Saturday, August 30, 2014

"Fantasy" by Aldo Nova

Song#:  0967
Date:  03/27/1982
Debut:  80
Peak:  23
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Canadian guitarist Nova honed his skills in clubs while also moonlighting as an engineer at a local studio. The experience came in handy when he signed to Portrait Records where he was allowed to produced his own self-titled debut album. With little expectations, this single was released and became a surprise hit reaching #14 on the Canadian chart. In the US, the song was a #3 Mainstream Rock hit while just missing out on the pop Top 20. The success of the single pushed the album to #8 and it eventually would go double-platinum.

ReduxReview:  I'm not sure why, but I didn't like this song back then. Crazy, right? I mean, it has about everything you'd want in an 80s hard rock tune: a dramatic beginning, crunchy guitars, nice keyboard licks, terrific hook, interesting voice, etc. It lacks very little. I hear and appreciate that now. Unfortunately, I think he peaked with his debut album as he just couldn't follow it up. But it doesn't really matter because he came up with one of the best hard rock singles of the time.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  Before signing his record deal, Nova took a turn on stage playing George Harrison in the Canadian cast of "Beatlemania."


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