RIAA Gold LP "white matte" award for The Moody Blues album Days Of Future Passed presented to The Moody Blues. The prog rock classic was released on Nov. 11, 1967 and certified Gold by the RIAA on Oct. 2, 1970 for one million dollars worth sold.
The album was a breakthrough through for the group with "Tuesday Afternoon" -- officially entitled "Forever Afternoon (Tuesday)" -- reaching #24 on the Billboard Singles chart in 1968. Later "Nights In White Satin" would become the group's signature track, after reaching #2 in the U.S. in 1972. The album initially went to #27 in the U.K., and later progressed to #2 in U.S. by 1972. By 1990 it 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 with some typical scratches and mars on the frame (see more detail below)
- A first presentation award from 1970
- Presented to The Moody Blues
- Has original back with original 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"
- Very rare collector's item for any fan of The Moody Blues
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold LP award would have been made in 1970 given the album's certification date. The award most spectacular feature is undoubtedly that it is presented to The Moody Blues.
The award has the correct style presentation plate reading "to commemorate more than one million dollars worth of the Deram long-playing record album..." etc. It is 52 years old but is in VG condition, considering its age. There are a few mars and scratches on the wood frame as is expected. The matte has a couple of discoloration spots as seen in the photos. The presentation plate, album miniature and gold disc are in very good condition and the glass is clear. The original backing paper is also intact with original New York Frame & Picture Co. sticker.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a coveted all-original RIAA white matte award for The Moody Blues prog rock classic, complete with spectacular presentation to the group itself.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com