The Chinese Way – Level 42 (1982)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, The Chinese Way by Level 42. The record was released in 1982, on the Polydor record label and has been reworked into the shape of a mythical Chinese dragon.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Level 42, Jazz Funk, Dragons, China,  or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: The Chinese Way
Media Artist/s: Level 42
Record Label: Polydor
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Funk / Soul / Jazz Funk

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Additional information about this, Level 42 vinyl art.

Level 42 – The Artist

Level 42 are an English Jazz Funk band formed on the Isle of Wight in 1979. The original band was made up of Mark King (bass guitar, percussion), Mark Lindup (keyboards, percussion), Boon Gould (guitar, saxophone) and Phil Gould (drums).  Mark King studied the thumb-slap bass guitar technique and developed his own take on the style which became a hall mark of the band. Initially a jazz funk fusion instrumental band they quickly developed their style adding vocals and became very popular in the 70s and 80s. The name of the band is a reference to the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, in which “42” is the answer to “the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.” After much success as a live and studio band in the 1980s, Level 42’s commercial profile diminished during the early 1990s following a series of personnel changes and musical shifts. After disbanding in 1994, the band reformed in 2001.

The Chinese Way- The Song

The Chinese Way is a single released in 1983 by the British band Level 42. It was the third single from their album, The Pursuit of Accidents, which was the band’s most successful album up to that time.

The Chinese Dragon – The Shape

Chinese dragons, also known as East Asian dragons, are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology, Chinese folklore, and East Asian culture at large. Chinese dragons have many animal-like forms such as turtles and fish, but are most commonly depicted as snake-like with four legs. They traditionally symbolise potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in East Asian culture. During the days of Imperial China, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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