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Allan Holdsworth


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.04 | 97 ratings

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Dan Bobrowski
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4 stars This is another great place to start for the uninitiated. But you may want to wait. Allan just secured the rights to his earlier recording and there is talk of re-releasing/re-mastering this album with some added tracks which were "lost" during the first pressing. If you can get a copy of this, grab it. This is Allan's first "REAL" attempt to bring his music to the world and he does so in a stunning fashion. This album consists of 50% instrumental and 50% vocal tracks. Don't be put off by Paul Williams voice. He's not great, but he is competent (stays on key). Holdsworth tears it up, on violin too. Some of the solos will cause you to rewind and play over and over to try and imagine what he's doing. Blistering, not just speed, but the fluidity of the notes (legato) and the passion he plays with. Gary Husband marks his debut with IOU and he sets a very flowing pulse anchored by Paul Carmichael. It's hard to point out any single track as a stand out because the flow of the album makes for one enjoyable listen. The Things You See and Letters of Marque are still fans favs today.
Dan Bobrowski | 4/5 |


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