The complete 1997-2008 King Crimson boxed set: 18 CDs/4 Blu-Rays/2DVD-a. Includes 11 CDs of live recordings.
‘Heaven and Earth’ is the most comprehensive boxed set in the series of box sets covering king Crimson’s entire career 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 ProjeKts 1 – ProjecKts 4 & the sole studio recording of ProjecKts 2 in addition to a huge selection of ProjeKct albums and related recordings.
When the Double Trio line of Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Bill Bruford, and Trey 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 Levin & 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 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 set-list.
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 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.
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.