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The Mamas & The Papas self-titled album 1966 Disc Award Ltd - RARE

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Unique and historic, this Mamas & The Papas second self-titled album released in September 1966. This is a label "gold" award presumed to celebrate the album selling over $1 million worth, the RIAA's measure of "gold" in those days. While this is not an RIAA award, the organization did certify this album as Gold on December 1, 1966.

The album contained singles including "I Saw Her Again", which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #11 on the UK Singles chart, and "Words of Love" which went as high as #5 on the Hot 100. In the U.K., "Words Of Love" was put out as a double A-side with "Dancing in the Street", their cover of the Martha and the Vandellas 1964 hit. This rose to #47 in the U.K. The album topped out at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and #24 in the UK.

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Item Highlights:

  • Disc Award Ltd. record label in-house gold record award The Mamas & The Papas second self-titled album 
  • Note: Not an RIAA award, although 1960s 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
  • In Very Good condition with only a very few mars on the frame and glass
  • Award measures approx.15.5" x 15.5"
  • Cool, historic collectors item for any Mamas & Papas fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

An inspection of the award's components shows it to be all original with the Disc Award Ltd. logo engraved on the gold disc, black felt matte, correct Dunhill Records label and original back with manufacturer's stamp. It is in VG condition considering its age with only minor mars on the frame and glass. 

Interested in knowing more about record awards? Read our detailed article here.

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.

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.