I Robot [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. [Legacy's 2007 reissue is wonderfully remastered and contains demos of "Breakdown," "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You," and "Day After Day," along with the previously unreleased track "The Naked Robot."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 828768152423
  • Catalog Number: 681524
  • Sales rank: 8,408

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Robot - Alan Parsons (6:02)
  2. 2 I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You - Alan Parsons (3:23)
  3. 3 Some Other Time - Alan Parsons (4:05)
  4. 4 Breakdown - Alan Parsons (3:53)
  5. 5 Don't Let It Show - Alan Parsons (4:25)
  6. 6 The Voice - Alan Parsons (5:23)
  7. 7 Nucleus - Alan Parsons (3:22)
  8. 8 Day After Day (The Show Must Go On) - Alan Parsons (3:57)
  9. 9 Total Eclipse - Alan Parsons (3:12)
  10. 10 Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32 - Alan Parsons (3:30)
  11. 11 Boules - Alan Parsons (1:59)
  12. 12 Breakdown - Alan Parsons (2:11)
  13. 13 I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You - Alan Parsons (3:29)
  14. 14 Day After Day - Alan Parsons (3:41)
  15. 15 The Naked Robot - Alan Parsons (10:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Alan Parsons Project Primary Artist
Alan Parsons Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Vocoder
Allan Clarke Vocals
Duncan Mackay Synthesizer, Keyboards, Cimbalom
Peter Straker Vocals
Jaki Whitren Vocals
Lenny Zakatek Vocals
Andrew Powell Conductor, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
David Paton Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Background Vocals
Ian Bairnson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
English Chorale Background Vocals
Steve Harley Vocals
Jack Harris Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Howes Choir Master
John Leach Cimbalom, Kantele
John Perry Background Vocals
Tony Rivers Background Vocals
Stuart Tosh Percussion, Drums, Water Gong
David Townsend Vocals
John Wallace Piccolo Trumpet
Eric Woolfson Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Wurlitzer
Hilary Western Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Tony Rivers & the Castaways Background Vocals
John Frederick Perry Background Vocals
New Philharmonic Chorus Choir, Chorus
Stuart Salver Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Andrew Powell Arranger, Composer, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Bob Howes Mastering
Eric Woolfson Composer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Reissue Producer
Alan Parsons Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Mastering, Audio Production, Loop, Projection
Hipgnosis Original Sleeve Design
George Hardie Graphic Design
Jeff Magid Reissue Producer
Jerry Ewing Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Robot

    It's Alan Parson's in all his glory. What else can be said?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Second masterpiece in a row

    This is their follow-up to the "Tales" album and it might be even better than that great piece. This albume reflects perfectly the thought and feel of the I Robot story and even got some radio play with a couple of songs. I great concept album.

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