The Sixteen Men of Tain

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The Sixteen Men of Tain
Allan Holdsworth - 1999 - The Sixteen Men of Tain.jpg
Studio album by Allan Holdsworth
Released March 2000 (2000-03)[1]
Recorded Late 1999 at The Brewery in North County, San Diego
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 44:50[2]
Label Gnarly Geezer
Producer Allan Holdsworth
Allan Holdsworth chronology
I.O.U. Live
(1997)I.O.U. Live1997
The Sixteen Men of Tain
Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie
(2001)Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie2001
Alternative cover
Remastered edition
Remastered edition

The Sixteen Men of Tain is the tenth studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in March 2000 through Gnarly Geezer Records (United States), Polydor Records (Japan) and JMS–Cream Records (Europe); a remastered edition was reissued in 2003 through Globe Music Media Arts.[3] The album's title is a reference to the Glenmorangie distillery in Scotland.[4] This was the last recording to be made at Holdsworth's personal recording studio The Brewery.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
All About JazzFavourable[7]
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

All About Jazz described The Sixteen Men of Tain as a "very comfortable listen" and recommended it highly, whilst noting that the album is less rock-orientated than past Holdsworth releases. David R. Adler at AllMusic gave it 4.5 stars out of five, calling it "startlingly superb" and "full of fresh ideas and unadulterated improvisational brilliance".[1] Both reviews also highlighted Holdsworth's more restrained use of the SynthAxe, an instrument featured prominently on all of his albums since Atavachron (1986).

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Allan Holdsworth, except where noted.

2."The Sixteen Men of Tain"6:26
3."Above and Below"3:08
4."The Drums Were Yellow" (Holdsworth, Gary Novak)5:57
6."Downside Up" (Chad Wackerman)7:07
8."Above and Below (Reprise)"4:06
Total length:44:50



  1. ^ a b c Adler, David R. "The Sixteen Men of Tain - Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  2. ^ The Sixteen Men of Tain (CD release "JMS 18713-2").
  3. ^ "The Sixteen Men of Tain [Special Edition]". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  4. ^ Robson, Andy (May 2000). "A beginner's guide to". Classic Rock. Future plc. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  5. ^ Milkowski, Bill (2005-10-05). "A Conversation with Allan Holdsworth". Abstract Logix. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  6. ^ Prasad, Anil (2008). "Allan Holdsworth - Harnessing momentum". Innerviews. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  7. ^ AAJ Staff (2000-04-01). "Allan Holdsworth: Sixteen Men of Tain". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2014-09-16.

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