Pale (album)

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Toad the Wet Sprocket Pale.jpg
Studio album by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Released January 16, 1990
Recorded 1989, Paul & Mike's Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Alternative rock
Length 38:56
Label Columbia
Producer Marvin Etzioni
Toad the Wet Sprocket chronology
Bread & Circus
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Pale is a 1990 album by American alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, and the band's second album. It was recorded independently in 1989 for roughly $6000. During the recording of Pale, the band signed with Columbia Records. However, they declined to re-record any of the album in a more polished way. Columbia released the album without alterations, as it had done with the 1989 re-release of their debut 1988 album 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 occurred in 2011.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Toad the Wet Sprocket.

No. Title Length
1. "Torn" 2:58
2. "Come Back Down" 3:19
3. "Don't Go Away" 4:33
4. "High on a Riverbed" 4:01
5. "I Think About" 3:23
6. "Corporal Brown" 3:10
7. "Jam" 3:31
8. "Chile" 4:38
9. "Liars Everywhere" 2:17
10. "Nothing Is Alone" 2:38
11. "She Cried" 4:28

Known "Pale" session Outtakes:

  1. PS
  2. Hold Her Down (Released as B-side to "Jam")
  3. Keep Moving
  4. This Is My Friend (later re-recorded in 1996 during the "Coil" sessions as "This Is My Life")
  5. Wrapped In Water
  6. All She Said
  7. All She Said (Live In Room Practice Take, New Arrangement) (Later Appeared On "In Light Syrup")


Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Come Back Down" Modern Rock Tracks 27