Beast from the East

Beast from the East
Dokken - Beast from the East.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1988
RecordedApril 20–30, 1988, Tokyo, Japan
GenreHeavy metal, glam metal
Length63:24 (CD Version) 77:33 (Original Cassette & LP Versions)
LabelElektra
ProducerDokken & Angelo Arcuri
Dokken chronology
Back for the Attack
(1987)
Beast from the East
(1988)
The Best of Dokken
(1994)
Singles from Beast from the East
  1. "Walk Away"
    Released: 1988
Alternative cover
BeastFromTheEastJapanCover.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]
Rolling Stone1/5 stars[3]

Beast from the East is a live album recorded by the American heavy metal band Dokken in Japan in April 1988, during tour in support of their album Back for the Attack. It was released on November 16, 1988. The album features live versions of the band's most popular songs from previous four studio albums and also includes a new studio track entitled "Walk Away". The song was accompanied with a music video,[4] which featured members of the band performing atop the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Topanga Canyon and the Pacific Ocean. The album earned the band their only Grammy Award nomination for the Best Metal Performance in 1990, losing to Metallica's "One".[5]

Background

Up to 1988, Dokken had released four studio albums, of which the last three were certified platinum. The band opened for Judas Priest, Aerosmith and several other bands, which eventually gained the band a spot on the Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 festival, where they played with Metallica, Scorpions, Kingdom Come and the headliner, Van Halen. They also recorded a song "Dream Warriors" for the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. After the Monsters of Rock fest, the band went on to tour in Japan, where they recorded several shows of the tour. Those recordings were released as their first live album called Beast from the East, with an additional new song called "Walk Away". While not as successful as the band's previous release, Back for the Attack, Beast from the East entered Billboard Top 40, achieving gold certificate. In 1990, it was nominated to the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, the only Dokken album to receive one. However, the band was involved in controversy when Chris Cornell of Soundgarden said he was perplexed when found out Dokken was nominated for the award.[6] To date, Beast from the East is the last Dokken album to receive a certification by RIAA.