Alan Parsons Project leaped onto the rock-n-roll scene in 1976 with the release of the album Tales of Mystery & Imagination, which was actually inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe! Clearly, here was a group that would not produce the cookie cutter pop that was all the rage at the time. In 1977, APP released I Robot, which was inspired by the science fiction works of Isaac Asimov, features futuristic sounding instrumentals couple with dark, brooding tunes.
I first acquired this album back in my college days, and it was one of my favorites. For reasons I never could fathom, the album wasn't as popular with my friends as it was with me, but I figured that that was their loss. Eventually, the tape wore out, and it passed into my history. Well, lately I realized that I had to have the album again, so I went out and got it, and boy am I pleased!
I love sounds on this album, from the electronic I Robot, through the soulful Some Other Time, to the dark and brooding Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32. (Wouldn't Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32 make a great tune for a horror flick?) So, if you are looking for a great rock album, one that eschews popular sounds and forms, then buy I Robot, it is one of the greatest albums ever made!