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Songs / Tracks Listing

The ReconstruKction Of Light
CD1-1 King Crimson ProzaKc Blues
King Crimson The ConstruKction Of Light
CD1-2 Untitled
CD1-3 Untitled
CD1-4 King Crimson Into The Frying Pan Intro
CD1-5 King Crimson Into The Frying Pan
CD1-6 King Crimson FraKctured
CD1-7 King Crimson The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax
King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part IV
CD1-8 Untitled
CD1-9 Untitled
CD1-10 Untitled
CD1-11 King Crimson Coda: I Have A Dream
CD1-12 ProjeKct X Heaven And Earth
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
CD2-1 King Crimson Bude
CD2-2 King Crimson Happy With What You Have To Be Happy
CD2-3 King Crimson Mie Gakure
CD2-4 King Crimson She Shudders
CD2-5 King Crimson Eyes Wide Open [Acoustic Version]
CD2-6 King Crimson ShoGaNa
CD2-7 King Crimson I Ran
CD2-8 King Crimson Potato Pie
CD2-9 King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part IV
CD2-10 King Crimson Clouds
CD2-11 King Crimson Einstein's Relatives
Level Five
CD2-12 King Crimson Dangerous Curves
CD2-13 King Crimson Level Five
CD2-14 King Crimson Virtuous Circle
CD2-15 King Crimson The ConstruKction Of Light
CD2-16 King Crimson The Deception Of The Thrush
CD2-17 King Crimson Improv: ProjeKct X
The Power To Believe
CD3-1 King Crimson The Power To Believe I: A Cappella
CD3-2 King Crimson Level Five
CD3-3 King Crimson Eyes Wide Open
CD3-4 King Crimson EleKtriK
CD3-5 King Crimson Facts Of Life: Intro
CD3-6 King Crimson Facts Of Life
CD3-7 King Crimson The Power To Believe II
CD3-8 King Crimson Dangerous Curves
CD3-9 King Crimson Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
CD3-10 King Crimson The Power To Believe III
CD3-11 King Crimson The Power To Believe IV: Coda
Bonus Tracks
CD3-12 King Crimson Sus-tayn-Z I
CD3-13 King Crimson Superslow
CD3-14 King Crimson Sus-tayn-Z II
London December4, 1997
CD4-1 ProjeKct One 4 i 1
CD4-2 ProjeKct One 4 i 2
CD4-3 ProjeKct One 4 i 3
CD4-4 ProjeKct One 4 i 4
CD4-5 ProjeKct One 4 i 6
CD4-6 ProjeKct One 4 ii 1
CD4-7 ProjeKct One 4 ii 2
CD4-8 ProjeKct One 4 ii 4
CD4-9 ProjeKct One 4 ii 5
CD4-10 ProjeKct One 4 ii 6
Baltimore May 2, 1998
CD5-1 ProjeKct Two Introductory Soundscape
CD5-2 ProjeKct Two House I
CD5-3 ProjeKct Two Heavy ConstruKction
CD5-4 ProjeKct Two Vector Drift
CD5-5 ProjeKct Two Light ConstruKction
CD5-6 ProjeKct Two Live Groove
CD5-7 ProjeKct Two X-chayn-jiZ
CD5-8 ProjeKct Two Sector Patrol
CD5-9 ProjeKct Two Vector Shift To Planet Belewbeloid
CD5-10 ProjeKct Two Contrary ConstruKction
CD5-11 ProjeKct Two The Deception Of The Thrush
CD5-12 ProjeKct Two VROOOM
San Francisco November 2, 1998
CD6-1 ProjeKct Four Heavy ConstruKction
CD6-2 ProjeKct Four Improv I
CD6-3 ProjeKct Four ProjeKction
CD6-4 ProjeKct Four The Deception Of The Thrush
CD6-5 ProjeKct Four Hindu Fizz
CD6-6 ProjeKct Four Improv II
CD6-7 ProjeKct Four Seizure
Austin March 23, 1999
CD7-1 ProjeKct Three Masque 3
CD7-2 ProjeKct Three X-chayn-jiZ
CD7-3 ProjeKct Three CCCCCCs
CD7-4 ProjeKct Three Heavy ConstruKction
CD7-5 ProjeKct Three Masque 8
CD7-6 ProjeKct Three Masque 11
CD7-7 ProjeKct Three ProjeKction
CD7-8 ProjeKct Three The Deception Of The Thrush
Live ConstruKction 2000
CD8-1 King Crimson Improv: Principio Mastelottico (Madrid)
CD8-2 King Crimson ProzaKc Blues
CD8-3 King Crimson Improv: Blasticus SS Blastica
CD8-4 King Crimson The ConstruKction Of Light
CD8-5 King Crimson Improv: Tomorrow Never Knows Thela (incl
Tomorrow Never Knows) (Warsaw)
CD8-6 King Crimson Into The Frying Pan
CD8-7 King Crimson Improv: Heaven C Blasticum (Legnano)
CD9-1 King Crimson Improv: Crim Chill Thrill (San Sebastian)
CD9-2 King Crimson One Time
CD9-3 King Crimson Improv: Mastelotto Maximatamus Est
CD9-4 King Crimson Three Of A Perfect Pair
CD9-5 King Crimson Improv: El Groovistico SS Blasticus
CD9-6 King Crimson Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
CD9-7 King Crimson Improv: C Chill Unchill (Rome)
CD9-8 King Crimson Cage
CD10-1 King Crimson Improv: Heaven Groovistica (Copenhagen)
CD10-2 King Crimson The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor
Wax Museum
CD10-3 King Crimson Improv: C Blasticum
CD10-4 King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part IV
CD10-5 King Crimson Improv: Mastelotticus SS Blasticus (Rome)
CD10-6 King Crimson The Deception Of The Thrush
San Diego August 15, 2001
CD11-1 King Crimson The ConstruKction Of Light
CD11-2 King Crimson Into The Frying Pan
CD11-3 King Crimson Level Five
CD11-4 King Crimson The Deception Of the Thrush
CD11-5 King Crimson Dangerous Curves
CD11-6 King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part IV
CD11-7 King Crimson Thela Hun Ginjeet
CD11-8 King Crimson Adrian Announcement
CD11-9 King Crimson Red
New Haven December 9, 2001
CD12-1 King Crimson Introductory Soundscape
CD12-2 King Crimson Dangerous Curves
CD12-3 King Crimson Into The Frying Pan
CD12-4 King Crimson Adrian Announcement
CD12-5 King Crimson EleKtriK
CD12-6 King Crimson The ConstruKction Of Light
CD12-7 King Crimson Dinosaur
CD12-8 King Crimson Thela Hun Ginjeet
CD13-1 King Crimson Virtuous Circle
CD13-2 King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part IV
CD13-3 King Crimson The Deception Of the Thrush
CD13-4 King Crimson Level Five
CD13-5 King Crimson Red
EleKtriK Live In Japan, 2003
CD14-1 King Crimson Introductory Soundscape
CD14-2 King Crimson The Power To Believe I: A Cappella
CD14-3 King Crimson Level Five
CD14-4 King Crimson ProzaKc Blues
CD14-5 King Crimson EleKtriK
CD14-6 King Crimson Happy With What You Have To Be Happy
CD14-7 King Crimson One Time
CD14-8 King Crimson Facts Of Life
CD14-9 King Crimson The Power To Believe II: Power Circle
CD14-10 King Crimson Dangerous Curves
CD14-11 King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part IV
CD14-12 King Crimson The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor
Wax Museum
New Haven November 16, 2003
CD15-1 King Crimson The Power To Believe I
CD15-2 King Crimson Level Five
CD15-3 King Crimson The ConstruKction Of Light
CD15-4 King Crimson Facts Of Life
CD15-5 King Crimson EleKtriK
CD15-6 King Crimson The Power To Believe II
CD15-7 King Crimson Dinosaur
CD15-8 King Crimson One Time
CD15-9 King Crimson Happy With What You Have To Be Happy
CD16-1 King Crimson Dangerous Curves
CD16-2 King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part IV
CD16-3 King Crimson The Power To Believe III
CD16-4 King Crimson Elephant Talk
CD16-5 King Crimson RF Announcement
CD16-6 King Crimson Adrian Announcement
CD16-7 King Crimson Red
New York August 14-17, 2008
CD17-1 King Crimson Introductory Soundscape
CD17-2 King Crimson Drum Duet
CD17-3 King Crimson The ConstruKction Of Light
CD17-4 King Crimson Red
CD17-5 King Crimson Frame By Frame
CD17-6 King Crimson Neurotica
CD17-7 King Crimson Three Of A Perfect Pair
CD17-8 King Crimson Sleepless
CD17-9 King Crimson VROOOM
CD17-10 King Crimson Coda: Marine 475
CD17-11 King Crimson One Time
CD17-12 King Crimson B'Boom
CD18-1 -King Crimson Dinosaur
CD18-2 -King Crimson Level Five
CD18-3 -King Crimson The Talking Drum
CD18-4 -King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part Two
CD18-5 -King Crimson Drum Duet
CD18-6 -King Crimson Thela Hun Ginjeet
CD18-7 -King Crimson Elephant Talk
CD18-8 -King Crimson Indiscipline

Disc 19: The ReconstruKction Of Light [DVD-A]

Disc 20: The Power To Believe [DVD-A]

Disc 21: The ProjeKcts Vol. I [Blu-Ray]

Disc 22: The ProjeKcts Vol. II [Blu-Ray]

Disc 21: The ReconstruKction Of Light / The Power To Believe [Blu-Ray]

Disc 22: Bootleg TV - Europe 2000 [Blu-Ray]

Line-up / Musicians

- Name / guitars
- Name / drums

Releases information

Discipline Global Mobile ‎- KCCBX14,
Panegyric ‎- KCCBX14,
Inner Knot ‎- KCCBX14,
Wowow Entertainment, Inc. ‎- KCCBX14
Box Set Compilation, Limited Edition
Released 07 Jun 2019

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KING CRIMSON Heaven & Earth ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(39%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Man With Hat
COLLABORATOR Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team
2 stars Travel Bleary Capricorn: The Condensed King Crimson, Double Duo Edition

The parade of megabox sets for King Crimson continues (and potentially concludes) with the largest time period yet. Collecting various incarnations and permutations of King Crimson, Heaven & Earth covers eleven years of King Crimson history. Starting with the 2000 band that produced The ConstruKction Of Light (and conducted an outstanding tour to accompany the album release), to the 2003 band that created The Power To Believe (although the lineup stayed the same the ethos was a bit different), and finally to the very short lived double drummer 2008 band, which played 12 shows in select cities in the United States. It also includes the period before the 2000 band was concocted; the interlude of self-identified fraKctalization of the band after the double trio had dissolved, to become known as the ProjeKcts. Originally there were four identified projeKcts, most of which existed very briefly, and a ProjeKct X (which was the main King Crimson band improvising in the studio). Later a ProjeKct Six was formed; this brief reprise is also documented here. Most of the music for the ProjeKcts was recorded, combined with a completely documented tour for The ConstruKction of Light and a heavily documented tour for The Power To Believe (and a smaller 2001 tour in between), makes the cache of material for this box truly massive and gave the potential for this to be the best megabox produced yet to celebrate this awe-inspiring band.

Unfortunately, the scope of this new projeKct was just too large. As a result, every single aspect of the box is underrepresented. Part of me feels like the good folks at DGM have become burnt out by this string of huge boxsets that undoubtedly take mindboggling amounts of work to put together. This should have been at least three separate releases. One boxset strictly focusing on the ProjeKcts, another boxset focusing on the 2000-2003 period, and a King Crimson Collectors Club entry for the 2008 show. Given the amount of material available for both the 2000 and 2003 tours, it is conceivable that two boxsets could have been produced, one for each tour. (Although, it must be said, the 2003 band was slightly less interesting in terms of a night by night perspective, as the improv factor was nearly non existent.) There are several other concerns for me that really adds to the sting. Firstly, is that this period of King Crimson's history was heavily documented and properly documented. Many of the previous boxsets had moments where tapes would just run out or were recorded in conditions that produced poor sound quality. Everything here is recorded superbly. Secondly, the 2000 tour is horrendously under represented in official releases. This was one of the most interesting periods in King Crimson's life, as the improv was flowing and all the electronic percussion and guitar patches could create some otherworldly soundscapes and sonic explorations. (The 2003 tour is better documented, but does lose this particular flair, although it does make up for it in intensity.) The third additional nettle to the eye is that of The ConstruKction Of Light itself. Apparently, the original tapes of the drum tracks were lost somewhere between 2000 and when they started to curate this boxset. As a result, Pat Mastelotto went back and re- recorded the drums but unlike the purely electronic drums of the original album, he uses his current kit, which is a mix of acoustic and electronic drums, heavily skewed towards the former. Given the circumstances around the lost tapes, I can understand the re-recording. The issue is over the original The ConstruKction Of Light not being included somewhere in this box. (It also appears that version of the album is gone forever, as they've released The ReconstruKction Of Light as the 40th Anniversary Edition of this album.) I'm not a fan of when bands erase and rewrite history. I'm not sure why they couldn't include the original mix of the album as a bonus or even just as part of the BluRay portion of the collection, but alas, they did not. All of these hitches make Heaven & Earth feel like a missed opportunity.

What was included feels more like a summary than an exploration of this time period of Crimson's history. There are 18 CDs and 4 Blu-Rays, only one of which is video. First up are four projeKcts discs, of which only ProjeKct Two is a complete show (although ProjeKct Four is essentially a completely show, as only the encore of Vroom is omitted). Then there is a three disc set called Live ConstruKction that is the only representative from the 2000 tour. This takes as a base the full show from London and adds nine improvs from the 2000 tour spread throughout the program (one previously released). These are the best bits in the box. Several collections of this type (a complete show with extra improvs added) would have been appreciated, especially if full shows were never a real option to be included. Following this are two shows from 2001 and then two previously released shows from 2003, Live In New Haven and EleKtriK - Live In Tokyo. Yet, for some reason, this Tokyo show is incomplete. Why not expand this to a two disk affair and add the missing pieces from the Tokyo show? An additional disk wouldn't be out of a place in a 24 disc set and would add a shard of positivity to the boxset. The final CDs are a two CD set complied from the four shows in New York City from the 2008 tour. While it is nice to have some physical evidence this tour existed, there is no reason this needed to be included here. This has no relation to the main focus of the box and, as stated above, would have made much more sense to be included as part of the King Crimson Collectors Club as a separate release. This also would have opened up a bit of space for more live excursions. Needless to say the music contained here is excellent, that much is expected from the force that is King Crimson. (It is only fair to add, that all the ProjeKcts material is here on Blu- ray, however there two issues here. One, this is an inefficient way to listen to music. CDs are portable, easy to listen to, and easy to transfer to a computer or similar electronic device. Two, perhaps in DGM's zest to finish these boxsets, the ProjeKct X disc, the previously released ProjeKcts material, and all of ProjeKct One's shows were improperly transferred to the Blu-ray disc and thus have higher pitch and run faster than intended. This is certainly one of the bigger gut punches of the box, as the ProjeKcts were a fertile and fun experiment, and since they've breezed past them in terms of CDs, this is the only way the vast majority is presented in this boxset.)

All in all, Heave & Earth is a monstrous and monstrously disappointing megabox set by King Crimson. The double duo was a ferocious beast, but what is presented here is not. It's like a bad translation of a book into a movie. Tremendous amounts are lost and the results are superficial at best. Maybe this isn't Fripp's favorite period in King Crimson's history, maybe they are indeed tired of spending so much time and energy on these uber large boxsets, or maybe the powers that be feel the double duo doesn't deserve the treatment that the 70s quintet/quartet received. It's amazing to believe this process started with a double-digit disc set for one singular album, and at (or near) its end, over a decade of activity is condensed together in one box with various configurations basically passed over. Supposedly, there will be a boxset dedicated to the 1969 era of the band. (Of course, it was originally teased for a release at the end of 2019, which is now, and there is no scuttlebutt about it, so perhaps this was just a pipedream.) I hope there is so that these megabox sets have a proper swan song. Either way, this is certainly one just for fans and one I can't really recommend that highly. 1.5 stars, rounded up to 2 for progarchives sake. Long live the Crimson King.

Review by Warthur
4 stars This expansive boxed set covers King Crimson in the 2000s. You get The ReconstruKction of Light - a radically reworked version of The ConstruKction of Light which teases out the best of that material - plus the Happy With What you Have To Be Happy With and Level 5 EPs, the Power To Believe album, and a brace of live shows - both from King Crimson themselves and an absolutely massive backlog of performances from the ProjeKcts, the King Crimson subfactions who operated semi-independently of each other in the late 1990s as the band extensively workshopped their sound. In some respects this may be the least essential of these monster boxed sets from King Crimson, simply because this may be their least essential era, but in other respects it offers a wealth of material and casts the music they produced in the period covered in as good a light as it's possible to cast it.

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