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Alan Parsons Project - I Robot Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD



 
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Alan Parsons Project I Robot on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD


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


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.

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."

Alan Parsons I Robot Track Listing:


1. I Robot
2. I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
3. Some Other Time
4. Breakdown
5. Don't Let It Show
6. The Voice
7. Nucleus
8. Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
9. Total Eclipse
10. Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32
Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review »


  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
The New Reference Standard May 1, 2017
Reviewer: Clint Avila from Houston, TX United States  
Let me start by saying I own just about every version of this album (original, MoFi UHQR, definitive remaster, Japanese remaster, Classic Records HDAD 192kHz, HDTracks, etc).  Classic Records HDAD was my go to version for listening.. Until now.

This new MoFi version sounds rich and warm with a deeper sound stage. It does an excellent job of creating that "live" in your listening room sound, like the best analogue.  Bass is deeper and punchier.  You can crank this as loud as you want and it never sounds fatiguing. One of the biggest revelations is the change to the noise floor.  On the Classic HDAD version the tape hiss is always evident.  The MoFi release has made the hiss almost nonexistent.  This allows the music to really come alive from a silent/black backdrop.  I rate this release as 5 stars.  Rob LoVerde/MoFi team did an outstanding job on this SACD release!

If you are wondering whether you should add yet another version to your collection, the answer is a resounding YES!


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The Ultimate I Robot February 14, 2017
Reviewer: David Berexa from Pgh, PA United States  
I ordered this from Music Direct. I've been eagerly awaiting it's release. I first noticed on the opening title track" I Robot"  when the Operatic Female voices come in how natural they sound. The bass on "Breakdown"  sounds more defined and deeper. The recording as do every MOFI I've heard has a more natural sound. At least the acoustic instruments since there is a lot of synthesizers, electric guitars with delays and effects etc.  In general in it has a more open sound. The  imaging is precise. The vocals have  more presence. I Robot is one of Alan Parsons Project's best works. Mobile Fidelity has made the listening experience even sweeter.   DJ Berexa  PGH, PA

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Alan Parson Project " I Robot " MFSL Fantastic Job October 6, 2016
Reviewer: A Blast From Your Past from Lancaster County, PA United States  
Once Again You Took A Great Classic Album And (39) Years Later Made It 20 Times Better, I Had Chills On My Arms Listening to This  Great SACD " Alan Parsons Project ,I Robot "
Number # ( 000062)....
I Wanna Say Thank's To MFSL !!!
For Doing A Fantastic Job On Remastering This Great Album ... This is A Must Have For The Music Lover's And The Music Collector Of The 1970's .......

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