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Reissue of King Crimson's THREE OF a PERFECT PAIR originally released in 1984 as part of the recorded trilogy begun by DISCIPLINE (1981) and BEAT (1982). Includes bonus tracks: "The King Crimson Barber Show," "Industrial zone," "Sleepless" and more!
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For the album, I happen to really enjoy listening to this album, but it is one of extremes. I think from this period Fripp said Discipline was his favorite and Belew said Beat was his most liked album of the time. This one has one side of songs and then another side of mostly instrumentals and extra tracks with this edition. The first 4 songs are actually really good, and some of the best work to come out of the 80s IMO. Continuing more or less where Beat left off, they have a really energetic 80s vibe without all the poor taste that came with that decade.
But of course the album veers heavily off the road into experimental territory after that, and what comes will either alienate you or interest you in some way. I have nothing against it. It's decent to good stuff IMO, and all the extra tracks available give the album a sense of largeness. Sure, the first four songs are generally never matched all that well, but I think overall it would be an abstruse mistake to overlook the album. The experimenting and lyrical ambitions bear more than a passing resemblance to the creative and wild structure of albums like Starless and Bible Black.
I regard King Crimson as one of the top ten bands of our time, and I am really glad they decided to do all these remasters and remixes. Three of a Perfect pair is supposed to represent a kind of dual view of the female and male along an objective truth that unites them. Three of a Perfect Pair. Highly Recommended.
As I read reviews on Amazon for the first three from the 1980s, I got excited. I didn't bother listening to the supplied snippets as reviewers promised that these albums were even better than anything King Crimson released in the 60s or 70s. Well, suffice it to say I don't necessarily agree with some of the other reviews.
While I wouldn't call any of the three albums I purchased (Disciplin, Beat, and Three of a Perfect Pair) bad, they are closer to a funky cross between The Talking Heads and Frank Zappa than anything the band did before. The music is indeed good, but it doesn't appear to be progressive rock anymore. Instead of a mix of classical, rock, and jazz, it's more of a cross between funk, rock, and jazz.
So buyer beware! If you're ready for something more current than what King Crimson released in the 60s and 70s, these albums will deliver that. But if you wanted something a little closer to the great progressive rock of that era, look elsewhere.