Blues CDs and Vinyl-Records

'Blues Music Awards 2016' for Bear Family Records

Bear Family's luxurious CD boxed set, Slim Harpo 'Buzzin' The Blues - The Complete Slim Harpo', was honored with the 'Blues Music Award 2016' as 'Best Historical Album of the Year'. The award ceremony was part of the Blues Foundation's gala evening in the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee on the evening of May 5th. Bear Family would like to express deepest thanks to Martin Hawkins, William Gambler and Johnny Pallazotto. 

Blues CDs and Blues Vinyl on Bear Family Mailorder

Blues appears to be the flavor of the month. Most classic LP releases from the 1950s, and 1960s have been re-issued, most of them on high-quality 180gram vinyl. On our own Bear Family label, we have re-released on vinyl one of the rarest and very hard-to-find collector’s classics: Frank Frost & The Night Hawks – Hey Boss Man! Extremely cool Southern down home blues, originally produced by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips during the early 1960s, and originally released on his then newly established Phillips International record label. 

One of the greatest soul/blues albums, ever!

Only recently, Bear Family has released the 180gram version of a true soul/blues classic: Etta James – Tell Mama. This album is regarded one of the greatest soul/blues albums, ever! It was recorded at the famous Fame Studios in Alabama in 1967, and it contains the Blues standard and one of the finest female vocal pieces, I’d Rather Go Blind!

At present, most classic blues albums, originally released on LP during the 1950s and 1960s, are back in print: Sonny Boy Williamson's legendary ‚Rockin’ Chair’ album, the provocative ‚Electric Mud’ album by Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Reed’s VeeJay LPs, a.m.o. But on you will also find rarities, original LPs from the 1980s, released when the interest in vinyl LPs was on the decline as most collectors suddenly favored the new digital format, compact disc.

The Bear Family blues catalog

is offering a lot more than classics and rarities. Most of today’s new blues productions are released on both formats, on CD and on high-quality vinyl. In the blues/rock category, most releases are also available on LP.

The vinyl revitalization of the Blues is amazing. Come on, honestly: Isn’t it a lot more fun to listen to Blues played on a turntable?!

Eric Clapton: Clapton Chronicles - The Best Of (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD475642

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(Reprise Records) 15 tracks

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Asie Payton: Worried (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD803262

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(1999/Fat Possum) 10 Tracks (33:30) - Digipack - He died in '97 in his home town, Holly Ridge, Mississippi that he never left. Recorded in 1994 and with the exception of two re-mixes, this is rural electric blues. ASIE PAYTON - gtr/voc, SAM CARR - drums.

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The Graham Bond Organization: The Sound Of 65 - There's A Bond Between Us (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO500

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(1999/BGO Records) 26 Tracks (75:50) - 1965 'EMI Columbia' - Underrated British combo, more or less birthplace for The Cream. Next to Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and The Blues Breakers, Bond's band was a corner stone in British pop and blues history....

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Janis Joplin: Box Of Pearls - The Janis Joplin Collection (5-CD Longbox, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: CDC5K65937

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(Sony-BMG) 55 Tracks - This limited edition deluxe boxed set contains all four of Janis' original studio releases, each one digitally remastered and with additional bonus tracks, most of them previously unreleased. Plus a very special bonus EP-CD of five unreleased...

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Pee Wee Crayton: Early Hour Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBP5052

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Especially the takes from the '83 session are remarkable. Recorded two years before his death, Pee Wee's in great shape performing with energy and raw power. He loved to play, using a vintage 'Stratocaster' prototype designed by and given to him by Leo Fender,...

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Various: Rural Blues Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO464

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(1949-54 'Imperial') (36:26/14) Herausragendes Zeug / Superb wild stuff!!

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Long John Hunter: Ooh Wee Pretty Baby - Wild Early Border R&B (Vinyl LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNR270

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(Norton) 18 tracks 1961-63, Gatefold Cover; Oh, yes, finally in Nortophonic Loud Sound, the original Yucca masters come to life with enough stomp blues wail to set ya pants afire! The real deal gittar man who started the whole El Paso Rock deal rollin' is now on...

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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Couldn't Stand The Weather (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5050672

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(1984 'Epic') (55:01/13) * = previously unissued studio recordings from the 'Couldn't Stand The Weather' sessions. Digipack

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Andre Sharon: Travelin' Light (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDC192577

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​16 tracks

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Micke Bjorklof: Swamp Baby
Art-Nr.: CDBLR3364

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(1999/Bluelight Records) 14 tracks.

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GASPARD/LACHNEY/BERTRAND: Early American Cajun Music From The 1920s
Art-Nr.: CDL2042

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(1999/YAZOO) 24 tracks (73:54) with 20 page booklet. Früheste Dokumentationen eines lange vernachlässigten amerikanischen Kulturerbes / earliest field recordings with a high historical value.

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BEAR Family Records: The Bluesmen - 11 Modern Blues Classics
Art-Nr.: 040957132

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(1999 'Wise Publications') Eleven electric guitar classics by the modern blues masters arranged and transcribed by Andy Jones for guitar and voice, complete with useful notes on performance and technique. The Bluesmen Eric Clapton Stevie Ray Vaughan Jeff Healey...

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Dieter Kropp & Steve Baker: Blues Harping Vol.1 - English (Book+CD)
Art-Nr.: 040096

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(1999 'Hohner') (79:40/60) English edition of what is a successful pubication in Germany, the combination of the book 'Blues Harping' with instructional cd, as taught by two harp players of international fame and reputation. Here's what the author's say:...

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