1988 Think Out Loud – Think Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud (Peter Beckett and Steve Kipner),  during the years 1982-88, Peter moved in the same path as Steve Kipner, turning his main concentration on songwriting for other major artists such as Heart, Survivor, and Janet Jackson, to name a few. Think Out Loud started out as a collaboration between both west coast singer/songwriter/musicians in 1988. Peter Beckett and Steve Kipner, x-bandmates from Skyband and Tin Tin, released a self-titled album on A&M Records. Sharing lead vocals through out the album, Peter credited with lead guitar and programming, while Steve handled the bass, keyboards and some programming also.

They released two singles, ‘After All This Time’ and ‘Body And Soul(Lost In The Rhythm)’. A promotion video was also released for ‘After All This Time’ on March 1,1988. The song ‘Original Sin(Jumpin’ In)’ showed up in a bar scene, and on the movie soundtrack from Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise. All the best musicians were used on this project. The Think Out Loud album credited such backup musicians as Steve Lukather(Toto), Michael Landau, Bob Marlette, Bobby Caldwell, and many more.

Think Out Loud was produced by Peter Beckett, Steve Kipner, and Humberto Garcia. During this time, Peter also gathered several major movie credits, which earned him a Grammy nomination in 1986 for St. Elmos Fire, singing lead vocals for the band Airplay (instead of lead singer Tommy Funderburk) on the hit song ‘Stressed Out(Close To The Edge)’.

Almost ten years later, MTM Records convinced Peter and Steve to produce a follow up album of their first Think Out Loud LP. Called Shelf Life, it featured eleven brilliant songs with amazing vocal performances, once again by both Peter and Steve. They were a collection of songs written both together and separately over the prior ten years. Shelf Life seemed to capture the moods and atmospheres of classic, early west coast music, with great playing, superb songs, and brilliant production. It was consistent in quality styles and blends that varied from one track to the next.

All publishing money from Shelf Life was donated to a charity for homeless people called Harmony For The Homeless, based in Los Angeles. This album was to be yet another masterpiece of AOR music. Since then, Steve has written and produced for such artist as Christine Aquilaria, 98 Degrees, and Kelly Rowland, to name a few. He is presently running his new, and first, record company called Phonogenic, producing new talents such as Natasha Bedingfield. (Source: http://www.peterbeckett-player.com)


1  In A Perfect World (John Capek, Peter Beckett, Steve Kipner) 4:49
2  Stranger Things Have Happened (Peter Beckett, Richard Feldman) 3:57
3  Original Sin (Jumpin\’ In) (Peter Beckett, Steve Kipner) 4:23
4  The Deep End (Andy Goldmark, Steve Kipner) 4:07
5  Raise You Up (Bob Marlette, Peter Beckett) 4:26
6  After All This Time (Peter Beckett, Steve Dorff) 4:19
7  Faithful Love (Marc Jordan, Steve Kipner) 3:53
8  Body And Soul (Lost In The Rhythm) (Bob Caldwell, Peter Beckett, Steve Kipner) 3:55
9  In No Certain Terms (Randy Goodrum, Steve Kipner) 4:44
10  Talk To Yourself (Bryan Loren, Peter Beckett, Steve Kipner) 4:17



BassJimmy Johnson
BassJohn Capek
BassSteve Kipner
DrumsTris Imboden
Background VocalsPeter Beckett
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsSteve Kipner
KeyboardsBob Marlette
KeyboardsJohn Capek
KeyboardsBobby Caldwell
KeyboardsRandy Goodrum
SaxBrandon Fields
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsRenee Geyer

Liner Notes

Producer – Peter Beckett, Steve Kipner (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Producer – Humberto Gatica (Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8)
Producer – David J Holman (Tracks 3, 4, 5)
Producer – Randy Goodrum (Track 9)
Producer – Bryan Loren (Track 10)
Coordinator (Production Coordinator) – Susanne Marie Edgren
Engineer – Humberto Gatica (Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8)
Engineer – David J Holman (Tracks 3, 4, 5)
Engineer – Randy Goodrum (Track 9)
Engineer – John Hegedes, Paul McKenna (Track 10)
Engineer (Additional) – Claudio Ordenes, Paul Ratajczak, Ray Leonard, Ray Pyle, Robbie Weaver
Engineer (Assistant) – Brian Scheuble, Jeff Goodman, Karen Siegel, Laura Livingston
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen

Art Direction – Chuck Beeson
Design – Melanie Nissen

Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Recorded At – Cactus Studios
Recorded At – Ground Control Studios
Recorded At – Metropolis Studios
Recorded At – The Studio, Woodland Hills, CA
Mixed At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Mixed At – Cactus Studios
Mixed At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Mastered At – Precision Lacquer
Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records