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Turn of a Friendly Card

Alan Parsons ProjectAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If much of Peter Gabriel's lasting artistic legacy will be the principled stands he has taken for the cause of human rights, then a similar legacy should linger long after Eric Woolfson for his insights into the human tragedies of gambling addiction. While many superficial songs have been written on the subject, The Turn of a Friendly Card explores the excitement and disappointment, the folly and the wisdom that can sometimes come when there is Nothing Left To Lose. That song, in particular, embodies an uplifting melody around starkly somber lyrics that together create a sense of quiet resignation, a singularly unique emotion not heard in many songs. But as deeply as this concept album delves into these themes of mental addiction and the power of choice versus the unconscious, Woolfson delves even deeper in his musical GAMBLER where additionally the primal male fantasies of heroism are turned against the hero. This album benefits from not only the stellar production and engineering of Alan Parsons, but also from two of the finest instrumentals Parsons has ever composed: The Gold Bug and The Ace Of Swords.

If asked just what was The Alan Parsons Project, the simple answer would be a couple of musical geniuses who had the good sense to surround themselves with a bunch of other musical geniuses. Even a casual interest in the liner notes will reveal the unique talents of Andrew Powell who was solely responsible for all of the Project's orchestral arrangements.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gambling With The Alan Parsons Project August 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TIED WITH I ROBOT AS PARSONS BEST April 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Like I ROBOT,there isnt a weak spot on FRIENDLY CARD.MAY BE A PRICE TO PAY is a great song to lead off the album with typically strong Parsons lyrics and melodies.GAMES PEOPLE PLAY is a great upbeat tune that still gets plenty of airplay.TIME just may be the most heartfelt song of all time.Eric Woolfson's vocals on TIME are phenomenal.GOLD BUG is another in a long line of great Parsons instrumentals.SNAKE EYES is a song that should have done much better on the charts than it did.The title track is one of the most powerful songs that the project has ever done.NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE is another heartfelt song sung beautifully by Woolfson.While all of Parsons albums are very good,I would rank FRIENDLY CARD with I ROBOT as Parson's best work.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Remaster Of A Classic APP Album March 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Turn Of A Friendly Card" was The Alan Parsons Project commercial breakthrough in 1980,peaking at #13 on the Billboard Album Chart and producing two Top 20 hits,the up-tempo synth-laden "Games People Play" and the lovely dream-like ballad "Time".A concept album about gambling,it's also one of APP's best efforts,featuring polished,dynamic production,strong vocals (by Eric Woolfson,Chris Rainbow,Lenny Zakatek and Elmer Gantry,respectily),lush orchestraion, and thoughtful,tuneful songs throughout with no weak songs.This expanded reissue contains 7 bonus tracks(mostly alternate or demos of the album's songs),liner notes by Jerry Ewing,period pictures vividly reproduced in the booklet and a wonderful remastering job by Dave Donnelly and Alan Parsons himself at DNA Mastering,the latter of which is an excellent reason for any fan to replace their old 1980's-era Arista CD for good.Why this is not available stateside is a mystery.UPDATE:It has finally been released stateside in early 2009 as with the rest of the APP catalog.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I turned out not to be 180 g. However ...
I turned out not to be 180 g. However, once I raised the concern the vendor returned my money and told me to keep the record!! That is what I call customer service.
Published 1 day ago by Alexis Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice album
This is another great album from Alan Parsons, with beautiful songs such as Time, The Turn of a Friendly Card and Nothing Left to Lose, plus several demos. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Henry Troll
3.0 out of 5 stars Alan Parsons is Pink Floyd for people with attention deficit disorder.
one of the frustrating mysteries of all time is WHY didn't they let the lead guitar just.....PLAY?? Other bands with world-shattering guitar players let the guy hang it all out... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Norman Cutter
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit Me
Alan Parsons Project Turn of a Friendly Card is a classic. Once again Alan Parsons teams up with Eric Woolfson with Woolfson taking on the double role of Executive Producer and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy Camper
4.0 out of 5 stars Remaster Worth Buying Again. Bonus Tracks Are Trash
I have always been a great fan of APP over the years. It's great to hear these wonderful songs lovingly remastered. No compression/brickwalling. Dynamic Range Database. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tekrad
3.0 out of 5 stars Why no lyrics?
Excellent music. Great digital transfer. My problem is they give you history of ARP and all kinds of CRAP! but no lyrics. Great music like this deserves lyrics! Hence 3 stars.
Published 6 months ago by dogday
5.0 out of 5 stars Have the LP needed to replace it with the CD
Just purchased this CD to replace my LP Album. May years ago I converted the LP Album to CD. When I recently tried to play the CD the music either broke up or didn't play at all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Palani
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Version of this Album
This is for the 2009 (I believe) CD version of Turn of a Friendly Card, in reissue with the extra tracks. Read more
Published 6 months ago by snow47
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums ever made!
Alan Parsons Project leaped onto the rock-n-roll scene in 1976 with the release of the album Tales of Mystery & Imagination, which was actually inspired by the works of Edgar Allen... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is one of my favorite groups. Been listening to them for years. I purely love their music and I believe this is one of the best albums EVER! I Loved practically every song. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leslie Parker
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