**IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT** The many people involved in this project seek your help to complete their work and release the album. Once released, most of the profits will be going to charity so please pledge now and ensure its success. EVERY person that pledges will be credited on the album (if they want to).
Background to The Imperial Plan
If you miss the experience of sitting back and getting absorbed in an album of thoughtful songs and power numbers with a story to tell that transports you to another time and place then read on............
IT IS THE CENTENARY OF WORLD WAR ONE!
Does your heart reach out to the millions that died needlessly as you hear about their suffering through the television and the news? Mine does. Even more so because I was fortunate to have met Harry Patch, The Last Fighting Tommy, the man that became the partner to my Grandmother Betty Isaacs, through the last 10 years or so of her life.
AS A SINGER/SONGWRITER HOW SHOULD I PAY MY RESPECTS TO HARRY?
In 2014, after plenty of research, I wrote an album’s worth of songs specifically about the The Great War. The last one, In Memoriam HJP, was inspired directly by my experience of Harry and the views he chose to share with so many. Here are 3 finished tracks I have posted on Soundcloud: The Imperial Plan, The Spark and In Memoriam HJP.
Recently I became Facebook friends with Harry’s grandson, Roger Patch and shared my project with him. I am delighted to say he has given me his support and blessing in order to continue Harry’s message.
MY DESIRE TO SUPPORT LOCAL TALENT
In October 2014 I became a Director of the Bristol Music Industry Network (Bmin). To produce my album I began to work with several members of Bmin, in addition to musicians I have worked with over the years. These fantastic and talented people all need to be paid for their time and expertise, as without their support I will not be able to complete my project or do it justice.
WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?
- Recording costs (time in the studio, paying an engineer/producer, mixing/mastering the album).
- Designing, pressing and printing hard copies of the finished album.
- Launching the album, PR, single releases etc...
By PRE-ORDERING the album and supporting our pledge to complete it you will not only help contribute and fund the remaining studio time but you will have access to EXCLUSIVE PLEDGE ONLY items such as signed albums, BUNDLES, an exclusive t-shirt design, the CD booklet (even if you only order the download), and various other memorabilia.
Everyone involved in this project has been working hard to ensure the album is the best quality we can achieve. For such an important historical subject there is no point cutting corners. The support I have received has been amazing and we all really believe in the value it could bring to highlight the subject and get the message across as Harry would have wanted. The Imperial Plan is close to finishing now and with your help we can produce something that every person involved can be proud of.
WHAT WILL YOU GET IN RETURN?
I am seeking your help to bring The Imperial Plan to life. In return, I promise to complete the CD with a full 8-page booklet containing the song lyrics and full narrative, but you will see there are various goodies for those wishing to up their investment. This is 100% independent, meaning I have no support from a record label, management or booking agency.
Of course there are no guarantees the album will be a big success commercially, but people tell me it could appeal to many so I am working to ensure the quality of the recording, production, packaging and the marketing of the finished product helps it to capture the moment. After all, it is the Centenary, so there will never be a better time for me to release the album.
Out of interest, whenever I explain the narrative people say I should also consider it as a stage show and I have recently been introduced to a connection with the appropriate experience. The finished album could be just the start.
So, if the The Imperial Plan is something you would like to invest in, please select from the options listed. Each option relates to a track on the album in the correct order of play (well it is a concept album ;-).
It would be fantastic if you could help spread the word by pledging and sharing this project!
If you don't want any of the rewards but would like to pledge just click on any pledge and tick the top box and enter the value you wish to donate. Early pledges will help build the momentum. NB. No money will be deducted until after the closing date of 11th May.
Thank you in advance.
Mike Isaacs (The Fable)