RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for Joni Mitchell's For The Roses album presented to Asylum Records. This album was Mitchell's fifth and was released in November 1972. It was quickly certified Gold by the RIAA on December 22, 1972 for one million dollars worth sold.
Featuring the hit "You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio", which reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the album also included popular tracks "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire" and "Judgment of the Moon and Stars". It is reported that some of the songs Mitchell wrote for the release were related to her then relationship with James Taylor. The album was critically lauded at the time as well and in 2007 the Library of Congress added it to its National Recording Registry, the only one of Mitchell's albums to achieve this honor.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- In VG condition with some typical scratches and mars on the frame
- A first presentation award from 1972
- Presented to Asylum Records
- Has original back with original manufacturer's sticker
- "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 very rare collector's item for any fan of Joni Mitchell
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP white matte award would have been made in 1972 and is presented to Asylum Records.
The award has the correct style presentation plate reading "to commemorate more than one million dollars worth of the Asylum Records long-playing record album..." etc. It is 48 years old but is in VG condition, considering its age. There are some typical mars and scratches on the wood frame and a couple of minor discolorations at the bottom of the matte. However, the presentation plate, gold disc and album miniature are in VG condition and the plexiglas is clear with only a few very minor mars. The original backing paper is also intact with original New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker.
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