RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot (Legacy Edition)

Rating: B

It has been three and a half decades since I Robot hit the shelves.  The album, originally released on Arista Records, was a multi-platinum seller and contained the hit single “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You.”  Now, Legacy has scooped up the album, called Parsons in to aid in the reissue and released a new and improved sounding anniversary edition complete with a second disc of unreleased bonus material from deep within the Sony vaults.

The album was inspired by Iassac Asimov and his work of the same name.  The music raises the questions of the future of robots and humanity.  Through the music we learn that robots may become more like humans and humans more like robots than was ever thought possible.  This eerie tale is augmented by the progressive pop of the Parsons Project. 

The songs tell the story, beginning with the self-titled instrumental and moving through the classic album cut “Breakdown” before ending with the possibly prophetic lost Bible verse “Genesis Ch. 1. V32.”

The bonus features include the US radio commercial for the album, rough mixes, extracts and early demos. 

This one is still futuristic…even after 35 years.

By Jeb Wright