BPI (British Phonographic Industry) Gold LP award for Bob Dylan's album Blood On The Tracks. The album was released on Jan. 20, 1975 and was certified Gold in the U.K. by BPI on Sept. 1, 1976 for £250,000 worth sold. The measure for BPI gold certification in the 70s was the monetary value of records sold, much like the RIAA "white matte" awards of the 60s and early 70s.
The album went to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #4 in the UK. The single "Tangled Up in Blue" went to #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2003 it was named #15 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.
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- BPI Gold LP award with all proper components for the era: Gold metal frame, gold disc, album cover miniature, British flag and gold presentation plate with official BPI logo
- In VG to Excellent condition with only a few minor scratches and mars on frame and a minor blemish or two on the disc edge
- First presentation award from sometime in the 1976 time frame
- Presentation to CBS Records
- Appears to be a completely original award
- Award measures 16" x 20"
- Glass in excellent condition (BPI awards have glass fronts, unlike RIAA awards which have plexiglas)
- Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Bob Dylan fan
- FREE insured shipping (carefully packed to protect glass) to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This BPI Gold award is presented to Bob Dylan's record label. This is a first presentation BPI Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime in 1976-77 making it approximately 43 years old.
Finally, this award appears to be in all original condition with internal components unaltered. It is in VG to Excellent condition, with only a very few minor scratches on the frame, slight fading of the red felt matte and a small blemish or two on the disc edge. Note that these issues have a minimal effect on the appearance of the piece when displayed and are also not thought to have a major impact on collector value.
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*BPI sales data source: bpi.co.uk