- Audio CD (7 July 1987)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Arista
- ASIN: B000002VC5
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | DVD Audio | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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I Robot Import
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Though the material may be termed "proglite", there is no denying the quality and intelligence of the songwriting, arrangements and instrumentation. Released in the heyday of punk, it is clear these albums were made as an antithesis for the back to basics, diy aesthetic that was becoming the norm. Alan Parsons was determined to make high quality records with top notch production. "I Robot" is a sumptuous sounding album, heightened here by the subtle remastering, overseen by Parsons himself. As a fan of the work of Lana Lane and her husband Erik Norlander, it is clear how influential Parsons production methods have been on musicians even today.
This re-issue is a clear example of how to do a proper remastering/re-release job. Much thought has gone into the remastering, bonus tracks and booklet. For example each release includes a special medley of instrumental themes used throughout the album. Here we have the 10 minute "Naked Robot". The booklet has insightful notes, which include recent interviews with Alan and Eric, together with recording and musician credits detailed throughout.
This is a definite labour of love by all concerned and is one of the best re-issues I have come across in a long time, especially from a major label and at mid price too!
That's where this vinyl edition comes in - the timeless artwork is pefectly restored and printed on a heavy-quality sleeve, while the audio pressing is on 180g virgin vinyl (ie. not recycled) for superior quality. If you have any of the Arista LPs, you can seriously hear the difference.
As for the musical content, "I Robot" is rightly heralded as one of The Project's finest and I am inclined to agree. I personally rate the opening instrumental as second only to the 1979 classic "Lucifer", while songs like "Some Other Time", "The Voice" and the two closing instrumentals round off an almost flawless.
It's always nice to have a collectable edition of any classic album, and "I Robot" certainly ranks as one. So hurry - buy this classic now!
On a briefly personal note, I discovered APP in 1982 when I bought 'Pyramid' - and was so staggered that I went straight back out and bought the five other albums available at that time. In my amazement at this discovery, I tended to under-rate 'I Robot'. Now - and I'm not alone in this amongst Project fans in saying this - I rather think it's their best effort, and it's certainly the Project album that I find myself playing most often.
The Project seemed then, and remains to this day, the absolute zenith where progressive rock is concerned. In the late 1970s, as disco and then punk began to take over the music scene, the Project carried on regardless - with this kind of talent, you can afford to ignore trends in the broader spectrum.
As anyone reading this probably knows, the Project was the first "producer's band" - the main man, Alan Parsons, didn't even appear on the albums in the early days. Parsons, whose studio credits included 'Abbey Road', 'Dark Side of the Moon', 'Year of the Cat', 'Modern Times'.......(the list goes on)........teamed up with the multi-talented Eric Woolfson to produce a supposedly one-off concept album ('Tales of Mystery and Imagination') using the very best session artists available. In fact, the title wasn't meant to be the name of the band - it was the record company's shorthand for the first project (and, to be strictly fair, it should really have been called 'The Parsons-Woolfson Project').Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another brilliant APP cd - recommended to any progressive rock fans who don't mint it a little lighter - some definite influences here from Pink Floyd - notably on the track Day... Read morePublished 12 months ago by R. Hartley
One of their best albums and some superb songs. I prefer this to Pyramid and love the album cover!Published 12 months ago by oddball
I was so into this at an eventful stage of my teens so is lovely to have it back and improvedPublished 13 months ago by Avid reader