The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn of a Friendly Card



Referência Arista AL 9518
EtiquetaSpeakers Corner – Arista
Embalagem1 LP
GramagemVinil 180 g
Although numerous doubts abounded that concept albums with thematic focus were not what people wanted to hear, Alan Parsons’ somewhat egomaniacal projects always found a broad public. Of course one can listen to the perfectly styled sound of the music which this man created at the mixing console and concentrate on its programmatic contents or wallow in its esoteric tonal depths. But you don’t have to, for Parsons’ velvety mixture of ballads and rock numbers will get your ears’ nerve endings tingling without lyrics and themes. The album The Turn Of A Friendly Card includes two of Parsons’ very best songs: “Time,” with its beautiful harmonies, and the gently swinging “Games People Play” which opens with Empire fanfares. That the instrumental tracks are find favor with almost all rock fans is hardly surprising because the music more often than not emulates the driving sound of Brit Rock rather than bombastic “sonic souffles” (Rolling Stone). But be that as it may, the title certainly holds its promise. The sales figures for this album clearly show that this “friendly card” has definitely turned up trumps for Alan Parsons.
1May Be a Price to Pay
2Games People Play
4I Don’t Wanna Go Home
5The Gold Bug
6The Turn of a Friendly Card
iThe Turn of a Friendly Card (part one)
iiSnake Eyes
iiiThe Ace of Swords
ivNothing Left to Lose
vThe Turn of a Friendly Card (part two)