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Re-Hive
     

Re-Hive

by Christine Ohlman
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
Hmg Records
UPC:
0786626118922
catalogNumber:
1189
Rank:
164448

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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,Guest Appearance
Charlie Giordano   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Cliff Goodwin   Guitar
Brian Mitchell   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Shawn Pelton   Drums,Loops,Guest Appearance
Leon Pendarvis   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
G.E. Smith   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Andy York   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Bruce Henderson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Taylor Barton   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michael Colbath   Bass,Bass Guitar
Geechie Smith   Guitar,Mandolin
Brian John Mitchell   Keyboards
Steve Parrish   Drums,Guest Appearance
Larry Donahue   Percussion,Drums
Erica Fletcher   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Casetta   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Sin Sisters   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Larry Donahue   Percussion,Drums
Erick Fletcher   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Dan Penn   Composer
Doc Cavalier   Producer,Audio Production
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Shawn Pelton   Loop
Richard Robinson   Engineer
Vic Steffens   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Greg DiCrosta   Engineer
Seth Adam   Jacket Design
Ric Kallaher   Cover Photo
J. Bracken   Composer
Doc Cavakuer   Audio Production
C. Ohlman   Composer
J. L. Hooker   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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