Through the late 1970s and early 1980s, the group's popularity continued to grow (although they were always more popular in North America and Continental Europe than in their home country, never achieving a UK Top 40 single or Top 20 album). Most of the their titles, especially the early work, share common traits, they were concept albums, and typically began with an instrumental introduction which faded into the first song. The group was notable for using several vocal performers instead of having a single lead vocalist. Lead vocal duties were shared by guest vocalists chosen by their vocal style to complement each song. Woolfson sang lead on many of the group's hits (including "Time" and "Eye in the Sky") and the record company pressured Parsons to use him more, but Parsons preferred "real" singers, which Woolfson admitted he was not. The band sold over 50 million albums world-wide. Woolfsen died (age 64) from kidney cancer in London on 2 December 2009. He was survived by his wife, daughters Sally Seddon and Lorna Covington and three grandchildren
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Today's mystery album is the second studio album by the band released June 1977. It's an art rock album that draws conceptually on author Isaac Asimov's science fiction Robot trilogy, exploring philosophical themes regarding artificial intelligence. The album was intended to be based on the Robot stories written by Asimov, and Woolfson actually spoke with Asimov, who was enthusiastic about the idea. As the rights already had been granted to a TV/movie company, the album's title was altered slightly, and the theme and lyrics were made to be more generically about robots rather than specific to the Asimov universe.
The cover inlay read: "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 album cover photo of the band members is of the criss-crossing escalator tubes in the circular Terminal 1 building of Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris. Over this is superimposed a painting of a robot with a stylised atom for a brain. The original vinyl release had a gatefold-style cover; the inside spread had printed the lyrics for the non-instrumental selections and a monochrome photograph of the artist himself.
Today's mystery album has been reissued multiple times in various formats since its initial release on vinyl, including numerous audiophile releases. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) released the album on standard vinyl (MFSL 1-084), UHQR vinyl (MFQR 1-084), and on aluminium CD (MFCD-1-804). Classic Records has released the album in analogue form on 180 Gram Vinyl, as well as digitally on HDAD (24bit/192 kHz & 24bit/96 kHz DVD-Audio). In 2007, as part of a larger campaign, Sony released a remastered version along with bonus tracks on CD. It was later released in Japan as an SHM-CD, with the same mastering. The album was re-released as a Legacy edition in 2013 on CD, with an extra disc with unreleased bonus tracks, mastered by Dave Donelly. This one is up for grabs here N'Joy
Goldy Rhox 237 (flac 464mb)
Goldy Rhox 237 (ogg 182mb)
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