The Turn of a Friendly Card is the title track off of the Alan Parsons Project’s 5th studio album. On the album, the track runs for 16 minutes and it’s split into five different suites. The version that is featured in the music video is considerably shorter.
When this video came out, MTV was very young and music videos were still viewed as being mostly a curiosity. Like a lot of videos from that era, this is a very simple video, just some photographs of a casino in Europe and then some money and some cards. The members of the band don’t even appear in the video. Within a few years after the release of this video, this type of simplicity would disappear as MTV become more popular and videos became more overproduced.