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Aldo Nova - 1982 Aldo Nova
No AOR album collection would be complete without this one in it, a superlative album for sure.

Aldo Nova - 1983 Subject
It's quite the classic in truth, maybe Nova's best work. Taken at face value its spotless AOR.

Aldo Nova - 1985 Twitch
'Twitch' is more in keeping with the debut, and contains more than an ample share of keyboards, guitar power, and chant-a-minute choruses from the vocal section. To be fair though, It is poppier and lighter, perhaps with more commercial appeal contained within it's grooves.

Beau Geste - 1986 Another Night In The City
From the French Canadian side of the tracks come these mapleleaf mayhem merchants called Beau Geste. Essentially, this is Bryan Hughes plus hangers-on, and it's garnered a bit of a classic AOR reputation since those heady days of the eighties.

Box, The - 1984 The Box
All their records are worth owning and while it's not their best work, The Box debut is as good a place as any to start our coverage of this wonderful Quebec band.

Frank Marino (And Mahogany Rush) - 1977 World Anthem
There's nothing here that truly stands out as being exceptional. From my perspective, the material here was too much of a mixed bag.

Lavender Hill Mob - 1977 Lavender Hill Mob
Lavender Hill Mob hailed from Quebec releasing two self titled albums on United Artists.

Leyden Zar - 1981 Leyden Zar
Leyden Zar were a Quebec based band and were formed as early as 1976. On the back cover they look like a cross between new-wavers and remnants of seventies styled rockers a la Starz, Gambler etc.

Leyden Zar - 1985 Leyden Zar
I kinda like this Canadian band. As mentioned in an earlier review of their 1981 debut album, I thought they were very underrated, but extremely good nonetheless.

Mahogany Rush - 1976 Mahogany Rush IV
Alongside Rush, Pat Travers Band pre Pat Thrall, Robin Trower, Truth And Janey, Mahogany Rush were one of the pre-eminent power trios of the 70's bar none, and I'll admit to finding and appreciating some of their earlier works, like this one.

Marino, Frank - 1982 Juggernaut
'Juggernaut' is an interesting affair due to the style changes Frank exhibits here. This is no longer wah-wah crazy antics from years gone by. No, this is carefully crafted melodic rock, with a focus on songs, cool arrangements and selective solos with the trigger pulled at the appropriate time.

Marino, Frank (and Mahogany Rush) - 1980 Whats Next
Excellent studio set from Canadian guitar ace Frank Marino. Probably his best effort.

Marino, Frank (and Mahogany Rush) - 1981 The Power Of Rock and Roll
Wasn't 1981 a great year for hard rock? I thought so. Many excellent LP's found their way into my collection, but it would be many years later that Frank Marino's 'The Power Of Rock N Roll' would find its way to my vinyl pile.

Marino, Frank (And Mahogany Rush) - 2000 Eye Of The Storm
The material is nothing like the barnstorming stuff from his glory days. Frank's sound fuses jazz, psychedelic, fusion, blues and progressive angles, and tone wise, his guitar has a bit of Eric Johnson, Pat Thrall, Joe Satriani, Carlos Santana and other modern day axe-slingers in it.

Vannelli, Gino - 1976 The Gist Of The Gemini
Recorded in England and co-produced by Gino, his brother and long-time collaborator Joe and the legendary Geoff Emerick; his fourth album 'The Gist Of The Gemini' took a step closer to progressive rock with dazzling results.

Vannelli, Gino - 1990 Inconsolable Man
'Inconsolable Man' has long been considered one of my favorite 'wimpster' type albums. Just think, the album title, the track titles, all sum up an artist who sounds as if he's been put through the emotional clothes-wringer of life! And in a way, Gino has, or up to the point in his life - had..

Vezina, Claire - 1993 Claire Vezina
So what of the music? Well, someone described it to me as a mix between Mary Lu Zahalan and Witness. I wouldn't go that far. It sounds like a combination of Joal, Sass Jordan and Joanna Dean to these ears - with a subtle smoky bluesy tinge throughout. The big production from Aldo fleshes out the sound even more, in some cases, that one-off Saints And Sinners album is another good reference point.

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