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John McLaughlin vs Allan Holdsworth

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Poll Question: Which guitarist do you prefer?
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    Posted: July 30 2016 at 12:14
Holdsworth is a one-man wrecking crew whereas I always viewed McLaughlin as an equal part within the talent in which he surrounded himself. I also think that the latter is less technical than the former. Then again, I'm no guitar player.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 29 2016 at 02:02
I'm not a big fan of Mahavishnu Orchestra, but John McLaughlin for his work on: Donovan's Mellow Yellow; Tony William's Lifetime's Emergency, Miles Davis' In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, A Tribute to Jack Johnson, On the Corner and a couple of particular favourite albums of mine Big Fun and Get Up With It; the great Miroslav Vitous' Infinite Search and Purple; the Shakti with Jon McLaughlin albums; plus his work with Larry Coryell and Wayne Shorter.

Mind you, Allan Holdsworth has worked with some of my favourite acts too (Gong, Nucleus, and Soft machine), but not I think on my favourite albums by those acts.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2016 at 14:37
Probably said this in the thread earlier.....but McLaughlin for his work on the first two MO albums....but Holdsworth's work with UK and Bruford is outstanding.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BunBun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2016 at 07:19
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2016 at 04:08
  Confused Page 4 seems to be deja vu all over again. LOL

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote O666 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2016 at 08:09
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2016 at 04:21
Hmm...tough question but a very good one! I enjoy Holdsworth's playing more, but McLaughlin is the more inventive player of the two, IMHO. Tied.

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Allan Holdsworth is the Jan Garbarek of guitar


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McLaughlin is exhilarating, but Holdsworth is more influential to me as a guitarist with his legato technique and use of atypical scales.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jayem Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 23 2016 at 07:20
 They both found patterns that allow very high speed, but I find Holdsworth solos more diverse and intriguing.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Terrapin Station Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 23 2016 at 05:01
Originally posted by petewhit petewhit wrote:

He shouldn't be in this forum anyway.  Prog rock is Gentle Giant and Yes.  Mahavishnu and Holdsworth are
jazz fusion. 
 

One of the reasons I value progarchives so much (I've been using it for artist info for many years even if I only now registered for the forums) is that it lists fusion and other "prog-related" artists pretty comprehensively, too. I like fusion and some other "prog-related" stuff just as much as I like progressive rock. I've always seen fusion as basically "the same idea" as progressive rock, anyway--it's just that idea executed by musicians with more of a jazz background rather than musicians with more of a rock background.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Terrapin Station Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 23 2016 at 04:29
I like both a lot, but Holdsworth for me. It particularly doesn't get any better than his work with Bruford. I just wish there had been more than two albums of that Bruford lineup. I love Holdsworth's work elsewhere, too, though, going all the way back to 'Igginbottom.
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This guy, though it's hardly a fair contest, he doesn't even play - -



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote miamiscot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 22 2016 at 20:25
Holdsworth solely on the strength of that damned UK debut. Doesn't get a whole lot better than that one.
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McLaughlin, either electric or acoustic. It doesn't matter.
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No contest: Realized potential over unrealized potential; emotion over cerebral; consummate team player over solo flash player; JM over AH
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote petewhit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2016 at 21:41
He shouldn't be in this forum anyway.  Prog rock is Gentle Giant and Yes.  Mahavishnu and Holdsworth are
jazz fusion. 
 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote petewhit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 21 2016 at 21:39
I'm not feeling Alan Holdsworth....and they blast Coryell for being too mechanical?  McLaughlin seems to much more versatile in his approach to the instrument.  He spent seven years studying Indian rhythms which take a lifetime to master.  I just got finished watching thirty Holdsworth videos from young to old.  He has great technique and nice moments but I'm not blown away.       
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Allan is the greatest guitarist ever.
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