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Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. album

Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. album
  • Performer Allan Holdsworth
  • Title I.O.U.
  • Date of release 1985
  • Country US
  • Style Fusion
  • Other formats AC3 MP1 MOD MIDI RA AU ADX
  • Genre Jazz / Rock
  • Size MP3 1344 mb
  • Size FLAC 1740 mb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 940

is the second studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1982 through Luna Crack Records/I. A previous album, Velvet Darkness, was released in 1976 without Holdsworth's consent, therefore making this (in his view) his first official solo release. Many tracks from Velvet Darkness were remade and retitled for .

Allan Holdsworth is an amazing guitarist, even though his name seems to be unfamiliar to many. Holdsworth's legato style is mostly unparalleled by any other guitarist, and he proves that every time he releases an album, and . First of all, this is a jazz-fusion album with vocals. Some of Holdsworth's albums do have vocals, and they're not really great vocals either. Most people I know prefer their jazz-fusion to be wordless.

Secrets (Allan Holdsworth album). The album features drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, rather than regular collaborator Chad Wackerman; Wackerman did, however, write and supply drums for the song "Peril Premonition".

After the train-wreck disaster of Holdsworth's first solo release, the infamous Velvet Darkness, it wasn't until three years later that he reconsidered doing a real solo release versus the earlier ripoff of an authorized studio mishmash product he suffered. So in 1979 he recorded . on a wing and a prayer and loans (ergo, an IOU recording project).

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Tracklist Hide Credits

1 The Things You See (When You Haven't Got Your Gun) 5:50
2 Where Is One 5:32
3 Checking Out 3:34
4 Letters Of Marque 6:57
5 Out From Under
Written-By – Holdsworth*, Robinson*
6 Temporary Fault 3:15
7 Shallow Sea 5:51
8 White Line
Written-By – Holdsworth*, Brown*


  • Bass – Paul Carmichael
  • Drums – Gary Husband
  • Guitar – Allan Holdsworth
  • Mixed By – Colin Green
  • Photography By – Glen La Ferman
  • Producer – Allan Holdsworth
  • Recorded By – Andy Llewelly*
  • Vocals – Paul Williams
  • Written-By – Holdsworth* (tracks: 1 to 4, 6, 7)


Recorded on The Barge.
Mixed at Trident.
Special thanks to: Hartley-Thompson for their amazing amps, Steve Bluscher, Di Marzio, Grover Jackson-Charvel, Mashhour, Andy, Colin, Sharon Sudol, and Mike Varney.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 3 760145 922601

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
AH-100 Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. ‎(LP, Album) Not On Label AH-100 US 1982
VSCD4272 Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Gen VSCD4272 Japan 2014
CR 260-2, JMS 18641-2 Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. ‎(CD, Album, RP) CREAM Records , JMS CR 260-2, JMS 18641-2 France 2002
BELLE 081392 Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Belle Antique BELLE 081392 Japan 2008
CR 260-2 Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. ‎(CD, Album, RE) CREAM Records CR 260-2 Europe 2009