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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000MG1ZFG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. Night Rider
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8. Live To Rock
9. Breakin The Chains
10. Liar

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With rare and previously unreleased live Dokken recordings from a series of seminal 1981 west coast dates, "From Conception: Live 1981" presents one of metal's most iconic bands at that hungry and powerful moment just before its career became legendary.

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It was a very pleasant surprise.
J. Dill
Still, if you like Dokken, or just want to hear something from back in the day that is loud, and tight you should pick up this disc.
Scott Goodale
Being a die hard Dokken fan since 1981, picking this up was a must for my collection.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Concerned One on March 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was caught off guard when I found out this was coming out today, and so I hurried up and bought this at my favorite local store. I am glad I did so. It is a recording of Dokken in their early days performing at their best before their ego's got the best of them. 3 new previously unreleased tracks Going Down, Hit and Run, and Liar make this a worth while pick up, along with early perfomances of favorites like Paris is Burning, Night Rider, and Breaking the Chains, staples in their sets for years to come. Lynch is fresh in this, with a nice guitar solo in here showing off his guitar work fresh out of his Xciter years. Don Dokkens voice is distiguishable, and not warn down by the years to come, and Mick Brown is pounding away at the skins as always. They were well put together and timed then, and they have continued to deliver since. A great pick up for you collection.
This is not just another cheap attempt at Rhino records trying to make extra money off of a dying band, but an official release that is backed 100% by Dokken and on thier website. The liner notes in the album explain the origins of the album, and why it is coming out now. This is a cool album and must be had by collectors and fans. This hopefully will tide you over until their new album Lightning Strikes Again this summer.
FYI: There is a major chain store that has a bonus video download of the song "stay" from Don's solo album, worth a look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on July 10, 2008
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Nicely assembled and edited archive live 1981 performance of Dokken just prior to their debut lp - 'Breaking The Chains' release. Total of ten tracks. Some are right off the album, like the title cut, "Paris Is Burning", the eight-minute "Nightrider" and "Young Girls". Tunes here that appear to be exclusive to this disc are the jamming "Going Down" {their own version, not the cover}, "Hit And Run" and "You're A Liar". Just recently caught Dokken on tour as support band for Poison. Didn't realize that Don Dokken was 55. As he sounds good live, but he isn't near as lively on stage as he once was. Drummer Mick Brown was pretty happening as well.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on April 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (guitars), Jeff Pilson (bass), Mick Brown (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (2007) 10 tracks clocking in at approximately 48 minutes. Included with the disc is a 3-page foldout containing one band photo, and a short note from Don Dokken about what was going on with the band at the time, and how he came across these old tapes. "From The Conception" features 10 live tracks - 6 songs taken from the album "Breaking The Chains" (1983), 3 songs previously unreleased, and 1 George Lynch guitar solo. Label - Rhino.

COMMENTS: I'm a long time Dokken fan and this is a great sounding disc. Dokken is featured here in early raw form - as Don Dokken says in the liner notes - these recordings were "Before we saw success... we were hungry and ready to take on the world". The unreleased songs are the true highlights - "Goin' Down", "Hit And Run", and "Liar" are extremely cool to hear decades later. All 3 tracks rock in typical Dokken fashion. And the classics sound awesome - the thundering intro of "Paris Is Burning", the 8-minute "Night Rider", and their 1st hit "Breaking The Chains" stand above the rest. There is some controversy here though - I've read from 3 different sources that this is the same set list from a 1983 King Biscuit Flower Hour show (so why advertise as 1981?); and bassist Juan Croucier played with the band through 1982 including their 1983 debut (so if this is truly a 1981 recording, why is Jeff Pilson listed as the bass player here?). That aside - this is a great taste of early Dokken. The band sounds incredibly tight and if what Don Dokken says is true - "...finding some old 2-inch tapes that were in faded boxes...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. Thumm on April 9, 2007
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From Conception:Live 1981 is all that Don stated and more. He said it was a "raw"and "powerful". He's not kidding! The music is full of energy and showed the promise of things that were yet to come. Easily, this CD stands up to the music on "Tooth and Nail" and "Back for the Attack". If you liked either of these 2 albums, you will definitly love the music here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Swan on August 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is one great piece of rock history, Dokken albums to me are hit and miss often times. The early stuff I love, and some of the new stuff I love...but not all of it, but this is the sound of them back in the Breaking the Chains and Tooth And Nail days...before the slick production and weakness of Under Lock And Key they nailed it with this very early LIVE CD. Bands like Ratt, Motley Crue, Hanoi Rocks, and of course the Scorps, and Van Halen would be played from our cassette players most often along with your Black Sabbath, Dio, Judas Priest, Ozzy, Iron Maiden ...etc. We didn't care about labels back then, if it rocked...then it's good enough, and this is awesome.

This would have been even more amazing had it come out right after Breaking the Chains or even Tooth And Nail for that matter, better late than never though, and it's a valuable piece of any Dokken fans collection...it surely makes up for Shadowlife and Dysfunctional and perhaps the multiple sets of Best Of's that have popped up over the years. They have certainly returned to form somewhat with recent CD's Hell To Pay and Long Way Home, and hopefully after hearing what they used to sound like, and the longtime fans approval of this sound; they will get back in the studio and put out 12 or 13 songs along the lines of the material on this one.
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