RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for George Harrison's Living In The Material World LP, which was released in 1973. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 1, 1973 for one million dollars worth sold.
Harrison's fourth solo release and the follow up to 1970's All Things Must Pass, the album produced the hit "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)". It became Harrison's second solo #1 album in the U.S. It also hit #1 in Canada and Australia while peaking at #2 in the UK.
Notable musicians who played on the record included Pete Ham (Badfinger), Nicky Hopkins, Jim Keltner, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Gary Wright. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- In VG to Excellent condition with some minor and typical mars on the frame and one tiny spot on the disc
- A first presentation award from 1973
- Presented to Capitol Records Inc.
- Has the words "Hare Krishna" engraved in dead wax area
- Has original back with original New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturers label
- "White matte" awards (obviously so-named due to the white matte used) were made from from 1964-1974
- RIAA white matte awards numbered only 5-25 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Beatles or George Harrison fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award must have been made in 1973 and is a first presentation award. It features the correct special Apple label made for the album, it has an original back with New York Frame & Picture Co. label and all internal components and the walnut frame appear correct.
It is presented to Capitol Records, Inc., who distributed this Apple Records release and were the Beatles original label. The smoother, whiter Miller board used 1967 and after is present. The correct style presentation plate is present, reading "to commemorate more than one million dollars worth of the Apple Records long-playing record album...".
One unique feature of this award is that it has the words "Hare Krishna" engraved in the dead wax area of the gold record. It is common to see a release number or manufacturing plant code, but not additional messages. It is visible to the naked eye but very hard to photograph. We have attempted to show it in the images. This is a very unique feature that also likely indicates that the actual George Harrison album was used in the award, especially when coupled with the fact that the six tracks on the gold record match the number of tracks on the actual album. This is often not the case in RIAA awards.
This award is 46 years old and yet is in VG to Excellent condition, considering its age. There is some very minor wear on the frame and one very small spot on the disc but otherwise the label, presentation plate, album miniature and plexiglas are all in excellent condition. It does appear that the wire hanger hardware has been replaced.
This is a great opportunity to get a rare and highly coveted George Harrison RIAA white matte award.
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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.
As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com