[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIC-nJRcgeU]YouTube - Soft Machine (with Allan Holdsworth) (UK)[/VIDEO]
A few points of interest about this video...
1) It's fascinating hearing his early stuff and hear him slowly but surely pushing towards the fully-formed style he has these days.
2) His legato technique is still disturbingly clean and accurate, even without the kind of sustain his modern set-up gives him.
4) Is it just me, or does he not seem to be using his full four-finger span as much as on his later stuff here?
With precise hammering technique, you can do legato even on Gibsons with low frets. You only notice the lack of sustain here on the highest frets, which is always a problem with Gibson SGs.
As for his left-hand stretches, I've mostly noticed him do that on his chordal work.
He should have been one of the biggest fusion stars in the '70s. The problem was that he didn't get over to the USA to work with the best talent and big labels until '76 or so, when fusion was already starting to die out.