Tokyo - 'Listen To Your Heartbeat'

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Tokyo - 'Listen To Your Heartbeat'

The song-writing doesn't live up to the standard on their excellent EP.

(THIS IS THE SECOND PART OF THE REVIEW, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE FIRST PART)

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, and whilst a lot of the songs here have a decent sound and the band were good musicians, the songs themselves lack the sparkle that would take them to the next level.

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 show them 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 dated by the synth sounds, 'True Justice' and 'Black Jack' are a cross between NWOBHM and Pomp, and the 1986 tracks 'Hide And Seek' and 'The Losers' carry Dyer's Magnum-influences too heavily and are spoiled by the less than convincing vocals. The crunchy sound quality of the live 'Jailbait' shows what a tight live band they were and is actually one of the better songs, but on the whole the song-writing doesn't live up to the standard on their excellent EP and the band would call it a day before Grunge would have wiped them out anyway. On the evidence of these two releases I can heartily recommend the Zero Zero but would advise caution with the Tokyo disc.

Phil Ashcroft

(CLICK HERE TO READ THE FIRST PART OF THE REVIEW)

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