REB BEACH: ‘A View From The Inside’ – first instrumental solo album by esteemed Whitesnake / Winger guitarist (release date 06.11.20 via Frontiers)
The new instrumental solo album by esteemed guitar virtuoso Reb Beach displays his dynamic talent on a record that will simultaneously transport hard rock fans back to an era when giants such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani dominated the airwaves, while also showcasing a musician pushing himself forward into the future.
Beach is one of the indisputable guitar giants of the hard rock scene. His resumé with Winger alone would earn him this distinction, but his reputation has also been cemented via his current membership of the legendary Whitesnake, past efforts with Dokken, plus a recent release with the supergroup Black Swan (also featuring Jeff Pilson, Robin MacAuley and Matt Starr).
Influenced by the legendary hard rockers of the ’70s, Beach spent his teenage years jamming along with Aerosmith, Montrose and other greats of the era, but it was when he discovered progressive guitarists such as Steve Morse, Allan Holdsworth and Larry Carlton that his musical world really opened up. The complexity and speed of their playing was a unique challenge compared to the blues-based approach of most other musicians of the time and was ultimately the catalyst that drove his own playing to the level he has become known for.
Having attended Berklee College of Music in the early ’80s, Beach soon became one of the most sought-after session players in the music industry, working with stars that included Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, Chaka Kahn, Howard Jones and Twisted Sister. Basing himself in New York, he hooked up with Kip Winger with whom he co-founded the band Winger. The two proved to be incredible writing partners, crafting several platinum records that featured no less than six Top 40 singles with music that was commercial yet had complexity.
After Winger went on hiatus in the ’90s, Beach’s own momentum was maintained via collaborations with Alice Cooper, Dokken and Night Ranger, while he also debuted as a solo artist in 2002 with the album ‘Masquerade’. Following a Winger reunion in the early ’00s, he became a member of Whitesnake in 2003 and has released several albums and toured the world with the band many times. He also still retains membership in Winger.
Beach now releases his first instrumental album, which he sees as the culmination of decades studying and working hard at his craft. Fans of rock guitar heroes, as well as fellow musicians, will find much to love on its ten tracks, but all hard rock followers will find a wealth of melodies and transcendent moments on songs that will simply make the listener forget that they have no vocals.
A VIEW FROM THE INSIDE
1 Black Magic
2 Little Robots
3 Aurora Borealis
4 Infinito 1122
5 Attack Of The Massive
6 The Way Home
9 Cutting Loose
10 Sea Of Tranquility
Reb Beach – guitars, bass on 4, 9, keyboards on 4, 6, strings on 10
David Throckmorton – drums (except on 6)
Robert Langley – drums on 6
Michele Luppi – piano on 3, 10
Phillip Bynoe – bass on 1, 2, 3, 8, 10
John Hall – bass on 5, 6, 7
Paul Brown – keyboards on 1, 2, 5, 7