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Aldo Nova - 1982 Aldo Nova

ARTIST: Aldo Nova
ALBUM: Aldo Nova
LABEL: Portrait
SERIAL: FR 37498
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1999, Portrait, RK 37498 * 2004, Legacy, EK 85993 * 2012, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY133


LINEUP: Aldo Nova - played just about everything! Smart bugger.. - guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards

Guests: Denis Chartrand - keyboards * Michel Pelo, Roberto Biagioni - bass * Michel Lachapelle, Terry Martell - drums * Daniel Barbe, Dwight Druick - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fantasy * 02 Hot Love * 03 It's Too Late * 04 Ball And Chain * 05 Heart To Heart * 06 Foolin' Yourself * 07 Under The Gun * 08 You're My Love * 09 Can't Stop Lovin' You * 10 See The Light

Out of nowhere came Aldo Nova during the northern summer of 1982. Well Montreal to be exact, and a very talented individual he is too. This debut album rocks with all the vim and vigour of the best North American melodic rock around at that time, though strangely enough the two biggest influences he had were probably Thin Lizzy and Trevor Rabin, both non American acts. His 'one man plays just about everything' approach is synonymous with early Trevor Rabin material, while the twin guitars blazing has all the hallmarks of Gorham and Robertson from Thin Lizzy.

The Songs
The single 'Fantasy' climbed it's way into the US Top 40 charts easily, and for it's time represented the best AOR had to offer, before Asia arrived with their self titled album not long after and produced that classic #1 'Heat Of The Moment'. Some of the songs on this album still haunt me years after the event. Such as the delectable ballad 'You're My Love', and the desperate heartbreak of 'Can't Stop Lovin' You'. The rockier one's are memorable too, 'Hot Love' is fast pulse laden AOR, like a commercial version of Thin Lizzy, while 'Under The Gun' is for me perhaps the best song on the album overall, dramatic, cutting, and frenetic in an AOR sort of way!

In Summary
Aldo also released a few videos of these songs, right at the beginning of the MTV era. The flying helicopters, security guards with dark sunglasses, and of course, Aldo's famous one-piece Leopard skin suit all too much to handle on the track 'Fantasy' (fantasy indeed!). However, no AOR album collection would be complete without this one in it, a superlative album for sure. The other two follow up albums 'Subject' and 'Twitch' are also well worthy of your collection, and knowing most of the clientele visting the GLORY-DAZE site, no doubt you'll have them too!

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#1 | Jokerdean on March 22 2006 18:31:09
This is the Best AOR Release IMO. Aldo Nova Single Handedly released a Monster that was Copied by Bon Jovi. Don't think so, Listen to Bon Jovi's first Release, Hell Aldo plays Most of the Guitar on itShock ...(Ritchie does play some). Tony Bongoivi (Jon's cousin) had a hand in both records... As for this release it is the perfect combination of Hard guitars and keys... Songs for miles.. In fact I don't think it has any Bad/Fillers on here! A must Have!Grin
#2 | sabace on October 28 2007 19:16:58
one of the great all time debuts!
#3 | Jez on June 13 2008 04:32:13
This recent remastered Japanese version of this sounds fantastic and breathes new life into this 'Classic' album, + for Aldo completists, an alternate version of 'Foolin' Yourself' as a bonus track. A well loved album by the majority of AOR it seems and quite rightly so.
#4 | trillion1999 on October 15 2011 23:28:43
All killer and no
#5 | jeffrey343 on April 08 2012 01:12:06
I played the heck out of this in 1982. I didn't play it as much from later in the 80s until recently, when I kinda rediscovered it. Of course, 'Fantasy' gets played a lot on classic rock radio, but there are several other great cuts on here.
#6 | gdazegod on July 10 2015 13:59:39
Aldo Nova - 1982 Fantasy
YouTube Video:

or direct on YouTube: YouTube Video:

Still sounds great decades later.
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