Further Still: Nice Archive Find

posted by Tom on April 05, 2012 at 3:53 pm
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As anyone who prowls YouTube knows, the audio quality of clips from the '70s and '80s can be frustratingly erratic. In the last month or so, several different live versions of "Devil Take the Hindmost," from guitarist Allan Holdsworth's 1985 Metal Fatigue (Enigma) have landed in my inbox, and sure enough, some of them are downers, due to muffled sound and grainy video. That's no way to experience one of the true masters of post-jazz guitar, an improvisor revered by Eddie Van Halen and many others for his fleet linear inventions and uncanny melodic sense. Holdsworth was part of the prog-rock band Gong during the Gazeuse era (1000 Recordings, page 316), and was once described by Frank Zappa as "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet."  His solo discography is spotty, but almost all the live documents -- including the 2002 All Night Wrong -- are worth hearing.

For some reason, the Embed function isn't working. Please follow this link to encounter a spirited interpretation from 1984 in Japan, featuring relatively clear audio...

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#1 from Tony Lanman, United States - 04/05/2012 10:27

Amazing - watching Holdsworth play kind of makes me want to stop playing - lol.  He has such incredible technical facility, and makes the most complex, finger-twisting lines look so easy!  Thanks for posting - really cool find!

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