RIAA Gold white matte award for Neil Young After The Gold Rush album. This album was released in August 29, 1970 and certified Gold by the RIAA on November 2, 1970 for one million dollars worth sold, becoming one of the artist's first Gold records.
The third studio effort for Young, the album included the hit tracks "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and "When You Dance I Can Really Love" and "Southern Man". The former two were Billboard Hot 100 hits. The album itself peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #7 in the UK. In 2014 the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- First presentation award from 1970
- In Good to VG condition
- Presented to artist manager and co-founder of Asylum Records
- Has been rebacked but internals are all original
- "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 Neil Young fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award was made in 1970, making it 51 years old. The award is presented to artist manager Elliot Roberts, who managed at various times Neil Young, Tom Petty, Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan and The Cars, and in 1971 also co-founded Asylum Records with David Geffen.
It is in Good to Very Good condition, considering its age with scratches on the frame, a slight bit of discoloring of the matte, and some edge tarnishing of the presentation plate. The award has been rebacked but all other components are original.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com