Album Review: Live in Japan 1984 by Allan Holdsworth & I.O.U. (9/10)

Guitarist extraordinaire Allan Holdsworth shines in this classic concert from Japan. Appearing with one of his best groups as a leader, the members of I.O.U., Paul Williams (vocals), Jimmy Johnson (bass) and Chad Wackerman (drums) were at their peak. Highlights include the cinematic and surreal “Tokyo Dream,” the driving and technical “Road Games” and the lyrical prog masterpiece “Metal Fatigue.” This is an historic document, not only because it was the last live set by I.O.U. but, because it was broadcast on Japanese TV, the production value and sound quality are excellent.


Manifesto Records
Producers: Dan Perloff and Evan Cohen