RIAA Gold LP award for Santana's Moonflower album, which was released on October 12, 1977. The double album was certified Gold® by the RIAA on Dec. 1, 1977 for 500,000 copies sold.
The album featured both live and studio tracks and the single "She's Not There" (a remake of the Zombies hit tune) went to #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album overall also performed well, rising to #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. By 1997 the album had been certified 2x Multi-Platinum.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold presentation plate
- In VG condition with some wear and minor fading of the matte
- First presentation award from 1977
- Presentation to producer David Rubinson
- Original backing paper with manufacturer's sticker
- 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 Santana fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime in 1977, since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81. This makes this one of the earlier floaters made and the award 42 years old.
The award is presented to producer David Rubinson, who produced some of the tracks on the album and who also worked with Herbie Hancock, Patti LaBelle, Moby Grape, Taj Mahal, The Pointer Sisters and many more.
This award is in VG condition, with some minor wear to the frame, minor matte fading and a few typical tears on the backing paper. The gold disc, album miniature and presentation plate are in Excellent condition. The award has its original backing paper and Creative Glassics manufacturer label.
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