Back for the Attack

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Back for the Attack
Dokken - Back for the Attack.jpg
Studio album by Dokken
Released November 27, 1987 (1987-11-27)
Studio
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 63:02
Label Elektra
Producer Neil Kernon
Dokken chronology
Under Lock and Key
(1985)
Back for the Attack
(1987)
Beast from the East
(1988)
Singles from Back for the Attack
  1. "Dream Warriors"
    Released: February 10, 1987
  2. "Heaven Sent" / "Mr. Scary"
    Released: 1987
  3. "Burning Like a Flame" / "Lost Behind the Wall"
    Released: December 1987
  4. "So Many Tears" / "Mr. Scary"
    Released: 1988 (promo only)
  5. "Prisoner"
    Released: 1988 (promo only)

Back for the Attack is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Dokken, released on November 27, 1987 through Elektra Records.[1] A remastered edition featuring a bonus track was reissued in 2009 through Warner Music Japan. It is the band's best-selling album, reaching No. 13 on the U.S. Billboard 200[2] and remaining on that chart for 33 weeks.[3] Three singles also charted on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart: "Dream Warriors" reached No. 22, "Prisoner" at No. 37, and "Burning Like a Flame" at No. 20 as well as No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] Back for the Attack was certified Gold and Platinum on January 14, 1988.[1]

The single "Dream Warriors" was originally released in February 1987 as the theme song for the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The album title for Back for the Attack was taken from an earlier Dokken song of the same name, recorded during the sessions for Under Lock and Key (1985) and released as the B-side to "Dream Warriors". It was later included in the 2009 remastered edition of the album as a bonus track.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[6]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[7]

Barry Weber at AllMusic gave Back for the Attack three stars out of five, saying that it "certainly isn't Dokken's greatest album, yet it remains a worthwhile listen". He praised the band for sounding "tighter than they ever have before", with frontman Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch being "at the top of their game."[6] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff praised the album, which "offers length, variation and a sense of ambition as never before", and called it "one of those lost records brimming with bravado" but not so unique to be "one's life soundtrack". He added that the "excruciating" circumstances of its recording took their toll as the band tried to assemble "a more competent, mature, substantial record".[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kiss of Death"   George Lynch, Don Dokken, Jeff Pilson 5:51
2. "Prisoner"   Lynch, Pilson, Mick Brown 4:20
3. "Night by Night"   Pilson, Lynch, Brown, Dokken 5:23
4. "Standing in the Shadows"   Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:07
5. "Heaven Sent"   Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:52
6. "Mr. Scary" (instrumental) Lynch, Pilson 4:31
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "So Many Tears"   Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:56
8. "Burning Like a Flame"   Lynch, Pilson, Dokken, Brown 4:46
9. "Lost Behind the Wall"   Lynch, Brown, Dokken, Pilson 4:19
10. "Stop Fighting Love"   Pilson, Lynch, Dokken, Brown 4:52
11. "Cry of the Gypsy"   Dokken, Pilson, Lynch 4:51
12. "Sleepless Night"   Lynch, Brown, Pilson 4:32
13. "Dream Warriors"   Lynch, Pilson 4:42

Personnel[edit]

Dokken[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1988 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Dokken". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Back for the Attack Billboard Almums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dokken - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Back for the Attack Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dokken – Back For The Attack". Discogs. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Weber, Barry. "Dokken - Back for the Attack review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  8. ^ "Dokken – Back for the Attack (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dokken – Back for the Attack". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Dokken Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 47, No. 19, February 27, 1988". Library and Archives Canada. February 27, 1988. Retrieved October 8, 2015.