Dysfunctional (Dokken album)

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Studio album by Dokken
Released May 23, 1995
Recorded 1994-1995
Studio 710 Studios and Total Access Recording, Redondo Beach, California
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 54:22
Label Columbia
Producer Don Dokken, Michael Wagener
Dokken chronology
The Best of Dokken
One Live Night
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[2]

Dysfunctional is the fifth studio album by heavy metal band Dokken, released in 1995. It was the band's first release after reuniting in 1993. Although the album entered the chart respectably at No. 47 at a time when 1980s hard rock and heavy metal had largely declined, sales quickly dropped off and were not enough to reach gold RIAA certification. In a later interview, Don Dokken revealed that the album had sold 500,000 copies in America and was officially certified gold. [3] [4]

The song "Too High to Fly" was released as a promo single from the album and was a minor hit.[5] It is one of the post 80s Dokken songs that is played live on a consistent basis.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Inside Looking Out" (Don Dokken, Jeff Pilson) – 4:08
  2. "Hole in My Head" (Dokken, Pilson, Mick Brown) – 4:33
  3. "The Maze" (Dokken, Pilson, George Lynch) – 4:50
  4. "Too High to Fly" (Dokken, Lynch) – 7:10
  5. "Nothing Left to Say" (Dokken, Pilson) – 4:30
  6. "Shadows of Life" (Dokken, Pilson) – 4:33
  7. "Long Way Home" (Dokken, Pilson, Lynch) – 5:12
  8. "Sweet Chains" (Dokken) – 5:46
  9. "Lesser of Two Evils" (Dokken, Pilson, Lynch) – 4:03
  10. "What Price" (Dokken, Brown, Pilson) – 5:45
  11. "From the Beginning" (Greg Lake) – 4:12 (Emerson, Lake & Palmer cover)

Japanese bonus track[edit]

  1. "When the Good Die Young" (Dokken, Pilson) - 4:55




  • Michael Wagener - producer, engineer, mixing on tracks 5, 8-10
  • Wyn Davis - engineer, mixing
  • Darian Rundall, Don Dokken, Kenny Oswald - engineers
  • George Marino - mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
  • John Keane - orchestral arrangements on track 5
  • John Kalodner - A&R


USA RIAA 2015 Gold (+ 500,000)