The Turn of a Friendly Card [Bonus Tracks]

The Turn of a Friendly Card [Bonus Tracks]

by The Alan Parsons ProjectThe Alan Parsons Project

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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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. [Sony BMG's 2007 edition included bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2009
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828768152621
catalogNumber: 681526
Rank: 36301

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Parsons Project   Primary Artist
Eberhard Schoener   Track Performer
Elmer Gantry   Vocals
Chris Rainbow   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lenny Zakatek   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andrew Powell   Conductor
David Paton   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Ian Bairnson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Stuart Elliot   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Stuart Elliott   Percussion,Drums,Triangle
Eric Woolfson   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Powell   Arranger
Lol Creme   Concept
Kevin Godley   Concept
Eric Woolfson   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Alan Parsons   Composer,Audio Production
Jerry Ewing   Liner Notes

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