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Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD-Album-Series by Bear Family

 

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music CD-Album-Series by Bear Family Records

Here's the story. For many years, we'd received requests to do a truly definitive country CD-Album-Series, but it wasn't until the success of our year-by-year R&B/Soul series, 'Blowin' The Fuse' (now 'Sweet Soul Music' and soon to be continued into the Funk era) that we decided we needed to do something comparable for country music.

 

This CD-Album-Series with Country, Western and Hillbilly has been compiled with today's fans in mind. Sure, the big hits are there, but so are the classic performances that weren't necessarily hits at the time, but became influential in the years ahead. Every volume has incredibly detailed behind-the-scenes stories, fabulously rare photos, and an ongoing history of country music set against the backdrop of the broader American music business. The booklets alone are 72 pages – and every track has been faultlessly remastered! Definitive? You bet!

 

Superlatives are often overused, but we feel that this series is part of our mission to bring this incredible music to new fans... as well as entertaining older fans.

   
 
Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1970 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD17265
 

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1-CD Deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks. Total playing time approx. 86 mns. Our quarter-century retrospective ends here. In country music, as in the broader recording industry, change had been profound. In 1945, the only commercial sound-carrier was...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1969 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD17264
 

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1-CD Deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks. Total playing time approx. 87 mns. On January 20, 1969, Richard Nixon became the thirty-seventh President of the United States. Later that year, he adopted the phrase silent majority to connote the preponderance...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1968 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD17263
 

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1-CD Deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 86 mns. In 1965, Bill C. Malone published his doctoral dissertation on country music, and in 1968 it became widely available as Country Music U.S.A. Published for the American Folklore...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1967 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD17262
 

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1-CD Deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 84 mns. It was the year that thousands of kids obeyed the invocation to go to San Francisco and wear some flowers in their hair. Civil unrest spread like a medieval plague: riots in the...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1966 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD17261
 

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1-CD Deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 83 mns. As far back as the mid-1940s, 'Billboard' magazine had polled dee-jays, including country dee-jays, to tabulate the year's top records, labels, artists, and industry guys. On...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1965 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16970
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns. As the simmering political divide between the South and Everywhere Else became more apparent, it was inevitably reflected in music. Anti-Civil Rights songs didn't make the country...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1964 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16969
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 81 mns. Just as the folk boom triggered by Tom Dooley had exerted a brief impact upon country music in 1959, so contemporary folk music began to exert an influence upon country music in 1964. A...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1963 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16968
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 84 mns. In country music history, 1963 goes down as the year of losses. At 2:00pm on Tuesday March 5, a Piper Comanche light airplane left Kansas City for Nashville. There were three passengers...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1962 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16967
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 82 mns. Nineteen-sixty-two was the year of Don Law. The forgotten pioneer of the Nashville Sound, Law was—statistically at least—more successful than Chet Atkins or Owen Bradley, and quite...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1961 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16966
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. After the volumes covering 1945-1960 were released, the word was out. This series is definitive, fabulously packaged, and faultlessly remastered! In short, everything you'd expect from...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1960 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16965
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time: 82:43 minutes. By 1960 the folk boom of the previous year had died. Nashville, for the greater part, continued to produce records with "crossover" appeal that would provide sales greater than normally...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1959 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16964
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time: 84:48 minutes. The big hit of the year was the Kingston Trio's Tom Dooley and the words "folk music" swept the industry. It reached country music and story songs, with a folksy feel, became the order...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1958 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16963
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time: 74:10 minutes. Wesley Rose's 1956 prophecy about rock 'n' roll killing country was ringing true and the music was at its lowest ebb.  Nevertheless it couldn't be ignored. Songwriter Don Gibson...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1957 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16962
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time: 76:22 minutes. This was the year that the Nashville Sound was born, Music City's fightback to rock 'n' roll with strings and vocal choruses, providing a pop market appeal, although Eddy Arnold had...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1956 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16961
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time: 78:14 minutes. It was the year that the floodgates opened. Inside and outside the music business, rock 'n' roll was on everyone's mind. The trade papers didn't know what to make of this "mongrel...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1955 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16960
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 31 tracks; playing time: 80:29 minutes. It was the year everything began to change. When the music merchants gathered for their annual convention in July 1955, one of the keynote speakers remarked that "Vintage years lie...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1954 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16959
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks; playing time: 74:03 minutes. The first six volumes covering 1945-1950 were released in 2008. Right away, the word was out. This series is definitive, fabulously packaged, and faultlessly remastered! Jack Clement,...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1953 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16958
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks; playing time: 75:06 minutes. One event towered over 1953, and it happened between midnight and dawn on January 1. Somewhere in West Virginia Hank Williams died in the back seat of his Cadillac. As often happens,...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1952 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16957
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 26 tracks; playing time: 68:42 minutes. The burgeoning interest in country music manifested itself in many ways. Pop A&R men scoured the hillbilly releases for songs they could cover. Twelve hundred radio stations, even in the...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1951 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16956
 

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1-CD-Album deluxe with 72-page booklet, 29 tracks; playing time: 79:57 minutes. Nineteen-fifty-one was the year that pop discovered country music. Many of the top pop songs of the year (Cold, Cold Heart, Beautiful Brown Eyes, The Shot Gun Boogie, Slow Poke, Mockin'...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1950 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16955
 

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1-CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. After many, many requests, we're finally doing a definitive year-by-year country series! And it won't stop when the music is in copyright, either! The most luxuriously packaged single...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1949 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16954
 

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1-CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. After many, many requests, we're finally doing a definitive year-by-year country series! And it won't stop when the music is in copyright, either! The most luxuriously packaged single...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1948 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16953
 

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1-CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 78 mns. After many, many requests, we're finally doing a definitive year-by-year country series! And it won't stop when the music is in copyright, either! The most luxuriously packaged single...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1947 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16952
 

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1-CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns. After many, many requests, we're finally doing a definitive year-by-year country series! And it won't stop when the music is in copyright, either! The most luxuriously packaged single...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1946 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16951
 

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1-CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. The year that the floodgates opened, rock 'n' roll was on everyone's mind and there were more million sellers than ever before. As Elvis Presley had been signed to RCA's country division...

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Various - Country & Western Hit Parade: 1945 - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music
Art-Nr.: BCD16950
 

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1-CD deluxe album with 72-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. It was a cataclysmic year. As 1945 dawned, the Second World War was still ongoing in Europe and Asia; yet by year's end, it was over. Many musicians were in uniform, and even those that...

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