With the exception of two previously unreleased new songs, "In the Clouds" and "Beauty's on the Street," plus a couple of tweaks here and there, High Octane Cult is virtually identical to the previously import-only collection, Pure Cult, (released in 1993 and re-released stateside in 2000 with a slightly altered track listing). The only difference being that H.O.C. is released directly by Warner Bros. affiliate Sire and Pure Cult is available on the band's European label, Beggars Banquet. Even though the Cult make a valid argument for being one of the most artistically, self-defeatist bands in music history, whereby, they continuously confused and alienated their audience by changing direction, one certainly can't argue with the wealth of primo material here on display.
The 35th anniversary milestone for this classic and essential concept album, is being celebrated with a deluxe 2CD package featuring compelling and extensive unreleased and rare material. Digitally remastered and expanded two CD Legacy edition includes the original album, 17 previously unreleased bonus tracks (including Eric Woolfson's songwriting diary home demos) plus 10 bonus tracks and new booklet with lyrics, notes on the making of the album and rare photos. The Turn of a Friendly Card is the fifth album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1980. The album has a 16-minute title piece, which was broken up into five tracks. The Turn of a Friendly Card spawned the hits "Games People Play" and "Time", the latter of which was Eric Woolfson's first lead vocal appearance.