Mark Harrison – The Panoramic View

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

A curious release this time from country blues devotee Mark Harrison, with each of the songs prefaced by a spoken introduction by the familiar voice of Gail Porter, who effectively saves us the bother of reading the sleeve notes. There’s a demo feel to each of the songs, as if they haven’t been quite worn in yet, something that will no doubt happen after several outings. Still good though, quite unconventional in places, with direct references to such blues luminaries as Son House, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt and Eddie ‘Guitar’ Burns and at one point assuming the role of one of the old blues masters himself, being rediscovered after several dormant years, and how that might have felt imagining what it must have been like to be confronted in old age by a curious white college boy clutching a microphone on his front porch on “Rediscovery Blues”. With Charles Benfield on double bass and Ben Welburn on drums and percussion, together with additional help from Paddy Milner, Paul Tkachenko and Ed Hopwood, the songs are fattened out and brought to life.