Three of a Perfect Pair - Live in Japan (Video)

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Originally released: 1984
Recorded at Kain Hoken Hall, Tokyo, 29th & 30th April 1984.


  • Adrian Belew (voice and guitar)
  • Robert Fripp (guitar)
  • Tony Levin (bass, stick, synth and voice)
  • Bill Bruford (acoustic and electronic drums)



All songs written by King Crimson.

  • Three of a Perfect Pair
  • No Warning/Larks Tongues in Aspic Part III
  • Thela Hun Ginjeet
  • Frame by Frame
  • Matte Kudasai
  • Industry (from soundcheck)
  • Dig Me
  • Indisciplin Indiscipline
  • Sartori in Tangier
  • Man With An Open Heart
  • Sleeples Sleepless
  • Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part II
  • Elephant Talk
  • Heartbea Heartbeat


Reviews are listed in chronological order within each section. Please retain a chronological order when adding new reviews.

Entire Video

Date Submitted: 6-May-96
By: (Pooson at aol dot com)

"My exposure to this video was on MTV in an abbreviated form. There are positives and negatives to this video, most of the positives from the performance and most of the negatives from the production. First off, its great to see KC live and in action, to see how they perform and the virtuosity of the musicians. Highlights include Fripp's jaw-dropping solo in "Satori in Tangier", Bruford's lead in to "Indiscipline" and "Frame by Frame". Also, watch for "Dig Me" as Tony Levin wields his bass AND stick AND synth all at the same time! However, there are annoying moments on the video. Some of the songs ("Three of a Perfect Pair", "Satori in Tangier", "Indiscipline") are plastered with video effects, so much so that its hard to see the band (thats half the fun, after all). Sometimes it seems that the band is bored as well (Fripp in particular) which seems to point to the end of the road for the band which was to break up soon. Only Adrian Belew seems to be enjoying himself the whole time (which for his amusing struggles with a streamer thrown from the audience on "Elephant Talk"!). Still, the video is great fun for all its annoyances, and the music is excellent. By the way, the best live KC I ever saw was on the short lived ABC show "Fridays" on which they played "Elephant Talk" and "Thela Hun Ginjeet". Stunning stuff-EVERYONE was mind-blowing on those songs (Fripp smiles!) I have an old Beta tape that is pretty worn. If anyone knows where to get a clean one, please e-mail me!"

Date Submitted: 6-Jun-96
By: Daniel Lark (dan at netsteps dot com)

"All-in-all a great video of the band, showing them in doing what they do best - play live. Highlights for me were "Sartori in Tangier", "Larks Tongue in Aspic II" (Tony's bass solo still boggles my mind), and "Sleepless". This video shows this particular incarnation of the band at its tightest. By watching this video, I got the distinct impression that a lot of non-verbal communication is happening on-stage, and that everybody seems to be in tune with everyone else.

"Almost everyone except Fripp seems to be enjoying the show. They seem to be happy playing to an appreciative audience. Of particular note is some of the footage of the band shot while they were walking around Tokyo, being just your "average" tourists. (You even get to see Fripp mug for the camera!)

"I purchased this video while I was working for a video store and got the last copy of it, that the wholesaler had. As far as I know, there is no current availability of the video in the North American market. If you have treasure it. I know I do!"

Date Submitted: 23-Jun-97
By: George Korein (mopobeans at msn dot com)

"It is fun to see the masters at work, despite having to put up with "Heartbeat", "Industry", "Dig Me", "Sleepless" and "Man with an Open Heart". Here is a listing of the more interesting details:

"Indiscipline" and "Waiting Man" feature interesting arrangements (Belew gets to drum some). Fripp gets carried away (hard to believe, I know) during LTIA3's coda solo... he has this look as if he just tasted something incredibly sour, and he is on the brink of either standing up or falling off of his chair, and suddenly he sees the camera and he resumes calm Frippitude with a look that says "OOPS!". Tony Levin speeds up drastically in the beginning of "Sartori". After the title track, we get to see humorous backstage snippets: Levin getting makeup on his forehead and commenting, "Hmm... Feels good!"... Bruford putting on a corny jacket and saying that it was "The same jacket that brought you "Lark's Toungues in Aspic""... Belew howling "NO! NOT THAT! with an incredibly goofy expression as the camera zooms in and freezes on his contorted face... and my personal favorite: Fripp playing the fast-picked midsection of Fracture on his unplugged electric! Also, between "Indiscipiline" and "Sartori", we get to see the band bopping around Japan."

Date Submitted: 1-Jan-99
By: Keith Chu (KeithFromNJ at webtv dot net)

"Alas, I never had the privelege of seeing the 80's version of King Crimson live. But this wonderful video has actually reminded me of just what I missed. I'm a big progressive rock fan. My favorite bands include Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Rush, Yes, Marillion, Genesis, etc. I've seen these groups live several times each. After seeing this video, KC has entered my top 10 all-time bands.

"With all the trash, garage bands that are floating around these days its refreshing to go back and listen to (and watch) these virtuoso performances. I doubt any of these 90's band could play with the sophistication and musical chops like Adrian, Bill, Tony, and Bob.

"I shall go out and buy the next video. I wish I was born 10 years earlier."

Date Submitted: 22-Nov-99
By: Artur de Sousa Rocha (adsr at datacomp dot com dot pl)

"First of all, great, great Crim video. The performance is near perfect, good camera work on the band and those backstage/city tour pics! I had "The Noise" before, but this is much better -- no out-of-tune guitars, Adrian's singing only fails (as usual) when he sings "...tears of the waiting _man_".

"As far as Robert "The Sitting Man" :-) Fripp is concerned, you can see him tossing on his stool with the guitar and his left foot goes sky-high at one point -- quite a lot of movement for his steady manners. Adrian gets out of control in "Thela Hun Ginjeet", which is not a surprise at all.

"The music is good-good-good. I can't judge the sound, my VCR is poor, but you can't compare "Absent Lovers" (which scores at least 4.5 out of 5) in any way to it. I like the choice of songs, even the weird stuff.

"Well, if you don't have it, get it. It's a lot of fun, a lot of good music, and some surprises too."