December 1, 2004

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Artist: Nova, Aldo




Born: Aldo Caporuscio

Montreal-born Aldo Nova is a multi-disciplined musician who writes songs, produces, sings and plays guitar and keyboard.

He learned to play guitar relatively late in life at the age of 15 but was ravenous to learn and spent every waking hour practicing and eventually teaching himself piano as well. By 1980 Nova landed the part of George Harrison in the stage musical Beatlemania. During his three year stint in this production he honed his skills as a recording studio engineer outside Montreal.

His first official release was an obscure 12" single under the pseudonym XR 7 featuring a synth pop track and its instrumental dub by the same name - "XR 7" - on Quality Records.

In 1982 Nova secured a publishing deal and then a recording contract with Portrait Records through CBS Records. His self-produced debut album, 'Aldo Nova', contained some material from his earlier demo sessions and garnered two hit singles - the title track and "Foolin' Yourself" which pushed album sales over a million copies worldwide. The album ranked among BILLBOARD's Top-10 just 10 weeks after its release (and remaining there for 12 weeks more), and achieving both U.S. double-Platinum and Canadian double-Platinum status. Moreover, it set a trend of its own as the first multi-instrumentalist rock album, and was one of the first albums to be offered in a limited edition on compact disc. The video for "Fantasy" was not only among the first videos to be featured on the MTV music channel, but also one of the first rock videos that pioneered the use of special effects.

Nova lived the highlife as a newly born 'rock star' and lost his focal point while partying. It was no wonder then that his follow up album 'Subject...Aldo Nova ' failed to sell as well though it did contain the radio hit "Monkey On Your Back" and a cover version of Coney Hatch's "Hey Operator". Nova put the blame on the music industry and retired from music for nearly two years.

After cleaning up his personal act and realizing that the album failed because of his lack of musical focus, he hired new manager John Baruck (REO Speedwagon, Survivor) and prepared his next record. Meanwhile, he had been co-producing music with Blue Oyster Cult, Cyndi Lauper, Claudja Barry, Lita Ford, Patrick Bruel and Michael Bolton.

1985's 'Twitch', featuring guest appearances by Anton Fig and Michael Bolton among others, was released to relative success with the lead off single "Tonite (Lift Me Up)", but did little to put Nova back on the top of the rock world. Nova lost his record deal and spent the '80's floundering in no man's land. He spent 6 years in contractual hell with CBS Records, in the meantime, producing records by such artists as Céline Dion.

Through the years Nova kept in touch with Jon Bon Jovi who was always hanging around the studio while his cousin Tony Bongiovi mixed Nova's debut album at Studio A Power Station in New York. When Jon was recording the soundtrack to 'Young Guns II', he brought Nova in as guitarist. Jon Bon Jovi eventually signed Nova to his own JAMBCO label and produced the guitarist's 1991 comeback album 'Blood On The Bricks' featuring musical assistance from drummer Kenny Aranoff (John Mellencamp) and bassist Randy Jackson (Journey). The album put Nova back in demand with its three charting singles - the title track, "Medicine Man" and "Someday".

Nova soon became in demand again as a songwriter having since written material for Céline Dion , Sword and others. His work as musician and composer is also found on the soundtracks for the motion pictures "RUTHLESS PEOPLE" ("Don't You Want My Love") and Steven Spielberg's "THE GOONIES" ("Good Enough").

Nova returned in 1996 with a bluesier solo release called 'Nova's Dream' which is predominantly instrumental.

In December 2004 Nova's song "True Believer" was released by Krista Remmers-Morgan on her album 'By Way of Love'.

With notes from Lindy Willis, Everett Morgan and Dan Brisebois


Singles
as XR 7
1980 XR 7 (vocal)/XR 7 (instr.) [12"] (Quality) QDC-22

as ALDO NOVA
1981 Fantasy/Under The Gun (Portrait/CBS) E4-4299
1982 Fantasy (single mix)//Fantasy (LP mix)/Under The Gun [12"] (Portrait/CBS) 2802
1982 Foolin' Yourself/See The Light (Portrait/CBS) E4-4307
1982 Ball & Chain/Hot Love [Live] (Portrait/CBS) E4-8505
1983 Always Be Mine//Armageddon/Race Cars (Portrait/CBS) E4-4354
1983 Hold Back The Night/Heart To Heart (Portrait/CBS - UK) 38168
1983 Hold Back The Night/Heart To Heart//Money On Your Back/Hot Love [7" x 2 gatefold] (Portrait/CBS - UK) DA-4189
1983 Hold Back The Night/Heart To Heart//Money On Your Back/Hot Love [12"] (Portrait/CBS - UK) TA-4189
1983 Money On Your Back/Armageddon [7" & 12"](Portrait/CBS) 3926
1985 Tonite (Lift Me Up)/Lay Your Love On Me (Portrait/CBS) 37-05685
1985 Tonite (Lift Me Up)/[same] [12"] (Portrait/CBS) 2205
1985 Rumours Of You/Lay Your Love On Me (Portrait/CBS) 37-05762
1985 Rumours Of You (single mix)/Rumours Of You (LP mix) [12"] (Portrait/CBS) 2256
1991 Blood On The Bricks (JAMBCO/Mercury/Polygram) CDP-436
1991 Medicine Man (JAMBCO/Mercury/Polygram) CDP-503
1992 Someday (JAMBCO/Mercury/Polygram) CDP-571

Albums
1982 Aldo Nova (Portrait/CBS) FR-37498
1983 Subject...Aldo Nova (Portrait/CBS) FR-38721
1985 Twitch (Portrait/CBS) FR-40001
1991 Portrait Of Aldo Nova (Portrait/Epic/CBS) EK-48522
1991 Blood On The Bricks (JAMBCO/Mercury/Polygram) 848 51 3-2
1995 Nova's Dream (Lynx)
1996 Nova's Dream (Chacra - US)
2004 Blood On The Bricks [re-issue] (Lemon/Cherry Red) CDLEM-042

Video
1982 Fantasy (CBS)


Compilation Tracks






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