Change the World: An Introduction to Dokken

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There are those who will say that the "real" Dokken only exists when guitar hero George Lynch is in the lineup, and there are those who say that as long as singer Don Dokken is present, that's all that matters. Regardless of which faction you agree with, Dokken's commercial and artistic heyday was in the '80s, when Lynch was present. For several years during the mid- to late '90s, George and Don patched up their differences, issuing a few spotty albums (1995's Dysfunctional and 1997's Shadowlife). Soon after, Lynch exited once more, and was replaced with a revolving door of six-string shredders (including ex-Winger member Reb Beach on 1999's Erase the Slate, among others). Needless to say, this era is not Dokken's peak, but it does serve as the focus for the 2005 collection Change the World: An Introduction. And it certainly doesn't help that it boasts a very misleading title -- none of the original versions of the group's '80s standards are included here, so this is anything but a true "introduction" to Dokken. But if you already own 1999's solid The Very Best of Dokken and you're curious to find out what Don and his mates were up to in later years, Change the World may be a worthy purchase. Just don't be duped into thinking that you're getting a set of prime Dokken.

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