For those of us who already own an original copy of the album, or indeed for anyone who is savvy enough to know that copies of ChangesOneBowie can be picked up in used record shops for £5, shelling out £14.99 for a record you already own seems rather pointless.
The clear vinyl, on the other hand, is more tempting. But how to make sure you get the version you want?
The problem is that it is impossible to distinguish a clear vinyl version from a black vinyl version without opening the LP, something that you can only do after you have bought it.
If you only want a clear copy (or for that matter, a black version) it is a game of Bowie Roulette.
On eBay, clear vinyl versions of the album have been sold for up to £40, presumably by people not wanting to possibly end up spending £45 on three black vinyl copies of the album, if that’s the way their luck goes. That, or they have more money than sense…
So here’s a foolproof method of ascertaining which version of the album you buy:
- 1 friendly record shop.
- 1 mobile phone
Take your phone, and turn on the torch function.
See the photo below for an example of what I mean.
I just tried this method in my local shop, Five’s Records in Leigh on Sea. We had a fair bit of fun working out they had more clear vinyl versions than black vinyl copies!
So there you have it: It’s very simple, and I hope useful!