RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for The Doors The Soft Parade LP. The album was released on July 1, 1969 in the U.S and was certified Gold a few days later by the RIAA on Aug. 5, 1969 for one million dollars worth sold.
The fourth studio album from The Doors produced the #3 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Touch Me" as the band experimented with strings and horns on the recordings after producer Paul A. Rothschild suggested the approach. Jazz-oriented members Robbie Krieger, John Densmore and Ray Manzarek embraced the idea. "Wishful Sinful", "Tell All The People" and "Runnin' Blue" were also released as singles. The album reached #6 on the Billboard Albums chart. 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
- A first presentation award from 1969
- Presented to Elektra Records
- Has original backing paper with manufacturer's sticker
- "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
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award was made in 1969 and this is a first presentation award. It is presented to Elektra Records.
It is approx. 54 years old and yet is in Very Good condition. There are mars and scratches on the wood frame--some fairly major (see image for example), as is expected. The disc, album miniature, presentation plate, and matte are in Very Good condition. The backing paper has been torn off. A New York Frame & Picture Co. Fulton Street address manufacturer's sticker has been stuck over cardboard backer and would appear to be the original, although this cannot be determined with certainty.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com