Road Games (EP)

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; a CD edition was reissued through Gnarly Geezer Records in 2001.[1]

Road Games
Allan Holdsworth - 1984 - Road Games EP (original).jpg
EP by
Released1983 (1983)
StudioMusic Grinder Studios, Los Angeles
GenreJazz fusion
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerAllan Holdsworth, Ted Templeman
Allan Holdsworth chronology
Road Games
Metal Fatigue
Alternative cover
2001 reissue
2001 reissue

Holdsworth is joined on the album by former Cream vocalist Jack Bruce (who sings “Was There?” and “Material Real”), his former Bruford bandmate, bassist Jeff Berlin, and then current Frank Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman. Former Juicy Lucy and Tempest frontman Paul Williams sings the title track.

Holdsworth claimed to have received no royalties from either release,[2] naming it as one of his least favourite recordings due to numerous creative differences with executive producer Ted Templeman.[3] Road Games nonetheless received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1984 Grammy Awards.[4][5]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]

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

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Paul Williams; all music is 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[5]


  1. ^ a b c Patterson, John W. "Road Games - Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  2. ^ Morrison, Mike (9 February 2006). "Allan Holdsworth Interview with Mike Morrison". Archived from the original on 5 May 2006. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ Brinn, David (10 November 2010). "Fusion, rock and something else". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Bio & History". Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b "26th Grammy Awards - 1984". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 14 April 2020.

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