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, new wave, post-industrial
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 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 name is based on the idea of perfect opposites and "three sides to every story," or His, Hers and an objective truth. 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. 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 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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