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King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair (2005) Retail CD
King Crimson were a '70s prog rock band with everything that implies: pretensiousness, self-indulgent noodlings, atonal "experimental" sound collages... occasionally inspired but often tedious. Robert Fripp reformed Crimso in the '80s and confounded fans and critics because the new look Crimso turned out to be sleek, contemporary and really bloody good, replete with unique interlocking guitar effects (mesmeric) and Adrian Belew's "Talking Heads"-style vocals. The excellent debut "Discipline" was followed by the rather formulaic "Beat" and then "Three of a Perfect Pair" completed the triptych,more… whereupon Crimso once again imploded."Three of a Perfect Pair" nods to Fripp's earlier '70s preoccupations, being something of a 'concept album'. The first 5 tracks (the original side one) being rather poppy confections, the more 'serious' instrumental soundscapes spreading out over side two, the last 4 tracks. If instrumental soundscapes are your bag, then these are up there with anything else in that line Fripp has put out, but personally I'd head for the second side of David Bowie's "Low" if I was in the mood for that sort of thing. The reference to Crimso's earlier prog incarnation is completed by the last track, "Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part III", a sequel to the sort of jazz-rock malarkey the '70s Crimso got up to.The first five tracks, though, are unalloyed joy, both honouring and subverting the '80s dancefloor fillers of the period. One track, the hypnotic "Sleepless", was actually a dancefloor hit, very briefly. These are all highly original, strangely timeless compositions. If you hit the stop button after track 5, this CD will still have earned the purchase price.This remastered edition contains a set of 'bonus' tracks. Most of these are rather redundant remixes of "Sleepless" but one, "The King Crimson Barber Shop", is a charmingly jokey exercise that goes to show there's more to Fripp than serious beard-stroking and self-important 'guitarcraft'.Overall, a must-have complete-the-set purchase for Crimso fans; the first half being a very rewarding slice of '80s obscuriana for the more casual listener.
|1||Three of a Perfect Pair|
|4||Man With an Open Heart|
|5||Nuages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds)|
|9||Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. III|
|10||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][*]|
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