Parsons Project, Alan - I Robot

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Classic Records
Catalog Number: DAD 1035
Format: DVD-A
Total Time: 41:05:00

Have you been looking for a musical experience that defines perfectionism, bringing out every instrument as clear as a bell, including every nuance in a song? Classic Records has an awesome high-end audio process that will catch any audiophile's ear. The recording process is an exacting and scrutinizing transfer of analog to digital, using a master tape recorded from a live microphone feed. The sound is just extraordinary. Just when you thought you have heard the best possible sound, another process is created. This is a pristine perfected musical transfer. Classic Records chooses only the best releases from an artists' catalog to commit to disc. This label will help you to forget Mobile Fidelity in a heartbeat.

After toiling in the studio as an engineer, making classic rock and roll albums for the Beatles and Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons decided to create his own studio band. Lyricist and songwriter Eric Wolfson joined him, along with other studio musicians, and The Alan Parsons Project was born. Their second, and now classic release was I Robot.

The futuristic title track starts with a slow entrance gradually introducing layered synthesizers, then it reaches a crescendo, and kicks into high gear, getting you ready for "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You," which was a big hit when this album was first released in 1977. "Breakdown" is my favorite, and the bass sounds just incredible. This album came on the wings of "Tales of Mystery and Imagination," which was released two years earlier. Each succeeding track builds upon the Orwellian storyline, with great music as a backdrop. There were to be many more successful concept albums in the future for Parson's and his ever evolving and revolving session musicians.

I went out and bought a DVD player specifically to hear all of this wonderful music from Classic Records. Watching movies never really entered the picture... well, maybe later. This is going to be the only way to record music for all artists very soon. The future holds tremendous promise for the entertainment industry in all aspects of audio and visual. It's an exciting time to be alive.

[The album was remastered/reissued in 2007 by Sony and included bonus tracks -ed]

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

Alan Parsons - acoustic guitars, keyboards, 'projectron,' vocoder, backing vocals
David Paton - bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Stuart Tosh - drums and percussion, backing vocals
Ian Bairnson - electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Eric Woolfson - keyboards
Duncan MacKay - keyboards
B J Cole - steel guitar
John Leach - cimbalom and kantele
Allan Clarke, Steve Harley, Jack Harris, Peter Straker, Jaki Whitren, Dave Townsend, and Lenny Zakatek - vocals
Hilary Western, Smokey Parsons, Tony Rivers, John Perry, Stuart Calver, The English Chorale, and The New Philharmonia Chorus - backing vocals


Alan Parsons Project

Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Alan Poe (1975)
I Robot (1977/2001)
Pyramid (1978)
Eve (1979)
Turn of A Friendly Card (1980)
Eye In The Sky (1982)
The Best of... (1983)
Ammonia Avenue (1984)
Vulture Culture (1985)
Sterotomy (1985)
Gaudi (1987)
The Best of... Vol 2 (1988)
The Instrumental Works (1988)
Anthology (1996)

Alan Parsons Band

Try Anything Once (1993)
The Very Best live (1995)
On Air (1996)
The Time Machine (1999)
A Valid Path (2004)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: September 24th 2001
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck

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