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

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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