Year : 1984-1989 (The Lost UK Jewels Collectors Series Vol.8 2014)
Style : Hard Rock , Pomp Rock , AOR
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 163 mb
North-West of England band recorded several demos in the years before winning a 1988 “Battle Of The Bands” contest; the prize of which was to record a three-track EP.Led by singer Mike Dyer, one of the main problems for Tokyo was the revolving door of musicians around him.
As part of the excellent “The Lost UK Jewels” series, this Vol.8 features TOKYO, a pretty killer band that released a much sought after EP in 1988; “Listen To Your Heartbeat“, here fully remastered alongside other material of the band ranging from 1984 to 1989.This disc number eight in the series is by Eighties Pompsters Tokyo, who emanated from the North-West of England and recorded several demos in the years before winning a 1988 “Battle Of The Bands” contest; the prize of which was to record a three-track EP.Led by singer Mike Dyer, one of the main problems for Tokyo was the revolving door of musicians around him.The three EP tracks are the best; ‘Listen To Your Heartbeat’ and ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ in particular being strong upbeat AOR of the time with nice guitar parts, Magnum-like keys and Dyer’s distinctive vocals.Two tracks from 1989 showcases the band going in a rockier direction, ‘Great White’ is faster and heavier than anything else on show, and ‘Five Knuckle Shuffle’ has more of a Van Halen / Dave Lee Roth slant to it, particularly on the vocals.‘Leave Me Alone’ is from 1984 and is pretty AORish with that lovely synth sounds, ‘True Justice’ and ‘Black Jack’ are a cross between NWOBHM and Pomp – something many UK bands where doing at the time – and the 1986 tracks ‘Hide And Seek’ and ‘The Losers’ carry Dyer’s Magnum-influences again, something heard in the 1988 too.The crunchy sound quality of the live ‘Jailbait’ (recorded 1987) shows what a tight live band they were and is actually one of the better songs here.Tokyo UK got the Melodic Rock chops and the AOR skills, unfortunately never found a chance to record a full length album.This Limited Edition of 500 copies comes, as usual, complete with a booklet featuring magazine reviews / interviews of the era, rare photos and the history of the band.
Mike Dyer – vocals
Steve Karr – guitar, backing vocals
Mick Clarke – guitar
Martin Anderton – guitar
Ian Marshall – keyboards
Dave Evans – keyboards
Mark Buckle – keyboards
Stephen James – bass, backing vocals
Phil Newton – bass
Pete Dunn – bass
Rod Yates – drums, backing vocals
Pete Martin – drums
01. Listen To Your Heartbeat
02. Satisfaction Guaranteed
04. Great White
05. Five Knuckle Shuffle
06. Leave Me Alone
07. True Justice
08. Black Jack
09. Hide And Seek
10. The Losers
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