KING CRIMSON - THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR
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The last Crimson release for 10 years, this 1984 album marked a move to relatively (mind you, relatively ) more pop territory, with Sleepless; Industry and Model Man the highlights.
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The original LP was divided into two sides, Left and Right (with a Third "Other" side added on the CD remaster). The Left side was the more accessible side of King Crimson, much more akin to the sound developed by the band on the previous two albums, a combination of eccentric musicality and craftsmanship and pop melodicism. The title track, "Model Man," "Sleepless" (probably the closest the band ever got to having a hit single), "Man With an Open Heart," and "Nuages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds)" are chock-full of the interweaving guitar and bass/stick lines between Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, and Tony Levin, with Bill Bruford doing his part to keep the beat, although he doesn't get to freak out as much on this side as he was previously able to. Belew's vocals still sound David Byrne-esque, but this is hardly a detriment as his voice works really well with the music. The Right side is much more experimental, dabbling mostly in instrumentals that explore the industrial electronic revolution that was happening in the early '80's.Read more ›
3OAPP is one of those 'Yin & Yang' albums (like Bowie's 'Low' or Talking Heads 'Remain In Light') which featured an accessable side one and an experimental side two. This version features bonus trax. Here's a brief run-through:
3OAPP: title track is the only one to retain the interlocking guitar style from 'Discipline' and 'Beat' and is one of their most accessable tracks, despite a guitar solo made up of sonic effects.
MODEL MAN: very 1984 and almost Talking Heads, with funky use of fretless guitar and anthemish chorus. They never did it live and remains a forgotten album track, but I dig it.
SLEEPLESS: There are several mixes of Sleepless, the one used here is the choppier mix which has appeared of cd versions of 3oapp since 1989. The only real issue I have here is using this mix instead of the original one which appeared on the original 1984 3OAPP.Read more ›
Although by some said to be their most "commercial" album, I found it to be highly enjoyable.
Split into two sides (the left and the right) at Fripp's request the Left Side is more radio friendly while the Right Side is what the Crimson fans are more accustomed to.
On the Right Side the quartet opens with the title track "Three of a Perfect Pair" which I liked quite a bit. Followed by "Model Man" and the radio release "Sleepless". It is some of Belew's best lyrics with the band.
The Right Side opens with "Industry" a very Crimson-esque industrial rock instrumental. With Levin and Bruford's driving rythmn section, Belew's futuristic guitar and Fripp's haunting guitar this is a great KC track. I really enjoyed the very funny "King Crimson Barber Shop". Where the band singing in their best acapella impression of a Barber Shop quartet exclaiming they won't sing "21st Century Schitzoid Man". I've always enjoy bands that are great but don't take themselves too serious. This band is one of them.
Four very talented and top knotch rock musicians putting together a great disc. Get it.
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I would like to apologize for the mistake made in the review above titled "Another King Crimson Masterpiece". Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2005 by Ricardo ALvarado
This is the culmination of (in my opinion) the most radical and effective version of King Crimson. "Discipline" and "Beat" are this disc's precursors and are amazing recordings in... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2002 by Thaddeus Wert
Three of a Perfect Pair was my first exposure to '80s King Crimson, and I absolutely hated it when I first listened to it, probably because at the time I heard it, I wanted more... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2002 by Jonathan Tavaris
There have been several insightful reviews written by customers of this work, so I won't go into great detail. Read morePublished on July 23 2002 by Shaw N. Gynan
This has to stand as one of the odder entries into the Krimson katalogue, but that doesn't stop great music from coming forth. Read morePublished on March 18 2002 by Andrew Thomas
This was my introduction to King Crimson, and so far my favorite KC album. However, I would say I am more of an Adrian Belew fan than a Crimson fan. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002
And succeeding in part if not totally. Whereas "Beat" had few instrumental ideas that weren't merely imitative of the superior "Discipline" album, they're... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001 by Scott McFarland
The culmination, or perhaps the final death throe, of the revitalized King Crimson, reassembled by Robert Fripp in the early 80s, Three of a Perfect Pair also harks back to the... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2001 by Snow Leopard