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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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Reseda 1982 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Wolf and Rissmiller’s, Country Club, Reseda, CA; May 11, 1982. Very good soundboard. Slight hiss.
Thanks to glasnostrd19 for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.
This may be the most widely circulated Holdsworth show out there (other than with UK in 1978)… I don’t know how circulated this is directly from the master tape, and this is probably as good as it’s ever been circulated.
I’m pretty sure this is the full show from Reseda. The last song was tacked on the same tape as “filler” (and it is a pretty cool jam and nice audience recording) so I left it in here. it’s not one of Allan’s “regular” numbers, but it is from another of his shows a few weeks before this one, and with a fellow he played with about three years earlier for a while. If someone could confirm the titles of tracks 7 and 9, it would be very helpful.
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soundboard > unknown cassette recorder > TDK AD 90 min. master cassette (normal bias) > played on tascam 112 into soundforge (wav) > flac (sb’s aligned)
(last track is from unknown low gen audience tape)
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Track 01. Where Is One 7:41
Track 02. Water On The Brain 2:34
Track 03. The Things You See When You Don’t Have Your Gun 7:51
Track 04. Letters Of Marque 13:03
Track 05. White Line 7:47
Track 06. Prayer 6:04
Track 07. Out From Under/Shallow Sea (possibly drifting into The Attack?) 11:34
Track 08. Checkin’ Out 5:18
Track 09. Was There (Something) (possibly going into Out From Under?) 7:06
Track 10. Hell’s Bell’s Jam (with Jeff Berlin and Eddie Van Halen) 7:04
Roxy, Hollywood, CA; April 24, 1982 (late show)
Allan Holdsworth and IOU
Paul Williams: vocals
Allan Holdsworth: guitar
Paul Carmichael: bass
Gary Husband: drums, piano
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