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New album 'Paradise'

New album 'Paradise'

Now on Youtube






‘Waiting For The Sun’

Title song

On Top Of The World - Bernhard Reinke
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Review of 'Paradise'

September 9, 2019

De Muziekexpress - AFM Radio


By Marco van Lochem:
Bernhard Reinke was born in Utrecht on October 20, 1952 and is now 66. If you are going to release an album at that age with purely personal work, you can expect it to be a very personal album. And that is also the case, "PARADISE" is a paradise for lovers of lyrics, but certainly also for lovers of guitar work. At a young age Reinke learned to play on the six-string instrument and managed to play along with many celebrities from Nederpop in his musical life. With Henk Temming from later on The Charity, he formed his first band, but after moving to Groningen another world opened up for him. Herman Brood and nice blues playing with Harry Muskee, that was what his life was about. In recent years it was mainly jazz and fusion that he was interested in, but the desire to make his own record became more intense. Moving to the Dinxperlose Heurne and getting to know the Achterhoek Joe Cocker, Erik Hagelstein, made that wish come true. First play everything yourself, then in the Wisseloord studios in Hilversum and in the spring of 2019 the 14 track album “PARADISE” was released. In 66 minutes the album provides a wonderful listening trip especially for blues lovers, in which great songs pass you by. For example, "DON’T DISTRURB MY PARADISE" is an outright blues track with unparalleled beautiful guitar playing. "STRANGE LAND" is a more jazzy pop song with a wonderful melody, "RACING THROUGH TE SKY" a mid-tempo song with a Erik Hagelstein in blood form and "SHADOWS AND DUST" with a mix of jazz and blues for almost 7 minutes. "HIGHWAY 61" is the rocker on the album with beautiful background vocal arrangements, "MAGIC TRIP" (with a real Heurn owl) has a more swamp-like atmosphere, laidback with that guitar sound again. "GO OUTSIDE" has a more complex rhythm with subtle guitar contributions and it also has an Al Jarreau atmosphere. The 14 tracks are all of great class and now Bernhard Reinke is already writing new music and that is good news. It indicates once again that there is a lot of talent in the Netherlands and that with age you can give a song more depth and that makes this album a pleasure to listen to .... RECOMMENDED !!

By Benito Muller:
The 66-year-old Bernard Reinke has earned his spurs in the national music world. Reinke grew up in Utrecht and started his musical career in Groningen. He had learned to play the guitar himself from an early age and had taken lessons here and there. The love for the guitar arose after hearing and seeing icon Jimmy Hendrix. In the 70s he was a welcome appearance as a guitarist. For example, he played with Herman Brood and with Harry Muskee. He moved to the Achterhoek and settled in De Heurne. There he wrote various songs and complete albums in his own studio. Often jazz oriented. At that time he played in various bands that all had jazz rock or fusion music as a basis. In that time he also gave guitar lessons at the conservatory. So this man can certainly play the guitar. And that can be heard on his new album "PARADISE". The album has been worked out to perfection by this musical perfectionist. All songs were written by Reinke himself and he also took care of the other instruments, except for the drums. The album shows a wide variety of music styles, rock, blues, country, but all interwoven with jazz and fusion sounds. The lyrics of Reinke to these songs are played vocally by Erik Hagelstein. Hagelstein has become known as Joe Cocker in his own Cocker Tribute band. The raw voice of Hagelstein gives each song a deeper layer. Still, Reinke's music is a vocal challenge for Hagelstein, who puts it down with verve. Really beautiful vocals supported by fantastic melodic and virtuoso guitar work by Reinke. Whether it is acoustic or a distorted electric guitar. It is a pleasure to listen to. The lyrics experience of Hagelstein gives the songs depth, so that you will be sucked into this musical journey to paradise. Reinke may have made "PARADISE" the record of his life. An album that can get the sun into your living room, especially now that the days are getting darker. A top cd of a guy from Utrecht from the interior of the Achterhoek. In one word AWESOME.



by Eric van den Berg
for Omroep Gelderland May 9, 2019


Sunday May 12, 2019

It was a wonderful afternoon! Very nice to be able to share

this new 'music child' with you!

Special thanks to Erik Hagelstein for his dedication to this project and his wonderful vocal contributions.

Many thanks also to Menno Pols for the presentation of the afternoon and the interview.

The CD can now be purchased in the webshop on this site.


an adventurous journey

Erik Hagelstein

”It’s good to know where you stand", thus ends the title track of "Paradise", the vocal album with which guitarist and composer Bernhard Reinke (1952, Utrecht. the Netherlands) has embarked on a new musical path.

Third musical youth
Bernhard Reinke, convinced import-Achterhoeker, plays rock music together with Herman Brood, Harry Muskee and Phoney and the Hardcore in the seventies. He then studied jazz at the Hilversum Conservatory with Wim Overgaauw. He uniquely connects this with other styles and records his jazz rock music on six CDs. From 1988 he is a guitar and ensemble teacher at the Arnhem conservatory (Artez). In 2014, Reinke bundles his musical experiences into new vocal music: his third musical youth.


Bernhard Reinke makes lyrics to his earlier instrumental songs and new songs. 'Paradise' is about the search for paradise, and especially about the questions of life. On the album there are fourteen tracks for which Reinke, in addition to the lyrics, makes the arrangements and plays all the instruments.

Lead singer Erik Hagelstein
With his 'dark brown' rock voice, Erik Hagelstein is the perfect lead singer for the album. Reinke himself is responsible for the additional lead vocals and the backing vocals. Together with 'Paradise' they bring a musical journey of life with - just like in 'normal' life - sweet and quiet, but also dark and heavy passages.

Come, join us on this trip, the journey is what it's all about.

Bernhard Reinke