The Turn of a Friendly Card is the fifth album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1980. It focuses on gambling, and loosely tells the tale of a middle-aged man who grows restless and takes a chance by going to a casino and betting all he has, only to lose it all. The album has a 16-minute title piece, which was broken up into five tracks (except the West German CD pressing), with the five sub-tracks listed as sub-sections. The Turn of a Friendly Card spawned the moderate hits "Games People Play" and "Time", the latter of which was Eric Woolfson's first lead vocal appearance.
The saxophone player on "The Gold Bug", originally credited as Mel Collins, is instead credited on the liner notes for the remastered edition as "A session player in Paris whose name escapes us"; this refers to the fact that the apparently unified saxophone part is actually a composite of several separate takes. Similarly, the accordion part on "Nothing Left to Lose", also credited in the liner notes to "An unidentified Parisian session player", was likely played by Woolfson.
Also on "The Gold Bug", the newer liner notes credit a "Harmonized Rotating Triangle" to drummer Stuart Elliott. This refers to the phasing sound effects heard throughout the rhythm-free introduction to the piece.