Eve (The Alan Parsons Project album)

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Eve
The Alan Parsons Project - Eve.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 August 1979
RecordedDecember 1978–June 1979
StudioSuper Bear Studios
Genre
Length39:23
LabelArista
ProducerAlan Parsons
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
Pyramid
(1978)
Eve
(1979)
The Turn of a Friendly Card
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(D)[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]
Smash Hits8/10[4]

Eve is the fourth studio album by English rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released on 27 August 1979 by Arista Records. The album's focus is on the strengths and characteristics of women, and the problems they face in the world of men.[5] It had originally been intended to focus on "great women in history", but evolved into a wider concept.[5] It features several songs from a misogynist point of view.

Eve is The Alan Parsons Project's first album with singer Chris Rainbow. The album's opening instrumental "Lucifer" was a major hit in Europe, and "Damned If I Do" reached the US Top 40, peaking at No. 27. "Lucifer" also is used as title track for the German political TV show Monitor.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.

Side one
No.TitleLead VocalsLength
1."Lucifer"none5:09
2."You Lie Down with Dogs"Lenny Zakatek3:47
3."I'd Rather Be a Man"David Paton3:53
4."You Won't Be There"Dave Townsend3:34
5."Winding Me Up"Chris Rainbow4:04
Total length:20:27
Side two
No.TitleLead VocalsLength
1."Damned If I Do"Lenny Zakatek4:50
2."Don't Hold Back"Clare Torry3:37
3."Secret Garden"Chris Rainbow4:41
4."If I Could Change Your Mind"Lesley Duncan5:49
Total length:18:57

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]

Cover art[edit]

The cover art for Eve by Hipgnosis features three women wearing veils, with their faces partially in shadow. The cover is a gatefold. On the shaded part of each woman's face, the shadows and veils partially conceal disfiguring scars and sores (the lesions were not real, however[6]).

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1979 UK Albums Chart 74
1979 The Billboard 200 13
1979 Canada 10
1979 Germany 1[7]
1979 Austria 2[8]
1979 Norway 6
1979 Spain (AFE) 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[10] Gold 400,000[11]
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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 "Eve | The Alan Parsons Project"
  6. ^ "Interview: Alan Parsons: The Artist and Scientist of Sound Recording". BlogSpot. April 24, 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Album – The Alan Parsons Project, Eve" (in German). charts.de. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  8. ^ "The Alan Parsons Project – Eve" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Alan Parsons Project – Eve". Music Canada.
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Alan Parsons Project; 'Eve')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  11. ^ "The German Hit: Alan's Eve". Billboard. 22 September 1979. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Alan Parsons Project – Eve". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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