White Matte (RIAA Award Format From 1964 -1975)

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 Authentic, First Presentation, RIAA White Matte…When I received the award it had two condition issues, but they were easy to repair by reattaching the label and replacing the glass…The label and disc are original and correct for the period, with the disc etched with 1,000,000 at 6 o’clock and AT (for Atlantic/Atco) at 3 o’clock in the trail off… The matte is correct for the period, with the looser weave you would expect (compared to the matte of a 1973 White Matte)…And importantly, it has perfect provenance. I bought it from the owner of the studio, and he confirmed having it since the 60’s…What’s curious about this award, and what I have never seen before, is that it is 1 1/2″ shorter than every other white matte I have seen (20″ vs. the standard 21 1/2″). Here it’s compared to a white matte from 1973…I can’t explain why, or if there are others like it. Perhaps it’s the exception that proves the rule? If you’ve come across this kind of award or have any information on it, please let me know…

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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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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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What Is “Moontan”?

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“Moontan” is the ninth album by the Dutch rock band Golden Earring. It contains the hit single Radar Love and is the band’s most successful album in the United States, being the only Golden Earring album to be certified Gold by the RIAA (on September 20, 1974).  Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State, RIAA Gold LP […]

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The Hollies – Influenced By Swamp Rock (CCR) – Earned Their First RIAA White Matte In 1972

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After many great songs, different line-ups, and with a nod to the rhythms of Creedence Clearwater Revival,  The Hollies released “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” in May of 1972. It was certified RIAA gold on 9/11/72 and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, […]

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The “Pioneering Godfathers Of The Jam Band” – Received 4 RIAA LP White Mattes

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The Early 70’s were heady days for the Grateful Dead. Their concerts made them the “pioneering godfathers of the jam band” – Wikipedia, and their albums were certified RIAA gold. Here they are (with record executive Joe Smith) honored with one of their four RIAA White Matte LP’s… _________________ To share all things awards, please contact me […]

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Restoring A Classic 1968 RIAA LP White Matte – And A Chance To Look Inside

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Q. Who are Rod McKuen, Anita Kerr and Joe Smith? And what do they have in common (besides you don’t know who they are)? A. Rod McKuen was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 60’s. Anita Kerr is an American singer, arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and music producer. And Joe Smith is […]

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Paul Anka “(You’re) Having My Baby” – 1974 #1 Song – RIAA Gold White Matte Award

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(You’re) Having My Baby, by prolific songwriter and performer Paul Anka, was released in June of 1974, certified RIAA Gold on 8/14/74, and reached #1 on Billboard (becoming his third #1 song). Here you see it honored with an Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA White Matte Gold Single (wrapped in a 2 mil polyethylene bag for protection in storage)… Have […]

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Elvis!!! A Gold Record Collectible That Isn’t Exactly A Gold Record!

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Elvis Presley of course has been honored around the world with hundreds of gold and platinum records. But did you know that one of his awards was the subject of a trading card?  Specifically, The Elvis Collection #656, a 1972 RIAA White Matte for Elvis As Recorded AT Madison Square Garden. With a picture on the front […]

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You Like “Soft Soul” From The Early 70’s …?

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… Here’s a classic by the Five Stairsteps, made up of five siblings from Chicago who became known as “The First Family of Soul” (a name later passed on to The Jackson 5).  They were best known for their hit single O-o-h Child (video) which was released in February 1970, Certified RIAA gold on 8/11/70, and reached a peak Billboard Hot […]

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Honoring A One Hit Wonder – “Brandy” By Looking Glass – With An RIAA Gold 45 White Matte

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In February 1972, Robert Mandel was the Epic Records Promotion Manager in Washington, DC. He received a test pressing of an album by a new group named Looking Glass. He took the test pressing around to every radio station in the Washington/Baltimore region. At the time, WPGC AM was one of the leading Top 40 […]

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Creedence Clearwater Revival “Cosmos Factory” – 1973 #1 LP – RIAA White Matte Award

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In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) was a staple of radio airplay, and their albums were at the top of the charts. Cosmo’s Factory*, their fifth studio album, was released in July of 1970, certified RIAA Gold on 12/16/70, and reached #1 on Billboard. This is an Authentic, RIAA Certified, First Presentation, White […]

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David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust – The Thin White Duke – An Artist For All Ages – Gone To Soon

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As I listen to Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, I mourn the loss of one of the greatest performers I ever saw/heard/loved. David Bowie. I was lucky enough to see him the first time on October 20, 1972 when he and his band came to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium as Ziggy Stardust And The […]

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