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Turn of a Friendly Card [CASSETTE]

Alan Parsons Project Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B000006LB0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,564,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Part of the paper-sleeve & SHM-CD collections featuring the British rock band led by Alan Parsons who is also an engineer who supported The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Remastered the 5th album including progressive songs. Originally released in 1980. 7 bonus tracks are added.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of genius 31 May 2008
By Friendlycard VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Between the Project's groundbreaking 'Tales of Mystery' (1976) and the release of 'Turn of a Friendly Card' (1980), the arrival of punk and disco had changed the music scene out of all recognition, but the genius that was APP sailed on regardless, producing a succession of groundbreaking albums ('I Robot', 'Pyramid', 'Eve'). 'Friendly Card' was the best Project album to date, and many, myself included, rate this as the best of the lot.

Inspired by gambling - or perhaps, more broadly, by the relationship between chance and destiny - 'Friendly Card' is a beautifully crafted, inspired concept album where the total exceeds the sum of the parts. There are great individual contributions here - Ian Bairnson's guitar work and Chris Rainbow's sublime vocals, to name but two - but the overall cohension of the album is superb, under the inspired guidance of Parsons, Eric Woolfson and Andrew Powell.

Though including some catchy songs (such as 'Games People Play'), the heart of the album is the 'Turn of a Friendly Card' suite. When I first heard this, I felt it was a crowning achievement in the prog rock pantheon. It sounds just as good today.

The remastering of this version is excellent. To be sure, it's been done with a light and subtle touch, but it should be remembered that the sound quality of the original album was far ahead of the contemporary norm. Add in the excellent bonus material and you have a beautiful reissue of one of the truly great prog rock albums. Brilliant.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Alan Parsons album 14 Nov 2003
By "mf205"
Format:Audio CD
In the early 80s, many of the more progressive bands had to wake up to commercial realities, and were denied the creative freedom of the 70s. This is what the Alan Parsons Project came up with, and it's simply brilliant; rather better, in fact, than much of their more experimental early work. The album opens with "May be a price to pay", with its medieval-sounding intro and somewhat creepy lyrics. Then on to the first commercially successful song, the slightly plaintive "Games people play". The next track, "Time", features Eric Woolfson on vocals and was also a commercial success, although it's actually the weak point of the album; Woolfson sounds a lot like Roger Waters singing one of the slower Pink Floyd songs, and the Floyd's influence on the Project (for which the latter were over-criticised) isn't an especially healthy one here. "I don't wanna go home" is an immediate improvement, with Lenny Zakatek returning to the microphone to sing the wonderful lyric "they blinded you with diamonds, all the money that money can buy". Then comes the nice instrumental "The gold bug", before the "The turn of a friendly card" suite - a combination of shortish songs on the theme of gambling, which are excellently sung by Chris Rainbow and Eric Woolfson; the medieval theme re-appears, serving to unify the album even further.
If you're only ever going to own one Project album, this should be it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Release 18 Mar 2008
By Vaughan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I played this reissue for the first time today.

Once again this sounds absolutely wonderful. The audio definition is spot on, and you enjoy every layer of Parsons sound. Sadly I can't directly compare it with the previous CD release because somehow I managed to never buy that (how'd that happen?)

The booklet here is very good, and the bonus tracks are actually worth listening too.

What really stands out though is how strong an album this is. The structure is a little different from most Parson's albums, because the second side kind of runs together. I know one could argue the same happens on Tales of Mystery, but the songs on what was Side Two seem more integrated here.

Still, if you dont like "Games People Play", "Snake Eyes" and the like - you've probably not even read this far!

Nice sounding reissue this.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parsons perfections 22 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Never judge a book by its cover they say. The cover of this album is quite superb, designed as it was by none other than Godley and Creme (of 'Under your thumb' fame and much else....). In this case the music is as good as its cover. Alan Parsons produced a whole tranche of highly listenable AOR albums in the 80s and this is frankly one of the best. The usual roster of vocalists are on show here; Eric Woolfson (Parsons co-projector), Lenny Zakatek, Elmer Gantry and Chris Rainbow. The highlights for me are the moving 'Time' (a sizeable US hit single)and the suite of linked tracks on side two which are bookended by parts 1 & 2 of the title track. A nice combination of instrumentals feature with the wonderful guitar playing of Ian Bairnson - checkout the section at the end of the moving 'Nothing left to lose'. I really cannot recommend this album high enough and it still gets regular spins on my cd player some 20+ years after I first heard it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's never too late for discoveries... 27 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you love great melodies that stand the test of time try this one. Classic pop/rock that sounds great till now. 'Games people play' is a perfect 80's but not kitch hit and as for the rest the title song is in the ''play it again'' category ''snake eyes'' is super and of course ''time'' sounds like Pink Floyd from the dark side of the moon era (alan parsons was engineer in that album). So you know... BUY IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This remains the perfect Alan Parsons Project album, a musical rock opera with the strongest and most consistent theme seen on any APP album. I am on my fourth copy (LP, Tape, CD and Expanded Edition CD).

The "Turn of a Friendly Card" followed the "Eve" album and featured the hit "Time". But it was the second side of the original Album that was the highlight.

The opening track "May Be A Price To Pay" sets the tone for a listening experience with an almost operatic opening and strong lyrics sung by Elmer Gantry. It is immediately followed by the strong "Games People Play" sung by APP mainstay Lenny Zakatek.

"Time", sung by Alan Parsons partner Eric Woolfson, became a radio favourite reaching the point of over play at the time. "I Don't Want To Go Home" followed beginning the descent theme into compulsive gambling and loss.

The second half starts with "The Gold Bug", a clever instrumental.

Finally the highlight of the album with "The Turn Of A Friendly Card suite". Chris Rainbow provides a strong vocal to the title track, which is reprised with a longer instrumental piece to finish the album too.

"Snake Eye", "The Ace of Swords" (the second instrumental) and "Nothing Left To Lose" continue to show the descent and loss.

The final reprise records the failed and unfilled promises and closes out a very strong album.

For the fans the expanded album has additional features and expanded liner notes.

A must buy if you are looking for the one Alan Parsons Album.
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Published 6 months ago by Chris C
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album had the tape and wore it out
A variation of vocal and instrumental tracks with a variation of vocallists and styles makes it interesting and enjoyable listening
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Published 7 months ago by vladimir
5.0 out of 5 stars It was very good on casette tape in early 80th!
I searched Alan P and found this remaster with alot of extras, so ordered instantly. Now with way better equippment and on a cd I wondered if it still was good after 33 years? Read more
Published 9 months ago by knut a
4.0 out of 5 stars The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Remastered/Expanded)
I had all the Alan Parsons albums on vinyl records , but gave them away , intending to replace them eventually. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. John Wilmot
5.0 out of 5 stars I have the original of this on CD.
Can't notice much difference in sound or recording quality but the extra tracks are interesting. Big fan of TAPP anyway.
Published 11 months ago by Trevor Bowdler
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered Alan Parsons
I have a half speed mastered vinyl copy of this which is quite exquisite. This is easily as good, if not better sounding. Most of the tracks are wonderful. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Richard Heath
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