|Beast from the East|
|Live album by|
|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)
|Producer||Dokken & Angelo Arcuri|
|Singles from Beast from the East|
|The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||6/10|
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,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".
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Dokken is an American metal band formed in 1979. It split up in 1989 and reformed four years later. The band had many charting singles like and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. The live album Beast from the East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1989.
Back for the Attack is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Dokken, released on November 2, 1987 through Elektra Records. 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 and remaining on that chart for 33 weeks. 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. Back for the Attack was certified Gold and Platinum on January 14, 1988.
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.To date, Beast from the East is the last Dokken album to receive a certification by RIAA.
Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band had struggled with indifferent record production and a lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980, when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel.
Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), and Brad Whitford (guitar). Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop rock, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They are sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
The Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 was a festival tour headlined by hard rock band Van Halen as part of their promotion for their OU812 album. The Scorpions were a co-headliner. Opening bands included Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come. It formed the first section of the OU812 Tour, the main part of which followed immediately after Monsters of Rock 1988. As one of the many well-known Monsters of Rock tours, the tour featured an impressive line-up, especially for a single-day event, and proved very popular.
|1.||"Unchain the Night"||Don Dokken, Mick Brown, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson||5:38|
|2.||"Tooth and Nail"||Brown, Lynch, 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"||Brown, Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||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"||Brown, Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||5:02|
|14.||"Walk Away"||Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||5:00|
|1.||"Unchain the Night"||Brown, Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||5:38|
|2.||"Tooth and Nail"||Brown, Lynch, Pilson||3:18|
|3.||"Standing in the Shadows"||Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||4:27|
|4.||"Sleepless Night"||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|
|1.||"Heaven Sent"||Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||5:12|
|2.||"It's Not Love"||Brown, Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||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"||Brown, Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||5:02|
|7.||"Turn on the Action"||Brown, Lynch, Pilson||4:58|
|8.||"Walk Away"||Dokken, Lynch, Pilson||5:00|
Donald Maynard Dokken is an American heavy metal vocalist, best known for being the lead singer, occasional guitarist, and founder of the band Dokken. He is known for his vibrato-laden, melodic vocal style which has made him an influential figure in American hard rock and heavy metal.
George Lynch is an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter. Lynch is best known for his work with heavy metal band Dokken and his post-Dokken solo band, Lynch Mob. Lynch is considered to be one of the most influential and famous 1980s metal guitarists. He is known for his unique playing style and sound. He is ranked #68 on "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" by Guitar World magazine and is also ranked #10 on "Top 10 Metal Guitarists Of All Time" by Gibson.
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|US Billboard 200||33|
|US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||48|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1990||Beast from the East||Best Metal Performance||Nominated|
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