TOKYO BLADE should have been huge. They had the chops of IRON MAIDEN combined with the more melodic sensibilities of DEF LEPPARD, but in the end those two bands went on to superstardom and TB was left to the annals of history. Anyone who doubts that power metal grew out of the NWOBHM need only listen to tracks like 'Sunrise in Tokyo' to know the error of their ways.
This cd represents their first full-length album (they had released some singles previously, initally releasing them under their earlier moniker GHENGIS KHAN) which was originally self-titled, but later pressings carried the name 'midnight rendezvous'. The tracklisting & back cover color layout was also different on the later pressing (and actually better IMO) but this cd, from the highly reknowned reissue masters at High Vaultage, contains all the tracks from both pressings. The only thing I'm unsure of is whether the cd contains both versoins of the spoofy 'blue ridge mts of Va', though most fans would certainly live contently w/o either version :-) (on one pressing the song was done normally, and on the other pressing it was recorded at 45 rpm- as if it weren't silly-sounding enough in the first place).
Anyway, this should be checked out by fans of bands like 'night'-era Def Leppard, 'court'-era SATAN, TYTAN, and other NWOBHM/early power metal bands that focused on melody, uptempo songs, and flashy guitar work