Friday, April 06, 2012

The Story Behind The Alan Parsons Project EVE Cover

One of the most mysterious album covers of all time is 1979's EVE album by The Alan Parson Project. At first what appears to breath-takingly beautiful models under veils is actually women suffering some horrible herpes sore deformities at a closer look. The women were actually prostitutes from Paris who were badly infected with a form of herpes virus. It is a shocking look at the high cost of low living.

The album itself is also a strange commentary about women as well, with one side of the album raising critical views some men hold about women, while the other side of the original vinyl album takes a sympathetic view toward women and some men's treatment of them. In the cd form, the album has been expanded with seven additional tracks, including demo and outtake versions of "Lucifer" among bother tracks.

The album made it to #13 on the Billboard charts at one time, and it spurred a couple of interesting singles. In the U.S., "Damned If I do" was a top 30 hit in the United States. In Europe, "Lucifer" was a big hit single and did very well, although The Alan Parsons Project

The Alan Parson Project were viewed as being a progressive rock act with a little musical similarity to spacey sounding and esoteric progressive rock acts like Pink Floyd. EVE certainly rated as a unique concept album.


At 9:30 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

One of my absolute favorite APP discs. (esp. Ms. Duncan's voc on "If I Could Change Your Mind.) Consideting the dual nature of the album ( and one might say of women), I always thought the 2nd E could have been reversed in the title.. Too kitschy perhaps?

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Antón said...

The two girls on the cover ARE NOT prostitutes, but the singers of some songs of the album: Lesley Duncan (RIP) and Clare Torry.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Mustang said...

They are not Lesley Duncan or Clare Torry. Alan Parsons' answer to this question makes that clear:

Q: And lastly, were the models for the album cover of Eve made up to appear with lesions, or were these real cases?

AP: Oh no, they were definitely made up. They were totally beautiful models in every way. I only met one of them, but they were the real thing. We did get some negativity about that cover -- some people said it was anti-feminist.

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Montse said...

Anton, please look at the album again. Do any of them look like Lesley Duncan or Clare Torry to you? Really?

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Montse said...

Where did you find that information about the women on the album cover? It denies the official version that The Alan Parsons Project published on their authorized website. If you are going to come up with such a radically different version, could you at least provide some evidence? That's the problem with blogs. Anybody can publish anything they want about whatever they please with or without evidence.

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Montse said...

My last comment was addressed to the the author of this blog entry, by the way (Paul Hooson)

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