The Alan Parsons Project's I Robot Gets the Legacy Edition Treatment

The two-disc Legacy Edition will celebrate the classic album's 35th anniversary.

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In 1977, an emerging collective known as The Alan Parsons Project released their second album, their first for a major label (Arista Records). I Robot was imaginatively based on the I, Robot trilogy by science-fiction writer, Isaac Asimov. Previously, The Alan Parsons Project created an interested stir with their Tales of Mystery and Imagination using the tales of Edgar Allen Poe as the inspiration for the music. That album charted well.

The Alan Parsons Project was the shell group for Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons, who wrapped themselves with a whole collective of able musicians and vocalists. After I Robot hit the airwaves, producing three solid hits with "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You," "Don't Let It Show," and "Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)," it was reasonable to expect that The Alan Parsons Project would continue to produce strong albums. And they did for quite a few years afterwards.

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I Robot remains as one of the band's stronger efforts. As this year is the album's 35th anniversary, it is no surprise that it would be given a prestigious Legacy Edition to celebrate the importance of the album. On September 17, Legacy Recordings will reissue I Robot, giving it two CDs worth of music. The original album will be given a new remastering, with the second disc providing 14 tracks, pieces really, that extend from the formation of the songs found on the album.

The pieces include early rough mixes, demos, and smaller chunks including a radio ad spot for the album. Of the 14 bonus tracks, nine have never been previously made available. The Legacy Edition of I Robot will feature a 20-page booklet with new liner notes from Alan Parsons, photos, memorabilia, and complete album credits. The album will also feature new cover art.

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