25071-1 Three of a Perfect Pair
Produced by King Crimson
Released on March 27, 1984
UK CHART POSITION #30 . . . US CHART POSITION #58
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I ’m not wild about saffron, the third installment of the new, improved, exotic, refined, romantic (what was wrong with the old?) King Crimson. It’s a very good album, don’t misunderstand; I’m just not sold on its merits as a good King Crimson album. The perfect pair in this case are Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp, who divide the album (sort of) into their own halves. So what you have is half an album of avant garde pop music (Belew) and half an album of ambient/industrial noise (Fripp). The opening “Three of a Perfect Pair” follows the same formula as the first two (red and blue), and just when I was thinking they hadn’t missed a Beat since Discipline, the very model of an Adrian Belew solo song slips in (“Model Man”), then two (“Man With An Open Heart”). Belew had been busy since Beat, releasing two solo albums, while Fripp had been collaborating with Andy Summers. A lot of Pair sounds like a bewitched rhino, with Levin and Bruford doing their level best to honor the contraKct. To Belew fans, I would recommend this album over Twang Bar King in a heartbeat. But Crimson (the concept) is about much more than Belew or Fripp, and Three of a Perfect Pair isn’t. The band had become a platform for its most prominent members, even if it was an interesting platform. Rather than dilute the brand into a mere mouthpiece, the band broke up. When they re-formed in the ‘90s, it was in the vein of “Industry” and “No Warning,” only less lucid and more lurid.

TRACK LISTING

  1. THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR    4:11
  2. MODEL MAN    3:56
  3. SLEEPLESS    5:20
  4. MAN WITH AN OPEN HEART    3:00
  5. NUAGES (THAT WHICH PASSES, PASSES LIKE CLOUDS)    4:42
  6. INDUSTRY    7:22
  7. DIG ME    2:59
  8. NO WARNING    3:28
  9. LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC PART III    6:01

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  10. THE KING CRIMSON BARBER SHOP
  11. INDUSTRIAL ZONE A
  12. INDUSTRIAL ZONE B
  13. SLEEPLESS (TONY LEVIN MIX)
  14. SLEEPLESS (BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN MIX)
  15. SLEEPLESS (DANCE MIX - F.KERVORKIAN)

    Music by King Crimson; Words by Adrian Belew.

CREDITS

ADRIAN BELEW -- voice, fretted and fretless guitars
BILL BRUFORD -- acoustic and electric drumming
ROBERT FRIPP -- guitar
TONY LEVIN -- bass, stick, synth and background voice
Brad Davis -- engineer
Tony Arnold -- engineer (6,7)
Bob Clearmountain -- mixing (3)
Peter Willis (Trevail Mill Studio) -- cover design
Timothy Eames -- cover art

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK March 1984 EG Records LP/CD/CS EGLP/EGCD/EGMC-55 lyric sleeve
US March 27, 1984 Warner Bros. LP/CS 25071 lyric sleeve
ARG 1984 EG Records LP 27185  
CAN 1984 Warner Bros. LP 92 50711 lyric sleeve
BRA/EUR 1984 EG Records LP 817 882  
JPN 1984 Polydor LP 28MM-0343 lyric insert
JPN 1988 Virgin LP VJL-134  
US 1999 Caroline CD 1594  
US   Virgin CD 44072 30th anniversary HDCD
UK October 25, 2004 Discipline CDX DGM-0510 30th anniversary HDCD w. bonus tracks
JPN March 18, 2009 Victor CDX IECP-30012 w. bonus tracks

 

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