The Turn Of A Friendly Card
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|1. May Be A Price To Pay|
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|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)|
The Alan Parsons Project: Alan Parsons (vocals, keyboards), Elmer Gantry, Lenny Zakatek, Chris Rainbow (vocals), Eric Woolfson (vocals, keyboards), Ian Bairnson (guitars), David Paton (bass), Stuart Elliot (drums, percussion).Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhardt Schoener arranged and conducted by Andrew Powell.All songs written by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons.This is a DVD-Audio, playable only on a DVD player
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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.Read more ›
It was probably included simply because it is so good. It is without doubt one of Parsons best... ever.
Give this one a try.
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).
Most recent customer reviews
This is without a doubt one of Alan Parson's best efforts, I remember buying the LP when It first came out, I still have it and it is still playable. Read morePublished 12 months ago by spigomars
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2014 by Roller
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 morePublished on March 9 2013 by The Seeker
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 morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by Dynamo
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 morePublished on Feb. 25 2003 by mbrowne
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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by Jerry Fry
An atmosphere that reminds me the great "PINK FLOYD", especially on "Time".
Very good album, original, conceptual, a classic !