HEAVEN & EARTH PRE-ORDER
Posted by Sid Smith on Mar 29, 2019

The long awaited Heaven and Earth boxed set featuring the work of the band between 1997 and 2008 is now available for pre-order. The mult-disc boxset is also released along with The ReconstruKction of Light and The Power To Believe - the final installments in the 40th-anniversary series.

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Heaven and Earth is the most comprehensive boxed set in the series to date, covering just over a decade in King Crimson’s extensive history.

It presents the most complete account of the ProjeKcts series with concerts by P1 – 4 & the sole studio recording of P1 in addition to a huge selection of ProjeKct albums and related recordings.

When the Double Trio line of Fripp, Belew, Levin, Mastelotto, Bruford, and Gunn wanted to develop new material at the end of the THRAK-era in 1997 they broke down into smaller groups, a process which Fripp dubbed fraKctalisation.

As the various band members in different groupings sought to road test ideas in front of audiences the projeKcts, as they were called, often played in small clubs and away from large scale venues. As a result, this hugely creative undertaking was often unseen and unheard by the more general broader audience and to that extent the ProjeKcts can be said to represent ‘The Unknown King Crimson.’

Four CDs and two Blu-rays detail this risk-taking era in comprehensive detail.

When the individual players regrouped as King Crimson the band was now a double duo consisting of Belew, Fripp, Gunn, and Mastelotto with Tony Levin & Bill Bruford leaving to fulfil other recording and touring commitments.

The next period of KC activity resulted in two studio albums, a heavy touring schedule, a studio mini-album & a number of live releases on CD/DVD/download & ran to 2003.

The two studio albums are presented here for the first time in 5.1 surround mixes.

2000’s The ConstruKction of Light has undergone the most radical change of all KC albums thus far.

The loss of the original recordings of the electronic drums allowed Pat Mastelotto to completely rerecord the material on his current acoustic/electric kit making for a virtually completely new album of familiar material.

2003’s The Power to Believe has also benefited from additional sonic seasonings from the original recording sessions discovered by mixer/producer David Singleton & woven into the surround mix.

They are accompanied by a series of live recordings presented across 11CDs of live recordings taken from the various tours including a US show with Tool and a specially construKcted 3CD set from 2000 which interweaves improvs & the London concert to produce a very different, very powerful imaginary KC setlist.

Every night of the 2000 European tour was also filmed by DGM off-shoot company, Bootleg TV style. This had the advantage that the crew filming became equally familiar with the setlists, for example knowing when to get closer to particular musicians at key points, working out how best to film the improv sections and going with the flow of the gigs.

Most live concert films are precisely that: a film of a single performance or a couple of nights at a single venue.

With Bootleg TV filming evolved to match the band and this Blu-Ray details a very different approach to live filming, with over ten hours of live video footage as proof of concept.
It's also just one example of why, at one point it was thought that this era would have to run across two boxed sets but by utilising the full capacity of every disc included the entire history of the band in this era is presented, as it should be, in one place.

With King Crimson again off the road, in 2006 Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp became ProjeKct 6 and four of their concerts feature on Blu-Ray Disc 2.

Finally, CDs 17 and 18 present an idealised set-list drawn from the New York run of gigs from King Crimson’s 2008 US tour which saw the band playing live after an absence of five years. Following Trey Gunn’s departure, Tony Levin rejoined the band and with drummer Gavin Harrison making his debut with King Crimson both he and Pat Mastelotto foreshadow the elements that would make the three drummer set-up of the present-day incarnation of King Crimson so spectacular.

Eleven years, numerous ProjeKcts, dozens of concerts, complete studio recordings of the era, with re-recordings in new stereo & 5.1, and over 10 hours of live video footage, Heaven and Earth is the most extensive account of this part of King Crimson’s ongoing story.

This 24 disc - 18 x CD, 4 x Blu-Ray and 2 x DVD-A - set represents the most comprehensive collection in the series to date and covers the period from December 1997 to August 2008.

Contents (Presented in a 12” box with booklet, memorabilia and new sleeve-notes by Sid Smith and David Singleton)

* 3CDs feature a re-imagining of The ConstruKction of Light, an extended/enhanced stereo mix of The Power to Believe and the (studio) Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With and Level 5 mini-albums.

* 4CDs feature ProjeKcts 1 - 4 (new to CD) with 1 CD allocated to each line-up.

* 11CDs feature live recordings (several new to CD, with some material previously unreleased) from the 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2008 tours.

* 3 Blu-Ray audio discs:

Disc One contains the complete recordings of ProjeKcts 1, 3, 4 & 6 - every single concert plus additional material the ProjeKcts released, it features the complete albums: ProjeKct 1- Space Groove, The ProjeKcts - 4CD box, ProjeKct 1 - Jazz Café Suite, ProjeKct X - Heaven & Earth, BPM&M - ExtraKcts & ArtifaKcts and Rieflin/Fripp/Gunn - Repercussions of Angelic Behaviour

Disc Two contains the complete recordings of ProjeKct 2 (every single concert). More than 30 shows plus an album's worth of rehearsals.

Disc Three contains The ReconstruKction of Light - the album in stereo and 5.1 mixes with the drums completely re-recorded by Pat Mastelotto - stereo mixes by Don Gunn, 5.1 mixes by David Singleton and the original album in hi-res stereo, The Power to Believe - expanded/enhanced 2019 master (2 tracks with additional elements plus 3 extra tracks assembled/mixed by David Singleton) and 5.1 surround mixes by David Singleton - all mixes executive produced by Robert Fripp - plus the Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With and Level 5 mini-albums, the 2000 show from London, the EleKtriK live album from 2003 and a video of a tour of the KC studio/live equipment setup from 2002.

* Blu-Ray video contains Europe 2000 - The Bootleg TV tour, which features around 10 hours of audio/video mostly never seen/heard since the concerts with versions of selected songs and improvs (usually two per night of each) from almost every show. Includes footage and music from 20 performances.

* 2 DVD-As (compatible with all dvd players) feature The ReconstruKction of Light (new stereo/5.1/original stereo mixes plus ProjeKct X - Heaven & Earth) and The Power to Believe (2019 stereo/5.1/original master mixes plus Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With mini-album).

The ReconstruKction Of Light

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Inner Knot (US)

Burning Shed (UK/EU)

The ReconstruKction of Light – is the fourteenth release in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series.
• CD features a “re-imagined” edition of the album with all drums replaced by Pat Mastelotto & the entire album remixed to accommodate these changes by Don Gunn (who mixed last year’s Meltdown: Live in Mexico set.
• DVD-a features the new mixes in hi-res stereo audio.
• DVD-a also features the album in lossless 5.1 Surround Sound as mixed by David Singleton.
• All new mixes were approved by the set’s Executive Producer Robert Fripp.
• The original album mix is included in hi-res stereo
• As a bonus feature, the complete ProjeKct X album – Heaven & Earth is included.
• Presented as a 2 x digi-pack format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos & archive material.
• Continues the highly collectable King Crimson series.

Adrian Belew ~ Robert Fripp ~ Trey Gunn ~ Pat Mastelotto


When the Double Trio line of Fripp, Belew, Levin, Mastelotto, Bruford, and Gunn wanted to develop new material at the end of the THRAK-era in 1997 they broke down into smaller groups, a process which Fripp dubbed fraKctalisation.  

This resulted in a series of different groupings which were called The ProjeKcts – resulting in a series of releases now gathered on the Heaven & Earth boxed set.  

When the individual players regrouped as King Crimson the band was now a double duo consisting of Belew, Fripp, Gunn, and Mastelotto with Tony Levin & Bill Bruford leaving to fulfill other recording and touring commitments.

The next period of KC activity resulted in the album The ConstruKction of Light. Perhaps appropriately, for an album with the theme of building in its title, 2000’s The ConstruKction of Light has undergone the most radical change of all KC albums thus far – effectively being rebuilt from the ground up.

The loss of the original recordings of the electronic drums allowed Pat Mastelotto to completely rerecord the material on his current acoustic/electric kit making for a virtually completely new album of familiar material.

The album is presented here in new stereo & 5.1 Surround Sound editions, along with the original mix & as a bonus inclusion, the complete ProjeKct X Heaven & Earth album, which was issued as a companion volume to the original album.

The Power To Believe

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Inner Knot (US)

Burning Shed (UK/EU)

• The Power to Believe – is the fifteenth and final release in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series.
• CD features an enhanced, expanded master of the album.
• DVD-a features the new master in hi-res stereo audio.
• DVD-a also features the album in lossless 5.1 Surround Sound as mixed by David Singleton.
• All new mixes were approved by the set’s Executive Producer Robert Fripp.
• The original album master is included in hi-res stereo
• As a bonus feature, the mini-album Happy With What You Have to be Happy With – which preceded the release of The Power to Believe is included.
• Presented as a 2 x digi-pack format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos & archive material.
• Concludes the highly collectable King Crimson series.

Adrian Belew ~ Robert Fripp ~ Trey Gunn ~ Pat Mastelotto

The Power to Believe, originally issued in 2003 is King Crimson’s final studio album, to date. Drawing in part on material issued on the 2001 live mini-album Level 5 and the 2002 studio mini-album Happy With What You Have to be Happy With, the album represented the final statement from the double duo which had recorded and toured from 2000.

It was produced by Machine with post-production work by David Singleton and Robert Fripp allowing for the inclusion of additional elements and edits prior to release.

For the 5.1 Surround Sound edition, David Singleton was able to go back to Machine’s original pro-tools stems to build a completely new mix. In doing so, he also included subtle sonic elements in both Dangerous Curves & EleKtrik & these have also been incorporated into the stereo mix. Three additional tracks from the sessions – the Sus-tayn-Z I & II & Superslow have been also been included as expansions.
The stereo mix is, otherwise, unchanged from the original. Nonetheless a hi-res stereo version of both original & new masters have been included to accommodate all versions as released in the higher bit rate format.

All new mixes were approved by Executive Producer Robert Fripp

Finally, the Happy mini-album – as VROOOM was to THRAK – a precursor of the full album, is included, completing the story of this line-up & completing this series, appropriately, with King Crimson’s most recent studio recordings.

 

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