Secrets (Allan Holdsworth album)

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Allan Holdsworth - 1989 - Secrets.jpg
Studio album by Allan Holdsworth
Released 1989 (1989)[1]
Recorded Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California; Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood; The Brewery in North County, San Diego
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 37:20[2]
Label Intima
Producer Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth chronology
With a Heart in My Song
(1988)With a Heart in My Song1988
Wardenclyffe Tower
(1992)Wardenclyffe Tower1992
Alternative cover
2008 remastered edition
2008 remastered edition

Secrets is the sixth studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1989 through Intima Records; a remastered edition was reissued in 2008 through Eidolon Efformation.[3] The album features drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, rather than regular collaborator Chad Wackerman; Wackerman did, however, write and supply drums for the song "Peril Premonition".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Vincent Jeffries at AllMusic gave Secrets a very positive 4.5 stars out of five, calling it "a true masterpiece" and "a triumph", whilst highlighting Holdsworth's "unreachable technical standard" and continued development of the SynthAxe.[1]


In a 2013 interview with MusicRadar,[4] Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison picked Secrets as one of ten "essential drum albums". He praised the drumming of Colaiuta, whom he described as "playing with wild abandon" as well as being "incredibly accurate." Patrick Mameli, guitarist and vocalist for death metal band Pestilence, called Secrets "the greatest fusion album ever recorded".[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."City Nights"Gary Husband2:33
2."Secrets" (lyrics: Rowanne Mark)Allan Holdsworth4:22
3."54 Duncan Terrace"Holdsworth4:34
4."Joshua"Steve Hunt5:59
6."Maid Marion"Hunt7:16
7."Peril Premonition"Chad Wackerman4:45
8."Endomorph" (lyrics: Mark)Holdsworth4:19
Total length:37:20



  1. ^ a b c Jeffries, Vincent. "Secrets - Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  2. ^ Secrets (CD release "CR 300-2").
  3. ^ "Secrets by Allan Holdsworth". CD Baby. Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  4. ^ Bosso, Joe (2013-02-15). "Gavin Harrison picks 10 essential drum albums". MusicRadar. Future plc. Retrieved 2015-02-01.
  5. ^ Sloan, Mike. "Pestilence's Technical Wizard: Patrick Mameli Part Two". Blistering. Retrieved 2015-07-04.

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