I.O.U Live

Release date
15 Apr 1997
Running length
9 tracks
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About this album

Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. Live

This is an unofficial album of Allan Holdsworth.
On Holsworth’s official web page this album indicates as unofiicial or bootleg.

If you have this music, you are a lucky man.

Allmusic review of Holdsworth’s I.O.U. studio album

After the train-wreck disaster of Holdsworth’s first solo release, the infamous Velvet Darkness, it wasn’t until three years later that he reconsidered doing a real solo release versus the earlier ripoff of an authorized studio mishmash product he suffered. So in 1979 he recorded I.O.U. on a wing and a prayer and loans (ergo, an IOU recording project). With his very successful stints with other groups in the intervening time period, such as UK and Bill Bruford, Holdsworth’s guitar prowess and name were clearly on the map. Holdsworth now needed to be the leader he clearly was and thus release an official solo record. The real Allan Holdsworth unleashed is at last revealed on I.O.U. in his original compositions and well-crafted soloing, versus being merely part of a group and forced to stay within certain boundaries of other bandmates’ design. I.O.U., as a solo release, is high-quality jazz fusion interplay, offering emotive compositions, ethereal guitar atmospherics, complex chordal progressions, and intense legato explosions of guitar that set the standard for many guitarists to come. There is no acoustic guitar this time, but a wee bit of Holdsworth on violin appears in one song.

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