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Tesla Five Man Acoustical Jam RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum Album award for Tesla album Five Man Acoustical Jam. This live album was released on Nov. 9, 1990 and was certified Platinum on March 11, 1991 for one million copies sold. 

The album featured live recordings of the group mostly playing acoustic guitars and instruments, to do something different from their normal hard rock electrified approach. The biggest hit from the album is undoubtedly their cover of the 1971 Five Man Electrical Band hit "Signs" which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other tracks included their earlier hits "Love Song" and "The Way It Is" and covers of the Stones' "Mother's Little Helper", CCR's "Lodi", and the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out". The album peaked at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. See the image above for the RIAA certifications of this release.* 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum album award 
  • In VG to Excellent condition 
  • First presentation award from 1991
  • Presented to Tesla's lighting designer
  • Has been rebacked  
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-1997
  • Great collectors item for Tesla fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1991 making it 31 years old. The award is presented to John "JB" Broderick (misspelled on the plaque), who is credited on the album as Tesla's lighting designer, who also worked with Aerosmith, Metallica, Scorpions and others.

This award has all original components but has been rebacked. The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only minor wear on the frame and a few mars on the plexiglass. 

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

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