King Crimson – Three of a Perfect Pair (1984)
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About the Album
Three of a Perfect Pair is the tenth studio album by English band King Crimson, released in March 1984 by record label E.G. The album balances traditional song structures on the “left side”with more free-form improvisation on the “right side”, fitting somewhere between the experimental Discipline and the more commercially accessible Beat. Tony Levin had more input than on any other King Crimson album. The “other side”on the 2001 remaster consists of bonus tracks including an a cappella in which all four members supposedly sing in a barbershop quartet but is really Levin’s voice overdubbed to create harmonization.
The name of the album is based on the idea of perfect opposites and “three sides to every story”, or his, hers, and an objective truth.
The Peter Willis designed artwork illustrates the sacred–profane dichotomy while being a simplified version of the Larks’ Tongues in Aspic cover; a rising phallic object represents a male solar deity about to penetrate the crescent figure, a female lunar deity. However, one can also make out a Christian cross if staring at the empty spaces between the figures. The back cover illustration is the same but adds a third element, a curved line stretching to reconcile the opposing sides.