Pale is the second album by Toad the Wet Sprocket. Recorded independently in 1989 for roughly $6000, the band negotiated a deal with Columbia Records to release this without any alterations, along with their 1988 release Bread & Circus. Pale was released in January 1990. "Come Back Down" was the first radio single for the album.
In May 2009, the band announced plans to re-release Pale, out of print since 2001, in a remastered edition with expanded artwork and bonus tracks culled from the album sessions that didn't make it onto the album. Their debut, Bread & Circus would also get the same kind of re-issue. In 2010 the band signed a deal with Primary Wave to handle their back catalog and licensing. These reissues have been confirmed by lead singer Glen Phillips via Toad's "Fan Questions" portion of their official website, for release in 2011.