Hard Hat Area

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Hard Hat Area
Allan Holdsworth - Hard Hat Area album cover.jpg
Studio album by Allan Holdsworth
Released 1993 (1993)[1]
Studio Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California; The Brewery in North County, San Diego
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 41:37
Label Polydor
Producer Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth chronology
Wardenclyffe Tower
(1992)Wardenclyffe Tower1992
Hard Hat Area
(1993)
None Too Soon
(1996)None Too Soon1996
Alternative cover
European edition
European edition

Hard Hat Area is the eighth studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1993 by Polydor Records (Japan), JMS–Cream Records (Europe) and Fred Bloggs Music (United Kingdom), and in 1994 through Restless Records (United States); a remastered edition with expanded liner notes was reissued on 15 May 2012 by MoonJune Records.[2] Holdsworth has frequently cited the album as one of his favourites.[3][4][5][6] "Tullio" is a reference to cycling component innovator and company founder Tullio Campagnolo.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About JazzFavourable[8]
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Hard Hat Area has received mostly positive reviews. John Kelman at All About Jazz called it one of Holdsworth's better solo recordings, naming "Ruhkukah" and "Low Levels, High Stakes" as highlights. He also praised the line-up of keyboardist Steve Hunt, drummer Gary Husband and bassist Skúli Sverrisson, but remarked that it was sometimes difficult to distinguish between Hunt's playing and Holdsworth's SynthAxe.[8] Glenn Astarita at AllMusic also called the album one of Holdsworth's "better solo excursions", and "a must-have" for fans of his work. Like Kelman, he named "Ruhkakah" and "Low Levels, High Stakes" as highlights.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Allan Holdsworth, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Prelude" (Holdsworth, Steve Hunt)1:35
2."Ruhkukah"5:34
3."Low Levels, High Stakes"9:05
4."Hard Hat Area"6:06
5."Tullio"6:02
6."House of Mirrors"7:47
7."Postlude" (Holdsworth, Hunt, Skúli Sverrisson, Gary Husband)5:28
Total length:41:37

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Astarita, Glenn. "Hard Hat Area – Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  2. ^ "Allan Holdsworth: Hard Hat Area". MoonJune Records. Archived from the original on 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  3. ^ Hallebeek, Richard (1996-05-11). "Allan Holdsworth (1996)". richardhallebeek.com. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  4. ^ Douse, Cliff (December 1996). "Legato Land". Guitar Techniques. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  5. ^ Ablx Staff (2004-08-19). "Allan Holdsworth Interview". Abstract Logix. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  6. ^ Hoard, Christopher; Preston, Jeff (February 1994). "Allan Holdsworth: An Interview". The Allan Holdsworth Information Center. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  7. ^ Morrison, Mike (2006-02-09). "Allan Holdsworth Interview". therealallanholdsworth.com. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  8. ^ a b Kelman, John (2012-03-23). "Allan Holdsworth: Hard Hat Area and None Too Soon". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2014-09-09.

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