Breaking the Chains (album)

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Breaking the Chains
First edition cover art
Studio album by Dokken
Released 1981 (Europe)
September 18, 1983 (U.S.)
Recorded Dierks Studios, Germany
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 36:24
Label Carrere Records
Producer Michael Wagener, Dokken
Dokken chronology
Back in the Streets
Breaking the Chains
Tooth and Nail
Alternative cover
1983 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.0/5 stars[1]

Breaking the Chains is the debut studio album by heavy metal band Dokken.

The album was originally released in 1981 as Breakin' the Chains on Carrere Records (France).[2] This version contains some different mixes and titles of songs. "Paris Is Burning" is called "Paris" and is actually a studio version. The album also contained a song called "We're Illegal" which was later turned into "Live to Rock".

The album was renamed and released in the U.S. in 1983. It reached number 136 on the Billboard 200.[3] The title track was named the 62nd greatest hard rock song by VH1.[4] It is featured on the radio station "V-ROCK" in the 2006 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The album was considered a flop by the Elektra label, which had the intention to drop the band. However, Dokken management convinced the label that they could make a more successful album, which materialized in Tooth and Nail in September 1984.

In a discussion with George Lynch on January 26, 2011, he mentioned the existence of 500 copies of the Carrere Records Breakin' the Chains version printed with the Don Dokken moniker, instead of Dokken. This version also featured different album cover art. Lynch also mentioned that the bassist that actually played on the album was Peter Baltes (Accept).[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Don Dokken and George Lynch, except where noted. 

1981 version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Breaking the Chains"     3:43
2. "Seven Thunders"   Dokken, Lynch, Mick Brown 3:56
3. "I Can't See You"   Dokken, Juan Croucier 3:12
4. "In the Middle"     3:44
5. "We're Illegal"   Dokken, Lynch, Croucier 3:39
6. "Paris"     3:46
7. "Stick to Your Guns"     3:25
8. "Young Girls"     3:14
9. "Felony"     3:25
10. "Nightrider"   Dokken, Lynch, Brown 3:14
Total length:

All songs written and composed by Don Dokken and George Lynch, except where noted. 

1983 version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Breaking the Chains"     3:43
2. "In the Middle"     3:43
3. "Felony"     3:08
4. "I Can't See You"   Dokken, Juan Croucier 3:12
5. "Live to Rock (Rock to Live)"   Dokken, Lynch, Croucier 3:39
6. "Nightrider"   Dokken, Lynch, Mick Brown 3:13
7. "Seven Thunders"   Dokken, Lynch, Brown 3:55
8. "Young Girls"     3:14
9. "Stick to Your Guns"     3:25
10. "Paris is Burning (Live)"     5:07
Total length:


Band members[edit]


  • Michael Wagener - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Wyn Davis - mixing
  • Joe Gastwirt - mastering


  1. ^ Breaking the Chains (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Dokken - Breakin' The Chains". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  3. ^ "AllMusic Billboard albums". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ " music". Retrieved February 7, 2009.