Alan Parsons Project
I Robot = 180g = LP
1 x LP
( 1977 ) - 2017 EU repressing on 180 LP =featuring the single 'I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You', originally released in 1977 as the 2nd longplayer from the British progressive group. Alan Parsons delivered a detailed blueprint for his Project on their 1975
Release date 21-06-2017 (Originally recorded in 1977)
2017 EU repressing on 180 LP =featuring the single 'I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You', originally released in 1977 as the 2nd longplayer from the British progressive group. Alan Parsons delivered a detailed blueprint for his Project on their 1975 debut, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, but it was on its 1977 follow-up, I Robot, that the outfit reached its true potential.
Audiophiles needn't any introduction to the Alan Parsons Project's I Robot. Engineered by Parsons after he performed the same duties on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the 1977 record reigns as a disc whose taut bass, crisp highs, clean production, and seemingly limitless dynamic range are matched only by the sensational prog-rock fare helmed by the keyboardist.
A1 I Robot
A2 I Wouldnt Want To Be Like You
A3 Some Other Time
A5 Dont Let It Show
B1 The Voice
B3 Day After Day The Show Must Go On
B4 Total Eclipse
B5 Genesis CH1
Inspired by and loosely based around the Isaac Asimov stories of the same name, I Robot delves into themes of artificial intelligence and technological dominance that make the record increasingly relevant in the 21st century. Indeed, Parsons' pinnacle creation dovetailed with the ascendency of Star Wars, which itself is experiencing a rebirth in an age of self-driving cars, smart devices, and mindless automation. Lyrically, songs such as "The Voice" call into question human behavior – and their relationship to increasing robotic supremacy – in everyday life. Sonically, Parsons reflects the associated paranoia, dichotomy, and transformation via shifting sci-fi arrangements steeped in drama and moodiness.
I Robot's absorbing tunes also continue to fascinate due to their perfectionism and innovation. Borrowing from Pink Floyd's strategies, Parsons utilizes a looped sequence on the title track to create new downbeats. "Some Other Time" employs two different lead vocalists and yet gives the illusion only one is involved. Captivating strings, a piccolo trumpet, and bona fide pipe organ grace "Don't Let It Show." The origins of "Nucleus" stem from a unique analog keyboard concoction dubbed "the Projectron," devised by Parsons and electronic engineer Keith Johnson.
Andrew Powell's orchestral and choral arrangements top it all off, with "Total Eclipse" arriving as an aptly frightening track that presages the climactic "Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32."
Originally released: 1977
This release: 2017