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When we talk about classical country music at Bear Family Records, we mean country music from the 1940s to the 1970s, which includes the different modes of playing the Honky Tonk Sound, the Nashville Sound, and the Bakersfield Sound.

Honky Tonk Sound:

Honky Tonk Sound was created in Texas in the late 1940s, primarily in the areas where oil was mined, and was mostly represented in the local dance halls, bars and clubs, which were often very busy. To make the music audible, they began to amplify it electrically and accompanied with drums. Thematically it was often about everyday problems and the lyrics were very direct. Popular topics in the 'Honky Tonk Music' are for example ‚women‘ (Honky Tonk had mostly male performers), beer, singing and dancing. Among the most popular representatives of the 'Honky Tonk Sound‘ are Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn and Webb Pierce,

Nashville Sound:

The so-called 'Nashville Sound' was produced as the name implies in Nashville, Tennessee. In the 1950s, country music lost ground to Rock 'n' Roll and Pop music. The producers tried to counteract by smoothing out the 'raw' sound of Country music and for example underscored the songs with choirs. Among the most well-known and successful producers of the 'Nashville Sound‘ are Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley, who are well known for the success of artists like Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Tammy Wynette, Eddy Arnold.

Bakersfield Sound:

The 'Bakersfield Sound' was created in Bakersfield, California in the late 1950s, and is strongly inspired by the classic ‚Honky Tonk Sound' and the ’Rockabilly Music' of the 1950s. The classic features of the 'Bakersfield Sounds' include the electrically amplified instruments and the hard and high-pitched guitars. Among the best known representatives of the Bakersfield Sounds include Buck Owens, Wynn Stewart and Merle Haggard.

   
 
Hank Cochran: Sally Was A Good Old Girl (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17568
 

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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time c. 79 minutes. • Hank Cochran is a vocalist, guitar picker and as an esteemed songwriter of numerous hit recordings.  • For many Hank will be known as one-half of the Cochran Brothers along...

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The Cochran Brothers: The Complete Cochran Brothers (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17565
 

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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time c. 68 minutes. • Hank and Eddie aka The Cochran Brothers with their complete duo and solo vocal performances and additionally as studio musicians. • All the recordings feature both Hank and Eddie in...

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Tex Harper: Dig Me Little Mama (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: BAF14006
 

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Tex Harper alias Rudy Preston and Harry Head 10'' Vinyl in gatefold sleeve 1-LP (10”), total number of tracks: 12. Total playing time 26:35 minutes.  ‘’The ‘Cat Music’ within this album is the nucleus of rockabilly and features: Tex Harper aka Rudy Preston...

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Various Artists: She's Selling What She Used To Give Away (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17550
 

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1-CD DigiPac (4-sided) with 52-page booklet, 28 tracks, total playing time 77:36 mns. ‘In the 1940s Rhythm ‘n’ Blues recordings the double entendre was left to the listener to decipher, in these 1930s hillbilly songs the meaning was very clear!’ A...

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Glen Glenn: Pick 'Em Up And Lay 'Em Down (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: BAF14001
 

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‘Glen Glenn is a name held in high esteem by rockabilly fans and was a second generation artist who developed his own style’. • 12 recordings from the Era label catalog, 1955–1963. • Contains different versions from the originally released records. •...

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Dale Hawkins: L.A., Memphis And Tyler, Texas (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18041
 

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• In 1956, Dale Hawkins (1936 - 2010) wrote Suzie Q - a giant song and a classic of garage rock of the 1960s. • After his years as a musician at Chess Records (1956 - 1961), he recorded for various US labels and worked as a producer. • In 1969 he made his...

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Ric Cartey: Heart Throb - The Rockin' Sides Of Ric Cartey (10inch Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF14002
 

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Heart Throb – The Rockin’ Sides Of Ric Cartey • Contains Cartey's best rockers for the RCA Victor, NRC, and El Rico labels • Sidemen include Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens, and Jack Eubanks • Several tracks produced by Chet Atkins • Detailed liner notes and...

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George Jones: Walk Through This World With Me (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16928
 

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5-CD boxed set - LP-size with 48-page hardcover book; 142 tracks, playing time CDs: 429:26 George Jones ' classic Musicor recordings have been out of circulation for years while a lawsuit was resolved. George Jones' Musicor recordings were never issued...

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Bobby Bare: The All American Boy (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15663
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 40-page book, 126 tracks. Playing time approx. 314 mns. Bobby Bare was the original outlaw, the original Nashville Rebel, and these are his early and great recordings. After starting with Capitol in 1956, Bobby went on to cut All...

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Hank Snow: Singing Ranger Vol.2 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15476
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 15-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 297 mns. ...picks up from 'I'm Moving On', and continues to 1958. During these years, Hank Snow became one of the standard-bearers of traditional country against the onslaught of rock 'n'...

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Various - Historic Sessions: The Bristol Sessions - The Big Bang Of Country Music (5-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD16094
 

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The Bristol Sessions 1927 - 1928 - The Big Bang Of Country Music (5-CD) 5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book. 124 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 hrs 25 mns. Double nominations for the 54th GRAMMY Awards ('Best Historical Album', 'Best Album Notes')...

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Johnny Horton: The Fantastic Johnny Horton (180gram vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18008
 

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180-gram vinyl. We've got to own up: the original 'Fantastic Johnny Horton' LP, released in 1959, didn't contain any of these recordings. Instead, it contained twelve early-mid 1950s Mercury recordings. But we have the truly fantastic Johnny Horton. Sixteen of his...

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George Jones: A Good Year For The Roses (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16929
 

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4-CD box, LP size, 52 pages book, 131 tracks, playing time 341:00. George Jones ' classic Musicor recordings have been out of circulation for years while a lawsuit was resolved. George Jones' Musicor recordings were never issued systematically or in full until now!...

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Jim Ford: Jim Ford - Capitol (180gram vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18005
 

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180 gram vinyl Jim Ford's previously unissued second album as it was intended to be heard. The follow up to 'Harlan County'... the holy grail of country soul music. Recorded in 1970 with the cream of Los Angeles' musicians. Available in deluxe 180g Vinyl and...

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Charlie Monroe: I'm Old Kentucky Bound 1938-56 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16808
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 60-page book, 110 tracks. Playing time approx. 245 mns. The other Monroe brother! Bill Monroe split from his older brother, Charlie Monroe , and went on to invent bluegrass music. This is the story of what happened to Charlie Monroe...

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Carl Butler: A Blue Million Tears
Art-Nr.: BCD16118
 

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 73 mns. Carl Butler and his wife, Pearl , were forever immortalized by their hit Don't Let Me Cross Over . It remains one of the all-time classics of hard country. But Don’t Let Me Cross Over was...

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SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Memories Of The Range Vol.2 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16104
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 28-page book, 121 tracks. Playing time approx. 310 mns. Back in the depth of the Depression, the Sons of the Pioneers began recording radio shows on transcription for Standard Radio in Los Angeles. Unheard for more than 60 years, these...

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OSBORNE BROTHERS: 1968-1974 (4-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD15748
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 24-page book, 109 tracks. Playing time approx. 285 mns. After Rocky Top , the Osbornes became the most successful act in bluegrass, and tried hard to bridge the gap to mainstream country music. The 115 songs in this set wraps up the story of...

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Hank Snow: Singing Ranger Vol.4 (9-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15787
 

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9-CD box (LP-size) with 32-page book, 219 tracks. Playing time approx. 664 mns. These nine CDs bring our Hank Snow anthology up to 1984, which marked 50 years of recording. The emphasis here is on Hank's recordings from the 1970s, when he once again returned to...

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Kitty Wells: Queen Of Country Music 1949-1958 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15638
 

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Everything that the Queen of Country Music cut between 1949 and 1958, including such epochal hits It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, Release Me, Lonely Side Of Town , ( I'll Always Be Your ) Fraulein , Makin' Believe, Paying For The Back Street Affair , and...

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Flatt & Scruggs: 1948-1959 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15472
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 15-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 294 mns. The 5-star reviews for this set showed that Flatt & Scruggs are far from forgotten since they split up in 1969. Here we have their complete Mercury recordings as well as the...

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