Road Games (EP)

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Road Games
Allan Holdsworth - 1984 - Road Games EP (original).jpg
EP by Allan Holdsworth
Released 1983 (1983)[1]
Recorded Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 24:11[2]
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Allan Holdsworth, Ted Templeman
Allan Holdsworth chronology
Road Games
Metal Fatigue
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Alternative cover
2001 reissue
2001 reissue

Road Games is an EP (or, according to its vinyl sleeve, a "specially-priced 6-cut mini album") by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1983 through Warner Bros. Records originally on vinyl only;[1] a CD edition was reissued through Gnarly Geezer Records in 2001.

Holdsworth claimed to have received no royalties from either release,[3] while also naming it as one of his least favourite recordings due to numerous creative differences with executive producer Ted Templeman.[4] Road Games nonetheless received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1984 Grammy Awards.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

John W. Patterson of AllMusic gave Road Games four stars out of five, describing it as "fusion-rock bliss" and Holdsworth's guitar work as "amazing". He also praised Wackerman's "tastefully poised" drumming and Jeff Berlin's "killer" bass work.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Paul Williams; all music composed by Allan Holdsworth.

1."Three Sheets to the Wind"4:14
2."Road Games"4:14
3."Water on the Brain Pt. II"2:49
4."Tokyo Dream"4:04
5."Was There?"4:09
6."Material Real"4:41
Total length:24:11



Title Event Award Result
Road Games 1984 Grammys Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Patterson, John W. "Road Games - Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  2. ^ Road Games (CD edition "GMMA 2100-2").
  3. ^ Morrison, Mike (2006-02-09). "Allan Holdsworth Interview with Mike Morrison". Archived from the original on 2006-05-05. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  4. ^ Brinn, David (2010-11-10). "Fusion, rock and something else". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  5. ^ "Bio & History" Archived 2012-02-16 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
  6. ^ a b "26th Grammy Awards - 1984". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-09-04.

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