which has a touch of Beatles-esque pop. Of course there are ballads, and the pretty "Goodbye My Friend," intertwining acoustic guitars and piano, stands out as one of the album's strongest cuts, along with "There Was a Time," with its gorgeous harmonies and irresistible chorus. There's something here for every fan, and it all still sounds like Dokken. --Gail Flug

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2.0 out of 5 stars Something's Wrong Here... June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Don Dokken for many years. I'm smart enough to know the truth. Don Dokken is why Dokken was and is successful, not George Lynch. George Lynch is and was a tremendous guitar player but the imperfections in his records since he left Dokken show how much Don brought to the table even excluding his tremendous vocals. Every Dokken record has been near perfect as Don demands. While this record might be produced to perfection, the material certainly falls short of the "p" word.
Many argue if Dokken was a hair band. Of course they were! You know what? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But, Dokken had a harder edge than the typical hair band. Songs like Tooth & Nail, Kiss of Death, and Heaven Sent are a bit intense for some of the more popular hair bands of the time. But, they were unmistakably Dokken and unmistakably melodic hard rock. There are only a few traces of this style on this record and I do stress a few.
Little Girl is a great song. It captures the feel of what Dokken was mixed with a Beatles style. Heart full of Soul is a short but sweet classic Dokken sounding song.
When I ripped this record into MP3's to add to my play list while I work online, those were the only two I bothered ripping. The rest of the record is lacking something. It has a bit of a gloomy feel that simply is boring or has potential to be a decent song but simply does not find the hook needed to make you sing along. The musicianship is good and Don sounds great when he isn't singing too mellow for the songs but there is, without question, something missing.
The album is worth buying to check out and judge for yourself. But, don't expect Under Lock & Key and don't expect a more recent Dokken classic like Erase the Slate. Expect Shadow Life part 2. It's sad to say but true. But, the sound clips to the new Dokken record "Hell to Pay" sound promising. So, keep an eye out for that record as well!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Melodic Hard Rock Album May 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a long way from Dokken's prime material ("Under Lock & Key," "Tooth & Nail," "Back for the Attack), but after listening to it, I found myself enjoying it. Granted, it's not going to change the music world, nor will it show you something new, musically speaking, but several of the songs on this album are very well done.
I like to listen to albums when I go out jogging. I have to find an album to be at least half way decent before I'll set off on the road with it. To me, there's nothing worse than being two miles from home, saddled with a CD player loaded with a dull CD!
I found myself hitting the repeat button on "Sunless Days," "Little Girl," and "Goodbye My Friend" frequently. Great songs, great music. What's the problem with the harmonies being "Beatlesque"? I think this works great. In some ways it departs from Dokken's traditional pop-metal sound to a degree, but not by much. DOn's voice sounds as good as ever, and John Norum fills George Lynch and Reb Beach's shoes very well.
Three stars to me rates an album as good. This is definitely a good melodic hard rock album. One half is really good, while the other half is rather bland and faceless. If you've got the rest of the band's albums and you're a fan, this is worth checking out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Returning to the Rokken sound... Dec 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
Dokken again turns out an album with a new guitarist. This time John Norum (solo, Europe, Don Dokken) takes the helm, jamming on one of Dokken's hardest sounding albums in years.
As Don Dokken's solo guitarist on UP FROM THE ASHES, John Norum was a natural to fill the vacated spot left by Reb Beach on his return to Winger. John Norum's solo efforts are fanatastic, and he proves quite a talented singer in his own right, but his best material always comes with a strong vocalist putting forth their talents. Don Dokken's voice lends well to the strong, and heavy mixture prevalent on this outing.
Barry Sparks steps in on bass, filling the vacated spot by on-again-off-again bassist Jeff Pilson (who returned to George Lynch partner for the Wicked Underground effort). The bass line and drum rhythm section pounds with force, and the guitars rock on strong numbers like "Sunless Days", "Little Girl", and "Heart Full of Soul". Dokken kicks out a couple of mid-tempo ballads with "Everybody Needs", "Goodbye My Friend", and "There Was a Time."
An overall, very strong output from my favorite band of all-time.
Readily awaiting the next effort, though it is rumored John Norum has moved on to fill a spot in the forthcoming UFO. Former Warlock Guitarist John Levin is rumored to take the helm on the expected February 2004 Dokken release. Keep Rokken...
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3.0 out of 5 stars ...or in fact 3.5 stars... Feb. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
Since you're reading this you must know about Dokken (or have come here via "see more about me").
After my first listening I wasn't sure if I liked the album or not. The music is heavy metal with a modern approach but of course it's more melodic than say Slipknot (or any other modern metal ...). "Long way home" is certainly much better than "Dysfunctional" but can't be compared with Dokken's finest in "Tooth and nail". The sound is quite metallic and that was the main problem for me. But after several listenings (I believe a lot of people give an album a wrong rating cos they rate it just after hearing it once...), this album surely grows on you.
Dokken deliver fine rockers like "Sunless days" (a tune that gets better for every time I hear it) and "Heart full of soul" (is it 1984 again?). There's also a great ballad in "Goodbye my friend"; and "There was a time" shows us that Dokken are capable to go beyond the metal formula - very beautiful and strong! "Under the gun" is the albums fastest track and like "Everybody needs to be with someone" and "You" it gets better and better.
Don Dokken is a very talented singer and I believe that's very important, far more important than having a guitar virtous like George Lynch, who by the way is no longer a member of the band. But you get John Norum (anyone remember Europe?).
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Don.......MORE!
Huge long time Dokken fan; all of it. Each album has its own flavor; some rockin' with anthems and pyrotechnics, some more somber and emotional. Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by Daniel J. Wiedecker
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
After just getting into Dokken via the Flashback cd, I heard about how great the Lynch/Pilson cd was. I also heard how bad Dokken was since 95. Read more
Published on June 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG WAY HOME ROCKS!!!
Published on May 7 2003 by "kornfreak94"
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible...
Anyone with such bad taste as to give this album 4 stars needs to have their ears checked.
Published on April 20 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but..........
.....not as good as "Erase The Slate". Although this album is better than most of the crud that the music industry is producing this days, it's not Dokken's best. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2003 by Elite
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Rockin!
In Dokken's latest effort "Long Way Home", it is sort of a return to the sound before. Although "Long Way Home" is a good album it is missing some things that made Dokken great in... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by MetalFreak
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKEN HOOK AND LINE, NO SINKERS
How would a Dokken album fair without Jeff Pilson and George Lynch was the question many may have asked? Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2003 by Kevin Dobbs "dragonboots"
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a good cd/album.......
but it is not the Dokken that I remember listening to. It is slow rock but yet still good to listen to. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2003 by Richard L. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars It'll grow on you, like a wart or something
I didn't dig this record at first. The fierce guitar riffs of Lynch or Beach are not really here, which was a disappointment. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002 by Allister Fiend
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