Ars Nova (3) ‎– Ars Nova

Elektra ‎– EKS-74020
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo

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A1 Pavan For My Lady
Written-By – Wyatt Day
A2 General Clover Ends A War
Lyrics By – Gregory Copeland*Music By – Wyatt Day
A2b Entracte: Le Messe Notre Dame
Arranged By – Ars Nova (3)Composed By – Guillaume De Machaut
A3 And How Am I To Know
Written-By – Wyatt Day
A3b Entracte: Dancer
Composed By – Maury Baker
A4 Album In Your Mind
Lyrics By – Jon PiersonLyrics By, Music By – Wyatt Day
A5 Zarathustra (Instrumental)
Composed By – Maury Baker
B1 Fields Of People
Lyrics By – Jon PiersonLyrics By, Music By – Wyatt Day
B1a Entracte: Vita De L'Alma Mia
Arranged By – Ars Nova (3)Composed By – Claudio Monteverdi
B2 Automatic Love
Written-By – Wyatt Day
B2a Entracte: A Thought
Written-By – Jon Pierson, Jonathan Raskin
B3 I Wrapped Her In Ribbons (After Ibiza)
Lyrics By – Gregory Copeland*Music By – Wyatt Day
B3a Entracte: Ada Wulff November 12, 1956
Composed By – Wyatt Day
B4 Song To The City
Lyrics By – Gregory Copeland*Music By – Wyatt Day
B4a Entracte: Aquel Cabellero
Arranged By – Ars Nova (3)Composed By [Spanish Renaissance] – Anon.*
B5 March Of The Mad Duke's Circus
Lyrics By – Gregory Copeland*Music By – Wyatt Day

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Released in a fold-out cover (UNIPAK-PAT. PENDING) on a gold/tan Elektra label. The lyrics are inside the cover.
A5 consists of a variation on the "Zarathustra" theme by Richard Strauss

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side A): EKS-74020-A AL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side B): EKS-74020-B AL
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Label): EKS-74020-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Label): EKS-74020-B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EKS-74020 Ars Nova (3) Ars Nova(LP, Album) Elektra EKS-74020 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
EKS-74020 Ars Nova (3) Ars Nova(LP, Album) Elektra EKS-74020 US 1968 Sell This Version
EKS-74020 / EKS 74020 Ars Nova (3) Ars Nova(LP, Album) Elektra EKS-74020 / EKS 74020 UK 1968 Sell This Version
EKS-74020, EKS 74020 Ars Nova (3) Ars Nova(LP, Album) Elektra, Elektra EKS-74020, EKS 74020 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
SC 6207 Ars Nova (3) Ars Nova(CD, Album, RE) Sundazed Music SC 6207 US 2004 Sell This Version


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February 14, 2014
Classically training musicians living and working in New York City, in 1967 drummer Maury Baker, guitarist Wyatt Day, bass Bill Folwell, guitarist Giovanni Papalia, vocalist/horn player John Pierson and bassist John Raskin decided their future (and their fortunes) lay in rock and roll. Several months of intense rehearsals and a series of well received concerts led to a deal with Elektra Records. Teamed with Doors producer Paul Rothchild, the band's 1968 self-titled aptly debut displayed the sextet's virtuosity. Musically diverse, "ARS Nova" found the band equally at home with classical inspired ballads (the Baroque-influenced single "Pavan for My Love"), precursor Blood, Sweat and Tears horn arrangements ("General Clover Ends a War") and prototype heavy rock ("And How Am I To Know"). With Day providing the majority of material (much of it co-written with either Pierson or non-band member Gregory Copeland), the group's efforts to blend classical and rock elements was interesting, if occasionally a tad pretentious. Imagine a less bubble gummy version of The Left Banke and you'll get a feel for the set. Personal favorite, the popish single "Fields of People." In spite of decent reviews, including an extensive write-up in the June 1968 edition of Life, the set failed to sell.


February 19, 2013
edited over 4 years ago

With this LP, I guess it really depends on what you're into music wise. If your looking for an explosive hard rocking psych masterpiece...don't go here. This is a very unique album, by a very unique band formed in New York.
Ars Nova is made up of many different musical styles ranging from Jefferson Airplane-esque late 60's psych, to almost medieval troubadourian dansas or baladas.
The term 'Ars Nova' pertains to a period in French medieval history during the early 14th century. Translated it means 'new art or technique'. Listening to this LP is like a freaky acid trip back to that time. The band employs such a variety of instrumentation, you never know what you'll hear next. From psyched out distorted guitars, to banjos, bells, brass and classical instruments... really it's pretty amazing stuff. The fusion of genres/styles is quite varied throughout.
The album was originally released on the 'Elektra' records label in 1968, and I feel it's light years ahead of what anyone else was doing at the time.
Paul A. Rothchild produced it, and you may recognize his name from the back covers of LP's by The Doors, Love, and The Stooges.