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X Japan - Blue Blood (1989)

X Japan - Blue Blood (1989)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Double LP release

Side A

1. "Prologue (~ World Anthem)"   2:38

2. "Blue Blood"   5:03

3. "Week End"   6:02

4. "Easy Fight Rambling"   4:43

5. "X"   6:00


Side B

1. "Xclamation"   3:52

2. "Orgasm" (オルガスム)   2:42

3. "Celebration"   4:51

4. "Endless Rain"   6:30


Side C

1. "Kurenai" (紅)   6:09

2. "Rose of Pain"   11:47

3. "Unfinished"   4:24


CD release

1. "Prologue (~ World Anthem)"   2:38

2. "Blue Blood"   5:03

3. "Week End"   6:02

4. "Easy Fight Rambling"   4:43

5. "X"   6:00

6. "Endless Rain"   6:30

7. "Kurenai" (紅)   6:09

8. "Xclamation"   3:52

9. "Orgasm" (オルガスム)   2:42

10. "Celebration"   4:51

11. "Rose of Pain"   11:47

12. "Unfinished"   4:24


Disc 2 2007 Special edition bonus disc

1. "Blue Blood (Instrumental)"   5:04

2. "Week End (Instrumental)"   6:05

3. "X (Instrumental)"   6:02

4. "Endless Rain (Instrumental)"   6:37

5. "Kurenai (Instrumental)"   6:60

6. "Celebration (Instrumental)"   4:52

7. "Rose of Pain (Instrumental)"   11:50

8. "Unfinished (Instrumental)"   4:28


 

X Japan Band Members / Musicians

Vocals: Toshi

Guitar: Pata

Guitar: hide

Bass: Taiji

Drums, piano: Yoshiki

Chorus on "X": Baki (Gastunk), Haruhiko (Zolge), Act Ishi (God), Ei-chan (Poison Arts), Butaman (Tetsu-Arai), Hara & Seiji (EX-ANS), Harry, Minami & Yuji (Sighs of Love Potion), George, Ken, Jun & Sanpei (Ladies Room)

Chorus on "Orgasm": Baki (Gastunk), Butaman (Tetsu-Arai), Ishiya & Chelsea (Death Side), Montes (Squad), Windy (Crime Hate), Gazelle (Asylum), Hara & Seiji (EX-ANS), George, Ken, Jun & Sanpei (Ladies Room), Tusk, Ken & Seiichi (G-Kill), Koji Yoshida (Band-Yaroze), Mr. Hosoi (Rockin'f), Satoshi, Itoh & Kudo (3rd), Mr. Abe & Okubo (Engineers)

Concertmaster: Great Eida

Conductor, Arranger: Takeshi "Neko" Saitoh


Producer: X

Co-producer, Director: Naoshi Tsuda

Executive producer: Yoshikatsu Inoue

Assistant engineer: Akiko Nakamura, Naoki Yamada, Shigeki Kashii, Takashi Ohkubo

Recorded by: Mitsuyasu Abe, Tetsuhiro Miyajima

Percussion on "Xclamation #1" recorded by: Noritaka Ubukata in Bombay, India

Mixed: Motonari Matsumoto

Mixed, Recorded: Gremlin

Digital Mastering: Mitsukazu "Quincy" Tanaka

Creative director: Shigeo Gotoh

Art direction, Design: Masayoshi Nakajo

Design (inner-card): Takashi Miyagawa

Photographer: Peter Calvin



Blue Blood is the 2nd studio album by Japanese rock band X Japan, then known as simply X. It was released on April 21, 1989, by CBS/Sony as the band's major label debut. Blue Blood sold more than 700,000 copies, reached number 6 on the Oricon chart and stayed on the chart for more than 100 weeks. The album's singles would also reach the top five on the chart. In 2007, Rolling Stone Japan ranked Blue Blood number 15 on their list of the "100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time".

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