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Alan Parsons Project: The Turn Of A Friendly Card (remaster)

After dealing with the weighty subjects of Egypt (Pyramid) and womankind (Eve), by the turn of the decade and 1980's The Turn of a Friendly Card The Alan Parsons Project were preoccupied with the perils and self-destructive tendencies of gambling. The album proved to be a popular one and in addition to climbing as high as #13 on Billboard it spawned two Top 20 hit singles with 'Games People Play' and 'Time'. The latter was notable for marking Eric Woolfson's first lead vocal on a Project album having usually recorded guide vocals for the demos only and then having his efforts delivered in the final version by the array of different singers the Project were fond of using.

The Turn of a Friendly Card is an album very much divided into two halves with the first side comprising four catchy, radio friendly, pop rockers and the second an instrumental prelude into an orchestrated epic. In a change with tradition the opening number is not an instrumental but the lightweight 'May Be A Price To Pay; which is the only track here not really up to scratch. 'Games People Play' is sung by Lenny Zakatek and carries an infectious melody with the aforementioned 'Time' offering a careworn and heartfelt ballad, and one which evidenced Woolfson as a more than capable vocalist. Zakatek also handles vocals on the bittersweet, jazzy, 'I Don't Wanna Go Home'. Sax led instrumental 'The Gold Bug' offers an appealing and mellow interlude and sets the album up nicely for the fifteen minute, five part, title suite which comprised the entire Side B on the original vinyl release. High on melody and with a number of twists and turns it makes for a thoughtful and compelling piece that rates as one of the real highlights of the Projects output.

As an album this one has dated rather well and with the usual number of demos and rough versions tracing the development of the piece it is a good place to start for Project newcomers.


Track Listing

  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. "The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part One)"
  7. "Snake Eyes"
  8. "The Ace of Swords"
  9. "Nothing Left to Lose"
  10. "The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part Two)"
  11. "May Be a Price to Pay" (intro/demo) -bonus track
  12. "Nothing Left to Lose" (basic backing track) -bonus track
  13. "Nothing Left to Lose" (Chris Rainbow overdub compilation) -bonus track
  14. "Nothing Left to Lose" (early studio version with Eric's guide vocal) -bonus track
  15. "Time" (early studio attempt) -bonus track
  16. "Games People Play" (rough mix) -bonus track
  17. "The Gold Bug" (demo) -bonus track

Added: March 6th 2009
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Score:
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Alan Parsons Project: The Turn Of A Friendly Card (remaster)
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-03-08 12:52:25
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1980 saw the release of The Turn Of A Friendly Card, one of the most successful and popular of all the Alan Parson Project albums. Seeing as this one contained such strong AOR fodder as "Time", "Games People Play", and the lush "May Be a Price to Pay", which ironically also take up the opening third of the album, it's not hard to look back on this one and see why it became such a hit for the band. The Turn Of A Friendly Card had the radio hits for the pop audience, and the more adventurous material for the prog crowd, evident by the mostly symphonic tracks making up the back end of the album. Co-leader Eric Woolfson even makes his first vocal appearance here on the monster smash "Time", which opened things up for him to contribute vocals on many songs on subsequent releases. Musically, there's lots of rich & rewarding material here, featuring layers of keyboard and guitar textures, tight, funky rhythms, and strong vocals lent by the always capable staff of Lenny Zakatek, Elmer Gantry, Chris Rainbow, and Woolfson.

The CD sounds great, thanks to a crisp remaster job by Dave Donnelly and Alan Parsons, and there are a batch of bonus tracks, which are mostly backing, demo tracks, and rough mixes of songs that would eventually make it to the actual album. Also included is a nice booklet with plenty of info on the making of the album, trivia on the bonus cuts, and lots of photos.


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Alan Parsons Project: The Turn Of A Friendly Card (remaster)
Posted by ??? on 2009-03-11 14:22:48
My Score:

The best version of this disc was the DVD AUDIO disc that had the 192khz stereo track. Just unbelievable! This version cant touch that.




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