Allan Holdsworth – Velvet Darkness

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Velvet Darkness is the first studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1976 through producer Creed Taylor’s CTI Records.

The tracks for the album were originally recorded by engineer Rudy Van Gelder at his Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey. According to Holdsworth, this was done during a rehearsal session, after which the tapes were released by CTI without his or the other band members’ consent. None of the musicians involved ever received royalties for their work. Holdsworth therefore considered the album an unauthorised release and not part of his discography (Wikipedia).

Track listing:
All music is composed by Allan Holdsworth

1. “Good Clean Filth” 5:22
2. “Floppy Hat” 2:47
3. “Wish” 4:21
4. “Kinder” 3:08
5. “Velvet Darkness” 4:43
6. “Karzie Key” 3:12
7. “Last May” 1:39
8. “Gattox” 4:51

Allan Holdsworth – guitar, violin
Alan Pasqua – piano
Alphonso Johnson – bass guitar
Narada Michael Walden – drums


Released: 1976
Recorded: 24–26 May, 18 June 1976
Studio: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Length 30:03
Label: CTI
Producer: Creed Taylor