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Three Of A Perfect Pair


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Outside Music
  • ASIN: B00064WSO6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ilker Yucel on Feb. 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
The third album in King Crimson's '80's trilogy, "Three of a Perfect Pair" finds the band further pushing the envelope, developing and in a sense concluding the musical ideas and concepts explored on the previous two. Whereas "Discipline" was an exercise in musical excellence, and "Beat" dabbled more in pop territory, "Three of a Perfect Pair" takes those two concepts and integrates them with industrial noise and experimentation. Is this a good thing? Some might say no, but it's undoubtedly King Crimson.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
This album can be considered as one of the masterpieces of 1980's King Crimson. Along with "Discipline" and "Beat", "Three of a Perfect Pair" re-defined the sound of the new King Crimson after its 70's era of psychodelic melodies and excentric passages. Adrian Belew(guitars), Tony Levin (bass, stick) and Robert Bruford (drums) who also was part of King Crimson during the 70's, answered the call of guitar virtouso Robert Fripp to mold a new image and sound for the band. The new King Crimson offered a combination of mellow sounds and melodies with hard and heavy rock riffs, whitout leaving out the excentricity and the constant search for new sounds that defined King Crimson. In this album, one can find different pop-related pieces, such as "Man With an Open Heart", or more psychodelic songs like "Dig Me". The virtousity of bassist Tony Levin can be appriciated in songs like "Sleepless". As in all progressive music, complicated time signatures are also present in this album. Each and every sound of this album is so unique and succesful that one almost dare to say that "Three of a Perfect Pair" is to King Crimson what "Sgt. Pepper's" is to the Beatles.
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Crimso's third and last album in a trilogy of colorful early 80's albums with the same members may or may not be one of their best, but is my personal favorite. Much music is said to be 'industrial', but this is the one that truly lives up to that definition. I haven't heard anything like the instrumentation on 3OAPP before or since. It's the only KC album that makes full use of technology that, though dated to some, still sounds fresh and groundbreaking today possibly because there's nothing else to compare it to. This particular album features Bill's Simmons electronic percussion, Ade's fretless guitars, a slice of Fripp's most ethereal soundscapes(then called 'Frippertronics'), Tony Levin's always unique Chapman Stick, flanger pedals up the wang, and metallic guitar fx that would give a robot a stiff one.
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.
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This 1984 release is probably the best recording with the lineup of Adrian Belew on guitar, ex-Yes drummer Bill Bruford on the skins and bass virtuoso Tony Levin joining founding member and guitar guru Robert Fripp.
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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