Re-Hive

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
As its title infers, this 18-track collection is a recap of the recorded career of soulful rocking singer Christine Ohlman, aka the Beehive Queen. A handful of tracks is sampled from each of her three studio releases 1996's The Hard Way, 2000's Wicked Time, and Strip from 2003, but the real fun comes courtesy of the smattering of live, demo, and alternate takes along with two newly recorded blues covers, all debuting here. Ohlman never sings a tune halfway. She injects soul and inspiration through every note, wringing the last drop of emotion out of material tailored for her husky voice. Her tough, urban approach to originals swaggers like a street punk looking for a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
As its title infers, this 18-track collection is a recap of the recorded career of soulful rocking singer Christine Ohlman, aka the Beehive Queen. A handful of tracks is sampled from each of her three studio releases 1996's The Hard Way, 2000's Wicked Time, and Strip from 2003, but the real fun comes courtesy of the smattering of live, demo, and alternate takes along with two newly recorded blues covers, all debuting here. Ohlman never sings a tune halfway. She injects soul and inspiration through every note, wringing the last drop of emotion out of material tailored for her husky voice. Her tough, urban approach to originals swaggers like a street punk looking for a rumble on the rough side of town. She's the distaff side of Willy DeVille, strutting down the avenue with a sassy attitude hiding a heart of gold. Her rugged Rebel Montez band is primed for its supporting role, acting as the swampy rock heart that pumps blood into the veins of songs that never overstay their welcome. Versions of Dan Penn's "It Tears Me Up," Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," and John Lee Hooker's "Dimples" highlight the blues influences underpinning Ohlman's originals, which dominate the disc. She's the leader of the pack, and if the Shangri-Las were making rock music in the '90s, it would likely sound something like "Sugar Melts," a sexed-up story that exudes all the spunk of Mary Weiss in cougar mode. Throaty ballads such as the Springsteen-styled "The Hard Way" don't lessen the tension, either, even if the guitars lay back a bit more. Why the public never caught on to Ohlman's albums is hard to say, but this generous compilation is a terrific introduction to a singer/songwriter who owns everything she touches.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Hmg Records
  • UPC: 786626118922
  • Catalog Number: 1189
  • Sales rank: 231,977

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wicked Time - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (4:52)
  2. 2 A Shot of You - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (3:18)
  3. 3 Dimples - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (2:42)
  4. 4 Sugar Melts - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (4:05)
  5. 5 Turn - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (6:03)
  6. 6 The Hard Way - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (4:53)
  7. 7 When the Summer Goes - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (4:20)
  8. 8 Bound - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (3:46)
  9. 9 The Seventh Sons - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (6:10)
  10. 10 Killing Floor - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (3:25)
  11. 11 Strip - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (3:29)
  12. 12 Then God Created Woman - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (5:17)
  13. 13 The Storm - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (4:05)
  14. 14 Circle 'Round the Sun - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (3:42)
  15. 15 Edge of the World - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (4:46)
  16. 16 One More Thrill - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (4:39)
  17. 17 Charmaine - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (3:02)
  18. 18 It Tears Me Up - Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christine Ohlman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Elaine Caswell Vocals
Mitch Chakour Keyboards
Charlie Giordano Accordion
Cliff Goodwin Guitar
Shawn Pelton Drums
Leon Pendarvis Keyboards
Andy York Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bruce Henderson Vocals
Taylor Barton Vocals
Michael Colbath Bass
Geechie Smith Guitar, Mandolin
Brian John Mitchell Keyboards
Steve Parrish Drums
Larry Donahue Percussion, Drums
Erica Fletcher Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Joe Casetta Guitar
Technical Credits
Dan Penn Composer
Doc Cavalier Producer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Shawn Pelton Loop
Richard Robinson Engineer
Vic Steffens Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Greg DiCrosta Engineer
Seth Adam Jacket Design
Ric Kallaher Cover Photo
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