It’s one of the best albums ever to never make it to vinyl, and today, that changes: Fiona Apple’s powerhouse sophomore album, When the Pawn… is finally available on vinyl. Released exclusively through the Vinyl Me, Please store, it comes on 180-gram black vinyl, and upon her request, worked closely with Fiona and her team to re-imagine the artwork for this album. It’s available now in the VMP store here, and sells for $34 for Vinyl Me, Please members, and $40 for non-members. We expect it to ship in September.
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.