Allan Holdsworth - Hard Hat Area (rel.1994)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Allan Holdsworth
Title Hard Hat Area
Length 41:37 Discs: 1 Tracks: 7
Format CD Packaging Jewel Case
Label Restless Cat. Number 72716
Style Fusion; Progressive Rock Rating
Recorded at  The Brevery
Musicians Credits
Allan Holdsworth el.guitar
Steve Hunt keyboards
Skuli Sverrisson bass
Gary Husband drums
Producer Allan Holdsworth
Engineer Rejean deGrandmaison
Mastering Bernie Grundm
Mixing Gordon Davis
Track list
Prelude (Holdsworth/Hunt) 01:35
Ruhkukah (Holdsworth) 05:34
Low Levels, High Stakes (Holdsworth) 09:05
Hard Hat Area (Holdsworth) 06:06
Tullio (Holdsworth) 06:02
House Of Mirrors (Holdsworth) 07:47
Postlude (Holdsworth/Hunt/Husband/Sverrisson) 05:28
AMG Review (3 1/2):
Allan Holdsworth is arguably one of the most important post-Hendrix electric guitarists to grace either the fusion or rock scenes, while Hard Hat Area, signifies one of the artist's better solo excursions. With this 1994 effort, the guitarist receives excellent support from Icelandic electric bass phenom Skuli Sverrissson, whereas keyboardist Steve Hunt renders melodically tinged synth lines and ethereal backwashes throughout. Essentially, the group produces a series of climactic overtures, accelerated by a distinct sense of uninhibited force. On pieces such as "Ruhkukah" and "Low Levels, High Stakes," the musicians surge forward with a deterministic flair via a few tricky time signatures and lyrically charged themes atop Holdsworth's climactically driven solos. Consequently, the group conveys an underlying sense of tension and release, as Holdsworth's scathing legato-based lines might spur notions of a hawk zooming in on its prey. Thus, a must-have for the ardent Holdsworth aficionado.
~ Glenn Astarita