Allan Holdsworth Compositions

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Allan Holdsworth compositions

Here is a draft for a list of published compositions by Allan Holdsworth. It lists most of the recorded tracks from 1969 onwards where Allan is listed as a composer or co-composer. There are a few exceptions. Some of the recordings featuring group improvisations have been excluded from this list. This goes for recordings in the name of John Stevens and Chad Wackerman, plus a few others. Allan would sometimes rework themes and include them in new compositions of different names, I have tried to note this on each composition's listing. Sometimes recordings of compositions under the same name feature additional material. Allan would perform a few tunes live that were never officially released, these tunes are not listed here. With one exception, Holdsworth compositions featured on BBC recordings are not featured. The list is by default sorted alphabetically, but can be sorted by any of the columns.


Title Artist Writer(s) First album Year first recorded
0274 Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
5 to 10 Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower 1993
54 Duncan Terrace Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth With A Heart In My Song 1988
Above and Below Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
Above and Below (Reprise) Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
Against The Clock Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Naomi Star Wardenclyffe Tower 1993
All Our Yesterdays Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Rowanne Mark Atavachron 1986
Alphrazallan Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong 2003
At the Edge Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth The Things You See 1981
Atavachron Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron 1986
Bo Peep Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
Brothers Tempest Hiseman, Holdsworth Tempest 1973
Checking Out Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U. 1982
Clown Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand 1987
Curves Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
Devil Take the Hindmost Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Metal Fatigue 1985
Diminished Responsibility Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth The Things You See 1981
Distance vs. Desire Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand 1987
Dark House Tempest Hiseman, Clarke, Holdsworth Tempest 1973
Don't You Know Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
Eeny Meeny Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
Eidolon Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
Endomorph Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Rowanne Mark Secrets 1989
Every Little Breeze Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth BBC session 1979
Floppy Hat Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976
Foyers of Fun Tempest Hiseman, Clarke, Holdsworth Tempest 1973
Fred Tony Williams New Lifetime Holdsworth Believe It 1975
Funnels Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron 1986
Gas Lamp Blues Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong 2003
Gattox Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976
Golden Lakes Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench 1969
Gone Sailing Soft Machine Holdsworth Bundles 1975
Good Clean Filth Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976
Gorgon Tempest Hiseman, Clarke, Holdsworth Tempest 1973
Hard Hat Area Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Hard Hat Area 1993
Home Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Metal Fatigue 1985
House of Mirrors Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Hard Hat Area 1993
In the Mystery Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Paul Korda Metal Fatigue 1985
Is She Just a Dream? Igginbottom Holdsworth, Mick Skelly Igginbottom's Wrench 1969
Karzie Key Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976
Kinder Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976
Land of the Bag Snake Soft Machine Holdsworth Bundles 1975
Lanyard Loop Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth All Night Wrong 2003
Last May Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976
Leave 'Em On Gary Husband Holdsworth Dirty And Beautiful Volume 1 2010
Let's Throw Shrimp Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman, Jimmy Johnson Against The Clock 2005
Letsby Tony Williams New Lifetime Holdsworth Believe It 1975
Letters of Marque Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U. 1982
Looking Glass Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron 1986
Low Levels, High Stakes Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Hard Hat Area 1993
Mac Man Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand 1987
Madame Vintage Soft Works Holdsworth Abracadabra 2003
Material Real Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games 1983
Material unreal

This is a reworking of "Material Real" from "Road Games".

Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
Mental Medication U.K. Holdsworth, Bruford, Jobson U.K. 1978
Metal Fatigue Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Paul Williams Metal Fatigue 1985
Mr. Spock Tony Williams New Lifetime Holdsworth Believe It 1975
Mr. Berwell Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron 1986
Nevermore U.K. Holdsworth, Jobson, Wetton U.K. 1978
Night Illusion Gong Holdsworth Gazeuse! 1976
Non Brewed Condiment Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron 1986
Not So Sweet Dreams Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench 1969
Oneiric Moor Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower 1993
Out from Under Allan Holdsworth Steven Robinson, Holdsworth I.O.U. 1982
Out of Confusion Igginbottom Dave Freeman, Steven Robinson, Holdsworth, Mick Skelly Igginbottom's Wrench 1969
Panic Station Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Paul Williams Metal Fatigue 1985
Please Hold On Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
Poochini Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Tales From The Vault 2016
Postlude Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Hunt, Skúli Sverrisson, Gary Husband Hard Hat Area 1993
Prelude Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Steve Hunt Hard Hat Area 1993
Pud Wud Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand 1986
Road Games Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games 1983
Ruhkukah Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Hard Hat Area 1993
San Onofre

This is a bonus track from a later reissue

Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
Sand Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Sand 1986
Secrets Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Rowanne Mark Secrets 1989
Shadows Of Gong Holdsworth Gazeuse! 1976
Shallow Sea Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U. 1982
Snow Moon Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
So Long Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
Sphere of Innocence Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower 1993
Spokes Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Secrets 1989
Sundays Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth With A Heart In My Song 1988
Sweet Dry Biscuits Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench 1969
Temporary Fault Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U. 1982
Texas Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
The 4.15 Bradford Executive Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman Sand 1986
The Abingdon Chasp Bruford Holdsworth One Of A Kind 1979
The Castle Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench 1969
The Dominant Plague Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Atavachron 1986
The Drums Were Yellow Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Gary Novak The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
The Duplicate Man Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
The Duplicate Man (Intro) Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001
The Sixteen Men Of Tain Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
The Things You See (When You Haven't Got Your Gun) Holdsworth/Beck Holdsworth The Things You See 1981
The Un-Merry-Go-Round Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Metal Fatigue 1985
The Witch Igginbottom Holdsworth Igginbottom's Wrench 1969
Three Sheets to the Wind Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games 1983
Tokyo Dream Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games 1983
Tullio Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Hard Hat Area 1993
Up and On Tempest John Edwards, Holdsworth Tempest 1969
Velvet Darkness Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976
Wardenclyffe Tower Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower 1993
Was There? Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games 1983
Water on the Brain Pt. II Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Road Games 1983
Where Is One Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth I.O.U. 1982
White Line Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth, Pete Brown I.O.U. 1982
Wish Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976
Zarabeth Allan Holdsworth Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower 1993
Zone Allan Holdsworth Group improvisation All Night Wrong 2001

Other songs associated with Holdsworth.

From "Secrets" and onwards, Allan would allow band members to record their compositions on his solo albums. Some of these recordings have become highly associated with Allan, to the extent that they are often erroneously referred to as Holdsworth compositions.

Title Artist Writer(s) Album Year first recorded
City Nights Allan Holdsworth Gary Husband Secrets 1989
Dodgy Boat Allan Holdsworth Steve Hunt Wardenclyffe Tower 1993
Downside Up Allan Holdsworth Chad Wackerman The Sixteen Men of Tain 2000
Joshua Allan Holdsworth Steve Hunt Secrets 1989
Maid Marion Allan Holdsworth Hunt Secrets 1989
Peril Premonition Allan Holdsworth Chad Wackerman Secrets 1989
Questions Allan Holdsworth Chad Wackerman Wardenclyffe Tower 1993