Allan Holdsworth Discography

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Allan Holdsworth discography: Original releases

(Note: A first draft of compilations is found here: Allan Holdsworth discography: Noteworthy compilations)

Artist Album name Year Role Performance
Igginbottom Igginbottom's Wrench 1969 Band member Guitar, vocals, composer
Ian Carr Belladonna 1973 Band member Guitar
Tempest Tempest 1973 Band member Guitar, vocals, violin, composer
Soft Machine Bundles 1975 Band member Guitar, composer
The New Tony Williams Lifetime Believe It 1975 Band member Guitar, composer
The New Tony Williams Lifetime Million Dollar Legs 1976 Band member Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Velvet Darkness 1976 Solo artist Guitar, violin, composer
Gong Gazeuse! 1976 Band member Guitar, violin, steel guitar, composer
Bruford Feels Good To Me 1977 Band member Guitar
Esther Phillips Capricorn Princess 1977 Session, 1 track Pedal steel guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty Enigmatic Ocean 1977 Band member Guitar
John Stevens Retouch 1977 Band member Guitar, composer
Gong Expresso II 1978 Session, 4 tracks Guitar
U.K. U.K. 1978 Band member Guitar, composer
John Stevens Touching On 1978 Band member Guitar, composer
Bruford One Of A Kind 1979 Band member Guitar, composer
Gordon Beck Sunbird 1979 Band member Guitar, violin
Pierre Moerlen's Gong Time Is The Key 1979 Session, 2 tracks Guitar
Allan Holdsworth, Gordon Beck, Jeff Clyne, John Stevens Conversation Piece 1980 Band member Guitar, composer
Soft Machine Land Of Cockayne 1981 Session Guitar
Allan Holdsworth & Gordon Beck The Things You See 1981 Band member Guitar, vocals, composer
Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. 1982 Solo artist Guitar, composer
Allan Holdsworth Road Games 1983 Solo artist Guitar, composer
Jean-Luc Ponty Individual Choice 1983 Session, 2 tracks Guitar
Jon St. James Transatlantic 1984 Session, 2 tracks Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Metal Fatigue 1985 Solo artist Guitar, composer
Rege Burrell Victim Of Emotion 1985 Session, 1 track Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Atavachron 1986 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe
Soma Soma 1986 Session, 5 tracks Guitar
Jon St. James Fast Impressions 1986 Session, 2 tracks Guitar, SynthAxe
Krokus Change Of Address 1986 Session, 1 track Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Sand 1987 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Stanley Clarke If This Bass Could Only Talk 1988 Session, 1 track Guitar
Stuart Hamm Radio Free Albemuth 1988 Session, 1 track SynthAxe
Allan Holdsworth Secrets 1989 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Alex Masi Attack Of The Neon Shark 1989 Session, 1 track SynthAxe
Strange Advance The Distance Between 1989 Session, 2 tracks Guitar
Jack Bruce A Question Of Time 1989 Session, 2 tracks Guitar, SynthAxe
Allan Holdsworth & Gordon Beck With A Heart In My Song 1989 Band member Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Gordon Beck Dreams 1989 Producer Producer only
Carl Verheyen No Borders 1989 Session, 1 track SynthAxe
Various Artists Guitar's Practicing Musicians 1989 Session, 1 track w/ Jeff Watson Guitar
MVP Truth In Shredding 1990 Band member Guitar, SynthAxe
Steve Tavaglione Blue Tav 1990 Session, 1 track Guitar/SynthAxe
Andrea Marcelli Silent Will 1990 Session, 3 tracks Guitar/SynthAxe
Level 42 Guaranteed 1991 Band member Guitar
Chad Wackerman Forty Reasons 1991 Band member Guitar
Paz Love In Peace (Amour Empaz) 1991 Session, 1 track Guitar
Jeff Watson Lone Ranger 1992 Session, 1 track Guitar
Andrea Marcelli Oneness 1992 Session, 2 tracks Guitar/baritone guitar
Allan Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower 1993 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Allan Holdsworth Wardenclyffe Tower +3 1993 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Various Artists Come Together 1993 Session, 1 track Guitar
Chad Wackerman The View 1993 Session, 6 tracks Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Hard Hat Area 1993 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Allan Holdsworth Just For The Curious 1993 Solo artist Guitar, composer
Gongzilla Suffer 1995 Session, 4 tracks Guitar
Allan Holdsworth None Too Soon 1996 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe
Anders Johansson, Jens Johansson & Allan Holdsworth Heavy Machinery 1996 Band member Guitar
Gorky Park Stare 1996 Session, 1 track Guitar
Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. Live 1997 Solo artist Guitar, composer
Steve Hunt From Your Heart And From Your Soul 1997 Session, 1 track Guitar
Allan Holdsworth The Sixteen Men Of Tain 2000 Solo artist Guitar, composer
Allan Holdsworth Flat Tire 2001 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Allan Holdsworth All Night Wrong 2002 Solo artist Guitar, composer
Soft Machine BBC Radio 1971-1974 2003 Band member Guitar
Soft Works Abracadabra 2003 Band member Guitar, composer
Atlantis Pray For Rain 2003 Session, 1 track Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Group Then! 2003 Solo artist Guitar, composer
Derek Sherinian Mythology 2004 Session, 2 tracks Guitar
K2 Book Of The Dead 2004 Session, 4 tracks Guitar
Riptyde Sonic Undertow 2004 Session/featured soloist Guitar
David Hines Nebula 2005 Session, 2 tracks Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Against The Clock 2005 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Tempest Under The Blossom: The Anthology 2005 Band member Guitar
Soft Machine Floating World Live 2006 Band member Guitar, composer
Bruford Rock Goes To College 2006 Band member Guitar
Planet X Quantum 2007 Session, 2 tracks Guitar
Jean-Luc Ponty The Acatama Experience 2007 Session, 1 track Guitar
Dan Carlin & Friends Prowlin’ 2007 Session, 1 track Guitar, SynthAxe
Chris Buck Progosaurus 2008 Session, 1 track Guitar
Holdsworth, Pasqua, Haslip, Wackerman Blues For Tony 2009 Band member Guitar, composer
Danny Thompson, Allan Holdsworth, John Stevens Propensity 2009 Band member Guitar, composer
Snew Highway Star 2009 Session, 1 track Guitar
Paul Korda Early Years 2009 Session, 1 track Guitar
Eric Keyes No One Knows My Thirst 2009 Session, 1 track Guitar
Gary Husband Dirty And Beautiful Volume 1 2010 Session, 3 tracks Guitar
Corrado Rustici Deconstruction Of A Postmodern Musician 2010 Session, 1 track Guitar
Level 42 Living It Up 2010 Session, 1 track Guitar
Gary Husband Dirty And Beautiful Volume 2 2012 Session, 1 track Guitar
Chad Wackerman Dreams Nightmares And Improvisations 2012 Band member Guitar, SynthAxe, Starr Switch
Soft Machine Switzerland 1974 2015 Band member Guitar, composer
U.K. Ultimate Collector's Edition 2016 Band member Guitar, composer
Allan Holdsworth Tales From The Vault 2016 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Allan Holdsworth Eidolon 2017 Solo artist Guitar, SynthAxe, composer
Allan Holdsworth The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever 2017 Solo artist Box Set
MSM Schmidt Life 2017 Session Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Live In Japan 1984 2018 Solo artist Guitar, composer

Discography notes

There are many ways of doing a discography. For this version, the following applies:

The listing includes music released officially on vinyl, compact disc and digitally. Though some records were released officially, their legality was contested by Allan, and some were withdrawn from the market, such as reissues of “Velvet Darkness”. More information on this will eventually appear in the articles.

Outright bootlegs will not be listed. Films and books will go on a separate list. Allan in the capacity of producer, engineer or other tasks will go on a separate list (with some notable exceptions.)

The list is categorized by artist, album name, year of release, Allan’s role, and by the type of performance, as follows:

  • Artist and album name are listed as it appears on the cover. This means that ”Belladonna”, for example, is listed as an Ian Carr release, and not Nucleus.
  • The albums are listed chronologically on the year of original release. The chronology is sometimes dubious, but is intended to show the records roughly in the order they were released.
  • Allan is listed according to whether he appears as a band member, a session musician, or a solo artist. These definitions are somewhat subjective, but as a general rule, albums with only one or two tracks will count as sessions. On these albums, the number of tracks where Allan appears is listed. Where Allan appears throughout the album he will generally be listed as band member. He is listed as a solo artist on recordings released in his own name alone.
  • For the performance category, Allan is listed as to whether he contributed with guitar, SynthAxe, violin or vocals. Albums featuring his compositions are also noted.

The list does not contain albums with re-releases and compilations of previously released material, except where the new releases also contain previously unreleased music. That means that the Tempest anthology “Under The Blossom” is listed, for example, as it contains previously unreleased recordings from the BBC. Also, “Wardenclyffe Tower +3” is listed as a separate release. An exception is made for the 2017 box set.

Updates, errors and omissions: A discography will usually be based on some subjective criteria, which may also be revised. Some revisions are in order: Some albums by U.K. released after the band broke up need to be added to the list. There are special editions of some albums featuring previously unreleased material that need to be added for consistency, such as the special edition of “Sixteen Men Of Tain”.

Unreleased albums

Allan made numerous references to albums that he was working on that were not finished. One of these projects was referred to as Snakes And Ladders.

Non-appearances

Allan is credited on some works where he does in fact not appear:

Speed: Allan is credited as soloist on the soundtrack for the movie "Speed". Apparently, the score composer was a fan, and commissioned some work from Allan. He delivered some SynthAxe material, which was ultimately not used in the final film. It may have had to do with some technical issues. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0390380/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Steve Morse Band: Stand up. Allan was slated to appear on Steve Morse's album "Stand Up", but for some reason he was not able to deliver his tracks in time. Curiously, the cassette tape cover was already sent to the printer when this happened, and thus the cassette cover lists Allan as appearing on "English Rancher". https://www.discogs.com/Steve-Morse-Band-Stand-Up/release/8933270