Take Me To The Mardi Gras – Paul Simon (1973)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the vinyl single, Take Me To The Mardi Gras by Paul Simon. The record was released in 1973, on the CBS record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of a masquerade mask, crown and jester hat. The images that are very much associated with Mardi Gras and the traditional colours of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These are said to have been chosen in 1892, when the Rex Parade theme “Symbolism of Colours” gave the colours their meanings.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Paul Simon, Pop Rock, Masquerade Balls, New Orleans, Mardi Gras,  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: Take Me To The Mardi Gras
Media Artist/s: Paul Simon
Record Label: CBS
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Rock /Pop Rock

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Paul Simon – The Artist

Paul Frederic Simon (born 1941) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. Simon’s musical career has spanned over six decades. He is widely regarded as one of the best songwriters in popular music history.Bonding over a shared love of the Everly Brothers, and after whom they modelled their early sound, he formed the duo Simon & Garfunkel, in 1956 with childhood friend Art Garfunkel. While and after attending college, the two continued to perform together, with Simon also performing and recording some solo songs. After graduating college, they recorded their first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., which consisted of a mixture of cover songs, traditional ballads, and a number of Simon-penned originals. The album flopped and Simon left the U.S. emigrating to England to record The Paul Simon Songbook, his first solo album. A heavily overdubbed remix of their song “The Sound of Silence” became a surprise radio hit over the winter of 1965-1966, leading Simon to return to the U.S. and reform the duo with Garfunkel; they would release four more studio albums together and become one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed groups of the late 1960s. Simon would compose nearly all of their original songs, including hit singles such as “Mrs. Robinson”, “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”, “America”, and “Bridge over Troubled Water”.After Simon & Garfunkel split up in 1970, at the height of their popularity, Simon began a successful solo career. He recorded three acclaimed albums over the following five years. His 1972 self-titled album contained the hit songs “Mother and Child Reunion” and “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”, while the follow-up There Goes Rhymin’ Simon featured the lead single “Kodachrome”. 

Take Me To The Mardi Gras – The Song

‘Take Me To The Mardi Gras’  is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the fourth single from his third studio album, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973), released on CBS Records. The song only charted in the United Kingdom. It debuted on the UK Singles Chart on June 10, 1973 at a position of 36, rising over several weeks to a peak of number seven on July 8. In total, it spent eleven weeks on the chart. It is usually missing from UK hits compilations in favour of “Kodachrome” which was the flip side to this. “Kodachrome” was the A side in the US, but the BBC would not play it in the UK because of its advertising policy.

The Masquerade mask, Crown and Hat – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a masquerade mask and hat. The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in all of Louisiana, including the city of New Orleans. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday (the start of lent in the Western Christian tradition). Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls). The traditional colours of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These are said to have been chosen in 1892, when the Rex Parade theme “Symbolism of Colours” gave the colours their meanings.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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