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1.92 | 11 ratings | 5 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Visa
2. Peru Tu
3. Fistful Of Keyboards
4. See Sea
5. In The Pink
6. South American Express
7. Third Bird
8. Gin-Sing
9. Night Flight
10. Hand Gliding

Line-up / Musicians

- Duncan Mackay / Hammond B3,Yamaha CS80, Hohner clavinet, Roland TR78 drum machine, composer, arranger, producer

Releases information

LP Edge ‎- HOG 2 (1980, UK)

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DUNCAN MACKAY Visa ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (36%)
Poor. Only for completionists (27%)

DUNCAN MACKAY Visa reviews

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars So. On Duncan Mackay's third solo album, he has thrown away his backing band, other than a light drum track by none other than Simon Phillips, completely rid himself of all Keith Emerson imitations from the previous ventures, and has left himself with, well, nothing.

Track after track, Mackay gives us a sound that has the Euro-pop aspirations of Kraftwerk, the synthesizer swirling patches of Tangerine Dream, all bound together with the compositional sensibilities of elevator Muzak.

Mackay, at least, is an adept keyboardist. He does occasionally add some fills that make the ears perk up, but with the material he has given himself it is generally a lost cause.

It's too bad, because I really like his first two releases.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Fistful of keyboards?

Visa is Duncan Mackay's third album, released in 1980. In being an entirely electronic affair based on synthesizers and drum machines, this album is very different from both his earlier and his later albums. There are no vocals and no other instruments involved. I'm often reminded of Jean-Michel Jarre while hearing this music, which is not necessarily a bad thing depending on your taste. While it is a far cry from the excellent Symphonic Prog of Chimera, I find it reasonably enjoyable.

Taken for what it is, not a bad album. But defnitely not the place to begin your investigation of Duncan Mackay

Latest members reviews

3 stars Mackay certainly isn't your average prog rock veteran. Raised in Britain but a native of South Africa since the early seventies, in 1974 Mackay released his Emerson inspired (and very creative and engaging) debut. 77 saw the less prog more pop but still creative Scores. Visa, on the other ha ... (read more)

Report this review (#1955928) | Posted by WFV | Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | Review Permanlink

1 stars ? After reading a hilariously negative review of this album, I was intrigued. After hearing the album, I was even more intrigued. From the moment I experienced this album I was equally horrified and in love. I do not think I have ever heard anything quite like it. The music is arranged like regul ... (read more)

Report this review (#936381) | Posted by The Mystical | Thursday, March 28, 2013 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Popcorn anyone? I am truly horrified by this album, the first ever solo work (I've heard) by Duncan MacKay. If this is Prog, then I don't know what isn't? Lets make no mistake, Mackay is a familiar name as he had contributed to a number of relatively Prog albums. All of which will be serio ... (read more)

Report this review (#930471) | Posted by BORA | Friday, March 15, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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