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John McLaughlin vs Allan Holdsworth

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Poll Question: Which guitarist do you prefer?
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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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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 23 2016 at 00:53
This guy, though it's hardly a fair contest, he doesn't even play - -



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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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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 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 HackettFan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 25 2016 at 23:21
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 BaldJean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2016 at 01:53
Allan Holdsworth is the Jan Garbarek of guitar


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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.

Edited by SteveG - July 26 2016 at 04:23
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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
John Mclaughlin . 
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  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 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 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 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 Rednight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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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