1976 Allan Holdsworth – Velvet Darkness

Velvet Darkness is the first studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1976 through producer Creed Taylor’s CTI Records.

The tracks for the album were originally recorded by engineer Rudy Van Gelder at his Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey. According to Holdsworth, this was done during a rehearsal session, after which the tapes were released by CTI without his or the other band members’ consent. None of the musicians involved ever received royalties for their work. Holdsworth therefore considered the album an unauthorised release and not part of his discography.


1  Good Clean Filth (Allan Holdsworth) 05:28
2  Floppy Hat (Allan Holdsworth) 02:51
3  Wish (Allan Holdsworth) 04:26
4  Kinder (Allan Holdsworth) 03:11
5  Velvet Darkness (Allan Holdsworth) 04:48
6  Karzie Key (Allan Holdsworth) 03:15
7  Last May (Allan Holdsworth) 01:42
8  Gattox (Allan Holdsworth) 04:59



BassAlphonso Johnson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
GuitarAllan Holdsworth
PianoAlan Pasqua

Other Musicians

2 Floppy Hat

Acoustic GuitarAllan Holdsworth

4 Kinder

Acoustic GuitarAllan Holdsworth

6 Karzie Key

ViolinAllan Holdsworth

7 Last May

Acoustic GuitarAllan Holdsworth

Liner Notes

Producer – Creed Taylor
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder

Design – Rene Schumacher
Photography – Mitchell Funk

Recorded At –Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Phonographic Copyright (p) –CTI Records