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Which Is The Weakest Link?

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Which KC album is the weakest link?

Beat (1982)
9
39%
Three of a Perfect Pair (1984)
14
60%
 
Total votes : 23

Which Is The Weakest Link?

Postby MiKcrobe on Tue May 08, 2007 2:43 pm

There is much discussion, debate, dialog, dissention, declamation over whether Beat or Three of a Perfect Pair is the weakest King Crimson album. (Note: TCOL bashers please don't derail--start your own thread!).

First, I'll give my personal breakdown of the good and bad on each album. I had always declared Beat to be my least favorite KC album, but that might actually turn out to be wrong. We'll see. Then lets have some commentary, conversation, criticism, and chit-chat. Hopefully, by the end we'll have some answers, advice, and agreements, (but likely it will mostly be arguments).

Rating each track 1-5 (5=best)

BEAT
1. Neal and Jack and Me -- 4
2. Heartbeat -- 1
3. Sartori in Tangier -- 5
4. Waiting Man -- 3
5. Neurotica -- 4
6. Two Hands -- 1
7. The Howler -- 3
8. Requiem -- 4


Total score: 25 Avg per track: 3.1


THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR

1. Three of a Perfect Pair -- 4
2. Model Man -- 1
3. Sleepless -- 3
4. Man With an Open Heart -- 1
5. Nuages -- 5
6. Industry -- 4
7. Dig Me -- 2
8. No Warning -- 5
9. Larks' Tongues III -- 4


Total Score: 29 Avg per track 3.2

Wow, that was close. TOAP onlys beats Beat in total score by virtue of having more material, but the average is nearly identical.

MiKcrobe's fantasy 1982-1984 compilation (keeping it about album length. Obviously you could fit more onto a CD (but I'm not sure I'd want to . . .)):
TREE OF A BEATEN PEAR
1. Neal and Jack and Me
2. Sartori in Tangier
3. Neurotica
4. Requiem
5. Three of a Perfect Pair
6. Sleepless
7. Nuages
8. Industry
9. No Warning
10. Larks III
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Postby Indyrod on Tue May 08, 2007 3:45 pm

I voted "Beat" only because TOAPP has "Sleepless". If not for that, they would both be as bad as the other.
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Postby dr.z on Tue May 08, 2007 7:45 pm

pro TOAPP: Sleepless, Industry
con TOAPP: Model Man, Dig Me, No Warning

pro Beat: Satori in Tangier, Waiting Man, Neurotica, N&J&Me
con Beat: Two Hands

I voted TOAPP, because I really love the first side of Beat (especially Satori) + Neurotica
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Postby The Crimson Avenger on Wed May 09, 2007 2:15 pm

(rolls over in grave, looks at watch, sighs...)

God, somebody needs to kick serious ass around here, and keep you Wetton-licking knuckleheads in line. Too bad nobody seems up for the job...
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Postby vrooom on Wed May 09, 2007 3:04 pm

The Crimson Avenger wrote:(rolls over in grave, looks at watch, sighs...)

God, somebody needs to kick serious ass around here, and keep you Wetton-licking knuckleheads in line. Too bad nobody seems up for the job...


Whatever... :roll:

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Postby Riverman on Wed May 09, 2007 10:55 pm

Lizard isn't on the list? Can't vote, then.
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Postby ChewChewGumChew on Wed May 09, 2007 10:57 pm

Well, to me Beat is the weaker link, but not the weakest. For me, that title goes to Lizard.

3OAPP is in my KC "Top 5 or so" list along with TCOL, THRAK, Earthbound (or anything live from the Islands band), and maybe Red.
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Postby Dog_none on Thu May 10, 2007 12:21 am

TOAPP. No contest.
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Postby vrooom on Thu May 10, 2007 12:36 am

Yup - TOAPP is a stinker...


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Postby evktalo on Thu May 10, 2007 12:14 pm

TOAPP as a concept album about 80s KC's split musical personality is pretty succesfull..

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