Turn Of A Friendly Card – Deluxe 35th Anniversary Edition


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Product Description

The 2CD package includes the re-mastered original album, 17 previously unreleased bonus tracks (including Eric Woolfson’s songwriting diary home demos), 10 bonus tracks and a new 20 page booklet with lyrics, notes on the making of the album and rare photos.

CD 1 – Original Album

01. May Be A Price To Pay
02. Games People Play
03. Time
04. I Don’t Wanna Go Home
05. The Gold Bug – Instrumental

The Turn Of A Friendly Card
06. (I)     The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part One)
07. (II)    Snake Eyes
08. (III)  The Ace Of Swords
09. (IV)  Nothing Left To Lose
10. (V)    The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part Two)

Bonus Tracks
11. May Be A Price To Pay (Intro Demo)
12. Nothing Left To Lose (Basic Backing Track)
13. Nothing Left To Lose (Chris Rainbow Vocal Overdub Compilation)
14. Nothing Left To Lose (Early Studio Version with Eric’s Guide Vocal)
15. Time (Early Studio Attempt)
16. Games People Play (Rough Mix)
17. The Gold Bug (Demo)

CD 2 – Eric’s Songwriting Diaries

01. May Be A Price to Pay
02. Games People Play
03. Time
04. I Don’t Wanna Go Home
05. The Turn of a Friendly Card
06. Snake Eyes
07. Nothing Left to Lose
08. TOFC/ Snake Eyes/ I Don’t Wanna Go Home

Extra Bonus Tracks
09. May Be A Price to Pay (Early Version – Eric Guide Vocal & Unused Guitar Solo)
10. Games People Play (Early version – Eric Guide Vocal)
11. Time (Orchestra & Chris Rainbow Backing Vocals)
12. The Gold Bug (Early Reference Version)
13. The Turn of a Friendly Card Part 1 (Early Backing Track)
14. Snake Eyes (Early Version – Eric Guide Vocal)
15. The Ace of Swords (Early Version with Synth “Orchestration”)
16. The Ace Of Swords (Early Version with Piano on Melody)
17. The Turn of a Friendly Card Part Two (Eric Guide Vocal and Extended Guitar Solo)
18. Games People Play (Single Edit)
19. The Turn of a Friendly Card (Single Edit)
20. Snake Eyes (Single Edit)


“In the Autumn of 2014 my sister Lorna and I were going through many boxes of Dad’s material (he kept absolutely everything) and came across over 100 audio cassettes and various old Sony Walkmans and cassette machines. Dad had always intended to go through these cassettes and had even bought a special cassette to MP3 converter machine but never actually got the chance to do it.

As Lorna and I started to listen to them, we realized that they were an extremely special and precious find. We put them into album order which was not always easy with so many previously unreleased songs and cross-overs with songs written during the making of one album but which obviously ended up on the next. It became a great game as to who could spot which album the cassette related to first.

It has been a deeply moving experience to listen to them, particularly as they form the soundtrack to our childhoods as we were often in the room next door and would hear him writing songs and playing like this all the time.

The cassettes contained over 100 hours of Eric’s writing diaries. Private moments of creativity captured on tape as songwriting memos to himself. As he didn’t read or write annotated music, this was how he developed the songs he wrote. They give a wonderful fly on the wall insight into the creative process where you can literally hear the song evolve as the ideas come out of his head. In some cases a familiar song from ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’ is intertwined with another previously unreleased song, which eventually got unravelled during the writing process.

These are very precious to the family and it was extremely difficult to pick out the tracks to include on this album from the 10 hours worth of material for this album alone. We hope you enjoy this rare insight into the birth of the songs from ‘The Turn of a Friendly Card’ album.”

These tracks were all recorded on Eric’s portable cassette recorder so the sound quality is basic but authentic!






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