Three of a Perfect Pair

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Three of a Perfect Pair
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Studio album by King Crimson
Released 27 March 1984 (1984-03-27)
Recorded Mid-to-late 1983
Genre Progressive rock, experimental rock, math rock
Length 40:59
Label E.G.
Warner Bros./E.G.
Producer King Crimson
King Crimson chronology
Three of a Perfect Pair
The Great Deceiver
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 balances traditional song structures on the "left side" with more free-form improvisation on the "right side", fitting somewhere between the experimental Discipline, and the more commercially accessible Beat. Tony Levin had more input than on any other King Crimson album.[citation needed] The "other side" consists of bonus tracks including an a cappella in which all four members supposedly sing in a barbershop quartet but is really Levin's voice overdubbed to create harmonization.[citation needed] The name is based on the idea of perfect opposites and "three sides to every story," or His, Hers and an objective truth.[citation needed] The Peter Willis designed artwork illustrates the sacred–profane dichotomy while being a simplified version of the Larks' Tongues in Aspic cover; a rising phallic object represents a male solar deity about to penetrate the crescent figure, a female lunar deity.[citation needed] However, one can also make out a Christian cross if staring at the empty spaces between the figures. The back cover illustration is the same but adds a third element, a curved line stretching to reconcile the opposing sides.[5][6]

Tracks 10-15 were added for the 2001 30th Anniversary remaster. Two of the three "Sleepless" mixes were previously available on the UK 12" single. The Bob Clearmountain mix appeared (incorrectly credited and against the band's wishes) on the U.S. 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)" (Instrumental) 4:47
Side two (The Right Side)
No. Title Length
6. "Industry" (Instrumental) 7:04
7. "Dig Me"   3:16
8. "No Warning" (Instrumental) 3:29
9. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part III)" (Instrumental) 6:05


King Crimson



Year Chart Position
1984 U.S. Billboard 200 58[7]


  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. 
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  7. ^ "allmusic ((( Three of a Perfect Pair > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Retrieved 2010-09-21. 

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