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I.O.U. is the second studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1982 through Luna Crack Records/I.O.U. Records originally on vinyl; a CD edition was reissued in 1985 through Enigma Records[3] and a remaster in 2008 through Belle Antique.[4] A previous album, Velvet Darkness, was released in 1976 without Holdsworth's consent,[5] therefore making this (in his view) his first official solo release. Furthermore, many tracks from Velvet Darkness were remade and retitled for I.O.U..



  • 1 Critical reception
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Personnel
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Critical reception[edit][]

Professional ratings
Review scores
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AllMusic [1]

John W. Patterson of AllMusic gave I.O.U. a very high 4.5 stars out of five, describing it as "high-quality jazz fusion interplay" and praising Holdsworth's "well-crafted soloing".[1]

Track listing[edit][]

All songs written and composed by Allan Holdsworth, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Things You See (When You Haven't Got Your Gun)"   5:52
2. "Where Is One"   5:38
3. "Checking Out"   3:39
4. "Letters of Marque"   7:02
5. "Out from Under" (Steven Robinson, Holdsworth) 3:34
6. "Temporary Fault"   3:17
7. "Shallow Sea"   6:04
8. "White Line" (Holdsworth, Gerry Brown) 4:43
Total length: 39:49


  • Allan Holdsworth – guitar, violin,[4] production
  • Paul Williams – vocals
  • Gary Husband – piano,[4] drums
  • Paul Carmichael – bass
  • Andy Llewellyn – engineering
  • Colin Green – mixing