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Old 03-29-2019, 06:03 AM   #1
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King Crimson: Heaven and Earth Blu-ray

Release Date: May 31st, 2019

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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 P2 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 fulfill 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 11 CDs 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 set-list.

Every night of the 2000 European tour was also filmed in DGM off-shoot company, Bootleg TV style. This had the advantage that the crew filming became equally familiar with the set-lists, 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 nearly 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 utilizing 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 idealized 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.
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• The complete 1997-2008 King Crimson boxed set: 18CDS/4Blu-Rays/2DVD-a.
• 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 & (live) 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 in any format) from the 2000, 2001, 2003 & 2008 tours.

• 3 Blu-Ray audio discs:
• Disc One contains the complete recordings of ProjeKcts 1, 3, 4 & 6 – every single concert + additional material, the ProjeKcts as released featuring complete albums: ProjeKct 2- Space Groove, The ProjeKcts - 4CD box, ProjeKct 1 - Jazz Café Suite, ProjeKct X – Heaven & Earth, BPM&M - ExtraKcts & ArtifaKcts & 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 albums’ worth of rehearsals

• Disc Three contains The ReconstruKction of Light – The album in new stereo & 5.1 mixes with the drums completely newly recorded by Pat Mastelotto – stereo mixes by Don Gunn, 5.1 mixes by David Singleton + the original album in hi-res stereo, The Power to Believe – expanded/enhanced 2019 master (2 tracks with additional elements + 3 extra tracks assembled/mixed by David Singleton) & 5.1 surround mixes by David Singleton – all mixes approved by Executive Producer Robert Fripp + bonus inclusions of Happy With/Level 5 mini-albums, the 2000 show from London & the EleKtriK live album from 2003 + video of a tour of the KC studio/live equipment setup from 2002.

• Blu-Ray video
• Disc Four contains Europe 2000 – The Bootleg TV tour – approx. 10 hours of audio/video – much never seen/heard since the concerts featuring performances of selected songs & improvs (usually two per night of each) from almost every show on the tour. Footage & music from 20 shows

• 2 DVD-a discs (compatible with all dvd players) feature The ReconstruKction of Light (new stereo/5.1/original stereo + ProjeKct X – Heaven & Earth & The Power to Believe (2019 stereo/5.1/original master + Happy With What You Have to be Happy With mini-album

• 12” box with booklet, memorabilia and new sleeve-notes by Sid Smith & David Singleton

• King Crimson will perform 50 concerts in 2019, the band’s 50th anniversary
• This is the seventh boxed set in a series of editions which will, when complete, cover all periods of King Crimson activity from 1969 to the present era.

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I'll take two. (One of this and one of the Court box (that's coming too right?).)
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Mine came in from Amazon UK. I have most of it ripped but have only played the ReconstruKction of Light disc so far. There seems to be an issue with one of the Blu Ray discs in that some material was authored to the disc in a way that it plays at the wrong speed. DGM so far has admitted to the issue and is looking to offer a download fix rather than a disc replacement.

https://www.dgmlive.com/news/Heaven_and_earth
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If they don't send a corrected disc, I'd return it. If you pay that much for a set, you don't want downloads. Glad I passed on this one. I like how they marginalize the problem on their blog. I really like their analogy that publishers don't send you a new book if there are spelling errors. Well a song playing too fast is like a book missing every other page, not a spelling error. What a bunch of tools.

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Really disgusted with how it has been handled. DMG is not exactly the smallest thing out there, and they make plenty of money. Just send a damn CD out to people who want it and be done with it. They just don't want to pay all the shipping and what not to produce it. Super duper scummy.
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Their current tour is soon to be on a break if it isn't already. I'm hoping Fripp & Singleton get together and decide that a disc replacement is the best way to go about fixing this. When the issue was first discovered they were busy with the tour and didn't have a lot of time to think about it. I'm hoping that the break will allow them to realize a download fix isn't the best option.
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I suspect the reason they don't want to do a disc replacement on this is because the tracks with the speed problem are sprinkled all through the set.
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I tried 3 times to get a copy of this via mail order, and each time it was packed (or handled by the shipper) crappily and I ended up returning them due to damage for a refund. May try again later, but perhaps this one was just not meant to be for me.

That said, about a month to go to see them live again.
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