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!Cheers,Scott
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?" Two reasons: 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
(CD only-$10US). Cheers!Scott
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.
NEW BONUS SONG! This one pertains to The Prefab Sprout Project, and not the actual Prefab Sprout. Lol. As I am sure that right now many of you are thinking, "Project? Oh, yeah ...I forgot about those guys". And trust me, it's been difficult to focus on anything other than the new sprout release and all the news flowing freely now. But, I am pleased to post a new bonus song from a talented musician-song writer out of Belgium. Joel Lepers has written a love song "to Prefab Sprout" with the very cute and clever title of "PS I Love You".
The lyrics tell the story of this adoring fan who longs for more music from the band, but as the years roll on he becomes all the more discouraged ...until the leaked album shows up, and then his mood and mind set change dramatically.
I love this song, and the story (lyrics) are tailor made for this brilliant moment in time.
Joel wrote the song and plays every instrument on the track. He was kind enough to allow Andrea Perry and I to "do our vocal thing". Thanks Joel! More info on Joel can be found here. Please listen to this great song by Joel Lepers!
John Birch and I just received word today for the NEW Prefab Sprout album, which will be called "Crimson / Red".
It was speculated that the album was in fact the mysterious "Devil Came A-Calling". And that certainly made perfect sense, since there is a song on the album with that title. Other possibilities might have been "Trapdoor Melancholy," which was another title mentioned by Paddy McAloon some years back. Still, I was delighted to find that all of us adoring Sprout fans had guessed wrong, and course, there was no way anyone could have honestly guessed "Crimson / Red". As to it's meaning? That remains a mystery, but Mr. McAloon does make reference to the title in the song "Adolescence", which also resides on the new album. I must tell you, I've heard the album many times now, and it is truly one of the best Prefab Sprout albums to date. The lyrics are superb, master-class and unmatched by any other song-writer on the planet. The music is sublime, catchy and perfectly crafted to the lyrical mood of the song.
Each sprout record is quite different from the other, and as a long time fan I can honestly say that "I love them all". But, this collection of songs is quite special, and I think that many old and new fans will really get excited about it. Best album of the year? YES! In my opinion.
I am in love with Crimson / Red.
At the moment .... the power of Prefab Sprout reaches out and stops the savagery. At least they do for me.