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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant - All guitarists should buy it!, 18 Mar. 2004
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Kevin Tillyer "bassman208" (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Road Games (Audio CD)
There's a little story to the release of this mini-album. We nearly didn't get to hear it. So we should all be grateful we can hear this amazing bit of guitar wizardry. The man has clearly come from another planet. Even John McLaughlin was impressed. More so on this album than perhaps some other work, there's a real sense of melody and phrasing in the guitar coupled with a tone more overtly guitar-like than in recent recordings where the technique has advanced to a point where it sounds quite synth-like at times. I personally prefer the earlier rock-guitary-ness of this recording. The compositions are most definitely from the advanced jazz-rock mold, but are not so 'angular' as to make listening a chore. As I said it's very melodic stuff, this. Although you do sense the vocal lines, yes there are vocals on this one, are a touched strained in places. Nevertheless they work. Recommended without reserve. A beautiful recording, fantastic playing (have to mention Jeff Berlin and Chad Wackerman too) and great 'tunes'. And not a synth in sight! AAA+
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars grammy nominated album, 22 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Road Games (Audio CD)
This is a good introduction to the amazingly talented Allan Holdsworth. Guitar players have long since appreciated the genius of AH, it is high time a wider audience did the same.

Warners and Ted Templeman royally screwed this album with their tampering of Holdsworth's artistic vision. It would have been interesting to see what this album would have been like if he had been left alone to just make it. This being said this is a very fine mini album. It may appeal more to rock fans, but this music truly has no genre boundaries. The inclusion of Jack Bruce was probably a compromise Holdsworth had to make as Warners didn't like vocalist Paul Williams. Bruce sings on 2 tracks.

The guitar tone is exemplary and the solos are revolutionary. Holdsworth started a new school of guitar playing of which he is the master. Chad Wackerman and jeff berlin are superb too. Standout tracks are "3 sheets to the wind" "Tokyo Dream" & "Water on the brain pt 2." Check out his later albums where he was in total control ie "Metal fatigue" "IOU" "Atavachron" "sand" "Hard Hat Area" and "The 16 men of tain"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect album?, 24 Feb. 2003
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P. D. Wiliam (London UK) - See all my reviews
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There are two albums that I regard as being as close to perfect as you can get. One is Jean-Luc Ponty's "Aurora" and this is the other. Despite having only six tracks, this album is well worth the price. As well as Holdsworth's virtuoso guitar work, Jeff Berlin's bass playing is just amazing--fast, rhythmic, and at times beautifully melodic. The rest of us might as well give up playing now...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Allan Holdsworth Road Games, 15 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Road Games (Audio CD)
I still have this album on vinyl along with all the other Holdsworth classics from my pre CD days.
Road Games is a six track mini album which was recorded after Eddie Van Halen had helped Allan get a deal with a major label. The downside of this was that Allan didn't have complete control of this project and I believe,was pressured into dropping Paul Williams on vocals in favour of the better known Jack Bruce. This might explain Allan's alleged dislike for this album,but I have to say it is one of my favourite Holdsworth albums.

Special mention should be given to Chad Wackerman on drums and the incredible Jeff Berlin on bass(check out the bass solo on Water on the Brain). Some might remember his and Allan's awesome playing in Bill Bruford's band in the late 70's.

The guitar playing is,as always,on a different level to we mere mortals and still,all these years later,has guitarists today,shaking their heads in disbelief.
I saw a transcription of Holdsworth's licks(including the title track of this album) a few years ago in a well known guitar magazine,and the guy said that having studied Allan's music,he had come to the conclusion that there was no one better(I have to agree).
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