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Aldo Nova/Aldo Nova(1982)

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My buddy Muc jumped all over this as soon as the lead off single Fantasy  was released back in early 1982 on the  album from which it came from simply titled  Aldo Nova. This debut sold huge amounts not just here in Canada but went Platinum in the United States as well!

Aldo was a solo artist he wrote and produced all the tunes here and basically does all the instruments himself!

Super Duper Nova!

Aldo Nova: vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers
Dennis Chartrand: acoustic piano
Michel Pelo, Roberto Biagioni: bass guitar
Michael LaChapelle, Terry Martel: drums, percussion
Daniel Barbe, Dwight Druck: backing vocals

Not only that but along with the  Producers Hat. Aldo also had a hand  in mixing and engineering the album as well! That’s keeping costs down in the  roaring 80’s!

Oh yeah here are the song’s and if you’re wondering Aldo wrote these all by his Lonesome!

“Fantasy” – 5:05
“Hot Love” – 3:54
“It’s Too Late” – 3:23
“Ball and Chain” – 4:01
“Heart to Heart” – 3:42
“Foolin’ Yourself” – 3:35
“Under the Gun” – 3:47
“You’re My Love” – 3:33
“Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” – 3:57
“See the Light” –3:56

Fantasy is a Classic Rock delight! Props to Aldo as he not only opens this album with a great track it was his lead off single as well and clocking in at over 5 Minutes must have made Radio DJ’s back than happy as they could tack on a few extra minutes where they could grab a Coffee or a Coke(AHEM!). Speaking of Coke. How about these lyrics.

Outta site, buy your kicks from the man in the white
Feels alright, powder pleasure in your nose tonight
See the men paint their faces and cry
Like some girl it makes you wonder why
City life, sure is cool but it cuts like a knife, it’s your life

Fantasy I will say hooks me with that piano/synth pace as soon as Aldo’s voice kicks in! There I said it! Basically its like the Piano on the studio version of Christine Sixteen but Aldo cranks it up to 78 rpm’s! Great guitar driven track…Love it. Posted a live clip of it below from 1982!

The rest of the album is a Hard Rock delight where at times I can hear Tom Scholz from Boston  in some of Aldo’s playing. Songcraft is huge on this album and Side 1 is huge!  Track after winning track.

Great Hard Rock Songs follow Fantasy and Aldo pulls no punches in rocking but I will go on record and say that Fantasy is the heaviest track on Side 1.  

Side 2 is still pretty solid  especially with the opener Fooling Yourself but it dips a bit towards the end but overall it’s a real good debut as Aldo was not only selling records but he scored the opening slot on Sam Hagar’s Three Lock Box Tour and I recall reading in Circus Magazine a monthly column written by Lou O Neil Jr where he wrote that he was giving Sam a run for his money! Whether that’s the case or not.  Aldo was making strides…

 

Saints & Sinners/Saints & Sinners(1992)

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Mikey Ladano learned I had this and him being a Rick Hughes/Sword Fan Mikey requested a review of Saints And Sinners.

Lets’s Do This…..

Saints And Sinners hailing from Montreal Quebec came out in September of 1992 with a bit of press and a fellow named Aldo Nova who produced the one and only release from these guys.

The biggest problem these guys had was timing. If this record had come  out in September 1989 or 1990 even a year earlier say in 1991 Saints could have sold much more and perhaps had enough momentum to warrant a second release but woulda ,coulda shoulda…

Having said that this is a good piece of Hard Rock! Think NightRanger on steroids without a pouncing our senses with a sappy Ranger ballad..

Saints…..

Rick Hughes – vocals
Stephane Dufour – guitar and background vocals
Martin Bolduc – bass and background vocals
Jeff Salem – drums
Jesse Bradman – keyboards and background vocals

Speaking of NightRanger Jesse Bradman played keys in that band for a while I think even on the very good NightRanger album Man In Motion which no one cared about…..

Sinners…

“Shake” – 4:10
“Rip It Up” – 4:45
“Walk That Walk” – 4:40
“Takin’ My Chances” – 5:36
“Kiss the Bastards” – 5:03
“Wheels of Fire” – 3:51
“Lesson of Love” – 4:17
“We Belong” – 4:42
“Frankenstein” – 9:57
“Slippin’ into Darkness” – 4:18

This album cooks right from the start with a Big Blast of Good ol fashioned Hard Rock. Hughes has a great straight ahead rock voice and Shake has a real good hard rock swing to it while the chorus is what I always call the Money Shot. Big time rock guitar with a super duper cool solo leads the charge …

After Shake is finished it’s onto Rip It Up which once again figures some stellar guitar work and another great chorus. More hard rocking the sense’s!

The album is chock full of Hard Rockers like Walk That Walk/Kiss The Bastards/Wheels of Fire. If you need a fix of late 80s /early 90s hard rock. You will like these.

Even the more melodic things like Takin My Chances and Lesson of Love  may have a slow like tempo but the drums keep the pace moving along thank you very much.

I must mention that Aldo Nova brings out a clean big sounding make that a great sounding album, The dude knows what he is doing behind the recording console.

Frankenstein is the 10 minute like stomp that is actually an interesting move by these guys to put a track this long on a hard Rock release but then again as Hard Rock as they may be they stretch the boundaries as one 10 minute Frankenstein track is basically three Poison tracks . Imagine if Poison did a 10 minute track? Oh wait they have with those two 10 minute drum and guitar solos on that slop Poison Live record from 1991….. Frankenstein though is a epic piece of Rock as Rick sings “Close my eyes/He comes alive/ Frankenstein! The keys on this just add an big atmospheric sonic layer which does not annoy me! HA!

Saints And Sinners had  a classic throwback Hard Rock Sound! It’s really a shame these guys came out so late in the game. So many bands were suffocated under Kurt Cobains Ripped up Cardigan.

If you’re looking for a Hard Rock Hidden Gem. Seek this one out!