Eve (The Alan Parsons Project album)

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Eve
Studio album by The Alan Parsons Project
Released 27 August 1979
Recorded December 1978 – June 1979
Super Bear Studios
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock
Length 39:23
Label Arista
Producer Alan Parsons
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
Pyramid
(1978)
Eve
(1979)
The Turn of a Friendly Card
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (D)[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]
Smash Hits 8/10[4]

Eve is the fourth album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project. It was released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). Eve's focus is on the strengths and characteristics of women, and the problems they face in the world of men.[5] The album had originally been intended to focus on "great women in history", but evolved into a wider concept.[5]

On this recording, the opening instrumental "Lucifer" was a major hit in Europe and "Damned If I Do" reached the US Top 30.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson

Side One[edit]

  1. "Lucifer" (instrumental) – 5:09
  2. "You Lie Down with Dogs" (lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek) – 3:47
  3. "I'd Rather Be a Man" (lead vocal: David Paton) – 3:53
  4. "You Won't Be There" (lead vocal: Dave Townsend) – 3:34
  5. "Winding Me Up" (lead vocal: Chris Rainbow) – 4:04

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Damned If I Do" (lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek) – 4:50
  2. "Don't Hold Back" (lead vocal: Clare Torry) – 3:37
  3. "Secret Garden" (instrumental) – 4:41
  4. "If I Could Change Your Mind" (lead vocal: Lesley Duncan) – 5:49

Eve was remastered and reissued in 2008 with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Elsie's Theme from 'The Sicilian Defence' (the Project that never was)"
  2. "Lucifer" (demo)
  3. "Secret Garden" (early rough mix)
  4. "Damned If I Do" (rough mix)
  5. "Don't Hold Back" (vocal rehearsal rough mix)
  6. "Lucifer" (early rough mix)
  7. "If I Could Change Your Mind" (rough mix)

Personnel[edit]

Produced and engineered by Alan Parsons
Mastered by Chris Blair [UK], Wally Traugott [USA]
Executive Production: Eric Woolfson

Cover art[edit]

The cover art for Eve by Hipgnosis features two women wearing veils, with their faces partially in shadow. The image wraps around from left side of the front cover to the back. Two of the women are shown on the front cover, with the third on the back. On the shaded part of each woman's face, the shadows and veils partially conceal disfiguring scars and sores.

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1979 UK Albums Chart 74
1979 The Billboard 200 13
1979 Canada 10
1979 Germany 1[6]
1979 Austria 2[7]
1979 Norway 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (3 December 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (20 September – 3 October 1979): 25. 
  5. ^ a b Official Alan Parsons Project web site, page title "Alan Parsons Project Albums – Eve – Concept"
  6. ^ "Album – The Alan Parsons Project, Eve" (in German). charts.de. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Alan Parsons Project – Eve" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 

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