ESSENTIAL ALBUM!!! What an incredible piece of music. Alan Parsons project combines the best parts of prog-rock with the best elements of pop. This album has undertones of Pink Floyd, whom Parsons worked with as an engineer on Dark Side of the Moon & elements of pop, where...
ESSENTIAL ALBUM!!! What an incredible piece of music. Alan Parsons project combines the best parts of prog-rock with the best elements of pop. This album has undertones of Pink Floyd, whom Parsons worked with as an engineer on Dark Side of the Moon & elements of pop, where he was influenced by the Beatles, with whom he had worked as an assistant engineer on Abbey Road.
I Robot peaked at #9 on the album charts. There weren''t any singles that made it into the Top 200 but that''s not an important thing. It was with this album that things began to go right for the Project. It''s with this album that certain patterns were established that would continue for the next several albums. The album opens with the incredible instrumental "I Robot". This song is very similar to Pink Floyd, best song on the album. Then follows "I Wouldn''t Want to Be Like You", a pop-type song with a good lead guitar solo. Then comes the beautiful ballad "Some Other Time". "Breakdown" is from the robot''s perspective. Woolfson writes excellent lyrics. "Don''t Let It Show" slows the tempo down & is only an average piece. "The Voice" is one of the most interesting pieces on the album. It has a distinctive bass line, the instrumental section is very interesting with its strings & subtle sound effects, its tempo change is right on time. "Nucleus" is an instrumental that pales beside "I Robot". "Day After Day" is another average song. "Total Eclipse" is another instrumental that''s not up to "I Robot", it''s an eerie sounding piece that definitely gives the listener the feeling of loss & sacrifice. "Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32" closes the original album & is another instrumental. This is an excellent song to finish the album, Ian Bairnson once again provides us with a good & appropriate solo. Some may not know the reference of the title. There is NOT a verse 32 in Genesis, chapter one. It''s a subtle reference to "Man created Robot in his own image" which is why the whole thing was doomed to failure.
We''ve been given five bonus cuts which give a lot of insight into the making of the album. The first is "Boules" which is the demo version of "I Robot", it features the clicking of two metal balls (boules is French for balls) that was dropped in the final version. "Breakdown", "I Wouldn''t Want to Be Like You" & "Day After Day" are all early demo versions, interesting in the regard that we can see what the songs ''morphed'' from. The last bonus track, "The Naked Robot", is the most interesting piece. It''s an instrumental culled from all the parts of each song from the album. It becomes one of the best tracks on the album. The bonus track "The Naked Robot" is the most interesting because it uses a menagerie of used & unused portions of songs segueing from one to another to complete a stunning ten minute instrumental. But, beware, it''s because man created robot in his own image that doomed them both to failure ("Genesis Ch. I V.32")
The remastering on this album is excellent & the bonus cuts give an insightful view of the songs in previously unreleased rough demo versions that allows the listener to get an idea of how the songs progressed.