Label
ARISTA/LEGACY
Release date
26 Nov 2008
Running length
19 tracks
Running time
72:28

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 I Robot 6:02 68,396
2 I Wouldn't Want to be Like You 3:11 93,053
3 Some Other Time 4:05 46,112
4 Breakdown 3:53 40,131
4 Breakdown (Digitally Remastered, 1997) 3:50 724
5 Don't Let It Show (Digitally Remastered, 1997) 3:30 500
6 The Voice 5:23 25,078
7 Nucleus 3:22 26,886
8 Day After Day (The Show Must Go On) 3:57 29,364
9 Total Eclipse 3:12 23,445
10 Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32 3:28 5,266
10 Genesis Ch.1. V.32 3:31 7,173
10 Genesis Ch. 1. V. 32 3:29 2,549
11 I Robot (Boules Experiment) 1:59 967
12 Breakdown (Early Demo of Backing Riff) 2:09 3,955
13 I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You (Backing Track Rough Mix) 3:29 2,601
14 Day After Day (The Show Must Go on) (Early Stage Rough Mix) 3:38 1,265
15 The Naked Robot (Early Stage Instrumental Mixes) 10:20 1,422
Breakdown - Digitally Remastered, 1997 0:00 450

About this album

“I Robot” is a album recorded by “The Alan Parsons Project”, engineered by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson. It was released by Arista Records in 1977 and re-released on CD in 1984 and 2007.

It was intended to be based on the “I, Robot” stories written by Isaac Asimov, and actually Woolfson spoke with Asimov, who was enthusiastic about it. But the rights had already been granted to a TV/movie company, so 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 reads: “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 track “Don’t Let It Show” was later covered by Pat Benatar on her album “In The Heat Of The Night”.

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  • jamesfmurphy

    I used to listen to this from dad's collection, on his Marantz turntable, back in the late 70's when we were living in Germany. He gave me the turntable about a decade back, shortly after which it died it's final, irreparable death. He gave me all the vinyl from that old collection finally just a couple years ago and it's mostly all still in pristine condition, though i'm spinning it these days on a 12 year old Stanton. I think "Some Other Time" is still my fave track on the album.

    3 Jul 1:43pm Reply
  • Frazerman

    One of the greatest concept albums ever made.

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • jhvtdi

    Exactly 100,000 listeners!

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • edefakiel

    With Wish You Were Here and In the Court of the Crimson King. Maybe the three best piece of art of modern music.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Beato_Salu

    By far, my favorite Alan Parsons album.

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Even better on vinyl.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • seether112

    love this album very much...

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    Somehow I skipped over APP when I delved into concept albums but this one seems to be interesting enough...and....so far so good...t7b

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Fantastic album.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • tschoettler

    coming shortly after "Tales Of Mystery And Imagination" - great album ...

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • dprssvmnds

    We like the sleeve! (and the songs too...of course!)

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • THee-BeAtNiK

    An Amazing Lp (A)

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • DM_Killer

    One of the best)

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • followingsun

    his best disc??

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • burntly

    A must have for any music lover!!!

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • kirica2361

    Preciosa,muyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy muy buenaDon´t let it shown.

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • freaked-Outer55

    fantastic sounds

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • weelchairboy2

    In years past this is the best mood setting music I can relax to and let loose of the days stress.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • temurzyn

    classic!!!!

    20 Dec 2008 Reply
  • unprose

    So much talent! Spectacular arrangements, lyrics from the center of an internal universe.

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
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