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Allan Holdsworth - 1986 - Atavachron.jpg
Studio album by Allan Holdsworth
Released 1986 (1986)[1]
Recorded Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 36:52[2]
Label Enigma
Producer Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth chronology
Metal Fatigue

Atavachron is the fourth studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1986 through Enigma Records (United States) and JMS–Cream Records (Europe). The album's title and seventh track, as well as the cover art, are references to the "Atavachron" alien time travel device from the Star Trek episode "All Our Yesterdays". This marks Holdsworth's first recorded use of the SynthAxe, an instrument which would be featured prominently on many of his future albums.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

John W. Patterson of AllMusic gave Atavachron four stars out of five, describing it as "semi-progressive" with a "symphonic element" and praising it as "clear evidence of the genius Holdsworth was demonstrating release after release". He also highlighted the use of the SynthAxe, as well as praising the "beautiful female vocals" of Rowanne Mark, who makes her first of two appearances on a Holdsworth album; the other being Secrets (1989).[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Allan Holdsworth, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Non Brewed Condiment" 3:41
2. "Funnels" 6:15
3. "The Dominant Plague" 5:45
4. "Atavachron" 4:45
5. "Looking Glass" 4:36
6. "Mr. Berwell" 6:24
7. "All Our Yesterdays" (lyrics: Rowanne Mark) 5:26
Total length: 36:52




  1. ^ a b c d Patterson, John W. "Atavachron - Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  2. ^ Atavachron (CD release "CR 280-2").

External links[edit]

  • Atavachron at (archived)