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King Crimson
"Three Of A Perfect Pair"

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Year of Release: 1984

track listing
  • Three Of A Perfect Pair
  • Model Man
  • Sleepless
  • Man With An Open Heart
  • Nuages
    (That Which Passes
    Passes Like Clouds)
  • Industry
  • Dig Me
  • No Warning
  • Larks' Tongues In Aspic
    Part 3

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    "Three Of A Perfect Pair"

    Listening to King Crimson's albums has always been a "journey." It's different, unique, strange at times, but all in all, Robert Fripp & Co. certainly knows how to capture music in fine moments. 1984's Three Of A Perfect Pair defines Progressive Rock. The album's concept is based on "three sides to every story" -- His side, Her side, and an objective truth. The album's artwork cover, designed by Peter Willis, a reference to the Emerald Tablet. The representation in the figure on the cover is a male solar deity on top, and and a female lunar deity on the bottom. The album is also a continuation of "Larks' Tongues In Aspic," an album that was released by the band in 1973. (Part 3 is included on Three Of A Perfect Pair; the first two parts are found on the 1973 release of the same name.)

    Starting off is the title track, where it has a pure Prog Rock sound, yet it's a little jazzy. "Model Man" is also Prog, yet a little Pop-pish. "Sleepless" has a Punk feel, yet its still Prog. "Man With An Open Heart" continues the uniqueness, as it could easily be a track included on two previous King Crimson albums -- Discipline and (more to) Beat. (Another band comes to mind on this track, XTC.)

    Uniqueness and strange has "Nuages (That Which Passes Passes Like Clouds)." As the first 4 songs easily fits the King Crimson style from most previous releases, "Nuages" is an instrumental, and could be easily used as background music for a soundtrack. It blends into the next instrumental track, "Industry." Just as the previous track, its uniqueness draws your attention to keep listening. "Dig Me" is also strange, as it sounds like a track from Frank Zappa. "No Warning" also has the unique-Zappa approach. "Larks' Tongue In Aspic Part 3" returns the typical King Crimson sound, easily matching the first 4 tracks, yet, as from "Nuages" throughout the rest of the album, are all instrumentals.

    The first 4 tracks are the standouts. The best instrumental is the "Larks' Tongue In Aspic Part 3." All in all, it defines King Crimson as a unique band. Progressive Rock, Zappa Rock, its all quite different, and wanting to hear more. Adrian Belew provided the vocals and guitar work on this album. (Belew had also worked with Frank Zappa, so the coincidence is easily heard.) Throughout many personnel changes, one band member always remained: Robert Fripp. His unique keyboard work and interesting concepts for each album, makes his band, King Crimson one of the most unique bands in Rock History. King Crimson released 13 studio albums from 1969 to 2003.

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