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MacKenzie Theory

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3.42 | 15 ratings | 3 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Extra Terrestrial Boogie (5:47)
2. O (9:53)
3. Opening Number (8:02)
4. New Song (11.38)
5. Out Of The Blue (2:59)
6. World's The Way (7:57)

Total Time 45:36


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Line-up / Musicians

- Rob MacKenzie / guitars
- Cleis Pearce / electric viola
- Mike Leadabrand / bass
- Andy Majewski / drums

Releases information

Mushroom Records (1973 LP MUSHROOM L-34925, 1993 CD MUSH32227.2)

All music by Rob MacKenzie and published by Mushroom Music

Recorded live-in-the-studio with an audience at T.C.S. Melbourne on 20 May 1973

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MACKENZIE THEORY Out Of The Blue ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by T.Rox
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4 stars A raw sound captured live-in-the-studio!

After failed attempts at an out and out studio album Australian outfit MACKENZIE THEORY recorded its debut album "Out Of The Blue" live-in-the-studio in front of a very small but appreciative audience in Melbourne back in 1973.

"Out Of The Blue" is an all instrumental affair where the listener is taken on a pulsating, often fiery musical journey as the guitar playing of band leader Rob MacKenzie intertwines with the electric viola of Cleis Pearce, all the time being chaperoned by a fairly low- key rhythm section in Mike Leadabrand on bass and Andy Majewski on drums.

The music on "Out Of The Blue" shifts from the very jazzy to fairly hard rocking and goes to a number of places in-between, truly fusing these two main musical influences.

For me the stand out track is the opener "Extra Terrestrial Boogie", but having said that all six tracks are great to listen to and the longer ones feature some great improvising.

"Out Of The Blue" is recommend for those with an interest in the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA style of jazz-rock or "Night Of The Living Dregs" era DIXIE DREGS. 4 out of 5 stars from the Dinosaur.

Review by Rivertree
3 stars Out of the blue is also out of the dark ...

Very interesting instrumental album from this australian band named MACKENZIE THEORY. Recorded at a studio in front of a small audience you can feel the live character - a special sort of spontanity. During (only) 45 minutes, because of the original LP format, we have some similiarities to the Mahavishnu Orchestra because of Pearce's viola playing - she is sometimes Jerry Goodman like but mostly very unique. The album is dominated by Rob MacKenzie's compelling guitar work which also is a little bit spacy. Exploring this you are listening to a dynamic performance - complex songs with a mix of slow melancholic and highspeed racing parts. Recommended Jazz Rock/Fusion - 3.5 stars

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3 stars Mackenzie Theory were certainly unique in the Australian context, as an all-instrumental group, playing mostly improvised music, with an electric viola sharing lead duties with guitar. The music isn't dreadfully sophisticated though - most of the pieces revolve around long repetitions of a few set c ... (read more)

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