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Editorial Reviews

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.

1. Three of a Perfect Pair
2. Modelk Man
3. Sleepless
4. Man with an Open Heart
5. Nuyages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds)
6. Industry
7. Dig Me
8. No Warning
9. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 3
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. Kevorkian][*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B00064WSO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Really, you just have to hear it--best at loud volume.
Snow Leopard
This album is good enough to sway the naysayers of KC into followers of Fripp, Levin, Bruford and Belew.
Gypsy Prince
The performances themselves, the performers, are very good indeed.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Snow Leopard on November 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 earliest days of King Crimson--back when Robert Fripp conceived of a record album as consisting of two contrasting sides. In fact, with a little stretch of the imagination, one could say that this is a totally electronified "In the Wake of Poseidon". The distinction of sides is emphasized by the fact that (on the original album) the sides were designated as 'right' and 'left', not one and two.
In terms of sound, this means that one side is full of 'normal' songs, in the Fripp-Belew-Levin-Bruford vein familiar from the previous two albums, while the other side, by contrast, is a glorious maelstrom of seemingly improvised stuff, culminating in "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part III".
More specifically:
1. The album opens with "Three of a Perfect Pair", one of the most compelling songs Adrian has ever sung. Immediately, the parallel guitar lines of Fripp-Belew hook you, Adrian's voice soars gloriously above, and the exquisite Levin-Bruford rhythm section kicks in. Adrian's guitar solo is a particular standout here as well, as it sounds like he is literally tapdancing on all kinds of footpedals more than playing his guitar. And PS, to everyone who likens Adrian's voice to David Byrne, Byrneisms are rare for Adrian. And here he shows that it is Roy Orbison that is the best analog to his voice. ("Frame by Frame" from Discipline is another apt example.)
2. "Model Man" and "Man with an Open Heart" (as the man in both titles suggests) are fairly similar, and very straightforward songs.
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Humor. It's in short supply in the world. One thing that King Crimson has been accused of in the past was a lack of humor. They were called "doom and gloom" prog rock. In some cases that was appropriate. Then Adrian Belew joined the band. He was just the catalyst. Fripp has always had a sense of humor he just hid it well.
The last in a trio of albums from the 80's line up, Three of A Perfect Pair could almost be called commerical. Almost. Sleepless became an alternative hit (before the term was coined)and the songs portion of Three are among the most straight forward of any KC songs. Is this a bad thing? No as it just allowed KC to continue to broaden their mastery of a number of different styles and turn them inside out. Prog pop perhaps would be a better term.
Although David Bryne is always pointed to as the main influence on Adrian Belew's vocal style most folks have missed the boat. More accurately it's John Lennon (particularly around Revolver) and David Bowie. Belew certainly bears a passing resemblence to Byrne's stylized vocal delivery but, then again, Byrne was influenced by Lennon, Bowie and others as well. He didn't spring fully formed from Zeus' forhead. Here Belew comes into his own as a singer. Always technically more gifted than Byrne, his soaring vocals recall his former mentor as much as it does Roy Orbison expansive, cinemascope singing style.
All of the songs manage to incorporate the lessons learned and demonstrated on the first two albums and also manage to break new ground for the band. The songwriting is crisp, concise and melodic. The best songs hold their own against anything in the KC canon.
Fripp and Belew are perfect guitar foils for each other; both are atmospheric guitarist and they bring different colors to the music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Carzon on November 22, 2003
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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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