TITLE: The Best of Aldo Nova
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Fantasy (#23, #3 Mainstream), Foolin’ Yourself (#65), Monkey on Your Back (#12 Mainstream), Always Be Mine (#107), Tonight (Life Me Up), Rumours of You
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Aldo Nova. He always used session musicians for his records.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Canadian’s first three albums are compiled here for your listening pleasure.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If Aldo Nova had just shut up shop after releasing “Fantasy”, he would still be revered as the one who helped the pop-metal genre take off.
This collection focuses on his first three albums from the 80’s, where he rocked hard and power balladed with the best of them (before power ballads were cool). He had a good ear for melody and harmonies, and also guitar arrangements. There was a reliance on 80’s production sounds, for what that’s worth in your ears.
But even with his 80’s records trimmed down to 15 songs, it shows his limitations. He sometimes veers into cliché-land and only “Monkey on Your Back” rocks with the fervor and directness of “Fantasy”. He also veered into being keyboard heavy at the end. Still, it’s a good primer for 80’s hard rock/pop metal in case you were looking for something out of the hair band lane.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He took six years off from recording waiting for his contract to expire. He wrote jingles, and went into production and songwriting. He produced a lot of 90’s Celine Dion, and wrote Clay Aikens’ #1 hit. He made bank.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Nope.
GRADE B: It’s almost “Fantasy and 14 Others”, but some of the others are decent enough.