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Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - augusta chronicle
Various artists, “Woody Guthrie The Tribute Concerts: Carnegie Hall 1968; Hollywood Bowl 1970” — This three-CD set expands on the original 1972 albums that documented two all-star concerts for Guthrie held in the wake of the folk/protest song pioneer’s death in 1967. The Carnegie Hall concert featured a who’s who from the ’60s folk scene, including Guthrie’s son, Arlo, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Bob Dylan and others.


Press - Various - At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - thevinyldistrict
VIA PRESS RELEASE | Featuring more than 25 hours of music, this unprecedented collection comes packed in an LP-sized package complete with a 224-page hardcover book with rare performances from stars like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Kitty Wells, George Jones, and Webb Pierce, as well as a previously unknown Hank Williams recording.


Press - Various - At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD) - pastemagazine
If all the great new music from rookies and veterans alike wasn’t enough for us this year, we also were offered a pile of revelatory reissues and collections by some of the great artists of the 20th century, from never-before-heard live performances to rare b-sides, demos, tributes and plenty more. The best boxed sets of the year contain literally days worth of amazing music, some of which you’ve heard in scattered bursts through the decades, some of which you haven’t.


Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - no depression
Bear Family Records is releasing a deluxe 3-CD set that contains an additional 20 tracks and interviews with Collins, Elliott, Arlo, Country Joe McDonald, Phil Ochs, Paxton, and Seeger. Also included are 240 pages of notes, essays, photos, and reproductions of the concert book along with lyrics and notations. While I still have the original vinyl release, this gem of a set adds so much more detail on a life that was at the foundation of roots music. How much better can you get than Guthrie's songs performed by the elite folksingers of their day who also had the good fortune to have known him?


The 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence

The ASRC is pleased to announce that Bear Family's book with Tony Russell, The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp, has won a Certificate of Merit in the 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Country Music.


The 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence

The ASRC is pleased to announce that Bear Family's book with Tony Russell, The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp, has won a Certificate of Merit in the 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Country Music.


Press - The Platters - Rock - Vive Le Rock
THE PLATTERS ROCK (Bear Family) Their rocking back catalogue. 8/10 Another in the on-going 'Rocks' series with a surprising entrant. The Platters are already firmly en-sconced as a legendary act in rock 'n' roll history, but strangely with records that were from that golden mid to late '50s but were not rock 'n' roll. 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender' are just two songs that have made them the most popular vocal act in music history.


Press - Various - SUN Records Great Drums At Sun - modern drummer
As Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison were defining rock ’n’ roll’s first wave at Memphis’s Sun Studios in the 1950s, a group of shadow-figure drummers led by J.M. Van Eaton and W.S. Holland were forming the bedrock of rock ’n’ roll drumming on the hundreds of songs released by Sam Phillips’ in-house Sun Records label.


Press - Various - SUN Records Great Drums At Sun - seaoftranquility
As Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison were defining rock ’n’ Take note, it takes more than a great vocalist to make a great song. The underlying musicians are just as important as the front man (or woman) but it is often the singer that is thrusted into the limelight. Here we have a new disc brought to us by the good folks at Bear Family Productions.


Press - Jerry Lee Lewis In The Beginning (LP, 180gram Vinyl) - UK Rock'n'Roll Magazine
So much so that when I listen to them now they sound fresh. Some going when they were recorded over sixty years ago. My favourite track has to be his reworking of the Hank Williams standard "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You". Mr Lewis was once quoted when speaking of Hank Williams, "I felt something when I listened to that man. I felt something different". Well the same can now be said of you Mr Lewis.
I can't recommend this release highly enough.


Press - Tennessee Ernie Ford - Portrait Of An American Singer - Vintage Rock Issue 31
Tennessee Ernie Ford was a middle of the road TV showman when
he released the album bearing the title of his biggest hit. But many
of the early-50s tracks within its grooves actually revealed an underrated album of earthy, groundbreaking boogie. Jack Watkins hauls Sixteen Tons for another spin.


Press - Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts - NewsOKBear Family’s comprehensive three-CD box set "Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts," due out on Sept. 22, pays homage to Guthrie who died Oct. 3, 1967, at the age of 55 from complications of Huntington's disease. Cover image provided


Press - Arthur „Big Boy" Crudup - Rocks - Hyperbolium
Arthur Crudup is most widely remembered as the writer of Elvis Presley’s first single, “That’s All Right,” and the later B-side “My Baby Left Me.” But by the time Presley waxed these sides in the mid-50s, Crudup had already quit the recording business in disgust. Crudup was denied a share of the royalties his songwriting and recordings had generated, and after years of subsisting on low wages for sessions and performances, he’d had enough of enriching others. He eventually returned to recording and performing, continuing on into the 1970s, but even with legal help, he was never able to claim the royalties for the songs that had launched others onto the charts.


Press - Arthur „Big Boy" Crudup - Rocks - Mojo
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup **** Rocks
BEAR FAMILY. CD/DL He didn't start playing until he was around 30, but Crudup's influence was immense, writing That's All Right and My Baby Left Me, both picked up by Elvis. Rocks is a perfect, blues-rockin' introduction. GB


Presse - The Platters - Rock - UK Rock'n'Roll Magazine
Formed in Los Angeles in 1952 the name came from a suggestion by original member and bass vocalist Herb Reed. Signed to Federal Records and managed by A & R man Ralph Bass the band had limited success in the record market and their eight recorded tracks would see only minor success.


Press - The Platters - Rock - vintage rock
The Platters were, without doubt, one of the biggest selling vocal groups of the rock'n'roll era on both sides of the Atlantic. Famed for both their ballads and the singing of lead vocalist Tony Williams, they cut their share of uptempo dance numbers, and Germany's Bear Family h


Presse - The Platters - Rock - no depression
Like many of rock ‘n’ roll’s founding acts, the decades have largely reduced the Platters’ memory to their hits - “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” But, also like many of their colleagues, there was a great deal more to the Platters catalog than these iconic singles. Bear Family’s generous thirty track collection explores beyond the group’s familiar ballads, and focuses on mid- and uptempo tracks from the Mercury years of 1955-1962.


Press - Tages - Studio (180g Vinyl & DVD) -
The 50 best psychedelic rock albums of the Summer of Love...
They could have been bigger than the Beatles. Well of course not, but they were the biggest and best pop band to come out of Sweden in the ‘60s. Before this record they were a straight up beat pop rock and roll band, having released two albums in Sweden that were huge hits there.


The Knoxville Sessions Finalists for the 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Winners will be announced in September 2017, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in May 2018, during ARSC’s annual conference. Additional information about the conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at


Press - Tages - Studio (180g Vinyl & DVD) - mojo


Press - Various - SUN Records Great Guitars At Sun - Music Street Journal
Various Artists Great Guitars at Sun Review by Gary Hill I reviewed another of these compilations in the last issue of Music Street Journal.


Press - Various - SUN Records Great Guitars At Sun - seaoftranquility
You can think of this as a companion disc to Great Drums at Sun which I recently reviewed. Great Guitars at Sun features tracks by such luminaries as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Howlin' Wolf, Dick Penner and many others. As you may have surmised the guitar is the focus this time and as such this is quite the rocking album.


Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style - Goldmine
There are no words for how magnificent this collection is – eight solid Taxi discomixes that dig into the studio’s late seventies fascination with American soul and disco, spreading out across “Fever” (Marcia Griffiths), “Break Your Promise” (Barry Biggs), “Show and Tell” (Ken Boothe),“Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” (Home T-Y) and “Inner City Blues” (Delroy Wilson)…. So titles and artists alone let you know what you’re in for, and with “Rainy Night,” at a mere 6.54, the shortest track in sight, you can imagine the rest. Or feel it in the pit of your stomach.


Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style -
Bear Family Records outta Germany, worldwide known for their high quality reissues of vintage music, releases their first Reggae album this month via their sublabel Cree Records: Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style 1978 - 1987


Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - Rhythms Magazine

Bear Family have already released box sets detailing the '60s career of country great George Jones. For their first box set release of 2017, the label has finally gone back to the early years on Starday and Mercury with a 6 CD set. Over the last 40 years this has been the most requested box set for Bear Family. Due to the difficulty in locating many of these early recordings this has been a set 20 years in the making!


Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - Country Music People
GEORGE JONES Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete any And Mercury Recordings 1954-1961 ****

6 CDs - 200 tracks - 174 pages hardcover book Producer: Various Bear Family 7:38:00
This six CD boxed set is one of Bear Family's most requested sets ever. Charting the beginning of the greatest career in country music, it includes all of Jones' classic early recordings including Why Baby Why, White Lightning, Window Up Above, and 22 more charted hits. It also includes the Thumper Jones rockabilly single and duets with Janette Hicks, Bobbie Ellison, Margie Singleton, and Virginia Spurlock and comes with a whopping 174 page book and a newly researched biography and discography. Bear Family first started working on this discography more than 20 years ago and have spent goodness knows how many man hours figuring out who owned what and making sense of tapes logs and session contracts.


Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - Oldiemarkt
This exhaustive anthology offers a fascinating overview of Jones' progression as he graduated to Mercury, especially his mastery of the heart-tearing ballad ("Cup Of Loneliness"; "Colour Of The Blues"; the majestic "The Window Up Above"). Legendary names like Grady Martin, Hank Garland and Buddy Emmons are at hand to shape the music, from rockabilly to honkY-tonk, and there's alsothe first appearance


Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style - Mojo Magazine
Present Taxi Gang In Disco Mix Style 1978-1987 CREE. CD/DL/LP Sublime Sly & Robbie pop reggae and lovers rock mixes. This selection taken from Sly & Robbie's Kingston-based Taxi label is top notch from start to finish with the Rhythm Twins driving disco and soul covers by Delroy Wilson, Marcia Grif-fiths et al. The latter's take on Fever is slinky and jazz-tinged, although Griffiths is


Press - Various - SUN Records Great Guitars At Sun - Mojo Magazine
compilation putting the ckbe t in the front sPat. There's a famous newsreel clip of a 1950s Southern hellfire preacher - Hank Snow's son, as it happens - denouncing rock'n'roll, claiming that what sent the kids over the edge was "the beat! the beat! the beat!". This fine collection shines the spotlight squarely on the people delivering that beat, none more so than the magnificent Jimmy Van Eaton, who drummed on 173 of the 330 songs issued during his time at Sun. He's on 14 of the 28 here, from Billy Riley's Red Hot to Jerry Lee's Whole Lotta Shakin' and Charlie Rich's


Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style - Goldmine Magazine
Maybe it’s just me, but it’s impossible to hear a reggae retake of “Rainy Night in Georgia” without Prince Buster’s “Big Five’ leering its way into the room. But maybe not so much now, as Tinga Stewart turns in what we might call a more conventional cover… albeit one that is weighted down by the mighty Sly and Robbie, a terrific vocal take that edges ever so sweetly into a balls-out bullworking dub.


Press - Groovin` The Blues - Rockin` The Groove -
VARIOUS ARTISTS Groovin' the Blues: When Groove Was More Than Just a Habit Bear Family — BCD 17411 Rockin' the Groove: When Groove Was More Than Just a Habit Bear Family - BCD 17212
Due to the World War II shortage of shellac, a resin that was used in the manufacturing of 78 r.p.m. records, major labels such as RCA Victor and Columbia cut way back on recording music that appealed primarily to African Americans and other minority populations. largely limiting their focus to mainstream pop. Independent companies such as Gilt Edge. Juke Box. Philo. Exclusive and Apollo emerged to fill the void and soon dominated the blues and gospel markets.


Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style 1978 – 1987 -
Når man siger Jamaica, siger man ofte også Bob Marley eller reggae. Men udover Bob Marley, så er der næppe nogen jamaicanske musikere, der er så internationalt kendte og anerkendte som d’herrer Sly Dunbar (trommer) og Robbie Shakespeare (bass).

The Riddim Twins gik sammen i midten af 1970'erne efter i nogle år at have arbejdet hver for sig som professionelle studiemusikere og er uden sammenligning de mest anvendte studiemusikere på reggaeøen.


Vintage Rock Special - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And We've got a cracking competition prize courtesy of Bear Family Records to give away to lucky readers this issue. George Jones: Birth of a Legend - The Truly Complete arday anctiffercury Recordings (1954-1961) is a superb 6-CD s hat comes with a 174-page hardback book


Press - Bill Haley - Crazy Man Crazy (10inch LP) - Vintage Rock
Due on 24 February, this Bear Family Vinyl Club Exclusive is an exact reproduction of a 10-inch LP first out on the Australian London logo. Although it first came out in 1957, London reached back to Haley's early-'50s pre-stardom sides for Dave Miller's Essex label,


Press - Wanda Jackson Wanda Jackson (10inch LP) - Vintage Rock
Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson was red-hot in Japan in 1959, riding high on the strength of her torrid hit Fujiyama Mama. Maybe that's why Capitol's Japanese imprint unleashed a 10-inch compendium of some of Wanda's hottest rockers at right around the same time, including Mean Mean Man, Money Honey, Long Tall Sally and Party


Press - Sly & Robbie present Taxi Gang In Discomix Style - black grooves
Sly & Robbie Present Taxi Gang In Disco Mix Style 1978-1987 is a relatively short compilation chronicling the late ‘70s and ‘80s work of the most famous “riddim” section in reggae music. Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare’s work as producers was very influential in helping to create the sounds that Jamaican music would be known for during this period. Both Sly & Robbie got their start as sessions musicians (as a drummer and bass player, respectively) before moving over to the production side of things.


Press - Boxing Florida: Obscure Rockabilly Rebels From the Sunshine State
Various Artists - The Florida Box : 1950s & 1960s Oddball Labels
You gotta get your mind right before you tackle this one. A case of beer oughta do for starters. Roll up a couple of gorilla fingers, hang your stereo speakers out the windows of your shack or single-wide, stretch out in your lawn chair, crack open a cool one, and let 'er rip. Don't be botherin' with any of them new fangled dee-vices, your I-poodles or I-foamz or whatever. This stuff came from 45s, so it needs to be played out loud and in your and your neighbor's faces. In a perfect world, you'd be diggin' out your Sears and Roebuck Silvertone console and crankin that bastard up to 11 to get the maximum effect out of these bad boys. But vinyl is kinda scare these days, and even if you had the originals you'd need a handtruck and a strong back to cart this 250 track record collection around, so you gotta make do with CDs.


Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings -
Wall Street Journal
When George Jones died in 2013, at the age of 81, his standing as the greatest of male country vocalists had been in place for decades. As color artwork in this typically lavish new Bear Family Records set “George Jones: Birth of a Legend—The Truly Complete Starday and Mercury Recordings 1954-1961” illustrates, by the mid-1960s the Starday and Mercury labels for which he first recorded were touting him on LP covers—reasonably—as “King George” and “Country and Western #1 Male Singer.” In the decades that followed, the Texan’s singular, even mysterious genius for lyric interpretation, emotional nuance in performance and communication with audiences—and the evidence of over a hundred singles and even more albums—cemented that reputation.


Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings
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Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings -TheArtDesk
In May 1956, the Texan label Starday issued a wild rockabilly single by Thumper Jones. Its top side, the kinetic “Rock It”, was primal, uncontrolled and wild. The flip, “How Come It”, was less frenzied but still driving and infectious. Original pressings of the two-sided pounder in either its 45 or 78 form now fetch at least £200. This is not your usual rockabilly rarity though. The record’s label credited the songs to a Geo. Jones. Thumper Jones was a pseudonymous George Jones (1931–2013), who was cashing in a hip style: the only time he did so with rockabilly.


Press - Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys The King Of Country Music - JUKEBOX 2-17
BCD 17300 ROY ACUFF "The King of Country Music"
Cncore un travail colossal de Bear Family consacre a un des artistes les plus importants de la country, le Ore fondateur Roy Acuff : « THE KING OF COUNTRY MUSIC, The Complete Foundational Recordings 1936-1951 (BCD 17300, coffret 9 CD + 1 DVD).


Press - Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys The King Of Country Music - Mojo March 2017

Roy Acuff ***** The King Of Country Music — The Complete Foundational Recordings 1936-1951 BEAR FAMILY. CD/DL Superb 9 CD anthology of the man who was Nashville.
Hank Williams claimed that "In The South it was Roy Acuff, then God." The first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Acuff only notched 16 chart records in his lifetime but had enormous influence on the rise of the music he loved.


Press Archive - Louis Jordan - Somebody Up There Digs Me (10inch LP) - Louis Jordan signed to Mercury in 1956 and released two albums for them. The first, 1957's Somebody Up There Digs Me, is reissued here in original UK 10-inch form with replica sleeve, enhanced sound and the first 500 copies on fetching yellow wax. With his best years supposedly behind him, the label had Jordan return to the classics which made his name. With arranger Quincy Jones at the controls, jump blues becomes rockin' blues and Caldonia, the centrepiece, proves Jordan is still very much relevant: "Caldonia! Caldonia! What makes your big head so hard?" he yells over a blistering whirl of guitar by Mickey Baker and wild sax wailing from Sam 'The Man' Taylor. The rest of the band are red hot too, Jordan included as his alto sax peps up a frantic rerun of Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens. An excitable Run Joe, meanwhile, has never sounded better. Lois Wilson


Press - Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys The King Of Country Music - The Art Desk

In 1942, Roy Acuff set up Acuff-Rose Music in partnership with Nashville-based songwriter and talent scout Fred Rose. The new publishing company was dedicated to treating songwriters decently. They would not be cheated out of their copyrights. There would be clear and honest accounting. The contracts offered would have better percentages than rival publishers. There would be no shady deals. Acuff-Rose cocked a snook at the country music establishment and, in time, had writers as important as The Everly Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, Don Gibson and Roy Orbison on its books. Acuff and Rose had changed the way the Americana music business worked.


Press Archive - Louis Jordan - Somebody Up There Digs Me (10inch LP) - Nostalgia Magazine
Louis Jordan & his Typany 5 Somebody up there digs me (Bear Family) e.... Ea22 Pá 40-talet var Louis Jordan (1908-75) en av de stórsta rhythm'n'blues-artis-terna. Nár rocken slog igenom hyllade Elvis Presley, Little Richard och mánga andra honoro som den direkta lánken mellan r'n'b och rock'n'roll. Vilket gav Jordan ett uppsving.


Press Archive - Julia Lee - Party Time (Bear Family) 10-inch LP - ugly things #43
JULIA LEE — Party Time (Bear Family) 10-inch LP The classic R&B era was marked by the existence of a fun subgenre known as the party record, essential-ly the same jacked-up, hard-swingin' rhythms married to lyrics about... well, the very natural act from whence rock 'n' roll got its name. The records essentially had to be sold under the counter to adults only, ala the old Tijuana Bibles smutty comic books and porn mags prior to the advent of Playboy. Once in awhile, a party record would break free and become a hit, ala Hank Ballard & the Midnghters' "Work With Me, Annie," Dorothy Ellis' "Drill Daddy Drill," or The Toppers' "Baby, Let Me Bang Your Box." For the most part, howev-er, this stuff was a brand of raunch so blue, they were intended to be filed behind your Redd Foxx LPs. Going by this limited edition


Press Archive - Gene Vincent Bluejean Bop! (10inch LP) - ugly things #43
GENE VINCENT & HIS BLUE CAPS — Bluejean Bop! (Bear Family) 10-inch LP At first glance this 10-inch platter appears to be a shrunk-down repro of Gene Vincent's stellar 1956 debut LP. Not quite. Released as part of Bear Family's Vinyl Club Exclusives series, it's modeled on the original Australian release of Bluejean Bop, a 10-inch edition which had only eight songs instead of the 12 on the US Capitol LP. The title track and other stone-cold rockabilly classics like "Who Slapped John,


Press Archive - James Luther Dickinson Dixie Fried 180g LP - ugly things #43
JAMES LUTHER DICKINSON - Dixie Fried (Future Days/Light h the Attic) CD/2LP (Bear Family) LP Recorded on the cusp of his split from the Dixie Flyers, Dixie hied is the soundtrack of James Luther Dickinson's mind—an expansive universe steeped in his Southern upbringing, pre-war blues, carnival barkers, contemporary soul, rocka-billy and teen-band rock 'n' roll. Catalyzed by Ry Cooder's "high-end Hollywood art rock," Dickinson set his mind to music in sessions from November 1970 to January 1971—taking along his Flyers, Dr John and other Memphians for the ride. And like the proverbial '36 Pack-ard trekking a cloud of dust on a country road, that ride was sponta-neous—producing authentic roots music at a time when similar ef-forts were contrived.


Press Archive - Mansa Musa - Hold On To The Faith 180g LP - ugly things #43
MANSA MUSA - Hold on to the Faith (CreelBear Family) LP Although another excellent archi-val find from Trinidad and Tobego by Cree Records, this is far more than just a Carribean release. In fact, the occasional steel drum is the only indication that this is a West Indies record at all.


Press Archive - AMOS MILBURN — Rockin' The Boogie - Ugly Things - #43
AMOS MILBURN — Rockin' The Boogie (Bear Family) 10.inch LP Houston-born-and-bred Amos Milburn was a blazin' R&B comet during the late '40s and '50c. An absolute master of barrelhouse and boogie woogie piano stylings, he eventually became known for hooch anthems like "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" and "Bad, Bad Whiskey," despite there being no personal life evidence of a drinking problem.


Press - Dan Penn — Nobody's Fool (Bear Family) LP - ugly things #43

With "I'm Your Puppet," "Dark End of the Street" and other South-ern soul classics, Dan Penn's song-writing landed him national hits and a vocation. His 1973 solo debut No-body's Fool didn't find the same com-mercial niche, but Penn did find his as a performer. .'grooved in Memphis, Nashville and' 'other nice places"


Press - Arthur „Big Boy" Crudup, A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw - ugly things - #43
ARTHUR 'BIG BOY' CRUDUP - A Music Man Like No One Ever Saw (Bear Family) CD box set Crudup is best remembered for waxing the original versions of "That's All Right Mama," "My Baby Left Me" and "So Glad Your Mine" that Elvis Presley redrafted early in his career. Indeed, this collection's subtitle is from a statement the Rock .11' Roll King saying that if he could achieve Crudup's feel then he would become "a mu-sic man like nobody ever saw" While it is certainly difficult to pinpoint which stylistic ele-ments the Memphis Flash ap-propriated, this 5-disc, 124-song collection provides insights on why the bluesman was held in such high esteem


Press Archive - Little Richard, The Explosive Little Richard, 2-LP - ugly things #43
LITTLE RICHARD – The Explosive Little Richard (Bear Family) 2LP The Explosive Little Richard has been around the reissue block a few times, most recently a now out-of-print expanded Legacy CD in 2004. This edition features the original 1967 OKeh LP and all of the initially unreleased CD bonus tracks on a sec-ond album. Granted, the Georgia Peach was getting desperate at this point, one of many attempts to revive his post-Specialty career, dabbling in contemporary soul covers such as "Land of a Thousand Dances" and "Function at the Junction" that were good but hardly revelatory. In more familiar rockin' territory, however, he could still deliver on the driving


Press Archive - The Ronettes feat. Veronica, Presenting the fabulous... 1964 - ugly things #43
THE RONETTES - The Ronettes featuring Veronica (Colpix Album) (Bear Family) LP "Boom. Boom-boom. BAM! Boom. Boom-boom. BAM!" The very molecular structure of the uni-verse changed the minute Hal Blaine struck that beat inside Gold Star Studio's hallowed echo chamber, and the rest of the Wrecking Crew joined in, on three or four pianos/ guitars/organs/glockenspiels/casta-nets/anything, all swirling within that converted meat locker and the magical properties of the metal plate suspended within.


Press - Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings -
German record label Bear Family has assembled a new George Jones box set that compiles the recordings Jones made early in his career for Starday and Mercury Records.


Press - Arthur Q. Smith - The Trouble With The Truth - The Audiophile Man
Well, he was new to me but Smith (or ‘Q’, as he was known to his friends) produced and sold hundreds of country songs in his time and many of them became hit songs. For who? How does Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Ricky Skaggs, Mickey Gilley, Carl Smith, Bill Monroe, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton grab you? And that’s not all of them!


Press - The Knoxville Sessions 1929 - 1930, Knox Country Stomp (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)- Johnson City Press
What do Rihanna, Justin Bieber and a professor from East Tennessee State University have in common?

They’ve all been nominated for a Grammy award this year. In different categories, of course. Ted Olson, a professor in the ETSU Appalachian Studies Department, and Tony Russell, a music historian from London, recently received a Grammy nomination for the album notes they wrote for a box set about the Knoxville sessions: "The Knoxville Sessions 1929-1930, Knox County Stomp."


Press - Press - George Jones - Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings Dec.2016
Six-disc 'Birth of a Legend - The Truly Complete Starday and Mercury Recordings 1954-1961' arrives in February

In the 40 years that acclaimed German record label Bear Family has been reissuing classic, career-spanning CD boxed sets, one of the artists whose early work has been on customers' wish lists is country legend George Jones. Christmas has come early for Jones fans as the label announces the February release of a sprawling six-disc collection encompassing all of Jones' early recordings from the Starday and Mercury labels.


All of George Jones' classic early recordings, including Why Baby Why, White Lightning, Treasure Of Love, Window Up Above, Tender Years, and twenty more charted hits! • More than 20 previously unissued takes and songs!


Press - Perez Prado Mambo Mania - Havanna 3 A.M.- dec 2016 issue of New York City Jazz Record
Perez Prado
Although his fame was fleeting in mainstream America, Darnaso Perez Prado, aka "The Mambo King", was for more than four decades a popular and successful pianist, arranger and composer in the world of Latin music. During the mambo craze of the late '40s-early '50s he achieved a status as one of the most influential pop orchestra leaders of the time. Prado was born one hundred years ago this month on Dec. 11th into a middle class family in Mantanzas, Cuba. He studied classical piano at an early age and first worked professionally as an organ player and pianist at local cinemas and clubs. In 1942 he moved to Havana where he began arranging and composing, working with some of the most famous Cuban bands of the day. At this time, Prado began to develop his concept of the mambo, which he did not invent, but certainly furthered. In 1947 he was compelled to leave Cuba after being denounced by Fidel Castro for debasing Cuban music. Prado made a tour of South America, finally settling in Mexico City where, by 1948, he became a regular and popular performer at Club 1-2-3, earning the nickname "Glenn Miller of Mexico" (during his first U.S. tour in the early '50s he was also called the "Stan Kenton of Mexico"). Savvy listeners in New York and Southern California first heard Prado's mambo music on Latin radio stations and rejoiced when the tunes crossed over to mainstream pop broadcasts.


Press - Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys The King Of Country Music - Swedish MagazinAmerikas Calle Jularbo var kung
MUSIK. Om man kliver ur bilen någonstans i USA, söder om Mason-Dixon-linjen, och lägger örat mot marken, så hör man ROY ACUFF. Hans fiol. Hans röst.


Press - The Knoxville Sessions 1929 - 1930, Knox Country Stomp (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)- Amazon
By Lee Knight on December 8, 2016
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Knoxville Sessions continue the fine production of the previously released "The Bristol Sessions" and "The Johnson City Sessions."


Press - The Knoxville Sessions 1929 - 1930, Knox Country Stomp Grammy Nomination MVD
BEAR FAMILY'S 'The Knoxville Sessions 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp' (Various Artists), a 4-CD Deluxe Box Set released earlier this year, has been nominated for a 2017 Grammy award in the "Best Album Notes" category. The album is the third compendium of early country music talent in Appalachia, along with 'The Bristol Sessions' and 'The Johnson City Sessions'.


Press - The Knoxville Sessions 1929 - 1930, Knox Country Stomp Grammy Nomination
We knew it was a big deal, back in May, when the German reissue label Bear Family released the four-CD box set Knox County Stomp: The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930. The exhaustive set collects more than 100 tracks recorded at the St. James Hotel and other locations in downtown Knoxville during the tail end of the first great era of commercial sound recording.


Press -Reissue I-News October 2016
The Explosive Little Richard!was produced by Larry Williams for Okeh Records. They had both recorded for Specialty Records in the Fifties and weren’t strangers. Taking soul on rather than the music of the previous decade propelled the Okeh singles “The Commandments of Love", “Poor Dog" and their parent album into the charts. Richard and Williams made an infectious, powerhouse album which took the up-front, gospel-derived approach of Stax,


Press - mojo november 2016
Gene Vincent Bluejean Bop! (10inch LP)
Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps Bluejean Bop! BEAR FAMILY. LP Blue vinyl facsimile of a rare 1956 Aussie 10-inch mixes whooping rock'n'rollers (Who Slapped John) with creditable standards (Jezebel, Up A Lazy River). Two bonus cuts muddy the concept, but sound fab. 1H


Press - mojo november 2016
By royal Command didn't want these song, was wrong, says Andrew Male. Dan Penn **** Nobody's Fool
GIVEN THEIR deep knowledge of country, rock'n'roll, and blues, and the high quality of their compilations, it's odd that Bear Family Records have only recently entered the vinyl reissue market. This late arrival is partly down to the personal aesthetic of the label's founder, Richard Weise, but with Weise now retired the label lead off its vinyl imprint with an eclectic mix of releases, including The Ronettes' pre-Spector Colpix LP, an augmented 2-LP version of Little Richard's 1967 OKeh comeback album, The Explosive Little Richard, and a set of rare Trinidadian funk and soul 7-inches.


Press - mojo november 2016
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup **** A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw
A rocking big box of the Big Boy, 1942-62 Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup is probably best known for his jumping 1940s originals of two songs covered by Elvis, That's All Right and My Baby Left Me, but this excellent 5-CD box set comprehensively demon-strates that there was much more to him than that. A pro-lific songwriter whose material went on to be sung by numer-ous top-rank artists across various genres, a gutsy and distinctive vocalist and a pow-erful self-taught guitarist who was one of the first bluesmen to wield an electric, Crudup started his career at relatively sedate tempos, but really


Press - ddicted to noise Australia
“What The Hell Else Do You Need?”

“Pretty fly for a white guy,” I summarized Jerry Lee Lewis most of my life—but always at the tail end of my summation of those Rock And Roll Grandaddies. Elvis was Elvis, I would say, and that needed no further explanation. Roy Orbison had the voice. Bo Diddley had the humor. Hank Williams had the desperation. Chuck Berry had the storytelling. And Little Richard, Lord save us, Little Richard sounded like a locomotive getting ready to run us over. And Jerry Lee had something. Just not quite that much something.

This is 18 CDs later, I surrender. This is everything Jerry Lee cut before his original Sun contract ran out in 1963. Listening to the man and company build a song, take by take, examining options and wincing at bloopers, the man egan to take wavery shape over my file cabinet.

I have, in fairness, never listened to 18 CDs from any of the others above. But I surfaced hearing a man with most of Little Richard’s ferocity, a man who sang surer than Williams, wider and deeper than Diddley, much looser than Berry, with an uncanny knack for song to beat Orbison. Elvis? Elvis remains Elvis. But Elvis sung starchy by 1963. Jerry Lee had of course ruined his career; if you’re reading this I bet you know how. But the frightening fullness of humanity, everything a man can be, remains.


Press -Reissue CDs Weekly: Chess Records Soul, Little Richard
The Explosive Little Richard!was produced by Larry Williams for Okeh Records. They had both recorded for Specialty Records in the Fifties and weren’t strangers. Taking soul on rather than the music of the previous decade propelled the Okeh singles “The Commandments of Love", “Poor Dog" and their parent album into the charts. Richard and Williams made an infectious, powerhouse album which took the up-front, gospel-derived approach of Stax,

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