John Birch has been working long and hard on his book, "Desire: Paddy McAloon's Prefab Sprout". And with great anticipation ... that book is now available for online pre-order. Click on the pre-order link, or visit www.prefabsprout.co.uk
Act quickly, the hard back copies are a limited number and signed by the author.
I can personally guarantee that if you are a Prefab Sprout fan, you will surely be blown away by some of the stories and info contained in this book. Prepare to have your mind blown ...several times over.
I highly recommend this fantastic read! - Scott
The new year has brought about many, many positive reviews for both Sproutless albums (Insights from Retrospect, Moveable Feast), and soon a new page will appear on this site, one which will feature those reviews ...from both critics and the kind folks who have purchased and listened to the music.
The 1st and 2nd batch of CD's ordered had sold out even before the albums were released, however, a third order (a much larger order) was placed and has just arrived (see the pre-order page for details). The need for reorder speaks volumes, and it also secures the fact that the CD is not dead, and in many cases is "prefered" by the Sproutless demographic - versus digital format.
I recently gave an interview to Alan Haber at Pure Pop Radio, and I must say that Alan did indeed ask some great questions. We covered a lot of ground, from Neil Conti to song writing and production for the project, and of course the big question, "Has Paddy and the Sprouts heard it yet?". To hear this interview or to download it, click here or see below.
Both Sproutless albums will soon be available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and Bandcamp. Also, looking at some large distribution plans, beyond the scope of the others mentioned.
I should also note that the pre-order page (that name will be changed soon) now offers CD's from both Sproutless singers.
Both Andrea Perry and I have released many albums over the years, and I would encourage anyone who enjoyed the Sproutless music - to buy the new Andrea Perry CD "Four". It is quite simply "phenomenal". One of my earlier projects, Tiny Volcano - can also be found on the pre-order page. It's not much like Prefab Sprout, but more so along the lines of Jellyfish, XTC, Beatles ad Beach Boys.
More news will follow soon ....
Another Sproutless album in the future? A 6 song EP? ???????
Well, the album "Insights from Retrospect" (digital version) was released yesterday, and so far the comments, reviews and general response has been amazing!
The CD's should arrive soon enough, and while folks are enjoying the digital album in wait of their hard copy, I would like to let know to anyone who has pre-ordered the album -you should have received your email and copy by now. IF you have not, then please email me at Scott@ThePrefabSproutProject.com
The 2nd Sproutless release, "Moveable Feast" will be be along shortly, and although I originally had planned on offering both albums on the same day, I quickly realized that would not be fair to all of the respective song writers and musicians involved with both albums. So, lets let this 1st release sink in a bit and then we will spring the other on you! Both albums are equally exceptional.
Once the 2nd release has come and gone, not to worry ...the fun doesn't stop there. After the first of the year - be on the look-out for several remixed songs. These remixes will be dramatically different from the album versions, and a few other surprises along the way.
Also, a PDF will be made available on this site, which will offer all the lyrics for both albums and short bio's on all the the contributing writers and musicians- including photos and relative stories and insights pertaining to the project from the beginning..
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you who have supported us along the way. Cheers, Scott
As the days roll on and the music nears completion with all the post production, performances, mixing and mastering .... there is only one word that comes to mind, "Sproutless".
Sproutless has taken the place of The Prefab Sprout Project, which was really just a battle cry or a call to arms for all those interested in Prefab Sprout. It served the purpose to get the attention of those who came aboard this creative project and contributed to the labor of love that pays great homage to our beloved "Prefab Sprout".
Sproutless is the official band name for this massive project, and the cover to the left makes a whole lot of sense!
This cover design was created by the gifted writer, musician and graphics artist, "Adrian Fitzsimon". Adrian also contributed the song "Fall" to the album. The photo was taken by pro photographer, Christoper Lindhorst. And as you can see....the album title for the original project album is called, "Insights From Retrospect".
The Bonus Album, also "Sproutless" - will be called "Moveable Feast", and will offer a similar cover (Adrian will tweak in some way).
The target release dates are as followed.
Digital Download available on 11.30.13
Physical CD's released on 12.10.13
Now that the news has spread all over the world that a new Prefab Sprout album will be released on October 7th, I think that it is paramount that people realize that The Prefab Sprout Project is a dedicated fan site. We are in no way connected to the actual band Prefab Sprout. The music created by this fan project was not written or performed by the actual Prefab Sprout or Paddy McAloon. This project is 100% fan created! Click here to be redirected to the Prefab Sprout FaceBook page.
With that said, bring on the sprout music! And bring on the fan created music as well!
Christmas looks to be very good indeed!
One of the difficulties of managing a project of this size is the sheer volume of great songs that are submitted yet have to be set aside or ultimately discarded, as there is only so much room available on one album or even one "CD".
So, the idea of releasing "bonus songs" as a way of getting just a few of these great songs into the fold and hopefully into the ears of the project's audience was a practical and realistic way to go.
But, as time marched on and Neil Conti finally sent over his impressive drum performances and ultimately kick-started the actual recording process for many musicians involved (which is currently in motion), it seemed that the news of the new Prefab Sprout album stirred the pot quite a bit....which made for people interested in what we were doing with this project, which also lead to even more song writers sending in material to the website....even when the doors had been all but closed to any further songs, as we simply already had plenty to work with. Thank God that these writers paid no attention to the sign on the door, because the quality of music that they were sending in was a bit more than "impressive". It was "stellar", and it needed to be included. Period.
Well, after reviewing all the material at hand, it was clear that we had the makings of a truly exceptional 2nd album .....that should be released on CD as well as the 1st one. So, the numbers were crunched and the budget would allow the 2nd project album to see a CD release date of early November 2013. In fact, 'that' release date applies to both CD's.
Some of you might be asking, "why not just combine both CD's for a double disc release, in one package?"
1. It's actually a tad more cost effective to do it this way (believe it or not).
2. I like the idea of an addendum album. Sort of like "bookends". And since Neil Conti is the resident for only one album, it would sound very odd to have that many drummers mixed up one album. IMO.
I'm incredibly excited about this new prospect, and the fact that even more great material from as many great writers will be included and introduced to the projects audience .....well, that's just fantastic.
Soon.... I will start to introduce these new writers and musicians by way of the projects Facebook page, and there will be one more peek into the new albums talent, with the posting of the song "Signs of a Life Well Lived" -- to the SoundCloud page.
I'll keep everyone informed! And please do be looking out for the song I just mentioned, as it is CRAZY GOOD!!!
Oh, one more thing: For those of you who have already pre-ordered the Project CD, but you want to order the Bonus Song CD (in addition) --- please send me an email and I will send you a purchase link to avoid paying postage twice
Project Update: Recording is moving along nicely, and many musicians are currently at work on their own - playing their part for the selected song. And although arrangements are being made almost daily -with even more talented musicians, I have only worked my way through 60% of the songs! Wow, a bit of a madhouse really..... Lot's of orchestration, I can tell you! ------ But, we are still on track to have all recording wrapped up by mid September and CD's by late October.
I was shooting for an October release, but in light of the new Prefab Sprout release date of October 7th, I may just push the project release date off a few weeks to early November. As it might be a bit confusing to release in the same month.
Over the past 6 months a few more great songs have made their way into the fold and onto the album. What was originally a trimmed down list of 10 songs has turned into 14. Neil Conti currently plays on 9 of those songs, and I'm hoping to get him in time for another "one or two". Below is the entire song list for the album, in no particular order.
I Took Too Long
Hannah, Are You Out There?
Fast Ships and Supernovas
Spirit Us Away
Icebreaker Records announced the official Facebook page is open for business, as of today.
They also offered an official Twitter presence (click here).
In addition, I was also told that there may be a few 'tweets' from Paddy McAloon - as the October 7th release date draws near.
The first single to be released from the new album is "The Best Jewel Thief In The World". That single will be released on the same date as the new album, October 7th, 2013.
And of course... the album artwork has been posted for your viewing pleasure.