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Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth
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England
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Allan Holdsworth (born 6 August 1946, died 16 April 2017) was an English guitarist and composer best known for his work in jazz fusion. He recorded with a number of bands throughout the 70s (including Tempest, Soft Machine, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Gong, Bruford, and U.K.), and his first solo album was released in 1976. His solo career started in earnest in the 80s, and he contributed guest parts to many artists' work. His legato style and innovative technique won him many awards, and he can safely be called one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th Century.
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http://www.therealallanholdsworth.com
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Gary Husband — Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2 Gary Husband — Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2
(Abstract Logix ABLX 033, 2012, CD)
Gary Husband — Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 Gary Husband — Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1
(Abstract Logix ABLX 027, 2010, CD)
Holdsworth / Pasqua / Haslip / Wackerman — Blues for Tony Holdsworth / Pasqua / Haslip / Wackerman — Blues for Tony
(Moonjune MJR029, 2009, 2CD)
Danny Thompson / Allan Holdsworth / John Stevens — Propensity Danny Thompson / Allan Holdsworth / John Stevens — Propensity
(Art of Life AL 1038-2, 2009, CD)
Planet X — Quantum Planet X — Quantum
(Inside Out Music IOMCD 279, 2007, CD)
K2 — The Book of the Dead K2 — The Book of the Dead
(ProgRock PRR-062, 2005, CD)
Allan Holdsworth Group — Then! Allan Holdsworth Group — Then!
(Cream Records CR 750-2, 2004, CD)
Soft Works — Abracadabra Soft Works — Abracadabra
(Moonjune Universal UICE-1029, 2003, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — Flat Tire - Music for a Non-Existent Movie Allan Holdsworth — Flat Tire - Music for a Non-Existent Movie
(Moonjune MJR053, 2001/2013, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — The Sixteen Men of Tain Allan Holdsworth — The Sixteen Men of Tain
(Cream Records JMS 18713-2, 2000, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — I.O.U. Live Allan Holdsworth — I.O.U. Live
(Cleopatra CLP 9970-2, 1997, CD)
Anders Johansson, Jens Johansson and Allan Holdsworth  — Heavy Machinery Anders Johansson, Jens Johansson and Allan Holdsworth — Heavy Machinery
(Shrapnel SH 11072, 1996, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — None Too Soon Allan Holdsworth — None Too Soon
(Moonjune MJR043, 1996/2012, CD)
Gongzilla — Suffer Gongzilla — Suffer
(LoLo LOLO 003-2, 1995, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — Hard Hat Area Allan Holdsworth — Hard Hat Area
(Moonjune MJR044, 1994/2012, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — Wardenclyffe Tower Allan Holdsworth — Wardenclyffe Tower
(Cream Records CR 310-2, 1992/2007, CD)
Jack Bruce — A Question of Time Jack Bruce — A Question of Time
(Acadia ACAM 8155, 1989/2007, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — Secrets Allan Holdsworth — Secrets
(Manifesto MFO 46508, 1989/2017, CD)
Stanley Clarke — If This Bass Could Only Talk Stanley Clarke — If This Bass Could Only Talk
(Portrait R 40923, 1988, LP)
Allan Holdsworth — Sand Allan Holdsworth — Sand
(Cream Records CR2902, 1987/2009, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — Atavachron Allan Holdsworth — Atavachron
(Enigma CDE-73203, 1986, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — I.O.U. Allan Holdsworth — I.O.U.
(Enigma CDE-73252, 1985, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — Metal Fatigue Allan Holdsworth — Metal Fatigue
(Enigma 7 72562-2, 1985, CD)
Steve Morse Band — Stand Up Steve Morse Band — Stand Up
(Wounded Bird WOU 448, 1985/2002, CD)
Jean-Luc Ponty — Individual Choice Jean-Luc Ponty — Individual Choice
(Wounded Bird WOU 8098, 1983/2006, CD)
Allan Holdsworth — Road Games Allan Holdsworth — Road Games
(Globe Media Arts 2100, 1983/2002, CD)
Soft Machine — Land of Cockayne Soft Machine — Land of Cockayne
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2208, 1981/2010, CD)
John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980 John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980
(E.G. Records EGCD 70, 1980/1987, CD)
Bruford — The Bruford Tapes Bruford — The Bruford Tapes
(Winterfold BBWF006CD, 1979/2005, CD)
U.K. — Danger Money U.K. — Danger Money
(E.G. Records EGCD 39, 1979/1990, CD)
Bruford — One of a Kind Bruford — One of a Kind
(Winterfold BBWF004CD, 1979/2004, CD)
Bruford — Rock Goes to College Bruford — Rock Goes to College
(Winterfold BBWF009CD, 1979/2006, CD)
Pierre Moerlen's Gong — Time Is the Key Pierre Moerlen's Gong — Time Is the Key
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2236, 1979/2010, CD)
U.K. — Concert Classics Volume 4 U.K. — Concert Classics Volume 4
(Renaissance RRCD00704, 1978/1999, CD)
Gong — Expresso II Gong — Expresso II
(Virgin CDV 2099, 1978/1989, CD)
U.K. — U.K. U.K. — U.K.
(E.G. Records EGCD 35, 1978/1988, CD)
Jean-Luc Ponty — Enigmatic Ocean Jean-Luc Ponty — Enigmatic Ocean
(Atlantic 19110-2, 1977/1990, CD)
Bruford — Feels Good to Me Bruford — Feels Good to Me
(Winterfold BBWF003CD, 1977/2005, CD)
Gong — Gazeuse! (AKA Expresso) Gong — Gazeuse! (AKA Expresso)
(Caroline CAROL 1660-2, 1976/1989, CD)
The Tony Williams Lifetime — Million Dollar Legs The Tony Williams Lifetime — Million Dollar Legs
(Columbia PC 34263, 1976, LP)
Allan Holdsworth — Velvet Darkness Allan Holdsworth — Velvet Darkness
(Epic ZK 45482, 1976/1990, CD)
The Tony Williams Lifetime — Believe It The Tony Williams Lifetime — Believe It
(Columbia 5128982, 1975/2004, CD)
Soft Machine — Bundles Soft Machine — Bundles
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2196, 1975/2010, CD)
Soft Machine — Floating World Live Soft Machine — Floating World Live
(Moonjune MJR007, 1975/2006, CD)
Soft Machine — Switzerland 1974 Soft Machine — Switzerland 1974
(Cuneiform Rune 395/396, 1974/2015, CD+DVD)
Tempest — Tempest Tempest — Tempest
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2266, 1973/2011, CD)
Ian Carr — Belladonna Ian Carr — Belladonna
(Vertigo UICY-9267, 1972/2003, CD)

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