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The Turn of a Friendly Card - Digitally Remastered
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Digitally Remastered Edition includes 7 unreleased early demos, including "Games People Play" (rough mix).
Booklet includes rare photos & memorabilia.

Released: 1980
Highest US Chart Position: #13
"Games People Play" (#16), "Time" (#15), "Snake Eyes" (#67; #47, Mainstream Rock)

This is my next favorite album after Tales Of Mystery. We recorded it in very pleasant conditions at a studio in Paris and all told it only took about 8 or 9 weeks to record. The restaurants in the Parisian district of Saint Germain did tend to be a distraction and would often be the final destination after a hard day in the studio. When we tried to go back to work after a hearty meal and a couple of bottles of good Bordeaux wine, everything sounded much too good! The assistant engineers spoke little English so I remember the sessions being conducted predominately in French. This was made easier by the fact that my French had improved dramatically by moving to Monaco which was home to both Eric's and my own families at the time. Of course, it was no coincidence that the gambling theme resulted from the Monte Carlo Casinos being on our doorstep. We were very fortunate to have two hits on this album, Time and Games People Play. Time marked Eric Woolfson's debut as a Project lead vocalist and although I initially had doubts about his being suited to the song, he did a really good job on it. It is a very difficult song to sing. Nothing Left To Lose which he also sang was in a perfect range for him. I think The Turn Of A Friendly Card five-part epic really worked well as a thematic piece.

Track Listing:

  1. May Be a Price to Pay
  2. Games People Play
  3. Time
  4. I Don't Wanna Go Home
  5. The Gold Bug
  6. I. The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part One)
  7. II. Snake Eyes
  8. III. The Ace of Swords
  9. IV. Nothing Left to Lose
  10. V. The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part Two)

Produced by Alan Parsons

Main Players:

Eric Woolfson: Executive Producer, Vocals, Keyboards
Andrew Powell
Chris Blair
David Patton: Bass
Stuart Elliot: Drums & Percussion
Ian Bairnson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Mel Collins: Sax
Christopher Warren-Green: The Philharmonia Orchestra Leader
Alan Parsons: Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Elmer Gantry: Vocals
Lenny Zakatek: Vocals, Backing Vocals
Chris Rainbow: Vocals, Backing Vocals