In honor of his passing (April 15). No better guitar player on the planet. Just about every time I listen to him I think, "Why do I bother?" Velvet Darkness is his first solo album and probably most rock-oriented of his work. Listen to just the first track and you'll hear where 95% of guitar gymnasts learned their tricks.
Who said it (mix n' match):
"Allan Holdsworth single-handedly reinvented electric guitar."
"He is the best in my book."
"Allan plays things so advanced I can’t even understand some of it."
A. John McLaughlin
B. Frank Zappa
C. Eddie Van Halen