Tooth and Nail (Dokken album)

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Tooth and Nail
Dokken - Tooth and Nail.jpg
Studio album by Dokken
Released September 13, 1984 (1984-09-13)
Recorded April–August 1984
Studio Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, California[1]
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal[2][3]
Length 38:11
Label Elektra
Producer Tom Werman, Roy Thomas Baker
Dokken chronology
Breaking the Chains
Tooth and Nail
Under Lock and Key
Singles from Tooth and Nail
  1. "Into the Fire" / "Bullets to Spare"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Just Got Lucky" / "Don't Close Your Eyes"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Alone Again" / "Tooth and Nail"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Martin Popoff 8/10 stars[4]

Tooth and Nail is the second studio album by heavy metal band Dokken, released on September 13, 1984 through Elektra Records. It was the No. 35 album of 1985 according to Billboard magazine.[5] The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA[6] and reached No. 49 on the Billboard 200 US album chart.[7]

Album background[edit]

This album was the group's first with bassist Jeff Pilson following Juan Croucier's departure to join Ratt. Tooth and Nail was produced by Tom Werman, known for producing several successful albums for Cheap Trick and the previous year's Shout at the Devil, the Crüe's breakthrough album. Associate producer was Roy Thomas Baker, who had produced successful albums for Queen and The Cars and had supervised the re-working of Mötley Crüe's Too Fast for Love after the album was picked up by Elektra Records.

Lead-off single for the album was "Into the Fire", the music video of which received moderate play on MTV. "Into the Fire" spent eight weeks in the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart from October to December 1984, peaking at No. 21 and charting for a total of eleven weeks.[8]

Second single "Just Got Lucky" was somewhat less successful, again supported by a music video while charting on the 50-place Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for seven weeks during January and February 1985 and peaking at No. 27.[8]

It would be a power ballad that would give the album—and the band—its biggest hit. "Alone Again" spent fourteen weeks on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including two at its peak position of No. 20. More significantly, the melodic song of heartbreak was aided by strong rotation that spring and summer at MTV and gave the band their first and biggest hit on the Hot 100, where its eleven-week run from May to July 1985 peaked at No. 64.[8][9]

Though clearly more an album act than a singles act, Dokken's album sales were tied to the videos for the singles from those albums. Tooth and Nail rose to No. 71 on The Billboard 200 during the release of "Into the Fire",[10] but fell off the charts for a week before re-entering and rising to No. 77 during the release of "Just Got Lucky".[11] It was during the run of this single that the album, sliding down the charts after "Just Got Lucky" faded, reversed course and hit its peak of No. 49.[12] This time, Tooth and Nail would be certified Gold by the RIAA in August 1985, the band's first certification, and would linger on the charts for the remainder of the year,[13] aided by a gig opening for Scorpions.[citation needed] This continued buoying of sales resulted in the unusual circumstance of the album being rated higher on the 1985 year-end charts (No. 35) than it had actually reached in its chart peak.[5]

The song "Into the Fire" was featured in the 1987 film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, along with their newly written title track. The song can be heard in some versions of the film when Kristen is listening to the radio in her bedroom.

In March 1989, on the strength of continued sales, Tooth and Nail—the band's first Gold album—was its third to be certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million in the U.S. alone.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Without Warning" (Instrumental) Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson 1:35
2. "Tooth and Nail"   Mick Brown, Lynch, Pilson 3:40
3. "Just Got Lucky"   Lynch, Pilson 4:35
4. "Heartless Heart"   Brown, Lynch, Pilson 3:29
5. "Don't Close Your Eyes"   Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:10
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "When Heaven Comes Down"   Brown, Lynch, Pilson 3:35
7. "Into the Fire"   Dokken, Lynch, Pilson 4:27
8. "Bullets to Spare"   Dokken, Brown, Lynch, Pilson 3:35
9. "Alone Again"   Dokken, Pilson 4:20
10. "Turn On the Action"   Brown, Lynch, Pilson 4:43






Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1989 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[6]

Unchain the Night[edit]

The album's three music videos were later featured along with the band's other videos to date on a longform videocassette release, Unchain the Night, by Elektra/Asylum Records through Elektra Entertainment. That video debuted on Billboard's Top Music Video—Longform chart at No. 11 in January 1987, peaking at No. 5 that May.[14] The video collection was certified Gold in April 1987, and Platinum the following April.[6] In 2007 the collection was re-released in DVD by Rhino Home Video through Warner Music Vision, debuting on the Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos chart at No. 27.[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Into the Fire"
  2. "Just Got Lucky"
  3. "Breaking the Chains"
  4. "Alone Again"
  5. "The Hunter"
  6. "In My Dreams"
  7. "It's Not Love"


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  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dokken - Tooth and Nail review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (2014). The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade. Voyageur Press. pp. 52, 78. ISBN 9780760345467. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b "Billboard 200 Albums: Year End 1985". Billboard. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
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  9. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart: July 13, 1985". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart: November 24, 1984". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart: February 16, 1985". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart: July 06, 1985". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart: December 28, 1985". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
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