Secrets (Allan Holdsworth album)

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Allan Holdsworth - 1989 - Secrets.jpg
Studio album by
Released1989 (1989)
StudioFront Page Recorders, Costa Mesa, California; Music Grinder Studios, Los Angeles; The Brewery, North County, San Diego
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerAllan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth chronology
With a Heart in My Song
Wardenclyffe Tower
Alternative cover
2008 remastered edition
2008 remastered edition

Secrets is the sixth studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1989 through Intima Records;[1] a remastered edition was reissued in 2008 through Eidolon Efformation.[2] 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 awarded Secrets 4.5 stars out of 5, 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,[3] 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".[4]

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. RhythmOne. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Secrets by Allan Holdsworth". CD Baby. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  3. ^ Bosso, Joe (15 February 2013). "Gavin Harrison picks 10 essential drum albums". MusicRadar. Future plc. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  4. ^ Sloan, Mike. "Pestilence's Technical Wizard: Patrick Mameli Part Two". Blistering. Retrieved 4 July 2015.

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