The Alan Parsons Project I Robot Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Fidelity! Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes!
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
A Demonstration Disc for the Ages: Immaculate Highs and Lows, Supreme
Spaciousness, See-Through Transparency, 3D Imaging, Wider Grooves on
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.
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.
"Borrowing not just its title but concept from Isaac Asimov's classic sci-fi Robot trilogy, this album explores many of the philosophies regarding artificial intelligence -- will it overtake man, what does it mean to be man, what responsibilities do mechanical beings have to their creators, and so on and so forth -- with enough knotty intelligence to make it a seminal text of late-'70s geeks, and while it is also true that appreciating I Robot does require a love of either sci-fi or art rock, it is also true that sci-fi art rock never came any better than this." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. I Robot
2. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
3. Some Other Time
5. Don't Let It Show
6. The Voice
8. Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
9. Total Eclipse
10. Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32
||New Reference Standard
|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. Classis Records HDAD was my go to version for listening.. Until now. I just finished listening to the entire newly remastered MoFi SACD.
While the Classic HDAD version is outstanding, I did several A/B comparisons. The 192kHz HDAD version sounds clear and detailed with a digital sound. It comes off a bit harsh, loud and slightly fatiguing at higher volume. I now rate this release as 4 stars.
The new MoFi version sounds rich and warm with a deeper soundstage. 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!
I cant say enough. If you are wondering whether you should add yet another version to your collection, the answer is a resounding YES!|
|- Clint Avila, TX|