Wardenclyffe Tower (album)

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Wardenclyffe Tower
Allan Holdsworth - 1992 - Wardenclyffe Tower.jpg
Studio album by
Released1992 (1992)
StudioFront Page Recorders, Costa Mesa, California; Music Grinder Studios, Track Record Studios, Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles; The Brewery in North County, San Diego
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerAllan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth chronology
Truth in Shredding
Wardenclyffe Tower
Hard Hat Area
Alternative cover
Japanese edition
Japanese edition
Alternative cover
2007 remastered edition
2007 remastered edition

Wardenclyffe Tower is the seventh studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1992 through Restless Records (United States) and JMS–Cream Records (Europe), and in 1993 through Polydor Records (Japan);[1] a remastered edition was reissued in 2007 through Eidolon Efformation,[2] containing three bonus tracks (alternative versions of "Tokyo Dream" from 1983's Road Games and "The-Unmerry-Go-Round" from 1985's Metal Fatigue) which were previously only available on the Japanese release.[3][4]

The album's title is a reference to the real life Wardenclyffe Tower, or Tesla Tower, designed by inventor Nikola Tesla in 1901. "Zarabeth" is named after a character in the Star Trek episode "All Our Yesterdays".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[1]

Daniel Gioffre at AllMusic awarded Wardenclyffe Tower 1.5 stars out of 5, describing it as "formless" and "not very compelling", and being of value to Holdsworth completists rather than casual listeners. He nonetheless noted "Against the Clock", "Dodgy Boat" and the title track as highlights.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Allan Holdsworth, except where noted.

1."5 to 10"5:36
2."Sphere of Innocence"5:58
3."Wardenclyffe Tower"8:44
4."Dodgy Boat" (Steve Hunt)5:37
6."Against the Clock" (lyrics: Naomi Star)4:58
7."Questions" (Chad Wackerman)4:07
8."Oneiric Moor"1:41
Total length:43:12



  1. ^ a b c Gioffre, Daniel. "Wardenclyffe Tower - Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Wardenclyffe Tower by Allan Holdsworth". CD Baby. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Allan Holdsworth – Wardenclyffe Tower +3". Discogs. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  4. ^ Prasad, Anil (2008). "Allan Holdsworth - Harnessing momentum". Innerviews. Retrieved 8 September 2014.

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