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The Turn Of A Friendly Card

Alan Parsons Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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1. May Be A Price To Pay
2. Games People Play
3. Time
4. I Don't Wanna Go Home
5. The Gold Bug
6. I. The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part One)
7. II. Snake Eyes
8. III. The Ace Of Swords
9. IV. Nothing Left To Lose
10. V. The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part Two)

Product Description

2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Alan Parsons classic album that was originally released in 1980. Parsons himself digitally remastered all his catalog albums in 2007 using the original master tapes. The difference in sound quality is amazing-each sounds absolutely fantastic. The packaging includes revamped booklets with fresh, elaborated liner notes based on interviews with Parsons and Eric Woolfson as well as rare photos and memorabilia. This edition of Turn Of A Friendly Card features eight bonus tracks including early demos, rough mixes and instrumentals. 17 tracks total. Sony/BMG. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A medieval sountrack for a modern world Sept. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of the best albums from The Alan Parsons Project, my feel to it is an inverse to 'Ladyhawke' film. If the lattest was a rock soundtrack for a medieval film, this resembles to quote modern life with many medieval musical elements.
The proof of that is the opening horns in 'May Be a Price to Pay'. A superb instrumental introduction leads to the strong voice of Elmer Gantry. The words add also a medieval thematic speaking about sorcerers, masters and servants. There's a great orchestral part in the middle with very much melisma and a big feel of adventure!! The next song, 'Games People Play' is a good hit sung by Lenny Zakatek, a very dynamic pop-rock song. 'Time' is a classic and the first attempt of Eric Woolfson as a lead vocalist. It's a very deep and dramatic song, enforced by the beautiful orchestral arrangements. 'I Don't Wanna Go Home' is the classic crazy song in every record of the Project, properly sung by the expressive and theatric Lenny Zakatek.
The second side is even better. 'The Gold Bug' is a very interesting instrumental that goes in crescendo with some instruments being gradually added, like saxophone, haunting voices and synthesisers. It was almost copied in the next album with 'Mammagamma' but this is much more genuine and authentic. The next is a suite of 5 movements. 'The Turn of a Friendly card' is two versions of a beautiful ballad, the first more narrative and the last more dramatic and based in the instruments. 'Snake Eyes' is the most evident song touching the theme of gambling. 'Ace of Swords'is another medieval musical reference to the whole, linking with the gambling theme. It's a very upbeating theme full of quality arrangements by Andrew Powell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buying this album is no gamble! May 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Gambling is a rather odd, albeit contemporary, topic for a collection of music. The (near-)impossibility of winning, the addict, the desparate hope to improve one's position in life the easy way, the downside (i.e. the common one) of games of chance is a thread woven through the vocals with the possible exception of 'Time'. A case can be made for its inclusion, but the excellent lyrics might support various themes.
It was probably included simply because it is so good. It is without doubt one of Parsons best... ever.
Give this one a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gambling With The Alan Parsons Project Aug. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Alan Parsons Project's "The Turn Of A Friendly Card," their 1980 observation of the world of gambling, is an outstanding prog-pop album, and one of the group's very best works. In fact, I'd probably park this album right behind "Tales Of Mystery & Imagination" as the group's greatest disc. The music composed by Parsons & Eric Woolfson is simply stunning, the arrangements lush & breathtaking, the performances powerful. "May Be A Price To Pay" is a terrific opener, with singer Elmer Gantry taking you into the casino with this first-rate rocker. You can just see those roulette wheels spinning, the dice being thrown, and the cards being dealt while listening to this song, especially during the dreamy instrumental bridge. "Games People Play," sung by Lenny Zakatek, is a Project classic, another great exuberant rocker and one of the group's biggest hits. Eric Woolfson passionately sings "Time," another Project staple and one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded (and the only song that seems to depart from the album's gambling theme). I dare you not to melt on hearing this exquisite ballad! Zakatek returns to sing "I Don't Wanna Go Home," a terrific, rough & tough song about obsessive gamblers. "The Gold Bug" is a wonderfully hypnotic Project instrumental, and then, finally, there's the epic title suite, containing the songs "Snake Eyes", "Nothing Left To Lose," and the instrumental, "The Ace Of Swords." Sung by both Chris Rainbow & Eric Woolfson, this rock suite contains all the hallmarks of classic Project music: marvelous prog/pop, great orchestrations by Andrew Powell, a shimmering instrumental break, and top-notch performances and production---just like the rest of the album! "The Turn Of A Friendly Card" is a glowing gem from Alan Parsons & company, one of their finest. Getting this album is one gamble you can definitely bet on.
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The Turn of a Friendly Card is one of the APP's most solid "concept" albums (about gambling, if you will). "Time" doesn't fit quite as well with this concept as the other tracks unless it's about one's time (or life) being stolen from loved one's by the gambling disease. The song is so beautiful and celestial, however, it is hard to think of it in such mundane terms. Besides the two instrumental tracks ("The Gold Bug" and "The Ace of Swords")being not as memorable as the instrumentals on Eye in the Sky, there is nothing weak on this album. "Games People Play" is one of my all-time favorite APP tracks. It is a fun rocker you can't help but sing along to. The title track is simple and beautiful with some of Woolfson/Parsons' best lyrics ("There are unsmiling faces and bright plastic chains and a wheel of perpetual motion...").
The tracks on the second half of the album seem to be meant to tie in together as the track listing above suggests, however I think the title track and "Nothing Left To Lose" would have sounded better just standing on their own. "Nothing Left To Lose," like "Time," is another beautiful Eric Woolfson-sung track. My only qualm is the hard rocking ending to it (with the music from "Snake Eyes"), which I find rather distracting. Still, it is behind Ammonia Avenue as my second favorite APP album (just above Eye in the Sky and Gaudi). "Time" and "Games People Play" alone make this album worth its weight in "gold bugs" (or casino chips).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Music
I am very pleased with this CD. I had attempted to purchase it at a Music Store and I was told that it was no longer available for purchase. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Roller
3.0 out of 5 stars Too bright for me
The original of this vinyl recording was way too bright for me. It seems to be recorded very well just doesn't have much low end which I find unappealing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever made
In my opinion The Turn Of A Friendly Card of The Alan Parsons Project is the best album ever made. The title song with lead vocals of Chris Rainbow is amazing. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003 by Dynamo
5.0 out of 5 stars A concept album -- What's the concept?
A great album, though the occasional disco influence catches a bit, and distracts one very briefly a couple of times. Is this a concept album about gambling? Hmm... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003 by mbrowne
4.0 out of 5 stars "While the master was hiding..."
When I got this album in late 1980 it didn't seem like a concept album about gambling. Maybe side 2 but not side 1. Although side 2 is good I got hooked on side 1. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by Jerry Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars for me... a CLASSIC.
An atmosphere that reminds me the great "PINK FLOYD", especially on "Time".
Very good album, original, conceptual, a classic !
Published on Nov. 2 2002 by Damien De Polignac
5.0 out of 5 stars FULL DECK
It's interesting in reading some of the other reviewers and how they feel sometimes that Parsons has been elevated to a "classic" rating, simply because he attempted to... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by Michael Butts
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly concept album about gambling
It's amazing how emotionally attached people get to the first songs they heard that turned them on to a style of music. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2001 by kireviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent CD
This is about gambling, loss, and desperation. Anyone who has prowled the casinos of Las Vegas at 2:00am and seen the glassy-eyed one-arm-bandit players hopelessly, robotically... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2001 by The Don Wood Files
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