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The Turn Of A Friendly Card

The Alan Parsons Project

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With two of the Alan Parsons Project's best songs, the lovely ballad "Time" and the wavy-sounding "Games People Play," The Turn of a Friendly Card remains one of this group's most enjoyable albums. Parsons' idea, the subject of the album's six tracks, centers around the age-old temptation of gambling and its stranglehold on the human psyche. On "Games People Play," vocalist Lenny Zakatek sounds compelling and focused, giving the song a seriousness that aids in realization of the album's concept. With "Time," it is Eric Woolfson who carries this luxurious-sounding ode to life's passing to a place above and beyond any of this band's other slower material. The breakdown of human willpower and our greedy tendencies are highlighted in the last track, entitled "The Turn of a Friendly Card," which is broken into five separate parts. "Snake Eyes," sung by Chris Rainbow, is the most compelling of the five pieces, and ties together the whole of the recording. As in every Parsons album, an instrumental is included, in this case an interesting number aptly titled "The Gold Bug." Like most of the band's instrumentals, its flow and rhythm simulate the overall tempo and concept of the album, acting as a welcome interlude. Although short, The Turn of a Friendly Card is to the point and doesn't let down when it comes to carrying out its idea.
© Mike DeGagne /TiVo

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1
May Be A Price To Pay
00:04:55

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Alan Parsons, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer - ANDREW POWELL, Arranger - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Executive Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Elmer Gantry, Vocal - Stuart Elliott, Percussion

(P) 1980, Arista Records LLC

2
Games People Play
00:04:20

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Executive Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Zakatek, Background Vocal, Vocal - Stuart Elliott, Drums

(P) 1980 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Time
00:05:02

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Background Vocal - ANDREW POWELL, Arranger - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Executive Producer, Vocal - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1980 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
I Don't Wanna Go Home
00:04:57

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Executive Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Zakatek, Vocal - Stuart Elliott, Drums

(P) 1980, Arista Records LLC

5
The Gold Bug
00:04:32

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - Chris Rainbow, Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer, Producer, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Executive Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Elliott, Drums, Percussion

(P) 1988 Arista Records LLC

6
The Turn Of A Friendly Card Part 1
00:02:41

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Chris Rainbow, Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer - ANDREW POWELL, Arranger - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Executive Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, Vocal - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener (Leader: Sandor Farcas), AssociatedPerformer

(P)1980 Arista Records Inc.

7
Snake Eyes
00:03:16

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Chris Rainbow, Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Executive Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, Vocal - Stuart Elliott, Percussion

(P)1980 Arista Records Inc.

8
The Ace of Swords
00:02:57

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Alan Parsons, Composer, Producer, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer - ANDREW POWELL, Arranger - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Piano, Executive Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Elliott, Drums

(P) 1980, Arista Records LLC

9
Nothing Left to Lose
00:04:05

Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Executive Producer, Vocal - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Elliott, Drums

(P) 1980, Arista Records LLC

10
The Turn of a Friendly Card, Pt. 2
00:03:20

Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Chris Rainbow, Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer - ANDREW POWELL, Arranger - Eric Woolfson, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Executive Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, AssociatedPerformer - Sandor Farcas, Band Leader

(P) 1980 Arista Records Inc.

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With two of the Alan Parsons Project's best songs, the lovely ballad "Time" and the wavy-sounding "Games People Play," The Turn of a Friendly Card remains one of this group's most enjoyable albums. Parsons' idea, the subject of the album's six tracks, centers around the age-old temptation of gambling and its stranglehold on the human psyche. On "Games People Play," vocalist Lenny Zakatek sounds compelling and focused, giving the song a seriousness that aids in realization of the album's concept. With "Time," it is Eric Woolfson who carries this luxurious-sounding ode to life's passing to a place above and beyond any of this band's other slower material. The breakdown of human willpower and our greedy tendencies are highlighted in the last track, entitled "The Turn of a Friendly Card," which is broken into five separate parts. "Snake Eyes," sung by Chris Rainbow, is the most compelling of the five pieces, and ties together the whole of the recording. As in every Parsons album, an instrumental is included, in this case an interesting number aptly titled "The Gold Bug." Like most of the band's instrumentals, its flow and rhythm simulate the overall tempo and concept of the album, acting as a welcome interlude. Although short, The Turn of a Friendly Card is to the point and doesn't let down when it comes to carrying out its idea.
© Mike DeGagne /TiVo

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