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The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Remastered/Expanded) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B000IOM1Z0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,564 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. The Turn Of A Friendly Card
7. Snake Eyes
8. The Ace Of Swords
9. Nothing Left To Lose
10. The Turn Of A Friendly Card Part 2
11. May Be A Price To Pay
12. Nothing Left To Lose
13. Nothing Left To Lose
14. Nothing Left To Lose
15. Time
16. Games People Play
17. The Gold Bug

Product Description

CD Arista, 258 982, 1988 9 Track

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Friendlycard VINE VOICE on 31 May 2008
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 By "mf205" on 14 Nov. 2003
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 By Vaughan on 18 Mar. 2008
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Conder on 15 May 2010
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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