Alan Parsons - I Robot
(Numbered 180g 45RPM Vinyl 2LP)
1. I Robot
2. I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
3. Some Other Time
5. Don't Let It Show
6. The Voice
8. Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
9. Total Eclipse
10. Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32
Perfectionism, Innovation, Complexities, and Reference-Grade Production Make Alan Parsons Project's ConceptualI Robota Timeless Classic: Sci-Fi Arrangements Steeped In Drama and Moodiness
More Music, More Information, More Detail, More Nuance, More Everything: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Set the Definitive-Sounding Analog Version of 1977 Audiophile Standard
A Demonstration Disc for the Ages: Immaculate Highs and Lows, Supreme Spaciousness, See-Through Transparency, 3D Imaging, Wider Grooves on System-Testing Pressing
Audiophiles needn't any introduction to theAlan Parsons Project'sI Robot. Engineered byParsonsafter he performed the same duties onPink Floyd'sDark 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. Not surprisingly, it's been issued myriad times. Can it be improved? RelishMobile Fidelity's stupendous-sounding 180g 45RPM 2LP set and the question becomes irrelevant.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, and afforded the luxurious groove space of a 45RPM LP,I Robotcomes to life like never before on this numbered-edition reissue.Boasting immaculate highs and lows, generous spaciousness, and see-through transparency that takes you into the studio withParsonsand creative partnerEric WoolfsonatAbbey Road, this super-clean edition has been lovingly restored byMobile Fidelityengineers with the intention of demonstrating the full-range capabilities of the world's best stereo systems.Put simply, there's more music, more information, more detail, more nuance, more everything.
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Inspired by and loosely based around theIsaac Asimovstories of the same name,I Robotdelves 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 ofStar 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 fromPink Floyd's strategies,Parsonsutilizes 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 aunique analog keyboard concoction dubbed "the Projectron,"devised by Parsons and electronic engineerKeith 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."
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