The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot (1977) – Lp
The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalist Lenny Zakatek.
Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
Title: I Robot
Label: Arista Records
Catalog# AL 7002
“I Robot” is the second album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, engineered by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson in 1977.
“I Robot” is an art rock album that draws conceptually on author Isaac Asimov’s science fiction Robot trilogy, exploring philosophical themes regarding artificial intelligence.
The album was intended to be based on the I, Robot stories written by Asimov, and Woolfson actually spoke with Asimov, who was enthusiastic about the idea. As the rights already had been granted to a TV/movie company, the album’s title was altered slightly by removing the comma, and the theme and lyrics were made to be more generically about robots rather than specific to the Asimov universe.
The cover inlay read:
“I Robot… The story of the rise of the machine and the decline of man, which paradoxically coincided with his discovery of the wheel… and a warning that his brief dominance of this planet will probably end, because man tried to create robot in his own image.”
The title of the final track, “Genesis Ch.1 v.32,” follows this theme by implying a continuation to the story of Creation, since the first chapter of Genesis only has 31 verses.
The original vinyl release had a gatefold-style cover; the inside spread had printed the lyrics for the non-instrumental selections and a monochrome photograph of Parsons himself.
Three singles were released from this album: “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You”, “Don’t Let it Show” and “Day After Day (The Show Must Go On).” The LP track “Breakdown” went into heavy rotation on AOR stations and continues to be played on classic rock radio.
The album cover photo of the band members is of the criss-crossing escalator tubes in the circular Terminal 1 building of Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris. Over this is superimposed a painting of a robot with a stylised atom for a brain.
1. I Robot (6:06)
2. I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You (3:19)
3. Some Other Time (4:05)
4. Breakdown (3:50)
5. Don’t Let It Show (4:21)
1. The Voice (5:21)
2. Nucleus (3:35)
3. Day After Day (The Show Must Go On) (3:43)
4. Total Eclipse (3:05)
5. Genesis Ch.1.V.32 (3:37)