Vinyl collectors, and those who love David Bowie should be feeling rather thrilled with his latest release being posted out today.
But there is some confusion over the formats, and although I haven’t got my copies yet, this is how I’m reading things right now.
There are two versions of Blackstar available.
The first is the black version.
- It’s 180 gram.
- Comes in a die cut (star shape cut into the front) gate fold jacket
- Includes a 16 page colour booklet with special varnish.
The Second is the clear vinyl version, which I understand is being sold by a selected chain in each country, Barnes and Nobel in the US and JB Hi-Fi in Australia, among others.
However, the clear version is
- A standard weight record (Not 180g)
- In a regular but die cut jacket (Not gatefold)
- Limited to 4000 copies.
It’s possible that the version sold in Australia was made here, I don’t know yet, However if that’s the case it would add to it’s collectibility.
Some versions of Blackstar may come with what they call a “Hype Sticker”, These are usually on the front of the cover and say things like “Wow, David’s Amazing new Album is here and it has da da da da on it” Hype Stickers are part of the package and should never be removed. 🙂
Look for my video on Blackstar over the next few days.
If you have any facts on the record then please let me know, Thanks!
*** Update ***
I have just got my clear Blackstar today, this was one of the versions sold as an exclusive.
According to the local retailer (and Barnes & Nobel) there was no indication that the record was 180g, was in a gatefold cover or came with a book… but I can tell you that it does!
Basically it’s the same record, in the same gatefold cover, except it’s a milky clear colour rather than black.