Heavy Machinery (album)

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Heavy Machinery
Heavy Machine album cover.jpg
Swedish and Japanese edition
Studio album by Allan Holdsworth, Jens Johansson and Anders Johansson
Released 1996 (1996)
Studio Starec Studios in Växjö; Moon Path in Sweden; The Brewery in North County, San Diego; 71st Street Recording in New York City
Genre Jazz fusion, instrumental rock
Length 73:59[1]
Label Heptagon
Producer Jens Johansson, Anders Johansson
Allan Holdsworth chronology
None Too Soon
(1996)None Too Soon1996
Heavy Machinery
I.O.U. Live
(1997)I.O.U. Live1997
Jens Johansson chronology
Heavy Machinery
(1996) Heavy Machinery1996
Sonic Winter
(1997) Sonic Winter1997
Alternative cover
United States edition
United States edition

Heavy Machinery is a collaborative studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, keyboardist Jens Johansson and drummer Anders Johansson, released in 1996 through Heptagon Records (Sweden), and on 12 August 1997 through Shrapnel Records (United States)[2] and Pony Canyon (Japan).[3]

Confusingly, on the album's European/U.S. release, "Macrowaves" is made up of complete silence after 2:51, with an additional improvised "filler" keyboard and drum solo by the Johanssons at 23:46.[4] On the Japanese release, "Macrowaves" only comprises the first part as normal without any silence; the silence has instead been moved to the bonus track, "The Moose Are Marching", where it fills the space from 7:59 to 20:45, after which the latter keyboard solo from "Macrowaves" ends the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

John W. Patterson at AllMusic gave Heavy Machinery three stars out of five, but described the album positively as "unforgettable fireworks of furious fusion" and "great jazz-rock fusion". He praised all three musicians for their intense playing, in particular comparing Holdsworth and Jens Johansson's jamming to the duo of guitarist Jeff Beck and keyboardist Jan Hammer, but remarked that the album is "just more intriguing than those Hammer/Beck excursions."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Jens Johansson.

No. Title Length
1. "Joint Ventures" 5:48
2. "Beef Cherokee" 4:02
3. "On the Frozen Lake" 4:52
4. "Mission: Possible" 5:15
5. "Good Morning, Mr. Coffee" 7:25
6. "Siouxp of the Day" 4:02
7. "On the Fritz" 5:24
8. "Tea for One and a Half" 6:22
9. "Never Mind Our Weather" 5:54
10. "Macrowaves" 24:55
Total length: 73:59



  1. ^ Heavy Machinery (CD release "SH 11072").
  2. ^ a b c Patterson, John W. "Heavy Machinery - Allan Holdsworth, Anders Johansson, Jens Johansson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  3. ^ "Anders Johansson, Jens Johansson And Allan Holdsworth – Heavy Machinery". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  4. ^ Heavy Machinery (CD edition liner notes). Shrapnel Records. 1997. Swinesong ASCAP.
  5. ^ Johansson, Jens (2000-06-04). "A list of some other FAQ's". panix.com. Retrieved 2014-09-16.

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