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The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977/2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (1977/2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
Title: I Robot
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock
Label: © Arista Records
Release Date: 1977/2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:40:58
Recorded and mixed at Abbey Road Studios, London, between December 1976 and March 1977.


The man behind the recording of Dark Side of the Moon is none other than Alan Parsons. If you want to hear what is his definitive recording and a bit of the Dark Side then this is it. I Robot was produced and engineered by Alan at Abbey Road Studios and is an audiophile’s dream recording. Transferred on an all-tube cutting system from the original 1/4" analog master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering.


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. Borrowing not just its title but concept from Isaac Asimov's classic sci-fi Robot trilogy, this album explores many of the philosophies regarding artificial intelligence -- will it overtake man, what does it mean to be man, what responsibilities do mechanical beings have to their creators, and so on and so forth -- with enough knotty intelligence to make it a seminal text of late-'70s geeks, and while it is also true that appreciating I Robot does require a love of either sci-fi or art rock, it is also true that sci-fi art rock never came any better than this. Compare it to Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, released just a year after this and demonstrating some clear influence from Parsons: that flirts voraciously with camp, but this, for all of its pomp and circumstance, for all of its overblown arrangements, this is music that's played deadly serious. Even when the vocal choirs pile up at the end of "Breakdown" or when the Project delves into some tight, glossy white funk on "The Voice," complete with punctuations from robotic voices and whining slide guitars, there isn't much sense of fun, but there is a sense of mystery and a sense of drama that can be very absorbing if you're prepared to give yourself over to it. The most fascinating thing about the album is that the music is restless, shifting from mood to mood within the course of a song, but unlike some art pop there is attention paid to hooks -- most notably, of course, on the hit "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You," a tense, paranoid neo-disco rocker that was the APP's breakthrough. It's also the closest thing to a concise pop song here -- other tunes have plenty of hooks, but they change their tempo and feel quickly, which is what makes this an art rock album instead of a pop album. And while that may not snare in listeners who love the hit (they should turn to Eye in the Sky instead, the Project's one true pop album), that sense of melody when married to the artistic restlessness and geeky sensibility makes for a unique, compelling album and the one record that truly captures mind and spirit of the Alan Parsons Project. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Tracklist:
1 I Robot 6:02
2 I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You 3:22
3 Some Other Time 4:06
4 Breakdown 3:50
5 Don't Let It Show 4:24
6 The Voice 5:24
7 Nucleus 3:31
8 Day After Day (The Show Must Go On) 3:49
9 Total Eclipse 3:09
10 Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32 3:28


Personnel:
Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals [Additional] – Alan Parsons
Arranged By [Orchestra And Choir], Conductor [Orchestra And Choir] – Andrew Powell
Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals [Additional] – David Paton
Choir [Master] – Bob Howes
Cimbalom, Kantele – John Leach
Drums, Percussion, Vocals [Additional] – Stuart Tosh
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals [Additional] – Ian Bairnson
Keyboards – Duncan Mackay
Keyboards, Vocals [Additional] – Eric Woolfson
Steel Guitar – B. J. Cole
Vocals – Allan Clarke, Dave Townsend, Jack Harris, Jaki Whitren, Lenny Zakatek, Peter Straker, Steve Harley
Vocals [Additional] – English Chorale, The, Hilary Western, John Perry (7), New Philharmonia Chorus, Smokey Parsons, Stuart Calver, Tony Rivers
Vocoder, Other [Projectron] – Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson


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