Beast from the East

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Beast from the East
Dokken - Beast from the East.jpg
Live album by Dokken
Released November 16, 1988
Recorded April 20–30, 1988, Tokyo, Japan
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 63:24 (CD Version) 77:33 (Original Cassette & LP Versions)
Label Elektra
Producer Dokken & Angelo Arcuri
Dokken chronology
Back for the Attack
(1987)
Beast from the East
(1988)
The Best of Dokken
(1994)
Singles from Beast from the East
  1. "Walk Away"
    Released: 1988
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10[2]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[3]

Beast from the East is a live album recorded by the American heavy metal band Dokken in Japan in April 1988, during tour in support of their album Back for the Attack. It was released on November 16, 1988. The album features live versions of the band's most popular songs from previous four studio albums and also includes a new studio track entitled "Walk Away". The song was accompanied with a music video,[4] which featured members of the band performing atop the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Topanga Canyon and the Pacific Ocean. The album earned the band their only Grammy Award nomination for the Best Metal Performance in 1990, losing to Metallica's "One".[5]

Background[edit]

Up to 1988, Dokken had released four studio albums, of which the last three were certified platinum. The band opened for Judas Priest, Aerosmith and several other bands, which eventually gained the band a spot on the Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 festival, where they played with Metallica, Scorpions, Kingdom Come and the headliner, Van Halen. They also recorded a song "Dream Warriors" for the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. After the Monsters of Rock fest, the band went on to tour in Japan, where they recorded several shows of the tour. Those recordings were released as their first live album called Beast from the East, with an additional new song called "Walk Away". While not as successful as the band's previous release, Back for the Attack, Beast from the East entered Billboard Top 40, achieving gold certificate. In 1990, it was nominated to the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, the only Dokken album to receive one. However, the band was involved in controversy when Chris Cornell of Soundgarden said he was perplexed when found out Dokken was nominated for the award.[6] To date, Beast from the East is the last Dokken album to receive a certification by RIAA.

US CD track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Unchain the Night" Don Dokken 5:38
2. "Tooth and Nail" Mick Brown, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson 3:18
3. "Dream Warriors" Lynch, Pilson 4:09
4. "Kiss of Death" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:21
5. "When Heaven Comes Down" Brown, Lynch, Pilson 3:44
6. "Into the Fire" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:02
7. "Mr. Scary" Lynch, Pilson 8:23
8. "Heaven Sent" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:12
9. "It's Not Love" Dokken 6:14
10. "Alone Again" Dokken, Pilson 5:34
11. "Just Got Lucky" Lynch, Pilson 5:02
12. "Breaking the Chains" Dokken, Lynch 3:55
13. "In My Dreams" Dokken 5:02
14. "Walk Away" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:00

Japan & original U.S. cassette & LP version track listing[edit]

Sides 1-2[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Unchain the Night" Dokken 5:38
2. "Tooth and Nail" Brown, Lynch, Pilson 3:18
3. "Standing in the Shadows" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:27
4. "Sleepless Nights" Lynch, Brown, Pilson 4:08
5. "Dream Warriors" Lynch, Pilson 4:09
6. "Kiss of Death" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:21
7. "When Heaven Comes Down" Brown, Lynch, Pilson 3:44
8. "Into the Fire" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:02
9. "Mr. Scary" Lynch, Pilson 8:13

Sides 3-4[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heaven Sent" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:12
2. "It's Not Love" Dokken 6:14
3. "Alone Again" Dokken, Pilson 5:34
4. "Just Got Lucky" Lynch, Pilson 5:02
5. "Breaking the Chains" Brown, Dokken, Lynch 3:55
6. "In My Dreams" Dokken 5:02
7. "Turn on the Action" Brown, Lynch, Pilson 4:58
8. "Walk Away" Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 5:00

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[7] 33
Japan Oricon[8] 27
Sweden Sverigetopplistan[9] 47

Single(s)[edit]

"Walk Away"

Chart (1988) Peak
position
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 48

Sales and recognition[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1990 Beast from the East Best Metal Performance Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Dokken - Beast from the East review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (9 February 1989). "Album Reviews: Dokken - Beast from the East". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  4. ^ YouTube Dokken - Walk Away (music video). youtube.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Patrick (January 12, 1990). "Soundgarden Nomination: The Growth of Local Rock". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ Britt, Bruce (February 17, 1990). "It's time again for the Grammy award gripes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Block Communications. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Dokken - Beast from the East - awards - chart. allmusic.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Dokken - Beast from the East - chart. oricon.co.jp. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Dokken - Beast from the East - international chart history Archived June 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. swedishcharts.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  10. ^ "allmusic ((( Dokken > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Dokken – Beast from the East". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH