Unique, historic and in excellent condition, this is a 1965 label award (i.e. non-RIAA) made by Disc Award Ltd. celebrating The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn! album selling over 500,000 copies. The album contained classic 60s anthem "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)" and "Set You Free This Time" was also a minor hit. The tracks also featured a cover of the Bob Dylan-penned "The Times They Are a-Changin' ".
Although it has been re-backed, close inspection of its components shows it to be all original otherwise, including having the correct pre-1967 Disc Award Ltd. logo engraved on the gold disc, typical engraved plates, black felt matte, and the correct Columbia Records label.
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- Disc Award Ltd. record label in-house gold record award for 500,000 sales of The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn! album
- Note: Not an RIAA award, although Disc Award Ltd. awards are typically seen as the most valuable of in-house awards
- Components, construction and condition are consistent with it being 54 years old
- Plates read: "Columbia Records, The Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Presented to John Golden to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies"
- In Very Good to Excellent condition with brilliantly shiny gold record and bright, crisp label, a few mars on the frame but with perfect glass and very little fading of the black velvet matte
- Award measures approx.15.5" x 15.5"
- Cool, historic collectors item
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This award is in very good to excellent condition, despite its 55-year age. Although it has the usual nicks and mars on the frame (nothing major) it was obviously kept in a cool, dry room devoid of sunlight for most of its' years, resulting in very little fading of the matte and label and no tarnishing of the gold record.
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Notes on the condition of all vintage record 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.
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