Alan Parsons Project I Robot on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD From Mobile Fidelity
Perfectionism, Innovation, Complexities, and Reference-Grade Production Make Alan Parsons Project's Conceptual I Robot a Timeless Classic: Sci-Fi Arrangements Steeped In Drama and Moodiness
More Music, More Information, More Detail, More Nuance, More
Everything: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD the Definitive-Sounding Digital Version of 1977 Audiophile Standard
A Demonstration Disc for the Ages: Immaculate Highs and Lows,
Supreme Spaciousness, See-Through Transparency, 3D Imaging, Wider
Grooves on System-Testing Disc
Audiophiles needn't any introduction to the Alan Parsons Project's I Robot. Engineered by Parsons after he performed the same duties on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon,
the 1977 record reigns as a disc whose taut bass, crisp highs, clean
production, and seemingly limitless dynamic range are matched only by
the sensational prog-rock fare helmed by the keyboardist. Not
surprisingly, it's been issued myriad times. Can it be improved? Relish Mobile Fidelity's stupendous-sounding hybrid SACD and the question becomes irrelevant.
Mastered from the original master tapes, I Robot comes to life like never before on this numbered limited-edition reissue. Boasting immaculate highs and lows, generous spaciousness, and see-through transparency that takes you into the studio with Parsons and creative partner Eric Woolfson at Abbey Road, this superlative edition has been lovingly restored by Mobile Fidelity engineers with the intention of demonstrating the full-range capabilities of the world's best stereo systems. Put simply, there's more music, more information, more detail, more nuance, more everything.
Savor reference-grade soundstages, immersive smoothness,
sought-after instrumental separation, three-dimensional imaging, and
consummate tonal balances. Able to be played back at high volumes
without compromise or fatigue, this SACD is a demonstration disc for the ages – the likes of which are no longer being made.
Longtime fans can finally rest assured knowing they don't have to pony
up hundreds of dollars for older pressings – including three prior Mobile Fidelity versions on LP and CD. This is the very reason you own and invest in high-end audio gear.
Inspired by and loosely based around the Isaac Asimov stories of the same name, I Robot delves
into themes of artificial intelligence and technological dominance that
make the record increasingly relevant in the 21st century. Indeed, Parsons' pinnacle creation dovetailed with the ascendency of Star Wars,
which itself is experiencing a rebirth in an age of self-driving cars,
smart devices, and mindless automation. Lyrically, songs such as "The
Voice" call into question human behavior – and their relationship to
increasing robotic supremacy – in everyday life. Sonically, Parsons
reflects the associated paranoia, dichotomy, and transformation via
shifting sci-fi arrangements steeped in drama and moodiness.
I Robot's absorbing tunes also continue to fascinate due to their perfectionism and innovation. Borrowing from Pink Floyd's strategies, Parsons
utilizes a looped sequence on the title track to create new downbeats.
"Some Other Time" employs two different lead vocalists and yet gives the
illusion only one is involved. Captivating strings, a piccolo trumpet,
and bona fide pipe organ grace "Don't Let It Show." The origins of
"Nucleus" stem from a unique analog keyboard concoction dubbed "the Projectron," devised by Parsons and electronic engineer Keith Johnson. Andrew Powell's
orchestral and choral arrangements top it all off, with "Total Eclipse"
arriving as an aptly frightening track that presages the climactic
"Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32."
Does man or machine win in the end? Decide with Parsons as you get lost in Mobile Fidelity's definitive SACD. Secure your lowest-numbered copy from Music Direct today!