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The Turn Of A Friendly Card Audiophile
180 gram, Import
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, January 27, 2009
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(180 Gram Audiophile Pressing) Although numerous doubts abounded that concept albums with thematic focus were not what people wanted to hear, Alan Parsons' somewhat egomaniacal projects always found a broad public. Of course one can listen to the perfectly styled sound of the music which this man created at the mixing console and concentrate on its programmatic contents or wallow in its esoteric tonal depths. But you don't have to, for Parsons' velvety mixture of ballads and rock numbers will get your ear's nerve ends tingling without lyrics and themes.
The album The Turn Of A Friendly Card includes two of Parsons' very best songs: Time, with its beautiful harmonies, and the gently swinging Games People Play, which opens with Empire fanfares. That the instrumental tracks find favour with almost all rock fans is hardly surprising because the music more often than not emulates the driving sound of Brit Rock rather than bombastic ''sonic soufflés'' (Rolling Stone). But be that as it may, the title certainly holds its promise. The sales figures for this album clearly show that this 'friendly card' has definitely turned up trumps for Alan Parsons.
Recording: 1979 by Alan Parsons. Production: Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.
Lush orchestration, superb scores, soaring melodies - all performed with flawless professionalism by a thoroughly committed ensemble - are further Parsons hallmarks here. While fans of the band will already recognise Turn Of A Friendly Card as a must have, it's an album that deserves wider appeal.
This Speakers Corner pressing on 180g vinyl is as superb as the musical execution, with a sleeve and artwork to match. --Audio Video
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I'm happy to report this LP sounds amazing - and not in a "that's a big improvement over 70s technology" kind of way. No, this LP sounds as good or better than any new music that has also been pressed to vinyl that I've heard. The clarity is exceptional, the tonal balance is perfect, and the impact of the bass drum punches you in the gut, as it should.
Speakers Corner is regarded as being in the highest tier of companies remastering and reissuing classic releases, and this LP is a sterling of example of how deserving they are of that reputation.
Don't buy this title for the so-called "Bonus Tracks". They obviously dug these crappy demos and rough mixes from the trash at the recording studio. Too bad I'll have to be avoiding these crappy tracks every time I listen to this disc.
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