RIAA Platinum LP award for Jethro Tull's M.U. The Best of Jethro Tull album. The album was released on Jan. 9, 1976 and certified Platinum by the RIAA on May 3, 1978 for one million copies sold.
Featuring classic hit singles "Aqualung", "Locomotive Breath", "Bungle In The Jungle", and "Thick As A Brick - Edit #1", the album went to #44 on the UK Album chart and #13 on the U.S. Billboard Album chart. The curious "M.U." in the album title is said to stand for "Musician's Union", which refers to the various musicians who made up the group line ups over the years. See image above for more RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Platinum LP award with all proper components for the era: Platinum frame, platinum disc and platinum presentation plate
- In VG condition with just a few mars on the frame and minor fading of the matte and tears in the backing paper (appears original)
- First presentation award from 1978
- Presented to the Chrysalis Records
- Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981
- RIAA floater awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
- Great collectors item for any Jethro Tull fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1978. That makes this award 42 years old. The award was presented to Chrysalis Records.
In VG condition considering its age, with some minor frame wear and matte fading. The disc, presentation plate and album miniature are in excellent condition. This award has no manufacturer sticker on its backing paper but the original paper is still attached on the top, although it has been cut on three sides and taped.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com