February 12, 2019 – 4:24 am


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Tokyo 1989 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Roppongi Pit Inn, Tokyo, Japan; May 2, 1989. Very good soundboard.

Eddie Van Halen called progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth “the best, in my book.” “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 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 passed away in 2017 at the age of 70.

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Thanks to barkndog for sharing the show at Dime.

Back cover picture: Frans Schellekens/Redferns, posted at - Thanks!

SBD > ? > CDr > EAC (secure/offset corrected) > TLH (Flac L8/SBE checked/Torrent Creation)

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Track 01. Looking Glass 8:34
Track 02. Funnels 7:04
Track 03. Pud Wud (cut in) 5:22
Track 04. Non-Brewed Condiment 6:26
Track 05. Devil Take the Hindmost 10:43
Track 06. Letters of Marque 14:01
Track 07. ZONE 5:39
Track 08. Shallow Sea 4:52
63 mins

Allan Holdsworth - guitar
Jimmy Johnson - bass
Gary Husband - drums
Steve Hunt - keyboards

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  1. 22 Responses to “ALLAN HOLDSWORTH - TOKYO 1989”

  2. Never heard of this guy .

    By Jeremy on Feb 12, 2019

  3. Any rumors U L E ?

    By Dapper Dan on Feb 12, 2019

  4. When I was kid my nickname was blowjb sammy

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  5. He does have a big guitar. That’s obvious. No rumor but fact .

    By Terrence on Feb 12, 2019

  6. he gots long fingers and a big hand which means he gots a big un

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  7. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  8. Rumor has it no rumors bout this un . Not famous enough for rumors.

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  9. His hands are definitely very large and that usually means big penis.

    By Dee Dee Longley on Feb 12, 2019

  10. Truth be told I once did a 100 man bukkake all by myself

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  11. Hey Dee Dee, did you ever do a bukkake like me

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  12. As I said no rumors bout this un . Bunch of fakes pretendin to be me .

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  13. Another Frank Sinatra post is badly needed . More discussions about his Coc “ escapades of the rat pack “ Mafia “ Uncle Milte etc . This stuff is boring.

    By Scaromouch on Feb 12, 2019

  14. Yeah we need a post about you doing your dog

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  15. Oh, goody. The Penis Pack is back.

    I still have my vinyl copy of UK. Alan Holdsworth is an amazing player, overlooked and underrated in the history of Progressive music.

    Thanks, BigO!

    By walter on Feb 12, 2019

  16. Me thinks Scaradouch likes coc and crossdresses like Uncle Miltie

    By walter on Feb 12, 2019

  17. I like being used as a cumdumpster

    By U L E on Feb 12, 2019

  18. Yes Holdsworth was a master, still have my vinyl UK as well. Sadly unappreciated.
    Thank you Big O Amigos. Respectfully, James

    By James Smith on Feb 12, 2019

  19. Do we now have another troll pretending to be Swappers ? A new low

    By Thomas on Feb 13, 2019

  20. The reason this guy is not well known and under appreciated is because he isn’t very good . That’s why .

    By T J on Feb 13, 2019

  21. sounds like tj and swappers are blowing each other

    By U L E on Feb 13, 2019

  22. Thanks for the Allan Holdsworth. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be a soundboard recording and, instead, it sounds more like a mediocre audience (cassette?) tape. But that’s ok. Worth listening to once at least.

    By zaar locust on Feb 14, 2019

  23. I got to hangout with the band at the soundcheck and met Chaka Khan later that night at this show who told me she was a huge fan. Gary Husband told me that he and Allan were heading to record the Level 42 Guaranteed album after this night. Thanks so much for posting these songs from that magical night!

    By Keith W Oliver on Sep 15, 2019

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