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Recording for their major label debut album, Blue Blood, began in January 1989. It was released on April 21, 1989, but its tour of the same name began on March 13. A special edition of Blue Blood, that included a second disc of instrumental versions of some songs, was released on February 14, 2007 and reached number 23 on the charts. A remastered version that reached number 165 was released on March 19, 2008. Blue Blood leans more towards symphonic metal than its predecessor, with « Rose of Pain » including portions from Johann Sebastian Bach’s « Fugue in G Minor ». In the initial counting week of May it reached number six on the Oricon chart, with sales of 28,160 copies.
By the end of the year it had sold 188,940 copies, was the 63rd best-selling album of the year, and in 1990 with 378,910 copies, was the 28th best-selling album. All of the singles were certified Gold, meaning at least two hundred thousand copies sold, by the RIAJ. Kurenai » became the band’s first to reach the top five on the charts. The song reached number five on the second counting week of September 1989, with sales of 20,930 copies. The second single, the ballad « Endless Rain » became X’s first to reach the top three on the charts. It reached number three on the second counting week of December 1989, with sales of 40,690 copies. It is the second longest charting single with 31 weeks.
The third single « Week End » became the band’s first to reach the top two on the charts. It reached number two in the fifth counting week of April 1990, with sales of 85,060 copies. Blue Blood is generally positively received. Carl Begai said that « Blue Blood is and will remain one of the few damn near perfect albums in my eyes for the simple fact it never lets up and never gets lazy, even when things slow down for a cheeseball ballad or two. Rolling Stone referred to « Endless Rain » as « November Rain, minus the bullshit. On their 2007 list of the « 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time », Rolling Stone Japan ranked Blue Blood number 15.