What do bands like worstest ALAN PARSON'S PROJECT, greatest BUDGIE and CAMEL have in common?
The logical answer would be very little, but the truth is that the common denominator is DUNCAN MACKAY, a guy who paradoxically completed his studios in Violin (He was elected the most promising violin player in UK at the age of 11) but was famous for his keyboard performances.
After earning a music scholarship in Shrewsbury Public School, he finished his studies in 1967 obtaining his L.T.C.L. and L.R.S.M diplomas in violin. Soon was invited to join the famous (In Latin America) SERGIO MENDEZ band (1970).
Is in this days the he works in his debut album "Chimera" that is released in 1974 with Duncan playing Vocals, piano, Hammond B3 organ, Denon electric piano, clavichord, ARP synthesizer, the album was brilliant but it was the year in which Tales from Topographic Oceans and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway were released, and due to the tough and unfair competition, the album never received the credit it deserved, being that people was busy buying music from the already famous icons who were at their peak.
In 1975 he joined Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel with whom they release the hit single Come Up And See Me, Make Me Smile that reaches the peak of the British charts, but in the meanwhile, faithful to the music he loves, works and releases his second album Score that saw the light in 1977, with famous musicians such as John Wetton and Mel Collins (King Crimson), it's only recently that this album has reached the status of Collector's Item.
Around he date of release of Score, Duncan worked with famous musicians and bands as KATE BUSH, ALAN PRSON'S PROJECT, CAMEL and Budgie, and in 1978 releases his third solo album VISA, more oriented towards Electronic music.
In 1990, after working for several years with different bands and artists, MacKay's fourth album is released under the name ?A Picture of Sound.?
After his last solo release, he continues working and teams Greg McEwan to form REUNION in 2003. ~ Iván Melgar Morey - Perú.
01. Morpheus 11:28
02. 12 Tone Nostalgia 8:23
03. Song for Witches 19:56
bonus 04. The Opening 7:03 ('90 recordings)
Composed By – Duncan Mackay
Vocals, Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer – Duncan Mackay
Violin, Electric Piano, Piano – Gordon Mackay
Drums – Mike Gray
Thanks for this - I didn't know it existed. I saw Duncan play with Cockney Rebel in, I think, 1974 - but if the notes to this post are correct it must have been 1975. They were a very impressive band, great musicians.
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