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Artist: Dokken

Title: Breaking the Chains

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Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1983

Label: Elektra/Asylum

Catalog Number: 9 60290-2


Don Dokken lead vocals, guitar
George Lynch lead guitar
Juan Croucier bass, vocals
Mick Brown drums


1.  Breaking the Chains  3:50
2.  In the Middle  3:44
3.  Felony  3:07
4.  I Can't See You  3:12
5.  Live to Rock (Rock to Live)  3:38
6.  Nightrider  3:13
7.  Seven Thunders  3:56
8.  Young Girls  3:14
9.  Stick to Your Guns  3:24
10.  Paris is Burning live  5:08
Total Running Time:  36:26

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From: Steve F. Date: May 7, 2001 at 21:17
The debut album from one of my favorite bands. It's still fairly raw (songs like 'Nightrider' and 'Stick to Your Guns' reminds me of early Scorpions and Ratt), but the band's trademarks are there: George Lynch's guitar wizardry and the three-part harmonies. The title track and 'Paris is Burning' are probably the best songs from this album. (7 out of 10)

From: Victor Peters Date: May 13, 2001 at 16:27
I like the European (Carrere records) release better than the American mix, which is too 'boomy'. Unfortunately this release never made it to CD. On the Carrere release the track Live To Rock is called 'We're illegal' and the song 'Paris is burning' is a studio track. Especially Paris.. blew my mind when I first heard it on the radio (it's the B-side of the We're Illegal single). Great album, but you need to hear the Carrere release to fully enjoy it...

From: Alejandro PC Date: June 16, 2001 at 9:06
Very good album. Acording to me, the best songs of it are 'I canīt see you' and 'young girls'. Itīs a good american style. Not so heavy and not so 'soft'. But it could have been better.

From: RR-Finland Date: August 30, 2003 at 5:57
Breaking the Chains is a killer. Dokkenīs great debut. Songs arenīt so catchy what they are later 80īs releases, but songs like I Canīt See, Breaking the Chains, Young Girls and Seven Thunders are worth to buy this album. If you call yourself a Dokken fan of course.

From: pablo Date: September 6, 2003 at 8:39
Se vislumbraba lo que estaba por llegar este es el tipico cd de debut de una banda de Hard Rock de los 80 faltaban por rematar detalles pero ya tendrian tiempo de sobra para demostrar su calidad ,gran cd por otra parte este mítico 'Breaking The Chains'

From: Kim Hp Date: October 10, 2003 at 18:09
'Breaking the Chains' is the song that got me hooked on Dokken, and also the first song I ever heard with them. 'Paris Is Burning', 'Seven Thunders' and 'Nightrider' are also stand out tracks. The rest of this album is average at best, and nothing compared to their other 80's releases.

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: November 8, 2003 at 0:56
Like many others, 'Breaking the Chains' was the song that introduced me to Dokken. I first heard the song on one of those 'Metal Masters' compilation tapes put out by K-Tel(remember K-Tel? ) This was just a glimpse of what was to come,with 'Breaking the Chains','Felony',and 'Live to Rock' being my personal faves.

From: Rush Date: December 11, 2003 at 4:43
'Breaking the Chains', and the live version of 'Paris is Burning' are the real standouts on Dokken's deubt album. The rest, however, is mainly filler.

From: andy Date: January 4, 2004 at 5:29
I love this album...i shot my first load into my girlfriend's cooter for the first time as this album was playing. Ever since that day, I use this album to masturbate with. I recommend!

From: Great Dane Date: January 4, 2004 at 16:14
Its cool that U like this album. Apart from that Im really NOT interested in any of your intimate adventures and if you masturbate listening to Dokken. WHOAAAA get help. No further comments...........

From: MJ (Marla) Date: January 4, 2004 at 16:42
Yikes!! Umm.......I love this album!! NOT quite as much as the other guy...but yeah!! lol...'Breaking The Chains' and 'Paris Is Burning' are fantastic!!!

From: MJ (Marla) Date: January 4, 2004 at 16:50
Ok...that is NOT the smily I meant to use!!! LOL!!!!! Sorry!!!!

From: Bizkit82 Date: January 5, 2004 at 19:56
Did George play on ALL the tracks?? Listening to the solo on the title track sure doesn't sound like him. Granted he was a young guy then, and coming into his style, but one listen to other tracks on BTC or a glimpse into Tooth And Nail and it sounds out of George's style. Someone said Don played solos on BTC. Anyone confirm this?

From: ANDREASB Date: April 4, 2004 at 19:26
A must have! Their best, the others gettin' more and more hairy ... maybe similiar to the Defs

From: The Moose Date: April 22, 2004 at 20:03
The Carrere (European) version is definitely much rawer and heavier, especially Stick to your guns. Probably the best Dokken album!

From: Mike h Date: May 3, 2004 at 1:21
Probably their 2nd best cd theyve ever made. i say this because their second ablum TOOTH and NAIL was kick ass. that was by far their best cd ever. Breaking the Chains is a lighter sounding dokken album. classics such as BREAKING THE CHAINS, LIVE TO ROCK (ROCK TO LIVE), STICK TO YOUR GUNS, I CANT SEE YOU, and PARIS IS BURNING.

From: jack Date: May 5, 2004 at 6:00
This album in my opinion is Dokken' best album overall. Breaking the chains got great guitar riff and i thought this song is better than tooth & nail. Paris is burning is also a good songs.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 26, 2004 at 1:14
Pretty weak debut by Dokken. Starts of strong with the title track, but then goes full gear into generic city. Ends on a strong note with the great George Lynch showcase 'Paris Is Burning'. 4/10

From: Jimbo Date: July 2, 2004 at 18:51
Although I have a personal affinity for this album, it really isn't much to get excited about. Don still insisted on playing rhythm guitar at this point which seems to hold the record back some. George Lynch gets alot of (deserved) credit for his solo technique, but what really made Dokken great IMHO was Lynch's crunching rhythm guitars on later releases. 'Mr. Scary' is not quite in full bloom here, but the seeds are sown on 'Paris is Burning' and 'Breaking the Chains'. For Dokken fans only. B-

From: kan from taiwan Date: October 10, 2004 at 23:30
this debut is weak! the display in guitar is in the raw! but as above 'breaking the chain' and' paris is burnning' are not bad songs!but if you compare this album to their latest album like 'shawdow life' or 'st' or 'hellto pay' it's much better!

From: Propane Date: November 30, 2004 at 10:50
Kicks major bootie! Excellent musicianship.

From: AHUEA Date: January 14, 2005 at 10:25
not the bst album for a debut, the band needed some polishing, but breaking the chains is a killer track

From: Geoff Date: March 5, 2005 at 1:01
Not the best album ever, but 'Breaking the chains' and 'Paris is burning' are great peices of hard rock history. It's nice to see where this brilliant band came from, but not really a great listen, to be honest.

From: Dokken Kills!!! Date: May 4, 2005 at 1:16
If you say that album is Hard Rock your dumb or crazy. This is pure Heavy Metal. Dokken always been Heavy Metal in the eighties.

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 16, 2006 at 22:24
The song 'Breaking The Chains' is an all-time masterpiece, worth the price of admission alone. Lynch not only become an axe legend, Don Dokken had a great voice, in that he rarely had to scream to make an impression. He knew how to flow with the song & leave a lasting harmony if need be. Kind of raw overall, but the production techniques would polish things up considerably, especially by the time their 3rd full length album came out. Still recommended.

From: sanxdowntherainbow Date: March 27, 2007 at 19:25
Great Debut, great songs, great solos, great hair, great video (breaking the chains), Juan Crucier left, then Jeff Pilson came... 10/10

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 10:28
This is very good and underrated compare to their others.

From: rockhardrock Date: May 28, 2009 at 17:36
all their records are great but this one is just not as good as their later releases.lynch is a real wizard on the guitar and don has awsome voice, but hte production is not at the top here. my favs: Breaking the Chains, Live to Rock (Rock to Live), Nightrider and Paris is Burning

From: hair metal again Date: July 3, 2009 at 11:10
first complete work by dokken offers strong moments like "breaking the chains","felony","paris is burning".it also contains some average songs for the status of their quality.anyway this was the beginning of a great band who ruled and still does oue scene

From: Animal! Date: January 24, 2011 at 20:46
Breaking the Chains and Felony got me into this band, George Lynch is one of the best 80's guitarists. top 3 at least.

From: pie75 Date: April 15, 2012 at 6:47
one of the great debut albums breaking the chains had ne straight away too great vocals great guitar simple as that

From: edwithmj Date: December 7, 2012 at 7:31
A very good album and one of their best I'm sure. Breaking The Chains is a great opener followed by In The Middle and the fantastic Felony. Live To Rock is a speedy rocker and Stick To Your Guns is another stand out. Good stuff.

From: titothetitan Date: April 20, 2018 at 13:56
'Breaking the Chains' is a cool opening song but it's level is never reached again. 'Seven Thunders', 'Young Girls', 'Stick to Your Guns', 'Paris is Burning' are nice but overall this is not a remarkable album. 70/100

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