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THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT: THE TURN OF A FIENDLY CARD

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. The album was The Alan Parsons Project commercial breakthrough in 1980, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Album Chart and producing two Top 20 hits, the up-tempo synth-laden "Games People Play" and the lovely dream-like ballad "Time".

Tracklist:

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.The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part One) 7.Snake Eyes 8.The Ace Of Swords 9.Nothing Left To Lose 10.The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part Two)

Lineup:

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 - projectron (synthesizer) on "Games People Play", whistling and finger snaps on "The Gold Bug", Clavinet on "The Gold Bug" and "The Ace Of Swords", harpsichord on "The Ace Of Swords", additional vocals 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

Release date: November 1, 1980