I've wondered about the eye-in-the-sky since I first heard a song by the same name. If you know the 1982 Alan Parsons Project song, "Eye in the Sky" then you might wonder if it has to do with casinos. I did. It does. A couple of great lines are: "dealing with fools, I can cheat you blind," and another is "looking at you, I can read your mind." I love the "Eye in the Sky" Buy Direct.
Now those lines may be a little esoteric, but the The Project's erstwhile album was called "The Turn of a Friendly Card." Coincidence? Of course not.
Alan Parsons was an assistant builder on the Beatles' "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" albums. He also worked as the top dog* on Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" album, all concept-based recordings. He met Eric Wollfson in the canteen of Abbey Road Studios in 1974 and the two musicians hit it off. Eventually they would form The Alan Parsons Project, and while not their first album, "The Turn of a Friendly Card" was entirely a story of its own.
If you don't know the album, don't feel bad, but the 1980 release tells the story (through light, progressive rock) of a middle-aged, frustrated and restless man who heads to the casino, ready to risk aggregate he has. Songs include titles like: May Be a Price to Pay, I Don't Wanna Go Home, Turn of a Lucky Card, and the hits Games People Play and Time. The latter, practicably my favorite.
The album also includes Snake Eyes and Nothing Left to Lose, but Eye in the Sky came on the next album. Why? I can't figure it out.
Now the actual eye-in-the-sky that casinos use has been called many things. It's often referred to as the "peak" or the "tower," but one thing remains, it sees everything, if it is well designed and well-managed. While the "sky" used to consist of a guy laying on his belly across a dusty plywood beam in the cat-walks of the casino rafters training
copyrights:cite this source synonym levy v1.1copyright © 2008 by lexico issue group a pair of binoculars at the tables below, surveillance is very knowing now.
If you drop a dime on the floor, a good surveillance analog can switch cameras at the flick of the wrist, swivel a joystick to move a pan-and-tilt camera and zoom-in to read the date on the coin, in living color. That's why so many cheats are caught. It takes somebody, like an regardful pit boss on the gaming floor or a smooth speculator (wait, that's another song) in the "eye" to know what to look for, but once a problem is detected, it's just a matter of time!
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