5 A collection of guitar genius beyond compare.apopheniac | 23/02/2008 | See all apopheniac's reviews (16)You may never have heard of him, but Allan Holdsworth is one of the most influential guitarists of modern times. He's cited as hero or genius by the likes of Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, and Eddie Van Halen to name just a few. Many guitarists attempt to copy his sound and fluid style, but they seldom even come close. If you play guitar and want to find out what complete mastery sounds like, buy this CD. I can't recommend this album highly enough.This collection presents two sides of his work with tracks selected by Holdworth himself; the first CD concentrates on music made with electric guitar, showing off his unique sound to full effect. It'll soon become clear that Holdsworth arrangements are something special, with a chordal approach that outclasses most other modern guitarists and a soloing style which rapidly leaves everyone else in the dust.The second CD is a selection of his work using the Synthaxe - a guitar controller for MIDI synthesisers that he's since retired (because he admits it's now mainly held together with gaffa tape). The technology allowed him to create an amazing variety of sounds which enhance his music and make it something truly special.Holdsworth completists will of course want to buy the album for the extra tracks which appear - "Let's throw shrimp" and "Shenandoah." They're worth the price of the album on their own. Click that "buy" button now!