RIAA Platinum LP award for the KISS album Double Platinum. This was the fire-spewing NYC group's first greatest hits album, released on April 1, 1978. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on May 16, 1978 for one million copies sold.
Hits "Rock And Roll All Nite", "Beth", "God Of Thunder" and "Calling Dr. Love" and other KISS favorites all appeared on the album. Some of the tracks were remixed and are different from their original versions including "Strutter" which was re-recorded with a disco-infused beat and dubbed "Strutter '78". Others, such as "Hard Luck Woman" and "Detroit Rock City" had sections removed.
The album hit #22 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in the U.S. Despite its title, the album ended its run at Platinum as this award celebrates. See image above for the 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 info plate
- In Good to VG condition with a some scratches and mars on frame, fading of the matte and album cover miniature and damage on presentation plate
- First presentation award from 1978
- Presented to former Casablanca executive, film maker and entrepreneur (and owner of the NBA's Golden State Warriors and MLB's L.A. Dodgers) Peter Guber
- 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"
- Rare and excellent collectors item for any KISS fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1978, since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81 making it 42 years old. The award is presented to Peter Guber, who at the time the album was released was on the film side of the Casablanca label. A serial entrepreneur, Guber has produced films including Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Flashdance and many more. He has also amassed a portfolio of companies and sports teams including the NBA's Golden State Warriors, MLB's L.A. Dodgers and more.
The award is in Good to VG condition. The frame has some typical scratches and mars, the matte and album miniature have some fading and the presentation plate has some damage. What it looks like is that at some point recipient Peter Guber's name was covered up. The award has been rebacked but all the internals appear original.
While not in superior condition, this is a great chance to get a KISS award since they rarely come on the market, especially from the 70s era with an interesting presentation as well.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com