"The Life and Times of Eddie Gage" (MRI; 2022)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I saw Aldo Nova in Michigan—I would say it was 1983—in an outdoor arena. He opened for Jefferson Starship and Blue Oyster Cult. I remember it was a great show and Aldo Nova appeared in a helicopter, but other than that, the night is a blur. It was when his hit "Fantasy" was super popular, but other than that I really don't know much about him. I lost track of Aldo over the decades, but that all changed when I listened to "The Life and Time of Eddie Gage."

This shit is real. Great music, very well done. Hard-rocking and without any bullshit. Nothing but straight-forward rock'n'roll that deserves every medal or trophy it can get. As near as I can figure, it is about a rocker trying to make it in the industry, who eventually makes it big. I know there is a shitload more stuff on this recording but, frankly, I cant seen to grasp it right now. However, I am going to have a great time trying figure it out. I know there is something to find.

Right now, I am more interested in what this music is doing to me and that is making me feel fucking good! Frankly, that's what music is supposed to do—transport you to another time, another plane of existence. "The Life and Times of Eddie Gage" does just that. I'm currently exploring just where that is but I'm having a great time trying to figure it all out!

Thanks, Aldo Nova, for a great album. I can't wait to get to know you and your music all over again.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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