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Essential Holdsworth

Although it isn't true, it appears to me as though Allan Holdsworth's talent sprung fully-formed from the forehead of the music god. I've been listening to Road Games and, man, that's one of the best unreleased albums I've heard recently.

I've been attempting to channel A.H. for many years - not to be a total clone, just to try and expand my guitar skills a smidgeon. On the peice I'm currently working on - Painting Abstracts - I think I got close to something reminiscent of his inflection and tone. I told Lisa about it and she said she hadn't heard enough of his music to know what to listen for.

So I made up a compilation CD of what I think are some of Holdsworth's essential tracks, ostensibly for Lisa to listen to, but I'm enjoying it myself.