BILL LASWELL / SANTANA / BOB MARLEY / MILES DAVIS – Divine Light: Music From Illuminations & Love Devotion Surrender (2001), Dreams Of Freedom: Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub (1997), Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (1998) + Panthalassa: The Remixes (1999)

Divine Light: Music From Illuminations & Love Devotion Surrender (2001)
Dreams Of Freedom: Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub (1997)
Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974 (1998)

Panthalassa: The Remixes (1999)

Laswell’s Spacey Road Trips To The Netherworld

Mega-cool ambient/dub reconstructions from ace producer Bill Laswell. His credentials need no verification and his catalog of pro-creative utilization of sound is unparalleled, but these projects have to rank high in Laswell’s personal pantheon. The Miles disc is especially rewarding, as Laswell delves deep into the multi-colored, multi-track master tapes to reveal lost sounds and effects buried beneath the sometime noisy cacophony of Davis’ jam sessions. Many of Miles’ originals were studio creations in themselves, often live, but often cut-and-pasted together to form something just short of unattainable in real life. Laswell takes it a step further with a dark, moody, downright spooky bent. Hidden nuance found buried in the session tapes are sometimes pushed to the fore, creating something both surreal and unusual. I can’t help but imagine the ever-curious Miles would approve. The Marley disc is created in the same manner, with the emphasis on the dub, naturally, and Laswell offers some additional sounds from his stable of talent, Aiyb Dieng and Tetsu Inoue, to push Marley’s original work to ambient/dub extremes. The Santana re-imagination uses only the original master tapes from Carlos’ 1973-74 collaborations with John McLaughlin and Alice Coltrane (with Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Michael Shrieve, Jan Hammer, Tom Coster and many others). There’s less ambience (and no dub) here, as Laswell works to reconcile two stylistically different LPs from Santana’s catalog. Some scoff at tinkering with the past like this. But the past is already available in multiple forms, these re-visits only add to the variety of tone and texture, opening up new worlds using the most cherished of root sources as guides. Find Miles (HERE), Marley (HERE) and Santana (HERE) at Amazon.

Divine Light
Angel Of Air/Angel Of Water (11:19)
A Love Supreme (6:49)
Illuminations (4:31)
The Life Divine (6:45)
Naima (4:05)
Angel Of Sunlight (14:50)
Bliss: The Eternal Now (5:51)
Meditation (1:58)
Bliss: The Eternal Now – Return (4:04)

Dreams Of Freedom
Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock) (10:19)
No Woman No Cry (4:11)
The Heathen (8:38)
Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) (5:59)
Waiting In Vain (4:40)
So Much Trouble In The World (4:50)
Exodus (8:57)
Burnin’ And Lootin’ (4:10)
Is This Love (4:32)
One Love (People Get Ready) (4:13)
Midnight Ravers (6:19)

In A Silent Way/Shhh Peaceful/It’s About That Time (15:20)
Black Satin/What If/Agharta Prelude Dub (16:06)
Rated X/Billy Preston (14:34)
He Loved Him Madly (13:40)

Panthalassa: The Remixes (1999)
Here’s the 1999 compendium, Panthalassa: The Remixes, featuring re-re-visualizations by Laswell, King Britt & Philip Charles, Doc Scott, DJ Cam and Jamie Myerson. ALSO INCLUDED: The rare bonus track remix from DJ Krush, only available on the vinyl version and promotional CD.




Sssh (Sea4 Miles Remix) (Remixed By King Britt & Philip Charles) (10:28)
Rated X (Remixed By Doc Scott) (6:41)
In A Silent Way (Remixed By DJ Cam) (5:05)
On The Corner (Subterranean Channel Mix) (Remixed By Bill Laswell) (16:42)
Rated X (Remixed By Jamie Meyerson) (8:02)
Black Satin/On The Corner (Remixed By DJ Krush) (6:20) – Bonus Track


  • Willard
    April 28, 2010 - 13:27 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Muddy
    April 29, 2010 - 18:14 | Permalink

    Both of these are great – Laswell does a good job at balancing his re-creations with sonic integrity to the originals, at least to my ears.


  • groovin'
    April 29, 2010 - 18:30 | Permalink

    I really enjoy both of the clips you've posted here and am going to give both albums a listen. Although the material covered is classic, Laswell brings a fresh sound to it. These tunes send me into outer space. Thanks for all the great music and keep it up.

  • Duncan
    April 30, 2010 - 16:05 | Permalink

    I'm a huge fan of the Marley set (have two copies so I could extend it when I DJ) but could never find the Davis set (and didn't know about the remixes to boot!) when I had the money and vice versa. Thank you for posting all of them!

    You might know that Ted Macero essentially remixed all ALL of Davis' recordings, coming up with his own edits. I don't think most folks realize they weren't 'as is'. Geez, listen to the original of Honky Tonk off the Agartha (I think that's the same one Rated X and Billy Preston come from) and tell me that doesn't sound as up to date and ready for a remix! I used to play it from time to time back to back with the Laswell-Marley Rebel Music cut.

    I've always found value in revisioning older recordings. Since the 80s and advent of the 12" single and remix culture I've made a habit of collecting as many of these revisionings as possible. Admittedly, some were better than others. The CBS Sly Stone remixes left a lot to be desired. I don't really know what to think of Snoop Dogg's Johnny Cash homage. I Know many thought the remix-mashups of the Beatles were sacreligious, but you know what? Paul & Ringo liked and approved the project and I have a whole lot more of the bootleg 'Tuned To A Natural E' series that does much the same. These remixes actually highlight areas of the tracks that reveal a whole new dimension to the music. Much as I like the Beatles, after listening to them since I was 13 in '64, one gets a little weary of the same old same old. A little spicing up is cool now and then. There's a lot of that sort of action in the
    mashup culture that really excites me (when I'm not listening to
    pre-WWII gospel or Hawaiian 78s or deep obscure soul cuts or Harry fer godsakes!) I have remixes of Ritchie Valens, Little Richard, the Supremes and Four Tops that are all quite good (and certainly allowed me to insert them in mixes with contemporary songs without as much culture shock. There are a host of Greatest Hits medleys on 7" & 12" (NOT Stars on 45) by Beatles, Squeeze, Sweet, Beach Boys, Hollies, Creedence (one good, one bad) and I'm sure a couple more I can't think of and don't know of…

    I enjoy all of your post on 'the boat' and 'harry'. Rare is the download I pass up.

    Thanks Again.
    Duncan Walls
    a/k/a duncanmusic

  • Capt. Willard
    April 30, 2010 - 16:08 | Permalink

    Couldn't agree more about the validity of remixing – especially when it's done well. I remember when I first read, back in the early 80s, that Bitches Brew was a cut and paste affair I was shocked. Since then, I've been shocked I couldn't tell in the first place. Many thanks for the comment.

  • CrocodileChuck
    May 3, 2010 - 03:49 | Permalink

    Captain W,

    Not only is 'Bitches Brew' a cut & paste affair, but it + 'In a
    Silent Way', 'On the Corner' and tracks off 'Get Up with It' were indeed 'composed' by Teo Macero, in terms of his post production techniques (subject to MD's approval, natch). UPSHOT: he (MD) APPROVED. Thanks for putting this music out!

  • Loren
    May 3, 2010 - 03:51 | Permalink

    Yeah Teo! Miles Davis is something different without Teo Macero, compare post-Coltrane to his eighties and it's easy to see how important Teo was. Not to say that Miles wasn't God with a trumpet, but Teo Macero was way, way, way ahead of his time (if anyone has even come close to his path).

  • Capt. Willard
    May 3, 2010 - 03:56 | Permalink

    Yeah, Croc. I finally caught on after reading about Bitches Brew decades ago. Started examining everything a little closer after getting my cherry popped. And… as Loren says, I started to also realize how Macero fit into the mix. To this day I can't read Teo's name without hearing Miles' voice saying it.

  • taro nombei
    May 6, 2010 - 07:40 | Permalink

    Great post… Ambient Laswell rules (as opposed to some of his other darker incarnations).
    Both of these are two fine albums, I've kept them in rotation (sometimes more, sometimes less) since they first dropped over a decade ago.
    The remix album, though, is somehow weird to my ears — neither fish nor fowl. Just foul.
    DJ nombei

  • T-Bird
    April 3, 2011 - 20:32 | Permalink

    don't mean to sound ungrateful, but you know that the md "remixes" album is missing one track? dj krush's "black satin" isn't there. i've known about this collection since it came out (dj & record-store employee–at the time.) unfortunately, i was still on my "vinyl is the ultimate" trip, so i didn't keep my cd of this title once i got it on vinyl.

  • W
    April 3, 2011 - 20:39 | Permalink

    It must be a vinyl only track, then (unless two different CDs exist). I'm looking at the disc in my hands and DJ Krush's "Black Satin" isn't mentioned.

    UPDATE! Thanks for the note. It made me investigate a little further and I discovered that, while the DJ Krush remix isn’t on the album proper, it was, indeed, a bonus track only available on the vinyl version and the promo disc for this album. It’s now included in the D/L. Thanks for the tip.

  • G
    January 9, 2012 - 14:39 | Permalink

    Hello W – or looking at the timeline this should have been Good Afternoon Captain!

    Have had all 3 of these for more than a few years – saw your post but, for some reason, never really took a look until a few minutes ago. I was, back then, unaware of the Krush track (and up until around a year or so ago unaware of DJ Krush to be honest) – and will be giving it a listen shortly after I finish taking steps to preview that track. I’ll be interested in hearing, hmm, Krush’s take on the mix.

    Thanks, as always, for the music

    Happy New Year


    • Willard
      January 9, 2012 - 15:18 | Permalink

      Yeah… I didn’t know about it either but someone wised me up about it after it posted. Took awhile to get it up.

  • Bob
    July 13, 2013 - 12:42 | Permalink

    Thank you, YET AGAIN…

  • santos curser
    June 16, 2014 - 07:37 | Permalink

    I love you madly Bill Laswell (and thanks mr Willard)

  • Julien
    August 31, 2014 - 18:01 | Permalink

    merci beaucoup Captain

  • Grant
    August 31, 2014 - 22:14 | Permalink

    Thanks for these, Willard! I’m especially eager to hear the Bob Marley one.

  • VSOP
    September 1, 2014 - 13:54 | Permalink

    echo echo thanks thanks

  • Anonymous
    September 1, 2014 - 19:12 | Permalink

    The more one knows about the process of recording, mixing, editing and mastering the less one thinks that the original release of a given recording represents the final word. Recorded sound is at once voices from the past of actual people and, on the other hand, nothing but electronic signals.
    Thank you Willard.

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