Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Allan Holdsworth - Road Games CD (album) cover

ROAD GAMES

Allan Holdsworth

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.77 | 71 ratings

From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Jordi Planas
5 stars Forget guitar heroes! Forget prog-rock! Forget fusion or jazz-rock! "Road Games" (as well as "I.O.U.", "Metal Fatigue" or "Secrets") is something DIFFERENT. No one plays guitar like Allan Holdsworth. OK, you may listen to some tapping or guitar-races by other guitar heroes, but Holdsworth has done something really special. His intention when he was young was to play guitar like a saxophone. Well, some of his phrases may sound as John Coltrane, but, I insist, Holdsworth in some of his earlier (and clearly best) works showed music that no one else was doing. Some traces can be found in the first UK and Bruford albums, but Holdsworth went beyond, exploring a new landscape and helped by some fusion musicians. Yes, there is something that relates this music to fusion or jazz-rock, but I believe that one may enjoy this music without beig a jazz fan (although it helps). And vice- versa, a jazz-fan may not like Holdsworth music... Fusion is not even a proper word for this kind of music. In less than 25 minutes "Road Games" takes you to an exciting and wonderful trip full of musicianship (and melody: there are some tracks with vocals), but avoiding some of the "masturbation" that features on a lot of fusion records. Discover a true genius!
Jordi Planas | 5/5 |

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this ALLAN HOLDSWORTH review

Social review comments () BETA







Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.