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The Alan Parsons Project – The Turn Of A Friendly Card (1980/2012) [AcousticSounds DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

The Alan Parsons Project – The Turn Of A Friendly Card (1980/2012)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 40:42 minutes | 1,6 + 1,75 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds |  © Arista Records
Recorded: Late 1979 – mid 1980 at Acousti Studio, Paris

“I’ve often, in common with many other writers, been inspired at the oddest of moments and one of the things that did start the creative juices flowing was actually sitting in casinos in Monte Carlo, with the din going on of people with machines, people talking, people moving about, and all the hustle and bustle that goes on there. It stimulated the writing of the track in particular ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’ and of course the track ‘Snake Eyes.’” —Eric Woolfson

With two of the Alan Parsons Project’s best songs, the lovely ballad “Time” and the wavy-sounding “Games People Play,” The Turn of a Friendly Card remains one of this group’s most enjoyable albums. Parsons’ idea, the subject of the album’s six tracks, centers around the age-old temptation of gambling and its stranglehold on the human psyche. On “Games People Play,” vocalist Lenny Zakatek sounds compelling and focused, giving the song a seriousness that aids in realization of the album’s concept. With “Time,” it is Eric Woolfson who carries this luxurious-sounding ode to life’s passing to a place above and beyond any of this band’s other slower material. The breakdown of human willpower and our greedy tendencies are highlighted in the last track, entitled “The Turn of a Friendly Card,” which is broken into five separate parts. “Snake Eyes,” sung by Chris Rainbow, is the most compelling of the five pieces, and ties together the whole of the recording. As in every Parsons album, an instrumental is included, in this case an interesting number aptly titled “The Gold Bug.” Like most of the band’s instrumentals, its flow and rhythm simulate the overall tempo and concept of the album, acting as a welcome interlude. Although short, The Turn of a Friendly Card is to the point and doesn’t let down when it comes to carrying out its idea. –AllMusic Review by Mike DeGagne

1 May Be A Price To Pay 4:52
2 Games People Play 4:17
3 Time 5:05
4 I Don’t Wanna Go Home 4:54
5 The Gold Bug 4:28
6 The Turn Of A Friendly Card 16:35
– 6.i The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part One) 2:39
– 6.ii Snake Eyes 3:17
– 6.ii The Ace Of Swords 2:58
– 6.iv Nothing Left To Lose 4:03
– 6.v The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part Two) 3:12

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion
David Paton – bass guitar
Ian Bairnson – electric, acoustic and classical guitars; pedal steel guitar on “Time”
Eric Woolfson – piano, harpsichord, lead vocals
Alan Parsons – whistling and finger snaps on “The Gold Bug”, Clavinet on “The Gold Bug” and “The Ace of Swords”, harpsichord on “The Ace of Swords”, backing vocal on “Time”
Chris Rainbow – lead and backing vocals
Elmer Gantry – lead vocal
Dennis Clarke – saxophone
Lenny Zakatek – lead and backing vocals
The Philharmonia Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Andrew Powell





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