This release comes on the heels of Fiona’s fifth LP, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, dropping on color vinyl last week. When the Pawn... originally came out in 1999, after a tumultuous time in the music press/Apple’s life, and its raw, beautiful sound stands in contrast to the other albums in her discography. Here, you can read an essay we ran when the album turned 20 last year.
If you’re wondering about why the cover is different for this vinyl release, Apple talked about wanting to change the artwork to remove the cover art shot by her ex in a lengthy profile in the New Yorker, and we worked with her on this new cover. This first-ever vinyl edition is mastered under the supervision of Jon Brion.
Let’s all listen to When the Pawn… until it ships later this summer.