The ReconstruKction of Light (40th Anniversary Edition) – King Crimson
During much of the earlier months I spent absent from my blogsite due to decorating and my computer breaking down I got to miss out on quite a few new releases. To be honest there is not a lot new out there in the mainstream world of music that entices me to buy it, especially when it comes down to a conventional stereo album put on a CD. I have nothing against that format and prefer it in relation to vinyl and both of those formats are going to give you the same quality at the end of the day, apart from the CD having way less surface noise and does not have the limitations of a vinyl record when it comes down to what you can comfortably fit on it without it deteriorating in quality. And that is really where the CD wins all the time for myself.
But regarding those formats these days (and ever since I got into the world of 5.1 recordings back in the mid 90’s) I very much consider both of those formats old hat. When it comes down to spending my money on music the real genuine value can be found in multichannel recordings and in most cases, they give you a hell of a lot more for the buck. Honestly it sometimes greaves me to spend £10 – £12 on a CD especially when you can buy something like this for a couple of bucks more and it comes with a CD plus a DVD with a 5.1 recording that is simply gonna leave stereo in the dust.
Quality wise 5.1 recordings for my ears are way more superior and when it comes down to buying music I would genuinely prefer to spend my money on an older album I already have, and buy it again with a 5.1 mix than spend my money on any artists latest album they have put out in stereo. For me the 5.1 mix would certainly be more of a priority to buy first no matter who is coming out with a new album and that is what gives me the most satisfaction in hearing your loud speakers give you something that not even no headphones on this planet could ever give you.
I only recently noticed that back in May of this year King Crimson had released the 40th Anniversary Editions of their 12th and 13th albums The ConstruKction Of Light and The Power To Believe. Both of these albums I had been hoping they would get released with a 5.1 mix so I could buy them again along with the other albums in the same series I purchased back in 2017. Though neither of these albums are anywhere near 40 years old and both are in fact less than 20 years old. There is also quite a significant difference with this particular new release of The ConstruKction Of Light and both the title and the albums artwork cover have been changed as you can see by the original artwork below.
But they are not the only things that are different here, and there is a reason for it being titled The ReconstruKction Of Light to which I will go into further on in my review. But first let’s take a look at the packaging and artwork.
The Packaging & Artwork…
Like all the 40th Anniversary King Crimson Editions they come in a 2-panel cardboard Digipak housed in a cardboard slipcase. The both discs are supported by plastic trays that hold the disc firmly in place and it also comes with a booklet. They are quality packages and my only real gripe is that it would of been better if the booklet was fixed inside rather than it being loose, or they could of used a 3 panel DigiPak so it had a pocket to store the booklet. Still at this price you cannot really complain.
The 14-page booklet contains all the linear production notes, glossary pictures, lyrics and a couple of the pages of an essay written by Sid Smith telling you about the time the album was made and a few other things. It does not go into great detail but is suffice enough and overall it is a very good quality package.
I have to say the new artwork done for this album is certainly a damn site better than that artwork that was on the original album back in 2000. The artwork comes from a painting by the English painter and sculpture Pamela June Crook known professionally as P J Crook. Her paintings have featured on many of King Crimson’s albums and they have been using her artwork consistently since 1997. To be honest it was only ever the bands debut album that came with impressive artwork until she came along and the biggest majority of their albums were pretty much basic and drab to look at.
The ReconstruKction Of Light Release Editions.
There is no doubt that trying to keep up with a band like King Crimson is going to cost you an arm and a leg with how they consistently more or less churn things out every month of the year. I have also noticed that the 50th Anniversary of their debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King will be released next month and instead of the CD & DVD we had with the 40th Anniversary Edition. It now comes with 2 CD’s & a Blu Ray and will cost around £30.
I have also noticed that Steve Wilson who did the new stereo and 5.1 mixes for the 40th Anniversary Edition that was released back in 2009, has been roped in again and done new stereo and 5.1 mixes for this new release. It would not surprise me if not long after the rest of the albums in King Crimson’s discography get the same 50th Anniversary treatment and one will be wondering when is it time to stop buying them, and is it worth buying them all over again.
I am sure there are many other albums out there that Steve Wilson’s mixing techniques would have been put to better use rather than do a different mix for an album he done a perfectly good job of mixing in the first place. Does In The Court Of The Crimson King need another mix? Personally, I certainly do not think so. However if Wilson was to do new mixes for the albums he never mixed in KC’s back catalogue that would be of more interest to me and may entice me to buy them again.
As for the 50th Anniversary of In The Court Of The Crimson King I certainly will not be pre-ordering it or rushing out to buy it. I may buy it later on though just to see how good Wilson’s new mix is and make comparisons, but will hang on longer for its price to come down a bit. Though it’s price point of around £30 is still very reasonable but no doubt you are mostly getting what you already have with the 40th Anniversary and there will be very little here new at all.
The one thing I do admire a lot about King Crimson is the fact that they are not greedy like the BIG GUNS! such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles and The Eagles and they give you a lot more choice for your money with their packages. For example, to get your hands on the 5.1 mixes of those other artists you are gonna have to sell a kidney and all they will give you for 20 bucks is the basic double CD which is still well overpriced. This is where I do have a lot of respect for bands like King Crimson and they do have a lot more respect for their fans in the way they do release their packages and give you the very thing you are after at the right price and do not rip you off like those I mentioned. So, let’s now take a look at what you get for your buck with this new release.
As with all these 40th Anniversary Editions they generally get released with around 3 different packages at different price tiers to suit your pocket. The CD/DVD Set I brought was the first to be released on the 31st May 2019. It comes with quite a few extras and is very reasonably priced at around £14 or less in some stores and is the cheapest option out of the 3 packages you can buy.
Super Deluxe Box Set
The Super Deluxe Box Set Edition Heaven & Earth was released on the 7th June 2019 and is the most expensive package. This box set comprises of 24 Discs. 18 CD’s. 4 Blu Rays and 2 DVD’s. Much of the material you get in these type of box sets consists of a lot of live material played at different venues. It also includes the bands 13th studio album The Power To Believe along with much of the ProjeKct series which was a side project by the musicians that made up King Crimson playing a lot of live improvisations to which some of the material from that project winded up on the bands 12th and 13th albums The ConstruKction of Light and The Power To Believe.
For me personally a box set like this can be a bit like having too much of the same thing. It’s really aimed at those diehard fans and collectors to which no doubt comes neatly packaged and makes great presentation and an attractive thing to own. It can be obtained from around £130 or less and with everything you get here you cannot really quibble about its price point.
2 LP Vinyl Set
The vinyl edition has not been released yet but is set to be released here in the UK on the 27th September 2019 at the end of this month. The double album has been pressed onto 200-gram quality vinyl however you do not get any extras here like you do with the other 2 packages apart from 1 bonus track and the fact that you are getting the new reconstructed version of The ConstruKction Of Light. The vinyl album can be pre-ordered and is priced at around £26 or less.
The ReconstruKction Of Light In Review…
The original album The ConstruKction Of Light was released on the 23rd May 2000 and contained 11 tracks over an overall playing time of 58 minutes, 18 seconds. The new reconstructed version The ReconstruKction Of Light comes with 12 tracks over an overall playing time of 59 minutes, 53 seconds. The extra minute or so is down to the intro that has been added to “Into The Frying Pan” and that is not the only thing that’s new here either. Pat Mastelotto had to record most of the drums and percussion all over again from scratch. Hence the reason for this particular release having a slightly different title pertaining to the word “Reconstruction”.
By the time the last incarnation of the double trio had finished touring the bands previous album Thrak in 1997. Bill Bruford suggested to Robert Fripp that it would be a good idea to play some live improvisation shows. Though getting everyone together to play them was never gonna be that easy so the period between 1997 – 1999 is what Fripp called the FraKctalisation period which involved splitting the members down to smaller groups to work in various other projects or ProjeKcts as he called it. Fripp was the only member of the band to appear on all of the ProjeKcts and ProjeKct One was the only one of them that Bill Bruford played on before leaving to once again do something more with his Earthworks project.
Much of the material done for ProjeKcts 1 – 4 was experimental and recorded live at various venues and the band was split down to a trio or a quartet to perform them. ProjeKct Two featured Adrian Belew on drums Robert Fripp guitar and Trey Gunn on touch guitar and synth and this line up produced the only studio album Space Grooves. It was also during this period that Tony Levin had left to play bass on tour with Seal who was making a comeback. Though the tour got cancelled and even though Levin wanted to return back to the fold Fripp had more or less told him you’ve made your bed now lie in it and decided on a quartet for the next King Crimson album.
The ConstruKction Of Light is very much an album that still sounds and reflects the 80’s line up of the band and I guess that is down to Adrian Belew in particular with the vocal side of things on the album. But just like some of those albums from the 80’s some of the instrumental material even harks back to the 70’s in the way that they have written a continuation of “Larks Tongues In Aspic” and even reworked “Fracture“. Robert Fripp was not happy with how the album turned out and felt it was hampered by the conditions on which it was made and with his attention being more focused on writing and playing over recording and production.
The album itself was recorded at Belew’s own studios and parts were recorded in his and Mastelotto’s apartments and garages with Ron Latchney at the helm of the recording using Pro Tools on parts but the original master tapes were recorded on an Alesis ADAT machines so was many of their albums back then and as they changed to newer ADAT machines over the years quite often it was hard to get them in sync. When it came to see if they could remix The ConstruKction Of Light they could not find none of the original master tapes.
Latchney passed away in 2006 and died of a heart attack and he would of most likely of had them so they gathered together whatever generation copies of the ADAT Tapes they could find and the only ones they could not locate were the ones for most of the drums and percussion. Hence the reason why Mastelotto had to record them all again so the story goes. But regarding of the drums being missing that could all very well be an excuse for all we know simply because Fripp was never happy with Mastelotto not using his preferred hybrid acoustic/electronic kit in the first place. He was also not happy with the fact that none of the material for the album had been performed live beforehand either.
The ReconstruKction Of Light does present the album in a new light with the new drums and it gives you something different. In some respects, it’s more of a new album even if it’s playing the same original material though other things have also been tweaked. I personally think it’s a bit busier with the new drums in parts and it’s perhaps on the thin side of things in a lot of respects. But before I go any further let’s now take a look at the extras you get with the DVD that comes in this package.
The DVD’s main menu came as a bit of a shock to me to see that they could not even be arsed to include the album cover. In all honesty this has to be the most boring presentation I have ever come across on a King Crimson DVD and it’s so unlike them not to include any pictures at all. All the other 40th Anniversary Editions have them so why they never put P J Crook’s superb artwork on the thing defies all belief. The main menu is the only menu that does include a bit of graphic art as well with the owl on the bottom of the screen. It’s most likely down to the fact they are churning that much material out these days that they are making cutbacks to save on time in getting it out there.
The main menu gives you 4 options the first 2 give you the choice of listening to the main feature in either stereo or 5.1 surround sound both have been recorded with a high-end resolution of 24 bits 48khz. It’s also worth noting that both the stereo and 5.1 mixes do also come with an MLP Lossless track too and you do not just have the choice of DTS for the 5.1 surround and PCM for the stereo mix. But you will need a DVD player that plays DVD A (Audio) discs to get the MLP format. By clicking on your choice, it presents you with the following screen.
As you can see from the screen above on the DVD there are only 8 tracks instead of 12. But there is nothing from the album missing here and all they have done is titled tracks 2, 3 & 6 without the additional parts. From this screen you can simply make your choice to ether select a track or play the whole album by clicking on the tracks. When this screen opens up it does not automatically play the album and you have to click on the 1st track to do that.
As you can see by the screen above as each track plays it displays the title of that track only and there are no pictures or a slide-show you can focus on whilst the musics playing. You will have to use your remote to go back to the previous screen or wait for the album to finish for it to return the main menu.
The final couple of options in the main menu present us with the bonus material. The first of which is that it also includes the original 2000 stereo mix of The ConstruKction Of Light and as you can see by the screen above you also get The ProjeKct X album Heaven And Earth. Both albums are in PCM stereo and come with high quality formats of 24-bit 48Khz bit it’s only The ConstruKction Of Light that also comes with an MLP Lossless format out of the two here.
Heaven And Earth is an experimental instrumental rock album that was made and recorded during the rehearsals and recording of The ConstruKction Of Light. It was also released in the same year 2000 and contains 15 tracks over an overall playing time of 72 minutes, 28 seconds. Both albums sound excellent even in stereo and are genuine quality recordings, and for the price point you are practically getting them for next to nothing. Though they are only really going to be seen as more of an extra bonus if you never had these albums in the first place.
The 5.1 Mix.
The 5.1 surround mix was done by David Singleton and he’s done a pretty decent job of it. I don’t think it’s an exciting mix but where this mix works better for me personally is how well the multitrack tapes have been balanced across the 6 channels. The stereo mix does sound more lighter in comparison to the original mix done by Bill Munyon back in the year 2000. However, it does feel a bit cluttered and busy with the new drums in parts and the extra separation with the 5.1 mix does help the mix a lot and projects everything more clearly and brings out far more detail with the other instrumentation. Though the stereo mix can bring out a great deal of details too with its thinner sound.
There a few points where the vocals may have been a bit over the top by panning them in the rear speakers at times, but they do help bring them out especially some of the lower spoken words by Belew that do feature a lot throughout the album and they do work to very good effect on some of the tracks. Personally, I cannot really fault the 5.1 mix and I will give it 8 out of 10 for a very good effort.
Musicians & Credits…
Music by King Crimson. Words by Adrian Belew. Original sessions recorded by Ken Latchney at Studiobelew 1999. New drums for tracks 1, 4 & 7 recorded by Mike McCarthy at Antonio Cincinnati Studio 28th & 29th October 2015. New drums for tracks 2, 3, 6, 8.9.10 recorded by Pat Mastelotto at various times between 2016/17. Stereo Mix by Don Gunn. Stereo Mix for the bonus track 12 by Pat Mastelotto & Bill Munyon. 5.1 Mix Plus Stereo & Production Mastering by David Singleton. Executive Producer Robert Fripp. Additional Engineering, Sound Design by Bill Munyon. Adrian Benavides & Machine. Cover Artwork from a painting by P J Crook. Photography by Michael Wilson & Pat Mastelotto. Packaging Art & Design by Hugh O’ Donnell. DVD Design & Layout by Claire Bidwell. DVD Authoring & Assembling by Neil Wilkes.
Robert Fripp: Guitar.
Adrian Belew: Guitar & Vocals.
Trey Gunn: Touch & Baritone Guitars.
Pat Mastelotto: Drumming.
The Album Tracks In Review…
In many ways what’s been done with the new mix we have here on The ReconstruKction Of Light is nothing like the engineer shuffling the original stems around in the mix to try and improve the sound like we get with most new mixes. The very fact that we do have a new element here with the new drums in the mix, does make this a lot different in comparison to the original album The ConstruKction Of Light. The very fact that those new elements have been added to it all certainly does not improve or make this version better than the original, and they are not by any means going to replace the original either.
To be perfectly honest what has been done here does not give The ConstruKction Of Light a new lease of life like many new mixes would do either and effectively it’s a bit like having a different ball game with how things have been reconstructed here. So, let’s now take a deeper look to see how it all turned out as I take you through all the tracks on the album.
Track 1. ProzaKc Blues.
A heavy stomping song about how or how not to treat manic depression depending how low and obsessive and how much of the blues you have. Speaking of the blues lyrically the words Belew wrote here without doubt do pertain to the blues and he’s even thrown in a little bit of that “Chit Chat” from “Elephant Talk” and this is one of those songs that does hark back to what the band were doing in the 80’s. Musically they do rock it out more and like many of the songs they did back in the 80’s they are verging and leaning more towards the industrial side of things with weight and the percussion.
Speaking of the weight and the density in particular. That is something that the original mix had a lot more of and it pounded at you like a ton of bricks in relation to the new mix we have here. Even if you were to play both mixes on a tin box you would easily distinguish the difference between the two, and it’s pretty much like that throughout the whole album with how lighter and thinner the new mix is with the new drums. I think regarding this new mix in particular it’s really a case of horses for courses regarding your preferable way of listening to music.
For example, if you are one of those who likes a lot of bass and closed back headphones. This new mix is certainly not gonna be for you. But regarding any new mix there can also be a lot of give and take to make it stand out that much more and you cannot always have the best of both worlds to be able to achieve it either. You will certainly hear a lot more in the new mix in relation to the original and it even sounds as if Trey Gunn has re-recorded the bass, and it most certainly never stood out and presented itself to you like it does now. But to achieve that it’s like a ton of bricks have been removed from it and the new mix does have more of a spring in its step.
“ProzaKc Blues” is far from the best thing on the album and even though Belew does his best to put a bit of GROG! in his voice and you can hear the vocals have been tweaked even more so on this new mix. Though no matter how far you tweak his voice he would never make a blues singer either :)))). It’s perhaps a bit of mediocre start to kick off the album with but is fairly OK! and most of the material on this particular album has seen better days done at their live shows in Japan back then too.
Track 2 & 3. The ConstruKction Of Light (Parts 1 & 2).
I decided to cover the both parts at once like they have been placed on the DVD and effectively the 2 parts do work as one piece and the 2nd part is only where the vocals come into play. The albums self-titled track is very much my personal favourite track on the album and merits my TOP SPOT AWARD!
In many ways the only difference between this song and the material that ended up on the album that was to follow The Power To Believe is very much that it does not need any keyboard scape to make it work. Much of the way the song is structured out of interlocking counterpart rhythmical melodies lines that are interchanged and exchanged between Belew and Fripp work superbly. Both Gunn and Mastelotto also work their socks off and the lighter mix with the new drums works very well and you are perhaps not gonna be getting that great deal of a difference between the new and old mix most likely down to its more melodic structure.
Not only does this form of structure go back to the 80’s but also very much reflects some of the structures we seen on the album Red from back in 1974 and how well constructed some of the worked-out pieces in Robert Fripp’s Quartet.
I think Belew has also done a really GREAT! job with the lyrics too and it even has a counterpart verse section that is verging along the same lines of how Jon Anderson done the same thing with the counterpart lyrics he wrote for “Siberian Khatru“. The vocal lines are of course completely different and it’s really down to how they both chose words to more or less rhyme or fit one another rather than making any real logical sense. However the lyrical content we have here does make a great deal of sense on the grand scheme of it all and they do pertain to how the creator constructed the earth with light and how mankind has took control and supervised it not in a bright way by adding a darker side of hate to it all.
Track 4 & 5. Into The Frying Pan (Parts 1 & 2).
This is where things do get more different and this newer version not only includes an intro but also has a few other changes and tweaks. These were all done by Pat Mastelotto and with the help of Bill Munyon who happened to be with him whilst recording the new drums for the track. Mastelotto never did like how the original song started and took some liberties and decided to not only change that part of it, but to make a new intro for it. To make the new intro he took a part of the soundscape at the end of the song and Munyon helped him retune it. They also did a few things with Belew’s voice and guitars in the middle and added various little fragments from various other samples and parts from “Level Five” and “Dangerous Curves“.
Overall, I quite like the new additions and they work pretty well. I think the intro also helps soften the blow with how heavy this song originally was on the original album. Like the opening track on the album it was never a strong song in the first place and was better performed at their live shows, lyrically it never had a lot to say either but at the end of the day it is what it is and was not too bad either.
Track 6. FraKctured.
Next up we have the longest track on the album “Frakctured” weighing it at 9 minutes, 20 seconds. This instrumental piece is very much worked around the original 1974 piece “Fracture” originally from the album Starless and Bible Black and is played at a much faster accelerated pace putting the band through its paces. The new mix gives it more of a glossy coating and is less dense and much lighter almost to the point of even slightly transposing the key up half a semitone. It’s also one of the better tracks on the album and has to be a contender for the TOP SPOT!
Track 7. The World’s My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum.
A weird title and even more stranger lyrics that Belew wrote for it and I am not for the life of me going try and make anything from them either, they are very much like the title and complete GIBBERISH! and I guess Belew was playing with word association like Jon Anderson did back in the early 70’s. This is one of those songs that many dislikes and it’s most likely down to the nonsense lyrics but then again Belew was always one for mincing words even with Talking Heads and could speak Elephant Talk at times. Personally, I quite like it and it can be quite funny when they perform it live too, and I am sure at the end of the day it was all done in fun too.
It was originally an instrumental track entitled “Demolition” which is from the Project X album Heaven And Earth they was working on at the same time and is included on the DVD. To be honest this was perhaps the only track on the whole of that album you could put a vocal line too with how the music was structured. As an instrumental track I would even say that it was the odd track on that album in relation to how much of the material lack any real structure or composition at all. It really is more of an experiential album and I personally think by adding words to it as bizarre as they are here, it works a damn site better on this album.
Tracks 8, 9, & 10. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part IV (Parts 1, 2 & 3).
Another flash back to the past and Larks’ continues to solder on once again with its 4th part and here it’s split over 3 sections though effectively its all one piece. Just like “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 3” from the Three Of A Perfect Pair album this is once again structured around “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2” from the 1973 album of the same title and there is not an awful lot of difference between them. It’s only really the much lengthier first part of that 1973 album that is really different. It’s still a very powerful piece of work though even on with this new mix and is another contender for the albums TOP SPOT!
Track 11. Coda: I Have A Dream.
The (coda) “I have A Dream” is really the final track on the album and musically it’s like a cross between the previous track “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic: Part IV” and “Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With” even though that song was not out until a couple of years later. The other interesting thing to note is that it also has a soundscape running behind it which was more familiar with the material that was written for The Power To Believe to which none of the other tracks on this album really have at all.
Belew recites all the terrible things that have happened in the world in a way to tie it in with the albums self-titled track “The ConstruKction Of Light“. Even though the track is 4 minutes, 55 seconds long the final minute is of silence to make way for the secret bonus track which is no longer a secret because they included it’s title on the CD along with the rest of the tracks. To be honest I would of thought that they would have done away with the minute silence rather than include it for this new release, after all with how the album has been remixed its not as if its an album for purists.
Track 12. Heaven And Earth (ProjeKct X).
The self-titled track from the side project album Heaven And Earth was included as a bonus track. It is without doubt one of the better tracks from that album and to be honest it’s a very strange album to say the least and is more on the jam and experimental side of things. As a bonus track it works pretty well because of the soundscape they put in the final track of the album. It makes me wonder if that was done intentionally to include this track in the first place. I was glad they included it and done a 5.1 mix of the track too and it rounds off the album very well.
Overall The ReconstruKction Of Light by King Crimson is far from anything disappointing with how the new mix presents itself to you, it will never replace the original but it will give you something in the way of a reimagined version of it. I am pretty sure most devoted KC fans will buy it regardless and most may already have the bonus material you get on the DVD. For myself the 5.1 mix is where the real value of a package like this lies and that is what I originally brought it for. But even though I already had the original album on CD I still see the 24-bit master as a good bonus to have and it does sound better than my CD.
The other album Heaven And Hell by Project X that you also get here I never had. Though I had heard much of the material from it before. I have given the album a couple of spins but the biggest majority of the material is very experiential and more of a jam and there is not a lot of structure to the music at all on the album unlike the material that made up The ConstruKction Of Light which to me is way more superior. It’s really a matter of preferable taste and I see some of the music on it would be more suited to a film and much of it is really only playing an instrument for the sake of it and not really do anything that constructive with it.
Oddly enough some of the tracks even sound like trance even though they was not using keyboards or computers, and others have a bit of a dub step feel about them. It’s certainly most unusual for a band like this to even venture down that road. It is quite good how they have managed to achieve those tracks to sound like that, but they are not my cup of tea at all I am afraid. Overall, I think there is a good 25 to 30 minutes out of the 72.5 minutes you do get and they would of been better off making an EP out of the best material on it, which would of made it way more exciting and interesting.
My personal highlights from The ReconstruKction of Light are as follows: “The ConstruKction Of Light“. “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part IV“. and “FraKctured“.
To conclude my review of King Crimson’s 40th Anniversary Edition of The ReconstruKction Of Light, I personally think they have done a very good job reconstructing the album with the new drum parts and obviously a lot of time as been spent putting the album back together for the new mix with how they had to relocate all the ADAT Tapes and get everything to sync up and piece back together. Although it’s never really going to be an album for purists. But in saying that with this particular package you are still getting the original album and a lot more besides for a couple of bucks more. So, you cannot really go wrong with this package and it’s only really the vinyl album when it gets released that will really not be for the purist.
In many ways I would say the new mix sheds more light over the original album, the fact that it is less dense and heavy weight does bring out things a lot more clearly and you will get to hear a lot more of how well the original instrumentation really works so well. It’s not all about the new drums that have been added to it that make it work that way either. Some people may prefer the new mix over the original recording and for those who never liked the album in the first place this new reimagined version may very well help you to appreciate it a lot more.
Personally, I have always liked the original album though it’s not up there with my favourite albums of the band. But it does have some really GREAT! tracks on it and is a damn site better than a lot of the garbage they churned out on that experimental album Heaven And Earth that they made whilst making The ConstruKction Of Light. The material as always stood out good performed live as well. Overall the package offers AMAZING! value for the money with all you get and you simply cannot go wrong at its price point.
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The CD track listing is as follows:
01. ProzaKc Blues. 5:26.
02. The ConstruKction Of Light. 5:47.
03. The ConstruKction Of Light. 2:57.
04. Into The Frying Pan Intro. 1:10.
05. Into The Frying Pan. 7:01.
06. FraKctured. 9:20.
07. The World’s My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum. 6:23.
08. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part IV. 3:41.
09. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part IV. 2:50.
10. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part IV. 2:36.
11. Coda: I Have A Dream. 4:55.
12. Heaven And Earth (ProjeKct X). 7:47.
Lee’s overall Complete Package Value Rating…
Lee’s Packaging Rating Score. 9/10.
Lee’s Price Point Rating Score. 10/10.
Lee’s Bonus Material Rating Score. 9/10.
Lee’s 5.1 Mix Rating Score. 8/10.
Lee’s Album Rating Score. 7/10.