The Turn of a Friendly Card

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221822626
  • Catalog Number: 8226

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Alan Parsons Project Primary Artist, Track Performer
Alan Parsons Indexed Contributor, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Elmer Gantry Vocals
Chris Rainbow Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenny Zakatek Vocals, Background Vocals
Andrew Powell Conductor
David Paton Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ian Bairnson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Stuart Elliott Percussion, Drums
Sandor Farcas Leader
Eric Woolfson Keyboards, Vocals
Münchener Kammerorchester Performing Ensemble, Group
Technical Credits
Andrew Powell Arranger
Chris Blair Mastering
Parsons Composer
Eric Woolfson Composer, Executive Producer
Alan Parsons Composer, Producer, Engineer
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