Allan Holdsworth – Atavachron – Music. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Atavachron – Allan Holdsworth on AllMusic – – For a little background, back in the ’80s. Atavachron is a music studio album recording by ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (Jazz Rock/Fusion/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette.

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Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. The Best of Allan Holdsworth: Non Brewed Condiment 2. This release was special in that it marks Holdsworth ‘s first use of the SynthAxe alongside electric guitar.

On the other hand, allxn main desire of every true artist is to find a way of expressing himself, because this is a necessity.

Patterson of AllMusic gave Atavachron four stars out of five, describing it as “semi- progressive ” with a “symphonic element” and praising it as “clear evidence of the genius Holdsworth was demonstrating release after release”. He is known for being one of lalan most unique stylists on guitar, but it is the SynthAxe that allows him to go places a guitar can’t reach. So, he had to invent new methods of recording – using distortion in order to create the absolutely necessary sustain – and finally he had to convince the engineer to try out these unconventional practices!

For a little background, back in the ’80s the SynthAxe was invented. Allan has been working on the remastering of his releases, but some of the master tapes of this disc have been damaged and are beyond repair. Each piece is a standout to me, except for the last track, which doesn’t fit and I regularly skip. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. The Allan Holdsworth Album Collection. Atavachron is almost entirely instrumental but the last number features female vocals. Not of this earth I was grabbed right off and played the LP constantly for weeks, until the vinyl began to wear and the pops and clicks became annoying.


By the way, the album is atvaachron good fusion of jazz and rock. This is a landmark album, but be sure to do some homework before you attempt it.


Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Gary Husband is still one of the best drummers-pianists out there and alla truly shines here. The center piece of the album seems to be the title track, Atavachron, which is absolutely stunning, very beautiful, especially because of the breath taking synth chords, which keep coming back.

However, this is also very different in style so maybe it is not fair or even possible to really compare in this way.

It has a wider sound spectrum than keyboards and in this release you will hear a myriad of synthscapes and effects. It is worth mentioning that in order to afford it, Allan sold his house in England!

His intention was not to become a professional musician.


This is indeed an interesting instrument and the distinctive sound it produces is appealing in moderate doses. Owl could not be more wrong.

All Our Yesterdays 5: In that group the melodic sensibilities and songwriting skills of Wetton could counterbalance the Jazz-Rock indulgences of Bruford and Holdsworth while the latter two brought an adventurous atavachorn to the former. For the average Prog fan, however, this is not really recommended.

Atavachron changed the way I holdswortb to Allan Holdsworth and music in general. To a degree I also enjoy the album Holdsworth did with Jon Hiseman’s Tempest earlier on in the 70’s, though Holdsworth had not yet really developed his distinctive sound at that point. Beautiful female vocals in one song framed by atavacheon visual musicks of the SynthAxe and keyboardy leads by Holdsworth may have turned guitar fans off, but this effort is clear evidence of the genius Boldsworth was demonstrating release after release.


In Science and Arts you can find two kinds of people: Still, the album is very enjoyable. A very good album, but since Allan Holdsworth would make some more of those, and this one doesn’t stand particularly out, except for the historical fact of the introduction of the SynthAxe, I’m only giving it three stars.

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Ztavachron to get started, we have here three – from outer space – drummers: That’s why he constantly improvises and hates playing the same solo again and again. I generally prefer the instrumental tracks.

This marks Holdsworth’s first recorded use of the SynthAxean instrument which would be featured prominently on many of his future albums. You have to listen to this to believe it!

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH Atavachron reviews

Wouldn’t that be great! Other sites in the MAC network: The present album saw him experimenting with his in famous SynthAxe for the first time, an instrument that is ztavachron mix between a guitar holesworth a synthesiser and is depicted on the weird cover art picture. I mean that a true artist has no choice at all.

This release offered a semi-progressive symphonic element and served to ever stretch the boundaries of jazz fusion.

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Latest members reviews This is very good, but not an essential progrock album. As regard to the compositions: This would be a common trait for Allan Holdsworth songs. Maybe he’ll re-record them, ala, Tokyo Dream?

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