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Compilation album by
Released21 May 1976[1]
GenreRock, glam rock, art rock
LabelRCA Records
David Bowie chronology
Station to Station
David Bowie compilation chronology
Images 1966–1967
The Best of Bowie
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media8.8/10[4]
Robert ChristgauA[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[6]

Changesonebowie is a compilation album by English rock musician David Bowie, issued by RCA Records in 1976. It collected songs from the 1969–1976 period, including the first LP appearance of "John, I'm Only Dancing". A "sax version" of this song, cut during the Aladdin Sane sessions in 1973, appeared on the first 1000 copies of the UK pressing (identified by the lack of the RCA logo in the upper-right corner of the cover). Later pressings of Changesonebowie featured the original version of the single that had been recorded and released in 1972. All U.S. pressings of the LP contain this original version as well.

Two of the tracks, "Ziggy Stardust" and "Suffragette City", had never been released as singles when Changesonebowie was issued, though the former had been the B-side of "The Jean Genie" in November 1972 and the latter would be released as an A-side in July 1976 to help promote the compilation.

The cover shot was taken by Tom Kelley, who took the famous nude calendar photographs of Marilyn Monroe on red velvet in 1949.

The album was followed up by a companion compilation, Changestwobowie, in 1981.

Album history

RCA Records reissued Changesonebowie on CD in 1984, but it was withdrawn shortly afterwards, along with the rest of Bowie's RCA catalogue, due to a conflict between Bowie and RCA. The RCA CD contains the original single version of "John, I'm Only Dancing".

When the Bowie catalogue was reissued by Rykodisc beginning in 1990, Changesonebowie was replaced by a new compilation, Changesbowie, on which "Fame" was superseded by the "Gass Mix" of "Fame 90" (produced and remixed by Jon Gass) and "'Heroes'", "Ashes to Ashes", "Fashion", "Let's Dance", "China Girl", "Modern Love", and "Blue Jean" were added. In addition to the above, Rykodisc added the songs "Starman" (following "Space Oddity"), "Life on Mars?" (following "The Jean Genie"), and "Sound and Vision" (following "Golden Years") to the cassette and double-LP editions of the album.

A remastered edition of the original Changesonebowie compilation was released on 20 May 2016, on vinyl and CD, to mark its 40th anniversary.[1] On 13 April 2018, Changesonebowie was released in digital/streaming formats, along with a newly remastered edition of its follow-up, Changestwobowie, on vinyl, CD and digital/streaming.[7]

The cover provided the inspiration for the 2009 expanded edition of the Morrissey album Southpaw Grammar.


In 1987, as part of their 20th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 96 on "The Top 100 Albums of the Last Twenty Years." In 2003, the album was ranked number 425 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[8]

Track listing

All songs written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Side one
1."Space Oddity"
2."John, I'm Only Dancing (sax version)"
  • Single A-side (1972)
4."Ziggy Stardust"3:13
5."Suffragette City"
  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
6."The Jean Genie"
Total length:22:11
Side two
1."Diamond Dogs"
2."Rebel Rebel"
  • Diamond Dogs
3."Young Americans"5:10
4."Fame" (Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon)
  • Young Americans
5."Golden Years"3:59
Total length:22:03 (44:14)


  • David Bowie – vocals, guitars, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica, stylophone, Moog, Mellotron, backing vocals
  • Tim Renwick – guitar (side one-1)
  • Mick Wayne – guitar (side one-1)
  • Rick Wakeman – mellotron (side one-1)
  • Herbie Flowers – bass (side one-1, side two 1,2)
  • Terry Cox – drums (side one-1)
  • Mick Ronson – guitars, piano, moog, backing vocals (side one 2–6)
  • Trevor Bolder – bass (side one 2–6)
  • Mick Woodmansey – drums (side one 2–6)
  • Tony Newmark – drums (side two 1)
  • Aynsley Dunbar – drums (side two 2)
  • Carlos Alomar – guitars (side two 3,4,5)
  • Earl Slick – guitars (side two 4,5)
  • John Lennon – guitar, backing vocals (side two 4)
  • Mike Garson – Piano, keyboards (side one 2–6, side two 1–4)
  • Roy Bittan – piano (side two 5)
  • Willy Weeks – bass (side two 9)
  • Emir Ksasan – bass (side two 10)
  • George Murray – bass (side two 5)
  • Andy Newmark – drums (side two 3)
  • Dennis Davis – drums (side two 4,5)
  • David Sanborn – saxophone (side two 3)
  • Pablo Rosario – percussion (side two 3)
  • Larry Washington – percussion (side two 3)
  • Ralph Mcdonald – percussion (side two 4)
  • Ava Cherry, Robin Clark, Anthony Hinton, Diane Sumler, Luther Vandross – backing vocals (side two 3)
  • Warren Peace – backing vocals (side two 3,5)
  • Jean Millington, Jean Fineberg – backing vocals (side two 4)
  • Harry Maslin, Editing, Assembling, and Mastering



Year Chart Position
1976 New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 8
UK Albums Chart 2
Billboard Pop Albums 10
Chart (2016) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 59
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 89
French Albums (SNEP)[12] 197
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[13] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[14] 49


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold 2 August 1976
Platinum 15 September 1981


  1. ^ a b "CHANGESONEBOWIE random vinyl out now". David Bowie Official Website. Archived from the original on 23 May 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ Dave Thompson. "Changesonebowie". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press.
  4. ^ "David Bowie: Changesonebowie Album Review – Pitchfork".
  5. ^ "CG: bowie". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  6. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 2004. pp. 97–98.
  7. ^ "CHANGESTWO black or blue?". David Bowie Official Website. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  8. ^ "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  9. ^ " – David Bowie – Changesonebowie". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  10. ^ " – David Bowie – Changesonebowie" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  11. ^ " – David Bowie – Changesonebowie" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  12. ^ " – David Bowie – Changesonebowie". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2016. 20. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  14. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 21, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 27 May 2016.

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