The four albums that made Dokken one of the ‘80s top rock bands are now being collected together as a box set (available in LP or CD formats) from BMG, The Elektra Albums 1983-1987.

Released on January 27th, the limited edition set will include Dokken’s million-selling, worldwide charting first 4 studio albums (Breaking the Chains, Tooth and Nail, Under Lock and Key, and Back for the Attack) as a either a 5LP or 5CD set. 

All of the albums feature the classic line-up of Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), and “Wild” Mick Brown (drums), and all have been newly remastered by Andy Pearce (Black Sabbath, Motörhead). Additionally, the LP box features 180g black vinyl.  Pre-order is available by clicking here.

Both LP & CD box sets include:

  • Breaking The Chains (1983) – US #136
    • Includes Breaking The Chains (#32 US Rock) and Paris Is Burning (Live)
  • Tooth And Nail (1984) – Platinum – US #49
    • Includes Into The Fire (#21 US Rock), Just Got Lucky (#27 US Rock), and Alone Again (#64 US Hot 100, #20 US Rock)
  • Under Lock And Key (1985) – Platinum – US #32
    • Includes The Hunter (#25 US Rock), In My Dreams (#77 US Hot 100, #24 US Rock)
  • Back For The Attack (1987) – Platinum – US #13
    • Includes The Theme From Nightmare On Elm Street 3, Dream Warriors (#22 US Rock), Burning Like A Flame (#72 US Hot 100, #20 US Rock), and Prisoner (#37 US Rock)
  • 5LP boxset includes:
  • Breaking The Chains 1LP
  • Tooth And Nail 1LP
  • Under Lock And Key 1LP
  • Back For The Attack 2LP
  • CD boxset includes:
  • Breaking The Chains 1CD
  • Tooth And Nail 1CD
  • Under Lock And Key 1CD
  • Back For The Attack 1CD

Hailing from Los Angeles, Dokken released a string of platinum albums throughout the 1980’s, and toured the globe  with the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including Van Halen, Aerosmith, Metallica, Scorpions, and KISS

The band had several hit singles on the Mainstream Rock and Billboard Hot 100 charts, and were all over MTV with their videos for Breaking The Chains, Alone Again, Into The Fire, In My Dreams, It’s Not Love, Burning Like A Flame and especially the Theme from Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Dream Warriors, where they starred alongside Freddy Krueger.

Dokken have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and their live album, Beast from the East, was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1989.

And now, fans will get to experience – and hear – all four classic albums in a way they had never been able to before. 

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  • Yankee Rose on

    I love these albums but unless you are interested in having them on vinyl, there doesn’t appear to be much reason to be interested here given the lack of extras, b-sides and unreleased material. I’ll just stick with my original cd’s.

    • Dana on

      Yankee Rose,

      I have all the albums, except for the Breaking The Chains, love them, but, I think, Under Lock And Key, and Back For The Attack, are the two best.

  • Charles Clinchot on

    I have all the four albums and I really don’t like those sets that don’t include booklets(this is for the cd box sets) Dokken back in that golden era where you watch 80s horror and some were in the movie there was one or more Hard Rock /Heavy Metal

  • jeff weaver on

    I really like Tooth and Nail but it’s one of those very rare albums that could use a good remix. Will The Sun Rise off Under Lock and Key is an excellent track. Overall though Back For The Attack may be there best until they do a good remix of Tooth And Nail

    • Dana on


      I always felt Back For The Attack was a very under appreciated record.

  • RTunes68 on

    I wish they would have REMIXED the first three albums. There’s some great songwriting on all three and yet they’ve always suffered from horrible sound and mix. The first two albums particularly sounded like they were recorded in a cave. It really seems like a missed opportunity.

  • Charles Clinchot on

    Dana I’m neck n neck btw lock and back for the attack
    Mr Scary classic Lynch

    • Dana on

      Yes, C,

      Both great records, I may a bit more partial to BFTA.

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