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introduction to rather rare records

MY INTRODUCTION TO WRITING RECORD REVIEWS was for my high school newspaper in 1969. Like most nerds with cool record collections given a pulpit, I wrote condescendingly about the artists and music that my classmates liked. I remember damning Glen Campbell and dismissing Cream’s farewell album. [Read more] “introduction to rather rare records”

how many copies did you say in-a-gadda-da-vida sold?

RESEARCHING A PREVIOUS ARTICLE, I found that Iron Butterfly’s second album received the first platinum album award. I also found websites that made extravagant claims for how many copies In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida sold. However, none of them provided reliable documentation to back those claims. Here is a look at the “research” of the internet’s most referred-to site. [Read more] “how many copies did you say in-a-gadda-da-vida sold?”

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a few things about the riaa’s gold and platinum page

IF YOU HAVE ANY REASON to look up a record on the RIAA’s website to see if it has been certified for a Gold Record or Platinum Record Award, go to the website’s Gold and Platinum page. Every record that has been certified by the RIAA is listed there (or should be listed there). [Read more] “a few things about the riaa’s gold and platinum page”

was the first platinum record album awarded in 1969?

FIRST PLATINUM RECORD ALBUM? Ask the question that makes up the title of this article on Google and you will find more than 7,000,000 entries (most of them offering something for sale). The answer you will invariably encounter will be the Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album from 1976—except that is not the correct answer. [Read more] “was the first platinum record album awarded in 1969?”

we took our record collections dead serious in the ’60s!

DISPOSABLE POP MUSIC has been with us for a long time. In fact, long enough that Tin Pan Alley and Brill Building seem almost legendary. The attitude that the music you listen to somehow defines who you are is recent. It originated with teenage boys who took their record collections dead serious in the ’60s. [Read more] “we took our record collections dead serious in the ’60s!”

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understanding riaa gold and platinum record awards

MOST OF THE INFORMATION about the criteria required for an RIAA Gold Record awarded an album from 1958 through 1974 and singles through 1988 found on the internet is incorrect. This applies to almost every website I have seen, especially Wikipedia. Believe it or not, this even applies to the RIAA’s own website! [Read more] “understanding riaa gold and platinum record awards”

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