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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000MGVCP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Zone I
2. Proto-Cosmos
3. White Line
4. Atavachron
5. Zone II
6. Pud Wud
7. House of Mirrors
8. Non-Brewed Condiment
9. Zone III

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Incredible sound and performance.
B. Smith
Finally, rest assured that the recording and production quality is great.
Squire Jaco
Steve Hunt's synth work really comes alive on this tune, as well.
Dan A. Bobrowski

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dan A. Bobrowski on January 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A second live release from Allan Holdsworth in one year. This one, however was recorded in 1990, 12 years (to the day) before All Night Wrong. I'd hate to compare the two, because the bands were quite different (Then! is a quartet and ANW features a trio) and each features a completely different set list.

Steve Hunt (keyboards; Stanley Clarke, Mahavishnu Project) uses many of Allan's synth patches and plays many of the Synthaxe parts that Allan originally played on the studio versions of some of these tunes. Steve does a commendable job filling Allan shoes keeping the chording consistent with the originals. Thus, he allows the master to experiment with his Bill Delap Baritone guitars, a breath-taking event! Jimmy Johnson (bass; Flim and the BB's, James Taylor and a host of others) holds down the bottom in his own unique fashion. He gets a few chances to jump into the spotlight and shine. Gary Husband' drums sound huge. He plays with such intensity and control. Any student drummer would be well advised to check this out.

The tunes, nine in all, cover a large spectrum of Allan's career. Proto Cosmos, a Tony Williams Lifetime favorite, is given a rousing performance. Atavachron is simply elevated to another level, which I feel blows away the original. White Line, sans Paul Williams vocals, is wonderfully reconstructed with Allan playing the vocal lines with much more emotion than any vocalist ever could, beautiful. Pud Wud features a brilliant bass solo from Jimmy Johnson, playful and intricate. My favorite moment on the track. Steve Hunt's synth work really comes alive on this tune, as well. House of Mirrors, slowly builds with a gorgeous melody and soft suspended notes cascading and drifting. This is one of Allan's most emotive solos I've heard.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amon Freon on July 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album captures a 1990 performance when Holdsworth toured with one of the world's most talented electric jazz quartets, including master drummer Gary Husband, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and keyboardist Steve Hunt (Stanley Clarke/Mahavishnu Project). What's unique about this record are alternate arrangements, its audiophile recording quality, and particularly the three improv pieces or "Zones" featuring Holdsworth blistering and growling on a huge baritone electric guitar. Some of Holdsworth's solos on this record are unforgettable--and even with some of the lighter moments "Pud Wud" -- the interplay between the band members is at once loose and locked in. This is instrumental rock, jazz, fusion--call it what you will, but Holdsworth has an approach to the guitar and sound that is one of the most revolutionary of all time, and this is a rare "official" live recording produced and mixed by Holdsworth, after he let it sit in the vaults for a dozen years -- a must have for both the guitar connoisseur and anyone who appreciates Holdsworth's monumental talent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By . VINE VOICE on October 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Somehow AH found himself stuck between two worlds, where the jazz purists disparagingly refer to him as 'progressive rock', and the rockers miss their favorite cliches.....The problem for those camps is that their attitudes are keeping them from enjoying the greatest lead,(jazz -or- rock), guitarist of the last thirty years or more. Head and shouders above the next best, if you have the ears to hear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Squire Jaco on September 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, this is a special cd. Released in 2004, the recording took place in May of 1990 in Japan. There's an unbelievably strong chemistry among the band members of this touring quartet, none of whom played together as a group on any of the studio albums from which the music for this concert was culled.

Gary Husband's drumming is phenomenal - interesting, jazzy, driving, and right up front in the recording mix. Jimmy Johnson's bass is like an additional guitar soloist on many of the songs, just all over the place. Keyboardist Steve Hunt helps to keep some rhythmic sanity in those moments when Husband is soloing and improvising, and he also provides the band a nice full sound with additional soloing - he even uses some synthaxe (or synthaxe sounds on the keyboard) to augment the fullness of the band and stay true to the original feel of some of the compositions.

Then there's Allan Holdsworth. He's at the top of his game here on this recording. If you're reading this review on a relatively obscure album of his, then you don't need me to tell you how great his sound and technique is. He just kills on this cd.

Song selections include Proto-Cosmos, White Line, Atavachron, Pud Wud, House of Mirrors, Non-Brewed Condiment and three improvised selections spread throughout the album called Zones (which all feature a baritone electric guitar). The playing and execution is tight and true, but different enough from the original studio versions to make this a very worthwhile purchase. (The "Zones" are O.K., not great. But they ARE new and unique! They're growing on me.)

Finally, rest assured that the recording and production quality is great. If you've seen other reviews by me, you know that's important to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Smith on November 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Incredible sound and performance. This is a more hectic, aggressive side to Holdsworth live performance than most listeners will be used to. Excellent and recommended.
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