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Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. Live (1985)  CD (album) cover

I.O.U. LIVE (1985)

Allan Holdsworth


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.56 | 16 ratings

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Dan Bobrowski
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3 stars This Paul Williams issued "Holdsworth" live album is a remix of tunes originally appearing on the Japanese video disc version of Tokyo Dream Live. Years before this release I had mixed my own cassette from the VHS version I bought from Audiophile Imports. Williams made sure to include all the vocal tracks from the concert to give himself a boost.

For me, a Holdsworth fan, this was a must, but this came out before any of the legitimate releases that came out sixteen years later. Thus, 3 stars. This is the only documented version, that I know of, consisting of the Holdsworth, Wackerman, Johnson, Williams line- up. This album took Allans first three (authorized) solo releases and created a live Best of compilation.

Highlights? Many, Wackerman's drumming is so tight, yet fluid, almost natural, like the tide. Johnson's bass, sublime, yet complex and snappy. Holdsworth's guitar work is amazing. The video truly captures Allan's facility, but on tape (er, plastic and tin) the mind wanders, visualizing the spider-like fingers dancing on strings around frozen prey. This music is all about soloing.

This is a GOOD live record. If you love guitar, check out Allan Holdsworth.

Dan Bobrowski | 3/5 |


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