Bear Family Records Press Archive

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Press Archive - Gene Vincent - This Is Gene Vincent - Vintage Rock 11-12-2017
Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps
This Is Gene Vincent
Bear Family has reissued a repro of the rockabilly mauler's 1959 Japanese album as a collector's edition. Vincent's early classics are here in abundance: Be-Bop-A-Lula, Blue Jean Bop, Ain't She Sweet, and Jezebel all featuring the astonishing lead guitar of Cliff Gallup.


Press - Willie B. - Bad Mouthin‘ - This I Gotta See - Vintage Rock
Willie B. (Darrell McCall)

Darrell McCall was a young country singer from Ohio in 1961 when he cut the two delightfully blues-soaked songs on this Bear Family single. After jamming with Jimmy Reed, McCall brought harpist Charlie McCoy and guitarist Wayne Moss into a studio and waxed both sides as demos, but he never did manage to hand them to the Chicago blues legend


Press - Various - Cree Records Doing Our Thing - More Soul From Jamdown - BLUES IN BRITAIN 12/17.Doing Our Thing: More Soul From Jamdown 1970 - 1982 Cree Although the influence of forties and fifties rhythm & blues on early Jamaican recorded music has been well researched over the last few decades, it is sometimes overlooked that as soul music became prominent in America, reggae was evolving in Jamaica and taking on a lot of soul influence. This set examines some of that process, every track connected American soul in some way.


Press - Jerry Lee Lewis I Can't Seem To Say Goodby (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - Vintage Rock
Instead of reprising the same seminal Sun hits, the Bear Family dug deep into The Killer's middle and later years at Sun for this new comp, digging up 14 alternate takes never before transferred to vinyl. The Pumping Piano man rocks his way through the ancient Carry Me Back To Old Virginia, tries his best to wrest Sweet Little Sixteen aw


Press - Jerry Lee Lewis In The Beginning (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - Vintage Rock
JERRY LEE LEWIS In the beginning

Every one of the 14 performances that comprise this Bear Family LP are alternate takes on Jerry Lee's classics, and with the lone exception of 1 Could Never Be Ashamed Of You, raging rockers at that. They're all here: Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On, Great Balls Of Fire, Breathless, Down The Line, It'll Be Me — but each track is different from the smash version that we know so intimately


Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - Colorado Springs Independent
One noteworthy exception is the Bear Family label’s meticulous new Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts, which boasts three bona fide CDs and two hardcover books that chronicle the 1968 and 1970 concerts honoring Woody Guthrie in NYC and LA, respectively.

The books give us unique pictorial glimpses of concert production, and of Woody’s life from the 1920s until his death from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1967.

While the remastering of the live recordings is exceptional, the real accomplishments here are twofold: acquiring rights to original releases that were split between Columbia and Warner Brothers, and adding a third disc of interviews with participants and family, including Arlo Guthrie. It may be tempting to skip to Bob Dylan’s or Joan Baez’s contributions first, but it’s the lesser lights like Odetta and Tom Paxton that make this definitive box such a tribute to Woody.


Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - the devils music
Woody Guthrie is widely considered – and rightfully so – as the Grand Daddy of Americana music. Guthrie’s career was incredibly short, considering his accomplishments, spanning from the early ‘30s until the late ‘50s, when Huntington’s disease rendered him unable to perform until his too-young death in 1967 at the age of 55 years. S