How To Guarantee You Buy The Clear Vinyl Version of ChangesOneBowie

The recent 180g reissue of the David Bowie hits collection ChangesOneBowie came with an unusual feature. Half of the reissues came in black vinyl and the other half in a lovely new clear vinyl. 

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:

You need: 

  • 1 friendly record shop. 
  • 1 mobile phone


Take your phone, and turn on the torch function. 

Press the LP directly on top of the light. 

Look through the sleeve. Do you see an orange / red coloured light shining through (except in the middle where the centre hole is)? 

See the photo below for an example of what I mean. 

If you do see a light, then you have a clear version. If not, you have a black vinyl copy. You can check with other copies to make sure. 

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!





16 responses to “How To Guarantee You Buy The Clear Vinyl Version of ChangesOneBowie”

  1. mikeladano Avatar

    You sir have provided a public service. I love clear vinyl.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Thank you Mike. I am nothing if not a public servant.


  2. Manuel Gallo Avatar
    Manuel Gallo

    What is this sorcery!? You genius!
    Wants A Clear One

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Alexander Tate Avatar

    Brilliant! Just have to see if they reach Australian shores. But, yes, I have an original version and it’s hard to find more change down my sofa for a repeat buy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Yup. Although I have found having a second record player in another room of the house can justify the odd repeat purchase.


  4. 2loud2oldmusic Avatar

    I was at a record store today and almost bought that album. I want to go back and see if it was black or clear.


  5. J. Avatar

    Marvellous! *makes note to buy up all clear copies and list on ebay*

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Avatar

    Awesome! I’ll do this. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Syd Viscous Avatar
    Syd Viscous

    Any source you would like to credit for this, or did you invent it yourself?


    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Yes, it was the good people at Five’s Records mentioned in the post that told me about it.


  8. Paul quinn Avatar
    Paul quinn

    That is great thank you for the imformation. Does it work on blue vinyl for the changes two album do you know?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Paul quinn Avatar
    Paul quinn

    That’s great news thank you for your response and clever thinking regarding the weights of the two vinyls. I am going down to my independent record shop to buy the changes 2 this afternoon. I will let you know how I go on.

    Regards Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Paul quinn Avatar
    Paul quinn

    Yes it works fine. Don’t forget your scales though.

    Liked by 1 person

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