Concert Review: Alan Parsons Live Project: Turn of a Friendly Card Tour

Postponed, because of Covid, from 2020 to September 12, 2021 to finally February 1, 2022.

I saw the Alan Parsons Live Project: Turn of a Friendly Card Tour at Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia on February 1, 2022. It was one of the best-sounding shows I have ever attended, loud but didn’t hurt your ears at all.

Alan Parsons is one of the most renowned sound engineers in rock music. He was the engineering assistant at Abbey Road Studios for The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be” albums. He was the sound engineer on Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother” and “Dark Side of the Moon”; Paul McCartney’s “Wildlife” and “Red Rose Speedway”; Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages”; The Hollies “The Hollies”. Pretty good resume.

Alan Parsons met Eric Woolfson in the canteen of Abbey Road Studios in the summer of 1974. They decided to form the Alan Parsons Project and their first record was a concept album that Woolfson had been working on about Edgar Allan Poe.

Releasing 11 studio albums from 1975 to 1990 their band was a huge success. This concert featured music from many of the albums as well as the entire “The Turn of a Friendly Card” suite of songs from side two of that album celebrating its 40th year. Eric Woolfson dies on December 2, 2009, but all of his beautiful songs live on through this wondrous performance.

The Atlanta Setlist for 2/1/22 [19 total songs](#) Album (BB #) US Billboard Top 40 Singles Number
  • May Be a Price to Pay (1) / Standing on Higher Ground (7)
  • Don’t Answer Me (6) (BB 15)
  • Time (1) (BB 15)
  • Breakdown (3) / The Raven (2)
  • The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part One) (1)
  • Snake Eyes (1)
  • The Ace of Swords (1)
  • Nothing Left to Lose (1)
  • The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part Two) (1)
  • One Note Symphony (9)
  • I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You (3) (BB 36)
  • Old and Wise (5)
  • Psychobabble (5)
  • Damned If I Do (4) (BB 27)
  • Prime Time (6) (BB 34)
  • Sirius (5)
  • Eye in the Sky (5) (BB 3)
  • (The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether (2) (BB 37)
  • Games People Play (1) (BB 16)
  1. The Turn of a Friendly Card
  2. Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edgar Allan Poe)
  3. I Robot
  4. Eve
  5. Eye in the Sky
  6. Ammonia Avenue
  7. Gaudi
  8. The Secret

The singers were excellent, with Parsons singing a few selections. The harmonies were perfect, very enjoyable. I thought the song selection was good and I enjoyed the “Turn of a Friendly Card” songs more than I thought I would.

P.J. Olsson – Vocals
Todd Cooper – Sax, woodwinds, percussion, Vocals
Jeff Kollman – Guitars, Vocals
Guy Erez – Bass, Vocals
Tom Brooks – Keyboards
Danny Thompson – Drummer
Alan Parsons – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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