Three of a Perfect Pair is the tenth studio album by the band King Crimson, released in 1984. The album is a balance between the experimental Discipline, and the more commercially accessible Beat. Tony Levin had more input than on any other King Crimson album. It is divided into a "left" and "right" side, with a third side added in 2001. One of the bonus tracks is a barbershop a cappella in which all four members supposedly sing but is really Levin's voice overdubbed to create harmonization. Following the literary theme of the preceding two albums, the album title may be a subtle nod to the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, as the album was released in the actual year 1984. The album and title song's concept is based on the idea of perfect opposites and "three sides to every story", or His, Hers and an objective truth. The front cover designed by Peter Willis could be interpreted as applying the maxim "As Above, So Below" to two distinct figures; a rising phallic object implies a male solar deity while the crescent on top acts like a bosom to represent the opposing female lunar deity. However if one were to stare at the empty space between the figures a Christian cross can also be made out. The back cover illustration is the same but adds a third element, a curved line stretching to reconcile both sides. It continues the theme of Larks Tongues in Aspic.
Tracks 10-15 were added for the 2001 remaster. Two of the three Sleepless mixes were previously available on the UK 12" single. The Clearmountain mix appeared (incorrectly credited and against the band's wishes) on the US Warner Bros. LP pressing.