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Bill Laswell/Carlos Santana: Divine Light (Columbia Legacy)

Edwin Pouncey, The Wire, September 2001

IN 1997, PRODUCER Bill Laswell was granted access to Columbia's tape vaults where, using the original masters, he put together Panthalassa, his devoted reconstruction of Miles Davis's once-ignored, now-acclaimed electric period. Teasing out the music's spiritual dimension, Panthalassa was an Ambient fusion power force which breathed new life into the originals without detracting from Davis's artistic intentions. In the process Laswell allowed listeners to hear such important Milestones as In A Silent Way from a new angle.

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