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Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974 is a 1998 album by Bill Laswell. Working from the premise that Davis' fusion albums were themselves heavily studio-edited, Laswell secured access to the original master tapes and recut the music himself. Laswell aimed to create a more coherently-structured work, remixing the recordings to bring influential rhythm elements to the fore. Averting They Changed It, Now It Sucks!, Panthalassa met a mostly positive response.



  1. "In a Silent Way / Shhh/Peaceful / It's About That Time" - 15:20
  2. "Black Satin / What If / Agharta Prelude Dub" - 16:06
  3. "Rated X / Billy Preston" - 14:34
  4. "He Loved Him Madly" - 13:38

Black Satin tropes:

  • Ambient Music: Davis' "Get Up With It" was famously described as "music to fill a room", and Laswell plays up this aspect of the music for all it's worth, turning up tablas and electronic instrumentation where possible.
  • Compilation Rerelease
  • Epic Rocking: Even vastly shortened Fusion!Miles is still very lengthy. The album consists of four fifteen-minute tracks.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: "He Loved Him Madly". The original piece was Miles' tribute to then-recently diseased Duke Ellington.
  • Idiosyncratic Album Theming: The album title corresponds with Davis' Live Album theming - where "Agharta" and "Pangaea" denoted mythological continents, "Panthalassa" is named after the ocean of the same mythology.
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  • Instrumentals: All tracks.
  • One-Word Title: "Panthalassa".
  • Remix Album: Rearranging the originals is the entire album concept.
  • Shout-Out: The album title references Panthalassa, the vast global ocean that surrounded the supercontinent Pangaea during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras.
  • The Stoic: "In A Silent Way", "Shhh/Peaceful".
  • Vagueness Is Coming: "It's About That Time".
  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: For instance: naming an instrumental track "Rated X".