I feel like Dokken stepped up the song writing on their second album "Tooth and nail". The first album was good as well, but things seem more refined and professional here. Dare I say more depth? As a big George Lynch fan (wouldn't have guessed from my profile pic ehh?) I spent many years learning the riffs, solos, nuances and licks on this album. "Into the fire" was the first Dokken song I learned on guitar.
Any way this is an amazing heavy metal album, crammed with dynamics and great song writing. The scorching intro "Without warning"? I mean how many guitarists wish they could have written an album intro like that! "Into the fire" is layered very well, a theme which would continue even further on their next album "Under lock and key". Layers and dynamics, is often what makes metal work. Just ask Def Leppard. "Bullets to spare" could have easily have been a hit in my opinion. I mean it doesn't suck compared to anything Poison or Ratt were releasing around the same time does it? "Just got lucky" has that excellent lead to start the song, with gyrating power chords in the verse. Don Dokken's voice stands out on this track. Of course he sounds amazing on the entire album, but this one stands out for me personally.
The title track "Tooth and nail" has an amazing speed metal riff that rips through proceedings. I would consider this more of a fan song, because this is by no means a ballad or anthem, this is fast sleazy rock, casual Dokken fans probably don't revisit it often. And the finger tapping section before an epic lead, just clarifies this bands heavy metal song writing dominance among some of their peers. This album is a cracker all around. Hope you enjoy as much as I have done all these years.
I have been a Dokken fan for a long time. Alone Again was the first song I heard from the band. I really liked the album, but it did lack a good mix, and EQ. Well, that has all been taken care of with this re-master and the quality is much improved. There are many reviews from the US that recommend the Rock Candy remaster, and I'm glad I purchased this version.
U.K. Distributor Rock candy have gained the rights to re-issue Tooth and nail on CD all tracks have been given a new 24 bit remastering mix and i tell you what the sound quality is amazing, very nice bass & treble mix on all tracks the old Rhino CD was no remastered at all, it sounded terrible & flat
it doesn't stop there Rock candy have added 2 new bonus tracks a single edit of Just got Lucky & a LIVE track from Japan plus a new 16 page booklet on the making of Tooth and nail which has new retrospective interviews with Don Dokken & other members plus rare photos in the booklet aswell Rock candy have also given the same 24 bit remastering treatment with other Dokken albums from the 80's BREAKING THE CHAIN, TOOTH AND NAIL, UNDER LOCK & KEY AND BACK FOR THE ATTACK which was just released on CD these 4 Dokken albums also have new 16 page booklets containing new interviews with Don Dokken sadly only some of the albums have been given bonus tracks TOOTH AND NAIL, BACK FOR THE ATTACK have the bonus tracks for some reason Breaking the chain, Under lock & key don't have any but nethertheless it's time to upgrade to new remastered Dokken, scrap the old Rhino cd versions 5 stars for this classic album, and 5 stars for this new re-issue by Rock candy based on the sound quality & new booklet
this album is one of the best that Dokken have ever released. The album released in 1984 holds the best gutar solo track "without warning" by Goerge Lynch and the theme to "Nightmare on elm street 3 the dream warriors" track "into the fire" which is the opening track on the "one live night" album from 1998. out of all the Dokken albums i give this 2nd place to "one live night".