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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Opening (7:02)
2. A Dream With A View (2:02)
3. The Key To A New Time (8:15)
4. First Sight (5:31)
5. A Dream Revisited (6:45)
6. Portrait Of Love (5:43)
7. At The Water's Edge (7:12)
8. Back To The Beginning (6:20)

Total time 48:50

Line-up / Musicians

- Duncan Mackay / Hammond B3, Yamaha CS80 / KX88, Akai S1000 sampler, violin, composer, arranger, producer

Releases information

Recorded in 1993

Artwork: Mike Winkelmann

CD Belle Antique ‎- BELLE 172789 (2017, Japan)

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DUNCAN MACKAY A Picture of Sound ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (45%)
Collectors/fans only (27%)
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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Visual audio?

A Picture of Sound features music that Duncan Mackay recorded in 1993, but as far as I understand it was not released until 2017. The first track on the disc, called The Opening, was also included as a bonus track on one of the CD re-issues of Mackay's 1974 debut Chimera. This up-tempo instrumental reminds me a bit of the instrumentals that can be found on Alan Parsons Project albums, which is perhaps not surprising since Mackay did session work for the Alan Parsons Project in the late 70's. Some of the other tracks slow things down a bit, but it does not go into easy listening territory, and the whole album is instrumental. The sound is dominated by piano, electronic keyboards and programmed rhythms, and I think that Mackay does everything himself on this album.

I find A Picture of Sound an enjoyable listen, definitely more interesting music than his album Visa from 1980.

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