RIAA Gold Award for Van Morrison's Back On Top album. Released on March 9, 1999, by Sept. 17, 1999 the release had been certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 copies sold.
Of the blues and R&B-infused album, Rolling Stone magazine's review called it "one Monet and nine Norman Rockwells" with the "Monet" being album track "When the Leaves Come Falling Down". The album rose to #28 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and did well in many other world markets.
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- Unusual narrow design RIAA Gold album award
- In Good condition
- First presentation award from 1999
- Original back (some tears) with manufacturer's sticker
- Known as a "RIAA bar hologram" award with a serial number hologram, they were made from 1998 to present
- Award measures approx. 9" x 22"
- Great collectors item for any Van Morrison fan
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- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold album award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1999 making this award approximately 21 years old. It features and "autumn leaves" artwork shadow box design. It is presented to record executive Dawn Hood who was in promotion at Virgin Records.
It is all original with some tears in the backing paper, Jewel Box Platinum manufacturer's sticker and all correct components. This award is in Good condition, with only a chip on the top left of the frame and minor mars on the plexiglass.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com