Ars Nova - Fields Of People (The Elektra and Atlantic Recordings) - 2CD
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new remastered 2 CD anthology featuring all of the recordings by the American Psychedelic/Progressive band Ars Nova released by Elektra and Atlantic Records in 1968 and 1969.
The band's self-titled debut album was produced by Paul Rothchild (noted for his work with The Doors, Love, et al). The album was certainly ground-breaking for its use of unconventional instrumentation and for taking influences from the worlds of rock, ethnic and classical music.
One fan of the album was Roy Wood of The Move, who would record a cover of Ars Nova's "Fields Of People" on their 1970 album "Shazam!". A revamped version of Ars Nova would record their final album, the equally imaginative "Sunshine & Shadows" for Atlantic Records in late 1968 in New York City.
The album release was inexplicably delayed for nearly a year by Atlantic Records and any momentum gained by further critical praise was lost. Increasing management problems also took their toll and Ars Nova disbanded soon after the release of the album.