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If you buy just one Alan Parsons Project album, this is it,
This review is from: The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Remastered/Expanded) (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.