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Categories
RockPopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Progressive Rock
Number of Items
1
Title
I Robot [Bonus Tracks]
Media
CD
BarCode
828768152423
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Arista
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
828768152423
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] I Robot
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Some Other Time
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Breakdown
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Don't Let It Show
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Voice
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Nucleus
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Total Eclipse
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Genesis CH. 1 V. 32
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Boules
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Breakdown
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Day After Day
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] The Naked Robot
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] I Robot
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Some Other Time
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Breakdown
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Don't Let It Show
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Voice, The
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Nucleus
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Total Eclipse
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Boules
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Breakdown - (Early Demo Of Backing Riff)
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You - (Backing Track Rough mix)
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Day After Day - (Early Stage Rough mix)
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Naked Robot, The
Genre
Pop / Rock
Release Date
1 May 2012
Duration
62m 51s
Country
South Africa
Notes

Personnel: Alan Parsons (vocals, guitar, vocoder); David Paton (vocals, guitar, bass); Ian Bairnson (vocals, guitar); Eric Woolfson (vocals, keyboards); Stuart Tosh (vocals, drums, percussion); Allan Clarke, Steve Harley, Jack Harris, Jaki Whitren, Dave Townsend, Lenny Zakatek (vocals); B.J. Cole (steel guitar); Duncan McKay (keyboards); John Leach (cimbalom, kantele); Hilary Wetern, Smokey Parsons, Tony Rivers, John Perry, Stuart Calver, The English Choral and The New Philharmonia Chorus (background vocals).
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.
Conducted by Andrew Powell.
The Alan Parsons Project: Alan Parsons (keyboards); Ian Bairnson (guitars); David Paton (bass instrument); Eric Woolfson, Stuart Tosh.
Personnel: Alan Parsons, Alan Parsons (acoustic guitar, synthesizer, vocoder, programming, background vocals); Jack Harris (vocals, background vocals); Jaki Whitren, Lenny Zakatek, Peter Straker, Allan Clarke, Steve Harley, David Townsend (vocals); Hilary Western (soprano); Ian Bairnson (guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); David Paton (acoustic guitar, drums, background vocals); John Leach (cimbalom, kantele); Duncan Mackay (cimbalom, keyboards, synthesizer); John Wallace (piccolo trumpet); Eric Woolfson (piano, Clavinet, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, background vocals); Stuart Tosh (drums, percussion, water gong); Stuart Salver, John Frederick Perry, Tony Rivers & The Castaways (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Hilary Western (vocals); B.J. Cole (pedal steel guitar); Andrew Powell (Hammond b-3 organ); John Perry, Tony Rivers , English Chorale (background vocals); Jaki Whitren, Peter Straker, Jack Harris , Steve Harley, John Leach, David Townsend, Duncan Mackay.
Liner Note Authors: Alan Parsons; Eric Woolfson; Jerry Ewing.
Arranger: Andrew Powell.
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Date Released
2012-07-01
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
The Alan Parsons Project
Producer
Alan Parsons Project; Alan Parsons Project; Alan Parsons Project (Reissue); Eric Woolfson (Reissue); Jeff Magid (Reissue)
Artists
  1. Parsons, Alan / Project
Distributor
Phantom Import Distributi
Engineer
Alan Parsons Project; Alan Parsons Project; Chris Blair; Patrick Stapley

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