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Allan Holdsworth


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.07 | 43 ratings

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4 stars So Allan disowns this album as I've heard.

Still it's one of my favorite Allan Holdsworth albums. If you like what he was doing in other bands during the '70's: Gong, Soft Machine, UK, Bruford, there are some excellent pieces even if this was just a rehearsal set.

I suspect he's just cheesed off at how the deal went down rather than the quality of the music, because this doesn't sound like a rehearsal. I actually enjoy this music more than some of later self titled albums. He's more of an electric guitar performer but his solo acoustic pieces on here show a side of Holdsworth that you don't get in his other endeavors. I can hear some rough edges in the material.

This lies in the twilight zone between bootleg and polished album.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |


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