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Aldo Nova [Original recording remastered]

Aldo NovaAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B00160ANKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fantasy
2. Hot Love
3. It's Too Late
4. Ball and Chain
5. Heart to Heart
6. Foolin' Yourself
7. Under the Gun
8. You're My Love
9. Can't Stop Lovin' You
10. See the Light
11. Foolin' Yourself [Alternate Version][#][*]

Editorial Reviews

This 1982 debut by this raw rocker from Canada was the perfect bridge between the British metal of Judas Priest and the American pop-metal of Bon Jovi, reaching the Top 10 and producing the hits Fantasy and Foolin' Yourself (here in its original form plus an unissued alternate version). A key metal album!

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop Metal Blueprint Remastered July 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Aldo Nova's 1982 self-titled debut is a blueprint for the pop metal, or sometimes deridely called hair metal, music that would become tremendously popular throughout the 80's. The album is built around double tracked guitar riffs, sledgehammer drums and crisp melodies. The songs are either rocking anthems or power ballads. Mr. Nova spent three years as George Harrison in a Canadian version of Beatlemania, so he brought a strong sense of melody to the power chords. The album's open track and first single is the superb "Fantasy". The song opens to the sounds of helicopters and then kicks in with a searing guitar riff. The lyrics are pure 80's hedonism with talk of street girls and white powder. Mr. Nova was also one of the first artists to embrace MTV and his video for the song is a classic and peaked at number 23 on the charts. "Ball & Chain" and "You're My Love" are strong power ballads. "Foolin' Yourself" has a strong pop sound and was a small hit peaking at 65. "Heart To Heart" & "See The Light" heavily incorporate synthesizers into the mix. The album had a strong influence on Bon Jovi (whose cousin engineered the album) and he practically copies the album's format on his first few releases (Mr. Nova plays guitar on Bon Jovi's first hit "Runaway"). The album peaked at number 8 in early 1982, but Mr. Nova would never again crack the top 50 on the charts. He would later go on to big success as a songwriter and producer mostly notable for fellow French-Canadian Celine Dion for which he would win a Grammy for his production. This is a superb remastering of the album. The sound is a marked improvement over the original CD release which contained alot of hiss. Their is one bonus track, a demo version of the album's second single, "Foolin' Yourself", but the overall sound improvement is reason enough to buy th ealbum.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Victim of the Loudness Wars March 22, 2012
Format:Audio CD
My "3 Star" review is not for Aldo Nova's performance on this title, but for the mastering on this version, Catalog number EK 85993.

I recently did an A/B between the original "Portrait" CD release (RK 37498) and this 2004 "Metal Masters Series" version (EK 85993). The original CD release mastered by Bob Ludwig has strong dynamics that give the drums space and resonance. The songs have good dynamics, allowing for a full "punch" when the loud parts kick in.

The mastering engineer on the newer release, Joseph M. Palmaccio, crushed the dynamics on the drums to get the level of everything else up. The quiet parts of the album are much louder, ruining the impact when songs go from soft to loud. It is not un-listenable like some modern titles, but the compression is very noticeable.

The bonus track of "Foolin' Yourself" on the new release is a little longer, and if that song is a favorite, you might pick up this remaster for the alternate cut; however, if you are just wanting to listen to the original album, I definitely recommend seeking out the original CD issue. If you want it loud, simply turn the knob on your stereo clockwise!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love that first track October 23, 2010
By Todd7
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Aldo Nova was a cool dude in '82: a laserbeam/helicopter/sonic intro to one of the most recognizable hard rock/pop/metal songs was fuel for what was a solid album overall. The song of course is FANTASY, which many people consider to be "sexy." Yes, this song is an absolute rocker with all the attitude. The guitar is superb, the drums loud, and the vocals (while not great) are still adequate. There are other standout songs on this album, including the slow BALL AND CHAIN, as well as FOOLIN' YOURSELF, then the up-tempo SEE THE LIGHT. Aldo was a master in the studio, and after he hung 'em up for good, he became a renowned producer for other great artists. Aldo Nova more or less invented or defined pop metal. This album is solid. Get it. 8.5/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Debut album by Canadian melodic rock/AOR composer, guitarist and singer Aldo Nova, originally released in 1982. In many ways the `Aldo Nova' debut was a sign of things to come for the rock music world in the 80s - the mixture of the well established AOR/melodic rock sound of bands like `Journey', `Foreigner' and `Styx' through a harder, more polished and stylish prism was the most significant step in the development of the `Hair metal' genre.

Much like Gary Moore, John Sykes and Jeff Paris, Aldo Nova showcases incredible skills in songwriting, singing and guitar playing. One has to admit that it is not very common for musicians to match two of the above criteria, let alone all three. Therefore the album is bound to impress or at least prove itself substantial, even in 2010. The material on offer here, "Fantasy", "Hot Love", "Heart to heart" and "Under the gun" walk the fine line between late 70s AOR/melodic rock and 80s Glam metal. In addition, the album features the much slower tunes "Ball and Chain" and "Can't stop loving you" setting the standards for the glam metal ballad of the 80s which would develop into an inescapable must for any band wishing to dominate the charts at the time.

While the album bares the above characteristics of the Glam/Hair metal stle, it also differentiates itself through minor yet significant qualities: Foremost no instrument is overproduced on Nova's debut, therefore one finds no huge drumming or screaming/vibrato filled guitars while the keys are either piano or atmospheric string section.

Overall, the Aldo Nova debut could be considered both a melodic rock/AOR and Glam metal album at its own right; and while it proved not to be the most extreme or outrageous of glam metal albums, it is definitely one of the first and most substantial releases of the genre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome CD with all my fave songs from his album.
Published 3 months ago by Sherilyn Page
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's
Aldo Nova did very well for the 80's so therefore I gave them a 4. Fantasy was the song that I remembered from this album.
Published 4 months ago by Lonnie Tyone
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album.
Good then, good now. Aldo Nova has some of the best riffs out there. If you've never heard them and you like rock and roll, check it out. This is one of his better albums.
Published 4 months ago by Juan Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Rock Music
I liked this release and had not yet replaced my old cassette with CD version, found CD copy here and ordered it. It arrived in excellent condition.
Published 9 months ago by frank j fiscus
5.0 out of 5 stars sad memories
got this cause it had monkey on your back, my cousins favorite songs, he told me what the song really meant, about using drugs with needles, and the addiction
Published 9 months ago by Martin Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Disk
Love the disk, just wish someone wouldn't of stole it from me and refuse to give it back.... :(

Brandy Grummons
Newcastle, WY 82701
Published 10 months ago by Brandy Grummons
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This album suprised me. A lot of power, a lot of speed, a lot of melody. I would rate it pop-rock with a focus on the rock side of things. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Randy
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT a Victim of the Loudness Wars. Buy It Again!!
OMG!! This title was always a meek recording, but now you can hear every nuance!
I played many of these tracks live in the 80's when I was in a cover-band in the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tekrad
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have melodic rock album - finally reissued!
Canadian singer/guitarist/keyboardist Aldo Nova made his debut in 1982 with this self-titled album, which remains a benchmark in the melodic rock genre. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Justin G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid update of a classic album.
Rock Candy Records always does it right, and this album is no exception. Chances are, if you are considering buying this version, you already have (or had) the original... Read more
Published 13 months ago by JP
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