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Despite the competitive prices, the gold discs and gold records which make up these display items are professionally electroplated, preventing the cracking and peeling of the surface associated with cheaper, inferior products. The "D" sub-category offers some interesting items for enthusiasts of various musical genres.
"Brothers in Arms", a 1985 release by rock band Dire Straits, featuring the guitar genius of Mark Knopfler, seems a sure fire winner with gold records aficionados. The band's best-selling album and one of the top 10 best-selling albums in UK music history, it achieved multi-platinum status in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and France, with worldwide sales of over 30 million copies. It reached no.1 and spent over 220 weeks in the UK Albums Chart, reached no. 1 in the US Billboard 200 and broke the all-time longest chart history in Holland with 269 weeks, though these were non-consecutive. The album also topped the album charts in no less than 20 other countries. The single "Money For Nothing" topped the US Billboard 100 singles chart in September 1985.
Multi-talented David Bowie, born in London in 1947, has enjoyed success in 5 decades, repeatedly recreating his music style and image. Renowned for his idiosyncratic voice, Bowie is also a gifted instrumentalist, playing acoustic, electric and twelve-string guitar, keyboards, saxophone and many others. His 1983 album release, "Let's Dance" seems sure to appeal to gold record collectors. It topped the Albums Charts in the UK, Australia and Norway, peaking at no. 4 in the US Billboard Pop Albums chart. The first 3 tracks, "Modern Love", "China Girl" and the title track are widely considered classics of the 1980s. Bowie fans may also be attracted to his "Best Of 1974-1979" album, a 1998-released compilation album, which also achieved in excess of half a million worldwide sales.