- 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: #684,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two guys I want to thank for turning my attention to Allan Holdsworth!! This guy play guitar like Tony Williams(RIP) played drums!!!
(Shout out) to!!! Fonz & Eric
A true masterpiece. An awesome performance and record of the music created by one of the best groups playing Fusion of our time, my life was worth it after hearing THIS!Published on December 8, 2011 by Mr Ormus 777
This live recording from the Allan Holdsworth Group circa 1990 features intense playing and audiophile sound quality. Read morePublished on September 27, 2006 by R. Fischer
This is the first live Holdsworth I've found containing "Non Brewed Condiment". It's the highlight of the CD AND he plays it on electric guitar instead of SynthAxe which is a... Read morePublished on August 18, 2006 by John F. Enghauser
Awsome! The man is simply the best of the best. Holdsworth, Husband, Johnson, and Hunt are a tight group here. Read morePublished on November 15, 2005 by Derrick Wilson