Reb Beach pleases the jazz-rock crowd on A View From The Inside

Reb Beach's A View From The Inside is an instrumental shred-fest from the former Winger and latterday Whitesnake guitarist

Reb Beach – A View From The Inside album artwork
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Here’s one for fans of the kind of solo guitar wizardry that is the stock-in-trade of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai – although Reb Beach would argue that this is a direct descendant of Steve Morse’s work in Dixie Dregs. 

Other players on the record include drummers David Throckmorton and Robert Langley, bassists Phillip Bynoe (the Vai sideman) and John Hall, but naturally this is all about Beach and his guitar.

It starts impressively enough with the galloping Black Magic (on which the one-time utterance of its title is the only time a human voice is heard), and slinks into a funkier vibe on Little Robots and The Way Home

Aurora Borealis sees Beach’s Whitesnake buddy Michele Luppi add a piano (briefly) to the mix, and Hawkdance features keyboard player Paul Brown, but it’s unlikely that this album will find appeal outside the jazz-rock crowd.

Neil Jeffries

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush, Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.