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Allan Holdsworth: Road Games [Limited Edition]

Album Notes

Allan Holdsworth fan Eddie Van Halen urged Warner Brothers to put out this project in 1983. Only 6 tracks were completed after which ROAD GAMES was briefly available as a vinyl EP.

Personnel includes: Allan Holdsworth (guitar); Jack Bruce, Paul Williams (vocals); Jeff Berlin (bass); Chad Wackerman (drums); Joe Turano, Paul Korda (background vocals).

Engineers include: Jeremy Smith, Jeff Silver, Gary Skardina.

Recorded in 1983. Originally released on Warner Brothers Records. Includes liner notes by Eddie Jobson.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Short but sweet: this 24-plus-minute re-release of an '80s-era solo effort originally appeared as a vinyl EP, and has never before been issued on CD. It is a unique mix of great vocals with a more rocking, bluesy, and jazzy quasi-mainstream song-themed balladic thrust. This release showcases Allan Holdsworth playing less "out there." Don't misunderstand -- the guitar is amazing: multi-voiced, fusion-fired, ethereally chorded, delightfully crystalline clear, note-flourished, and swooningly embellished. Add in the vocals of Jack Bruce for that Cream flashback or the I.O.U. band feel of Paul Williams' crooning, back to back with killer bass by Jeff Berlin and tastefully poised drums by Chad Wackerman, and you have fusion-rock bliss.Holdsworth addicts have waited a very long time for this to appear in the CD format. So go for it. It sounds great all over again. The original album cover graphics and notes are included. ~ John W. Patterson



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