RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for The Doors album Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe. The album was released on Jan. 1, 1970 and certified Gold a few days later by the RIAA on Feb. 23, 1970 for one million dollars worth sold.
The fifth studio album from The Doors has two separately titled sides: "Hard Rock Cafe" and "Morrison Hotel". The rollicking hit "Roadhouse Blues" appears on this album along with "Peace Frog", as the band returned to a more blues-rock approach than their prior release The Soft Parade. The album reached #4 on the Billboard Albums chart and also became their highest charting album in the U.K. On Nov. 15, 2001 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with white matte, gold disc, album miniature, and gold info plate
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1970
- Presented to Elektra Records
- All original, rebacked
- "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 fan of The Doors
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This first presentation RIAA Gold Album award was made in 1970, making it 53 years old. It is presented to Elektra Records.
Despite its' 50+ year age, it is in Very Good condition. There are a few mars and scratches on the wood frame as expected, and it has minor discoloration on the bottom left of the matte. This award is all original but it has been rebacked and a new wire hanger in the style of the original installed.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com