Wildflowers, the 1967 album by Judy Collins, and its lead single Both Sides Now, written by Joni Mitchell, launched Collins’ international prominence. It was honored with RIAA Gold, and here with the most collectible of In-House awards from Los Angeles manufacturer, Disc Awards Ltd…

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DR. DRE’S 2001 – HONORED WITH AN RIAA BAR HOLOGRAM FOR 6X PLATINUM!

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Innovators. Dues Payers. Influencers. Get platinum records… Dr. Dre’s  2001 was released on November 16, 1999 and received critical and commercial success. Here you see it honored with a beautiful, Authentic, First Presentation (bar-hologram), First-State, RIAA award for 6 million sold… ___________________________

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Cool! This Sucks!

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Who knew there was a Beavis and Butt-Head RIAA platinum award? There was! For the Beavis and Butt-Head Experience, released in 1993, and here honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State, RIAA R Hologram Award… Cool! This Sucks! ___________________ #! #riaa #mikejudge

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The Doors 1st Album Is A Classic! Here Honored With Another Classic – From Disc Awards Ltd.

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Disc Award Ltd., manufactured gold and platinum record awards in Los Angeles from the late 50’s to the late 70’s. They were the most prolific, consistent, and valuable of all In-House awards (non RIAA). I’ve always thought with their simple square format, black frame, and wooden backs they were the classics of record awards. The Doors self-titled first […]

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Iron Butterfly “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – A Curious (One Of A Kind?) – Authentic, First Presentation, RIAA White Matte LP Award

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Iron Butterfly’s remarkable 1968 album “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was recorded at Ultra-Sonic in Hempstead, Long Island, (the story of its recording here), released in July, 1968 and certified RIAA Gold on 12/3/68. It became the first platinum album, has sold over 30 million copies, and was a musical and cultural phenomenon. Here you see it honored with an […]

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Meat Loaf “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell” – 4X Platinum – 1994 RIAA R Hologram CD Award

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The R Hologram format of RIAA awards (1989 – 1997) was a time when the strict formats of earlier periods loosened (see here). That led to the creation of some spectacular awards, like this one for Meat Loaf, Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Released in  September 1993, and certified 4X Platinum on […]

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Luther Vandross “Power of Love” – A 1993 Double Platinum RIAA R Hologram Award

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Power of Love is the seventh studio album (eighth overall) by singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released in April 1991. The following year, the album earned Vandross two American Music Awards for “Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist” and “Favorite Soul/R&B Album” and one Grammy Award for “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male”, and the track “Power of Love/Love Power” won […]

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“Music From Big Pink” by The Band – An RIAA R Hologram Gold Record!

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Music From Big Pink is the debut studio album by The Band. Released in 1968, it employs a distinctive blend of country, rock, folk, classical, R&B, and soul. The music was composed partly in “Big Pink”, a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York. The album itself […]

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Santana “Amigos” – A 1976 Certified BPI (British) LP Award

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Amigos is the seventh studio album from Santana. Released in the U. S. in March of 1976 and certified RIAA Gold on 6/11/76, it reached a peak Billboard chart position of #10.  In Europe it was a hit in several countries and here you see it honored with a Certified BPI (British) Silver Award… __________________

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Vanilla Fudge “Vanilla Fudge” – An RIAA White Matte For A Very Influential 1968 LP!

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Vanilla Fudge, the band, has been cited as “one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal.”  The band is known to have influenced The Nice, Deep Purple, Yes, Styx, and Led Zeppelin. Vanilla Fudge, their first album, was released in the summer of 1967, and certified RIAA Gold on 7/23/68. […]

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Awards With Condition Issues – And How I’d Restore Them (…In Future Posts)

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There’s a group of awards I’ve left in disrepair. Out of site, out of mind, may be the best way to describe this cache of 15-20 awards. What they have in common – are condition issues… Caring for awards, especially if they’re going to be displayed, sold, or in danger of further deterioration, is something we all confront. […]

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The Beatles “Rubber Soul” – A Classic 1965 #1 Album – Honored With An Authentic RIAA White Matte!

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An award collector told me there were two kinds of collectors. Those who care that awards are in their original authentic state, and believe they are more valuable that way. And those to whom an award’s original state is not important, but collect them because they honor the music they love, and their musical idols. For me, […]

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From NPR – A Piece Of Gold Record History – How ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ Became The World’s First Gold Record

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The music industry can thank Glenn Miller’s record label for the idea of gold records. Seventy-five years ago today (2/10/17), his song about a train trip became the world’s first solid-gold hit. “Chattanooga Choo Choo” is about a man going home, and promising his sweetheart he’ll never roam. By February 10, 1942, more than 1.2 […]

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