Technical Details on "Tales From The Vault"

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These are technical details for Allan Holdsworth’s album “Tales From The Vault”. The details list composer (the lyricists may not be properly credited here), approximate recording dates, recording studios, producer, engineer, mixer, musicians, further technical details and release date. Some of the info is approximate, and in some cases unclear, but the information here has been culled from Allan’s liner notes, updates posted on the Pledge music page from the project, and from other sources that are credited below. A lot of these tracks have their origins in the sessions for the "Road Games" album, which used different studios and different engineers. The "Road Games" album cover says "Produced by circumstance"...

The Abingdon Chasp

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: Late 70s?
Recording studio: ?
Producer: ?
Engineer: ?
Mixer: ?
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth, Bill Bruford, Francois Moze, Ray Warleigh, Jeff Young.
Further technical details: Previously unreleased recording.
Released mid 2016.

"The Abingdon Chasp" was originally written for a potential Allan Holdsworth solo project for the British Label Virgin records. Allan first recorded the demo track with Bill Bruford, Dave Stewart, French bassist Francis Moze, and his long-time friend, saxophonist Ray Warleigh. Several months later Bill Bruford formed the band Bruford. Bill said he would like to include "The Abingdon Chasp" for the group's album project, One Of A Kind. Bruford, Stewart, and Jeff Berlin played on the second version with Allan. "On the original track," Allan remembered, "there was a great sax solo in the middle where my guitar solo is in the Bruford version." (Reaching For The Uncommon Chord, p. 30)

Earth

Composer: Virgil Donati
Recording date: Finished some time in 2015
Recording studio: Unknown/The Brewery
Producer: Allan Holdsworth?
Engineer: Unknown, Allan Holdsworth.
Mixer: Allan Holdsworth, Gordon Davis?
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth, Virgil Donati, Jimmy Johnson.
Further technical details: Previously unreleased recording.
Released August 2015

Material Real Outtake

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: “Road Games” sessions, 1983?
Recording studio: Music Grinder
Producer: As “Road Games”
Engineer: As “Road Games”
Mixer: Rough mixes from Music Grinder studios
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman, Jeff Berlin, Joe Turano.
Further technical details: Previously unreleased lead vocals.
Released mid 2016.

Material Real Pinski Mix Mastered

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: As “Road Games”
Recording studio: As “Road Games”
Producer: As “Road Games”
Engineer: As “Road Games”
Mixer: Mark Pinske at Frank Zappa’s studio.
Musicians: As “Road Games”
Further technical details: Mastered by Robert Feist for Pledge. Previously unreleased mix.
Released mid 2016.

New Dawn

Composer: Pat Smythe
Recording date: Unknown
Recording studio: The Brewery
Producer: Allan Holdsworth
Engineer: Allan Holdsworth
Mixer: Allan Holdsworth, Gordon Davis?
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth (SynthAxe, Starr Z)
Further technical details: Previously unreleased recording.
Released mid 2016.

Allan also performed this piece with Pat Smythe in a 1974 BBC broadcast.

Poochini

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: Unknown
Recording studio: The Brewery
Producer: Allan Holdsworth
Engineer: Allan Holdsworth
Mixer: Allan Holdsworth, Gordon Davis?
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth (SynthAxe)
Further technical details: Previously unreleased recording.
Released mid 2016.

Road Games Outtake

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: “Road Games” sessions, 1983?
Recording studio: Music Grinder
Producer: As “Road Games”
Engineer: As “Road Games”
Mixer: Rough mixes from Music Grinder studios
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman, Jeff Berlin, Joe Turano.
Further technical details: Previously unreleased lead vocals.
Released mid 2016.

Three Sheets Pinski Mix Mastered

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: As “Road Games”
Recording studio: As “Road Games”
Producer: As “Road Games”
Engineer: As “Road Games”
Mixer: Mark Pinske at Frank Zappa’s studio.
Musicians: As “Road Games”
Further technical details: Mastered by Robert Feist for Pledge. Previously unreleased mix.
Released mid 2016.

Tokyo Dream Pinski Mix Mastered

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: As “Road Games”
Recording studio: As “Road Games”
Producer: As “Road Games”
Engineer: As “Road Games”
Mixer: Mark Pinske at Frank Zappa’s studio.
Musicians: As “Road Games”
Further technical details: Mastered by Robert Feist for Pledge. Previously unreleased mix.
Released mid 2016.

Was There Outtake

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: “Road Games” sessions, 1983?
Recording studio: Music Grinder
Producer: As “Road Games”
Engineer: As “Road Games”
Mixer: Rough mixes from Music Grinder studios
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman, Jeff Berlin, Joe Turano.
Further technical details: Previously unreleased lead vocals.
Released mid 2016.

Water on the Brain Outtake

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: “Road Games” sessions, 1983?
Recording studio: Music Grinder
Producer: As “Road Games”
Engineer: As “Road Games”
Mixer: Rough mixes from Music Grinder studios
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth, Chad Wackerman, Jeff Berlin, Joe Turano.
Further technical details: Previously unreleased lead vocals.
Released mid 2016.

Water on the Brain Paul Williams

Composer: Allan Holdsworth
Recording date: 1981?
Recording studio: The Barge
Producer: Allan Holdsworth
Engineer: As “I.O.U.”
Mixer: ?
Musicians: Allan Holdsworth, Paul Carmichael, Gary Husband, Paul Williams.
Further technical details: Previously unreleased recording.
Released mid 2016.