Three of a Perfect Pair

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Three of a Perfect Pair
Studio album by King Crimson
Released March 27, 1984 (1984-03-27)
Recorded Mid-to-late 1983
Genre Progressive rock, experimental rock, math rock, new wave
Length 40:59
Label E.G.
Warner Bros./E.G.
Virgin
Producer King Crimson
King Crimson chronology
Beat
(1982)
Three of a Perfect Pair
(1984)
The Great Deceiver
(1992)
Singles from Three of a Perfect Pair
  1. "Three of a Perfect Pair"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Sleepless"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B−)[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Kerrang! (mixed)[4]

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.[citation needed] 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.[5] [6]

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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp and Tony Levin, except where noted.

Side one (The Left Side)
No. Title Length
1. "Three of a Perfect Pair"   4:13
2. "Model Man"   3:49
3. "Sleepless"   5:24
4. "Man with an Open Heart"   3:05
5. "Nuages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds)"   4:47
Side two (The Right Side)
No. Title Length
6. "Industry"   7:04
7. "Dig Me"   3:16
8. "No Warning"   3:29
9. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part III)"   6:05
2001 remaster bonus tracks (The Other Side)
No. Title Length
10. "The King Crimson Barber Shop" (music: Levin) 1:37
11. "Industrial Zone A"   1:44
12. "Industrial Zone B"   4:33
13. "Sleepless" (Tony Levin Mix) 7:26
14. "Sleepless" (Bob Clearmountain Mix) 5:24
15. "Sleepless" (Dance Mix: François Kevorkian) 6:17

Personnel[edit]

King Crimson

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1984 The Billboard 200 58[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Three of a Perfect Pair". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  3. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (10 May 1984). "Album Reviews: King Crimson – Three of a Perfect Pair". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  4. ^ Sinclair, David (3 May 1984). "King Crimson 'Three of a Perfect Pair'". Kerrang! 67. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 10. 
  5. ^ http://www.elephant-talk.com/wiki/FAQ_-_What_Does_It_All_Mean%3F#Where_did_the_title_.27Three_Of_A_Perfect_Pair.27_come_from.3F
  6. ^ http://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/29897/31/musical-guide-to-larks-tongues-in-aspic-by-king-crimson
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( Three of a Perfect Pair > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 

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