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ALLAN HOLDSWORTH R.I.P. 1946 - 2017
Progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth, who Eddie Van Halen called “the best, in my book,” has died on April 16, 2017 of unknown causes. He was 70. Holdsworth’s daughter Louise confirmed the news on Facebook, saying “it is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously.”
Holdsworth first appeared on a record in 1969 with the group ‘Igginbottom. After ’70s stints in groundbreaking progressive rock and jazz fusion acts such as Soft Machine, the New Tony Williams Lifetime, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Bruford and UK, he released his first official solo album, I.O.U., in 1982. Later in the decade he became an early proponent of a synthesized guitar known as the SynthAxe, and his experimentation with the instrument would define much of his work over the next decade and a half.
“Holdsworth is so damned good that I can’t cop anything. I can’t understand what he’s doing,” Van Halen raved in 2008. “I’ve got to do this [does two-hand tapping], whereas he’ll do it with one hand.” Holdsworth’s 11th and most recent studio album was 2001’s Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie. In 2009 he released the live album Blues for Tony - a tribute to drummer and former bandmate Tony Williams - alongside Alan Pasqua, Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip. Upon hearing of his death, Holdsworth’s guitar playing peers were quick to sing his praises on social media, with Toto‘s Steve Lukather saying he “changed the game” and Peter Frampton describing him as “brilliant, unique.” - ultimateclassicrock
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Tokyo 1994 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Pit Inn, Tokyo, Japan; May 7, 1994. Very good soundboard.
Thanks to jswetch for sharing the show at Dime.
This is an excellent sounding soundboard recording. Received it in a long ago trade. Terrific music then and now. Let’s continue to celebrate the vision and output of this great player and writer.
Many thanks to whoever recorded this show originally, and thanks to the trader who made it available to me.
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cd-r trade of a soundboard recording on unknown equipment > EAC disc extraction > TLH Wav to flac formatting > TLH torrent creation
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Track 01. Ruhkuhka 5:57
Track 02. The Things You See 9:22
Track 03. Low Levels, High Stakes 9:45
Track 04. Letters of Marque 4:27
Track 05. Devil Take the Hindmost 9:43
Track 06. Water on the Brain Part 2 3:42
Track 07. Drum Solo 8:43
Track 08. Protocosmos 5:21
Track 09. Postlude/Material Real 8:00
Allan Holdsworth - guitar
Skuli Sverrison - bass
Gary Husband - drums
Steve Hunt - keys
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