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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: April 28 2012 at 23:50
Both are fantastic guitarists. My vote goes to the Mahavishnu man.

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John, but mainly for his playing with Miles Davis and thems all
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both are great. but have to give McLaughlin the credit, he was groundbreaking, a major force in creating the JRF
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Close, but Holdy for me.
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McLaughlin, for his work in Mahavishnu Orchestra.
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The Shakti Man.
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Holdsworth is one of my favourite player. 
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Two astonishing players, but I just prefer Holdsworth.
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Originally posted by Hercules

Two astonishing players, but I just prefer Holdsworth.

Precisely!!!
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I prefer Holdsworth. His playing sounds more "musical" to me, if that makes any sense.
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Both are awesome.

I'll go for McLaughlin since his work with Shakti has stunned me completely.


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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil

John, but mainly for his playing with Miles Davis and thems all

As much as I love Mahavishnu, his work with Miles and Shakti can't be ignored. I love his stuff on In A Silent Way and A Tribute To Jack just as much as Birds, Visions, Inner Mounting Flame, etc. I've just recently delved into the Shakti discography and all I can say is that is it truly other worldly. Just really relaxing, spiritual music - phenomenal.
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I absolutely love his playing with Soft Machine, Gong, UK and Bruford, so my vote goes to Holdsworth.
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McLaughlin. His work with Al DiMeola and Paco DeLucia is awesome. Friday Night in San Francisco is a jazz favorite of mine.
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Two of the absolute best.  I think Holdsworth has the better technique, the most identifiable style, the more complex musical tonalities, but his adherence to electric and synthetic abstractions makes a lot of his music sound the same.  McLalughlin is more conventional but also more flexible in what he plays - he has offered us a wider diversity of sounds and styles.  I will choose based on the most recent albums I have purchased by these two giants: McLauhglin's Que Allegria is mostly acoustic.  The music runs from contemplative to high energy, from straight jazz to flamenco, and he is one of the few that can convincingly wail on an acoustic.  I like this album a lot.  On the other hand, Holdsworth's Sixteen Men of Tain has proven a disappointment.  I really cannot tell one track from the other, most of what he does on it he has done countless times before and for once I will accuse him of merely noodling.  The vote goes to St. John.
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I think DiMeola could be holding his ground in this poll as well. 
I'd prolly vote for him.
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Actually, they are both gods, because they are both Yorkshiremen!
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Originally posted by Progosopher

Two of the absolute best.  I think Holdsworth has the better technique, the most identifiable style, the more complex musical tonalities, but his adherence to electric and synthetic abstractions makes a lot of his music sound the same.  McLalughlin is more conventional but also more flexible in what he plays - he has offered us a wider diversity of sounds and styles.  I will choose based on the most recent albums I have purchased by these two giants: McLauhglin's Que Allegria is mostly acoustic.  The music runs from contemplative to high energy, from straight jazz to flamenco, and he is one of the few that can convincingly wail on an acoustic.  I like this album a lot.  On the other hand, Holdsworth's Sixteen Men of Tain has proven a disappointment.  I really cannot tell one track from the other, most of what he does on it he has done countless times before and for once I will accuse him of merely noodling.  The vote goes to St. John.

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