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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.

   
 
Dick Curless: Hard, Hard Traveling Man (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16171
 

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4-CD box set (LP-format) with 48-page book, 97 tracks. Playing time approx. 246 mns. Dick Curless is best known for his mega-hit A Tombstone Every Mile , along with a string of trucker anthems and road songs, recorded since 1950 - 1973. This boxed set continues...

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SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Wagons West (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15640
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 23-page book, 114 tracks. Playing time approx. 315 mns. The Sons of the Pioneers were the first - and greatest - western harmony group. Their wonderful close harmony has never been equaled. Here, they're on RCA and Coral between 1945...

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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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Wanda Jackson: Right Or Wrong (1954-62) (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15629
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 39-page book, 124 tracks. Playing time approx. 308 mns. How Wanda Jackson could sing! At 17 she was dating Elvis, and when he told her she should switch to rock 'n' roll, she did! Then the fireworks started. All the great rockin'...

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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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Don Gibson: Singer-Songwriter 1966-69 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16364
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 108-page hardcover book, 217 tracks. Playing time approx. 618 mns.

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Tex Ritter: Have I Stayed Away Too Long (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16239
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 48-page book, 111 tracks. Playing time approx. 268 mns. The four CDs that make up this collection contain what many feel is the best work Tex Ritter ever did. In nine recording sessions for Capitol Transcriptions over a period of two and a...

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Jim Reeves: Radio Days Vol.2 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16282
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 24-page book, 109 tracks. Playing time approx. 201 mns. The side of Jim Reeves that nobody knows! In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Gentleman Jim recorded many transcriptions for Country Style USA, Leatherneck Jamboree, Country Hoedown....

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Connie Smith: Born To Sing (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16368
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 56-page book, 127 tracks. Playing time approx. 315 mns. "There's only three real female singers: Barbra Streisand , Linda Ronstadt , and Connie Smith . The rest of us are only pretending." ( Dolly Parton ) Probably no one in the long...

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Tex Ritter: High Noon (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16356
 

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The second installment of Bear Family's epochal Tex Ritter anthology picks up the story in December 1947, and closes in 1954. Tex Ritter was now one of the biggest stars of stage, screen, and records...truly one of the most familiar faces in American...

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Various - The 'D' Singles: Vol.3, The Sounds Of Houston Texas (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15834
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 52-page book, 113 tracks. Playing time approx. 264 mns. Pappy Daily's 'D' Records is one of the great untold stories in hillbilly, rockabilly, and Texas dancehall music. The four CDs in this -- the third volume in the complete 'D'...

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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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Tex Ritter: Blood On The Saddle 4-CD-Box & 44-Page Book
Art-Nr.: BCD16260
 

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TEX RITTER   Have I Stayed Away Too Long The four CDs that make up this collection contain what many feel is the best work Tex Ritter ever did. In nine recording sessions for Capitol Transcriptions over a period of two and a half years (1945-1947), Ritter...

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Various - The 'D' Singles: Vol.2, The Sounds Of Houston Texas (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15833
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 113 tracks. Playing time approx. 263 mns. This set continues Bear Family's chronological reissue of legendary Pappy Daily's Houston, Texas-based 'D' Records. Picking up where Volume One left off in April 1959, it traces the...

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Jim Reeves: Radio Days Vol.1 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16274
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 24-page book, 117 tracks. Playing time approx. 212 mns. The side of Jim Reeves that nobody knows! In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Gentleman Jim recorded many transcriptions for Country Music Time. Unavailable since the day they were...

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Various - Record Label Profiles: The LIN & KLIFF Story (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15950
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 52-page book, 124 tracks. Playing time approx. 296 mns. Joe Leonard 's Lin Records of Gainesville, Texas arrived relatively late among the independent labels that began the years following World War II, and it was not especially prolific,...

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Maddox Brothers & Rose: The Most Colorful... (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15850
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 28-page book, 96 tracks. Playing time approx. 238 mns. This 4 CD set contains the complete Columbia recordings by the Maddox Bros. & Rose, Rosie & Rhetta, and Rose Maddox. The Maddoxes signed with Columbia in 1952, and for the next...

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Sheb Wooley: That's My Pa (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15902
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 113 tracks. Playing time approx. 292 mns. Sheb Wooley has done it all: singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. In a career that spans over a half century he has scored major hits as performer and songwriter, like Purple...

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Little Jimmy Dickens: Out Behind The Barn (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16218
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 48-page book, 101 tracks. Playing time approx. 245 mns. ...continuing from our first Little Jimmy Dickens box, this set includes all of his Columbia recordings from 1957 to 1966. Altogether, there are 95 songs on 4 CDs, including the...

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Johnny Duncan: Last Train To San Fernando (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD15947
 

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Skiffle was a phenomenon; Lonnie Donegan was a phenomenon. Many thought the two were the same thing, until rock 'n' roll killed off skiffle - and Lonnie became a fixture in the British music scene. Here is the complete story of Lonnie on Decca and Pye, from 1954 to...

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Mitchell Torok: Mexican Joe In The Caribbean (4-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD15906
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 24-page book, 111 tracks. Playing time approx. 281 mns. We turn the spotlight on one of the great country songwriters of our time. Mitchell Torok wrote ‘Mexican Joe’ for Jim Reeves, Norwood and Arkansas for Glen Campbell , Open The Door...

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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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Marty Robbins: Country 1960-1966 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15655
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 32-page book, 102 tracks. Playing time approx. 277 mns. The 1960s were Marty Robbins ' golden era. He minted one hit after another, all different, all innovative. The classics on this set include Don't Worry, It's Your World, Devil...

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Marty Robbins: Under Western Skies (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15646
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 60-page book, 97 tracks. Playing time approx. 299 mns. Although he lived most of his life in Nashville, Marty Robbins never left the west behind. He proved that he could masterfully reinterpret classic western ballads, as well as...

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OSBORNE BROTHERS: 1956-1968 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15598
 

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The bluegrass world has never recovered from the Osborne Brothers band that walked on-stage in 1956'; wrote one commentator. Sonny and Bobby Osborne changed the rules. They came out of a rich tradition and had played with many bluegrass giants, but when they struck...

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Babatunde Olatunji: Drums Of Passion 4-CD & Book-Buch
Art-Nr.: BCD15747
 

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We hear so much about world music these days, and so little about Olatunji who single-handedly popularised African percussion in North America. Originally from Nigeria, he cut a series of LPs for Columbia between 1959 and 1966. As Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart...

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Bill Monroe: Blue Grass 1970-1979 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15606
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 31-page book, 99 tracks. Playing time approx. 277 mns. Later the elder statesman of bluegrass, Bill Monroe 's stature was universally recognized by the '70s. He was still making fine music, and attracting the cream of the young...

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Bonanza: Bonanza (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15684
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 28-page book, 93 tracks. Playing time approx. 262 mns. It's the television show that won't go away. The American western television series ran from 1959 to 1973 with a total of 430 episodes. It ranks as the second longest running western...

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Don Gibson: 1960-66 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15664
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 23-page book, 123 tracks. Playing time approx. 311 mns. We pick up where '1949-1960' leaves off, and although the hits were growing smaller, Don Gibson was cutting some of the most strikingly original music to come out of Nashville in...

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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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WAGONER, Porter: The Thin Man From The West Plains 4-CD & 36-B
Art-Nr.: BCD15499
 

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Ol' Porter may be a joke in some people's eyes, but he was very much for real here. These are his early recordings when he was the last great voice of the hillbilly era. This is raw, uncomprising country music from one of the masters. All of Porter's previously...

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Marvin Rainwater: Classic Recordings (4-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD15600
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 35-page book, 120 tracks. Playing time approx. 291 mns. Marvin Rainwater was quarter Cherokee - and a full-blooded singer. Marvin was also one of those guys who made music just a little bit left of center. He was a different kind of...

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Wilf Carter: A Prairie Legend (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15754
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 24-page book, 100 tracks. Playing time approx. 262 mns. This set picks up the story of Wilf Carter's post-War career, beginning with his comeback in 1944 after a debilitating road accident. This set embraces all of his RCA recordings up to...

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Rose Maddox: The One Rose (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15743
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 16-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 290 mns. Petite and grandmotherly, Rose Maddox can still belt it out with the best of them. Between 1959 and 1965 she recorded a series of albums for Capitol that are reissued complete here...

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Chet Atkins: Gallopin' Guitar (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15714
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 116 tracks. Playing time approx. 292 mns. Here's the guitar that changed the world, and the recordings that changed it! Just one of the ultra-rare 10-inch albums included here fetches more than the cost of the set! As a...

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Johnny Horton: 1956-1960 4-CD-Box & 124-Page Book
Art-Nr.: BCD15470
 

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Diese klassiche Ausgabe umfaßt die Jahre zwischen Honky Tonk Man und North To Alaska . Sie beginnt mit der Session, aus der I'm A One Woman Man und Honky Tonk Man stammen und enthält alle schönen Rockabilly und Country Aufnahmen wie Sugar Coated Baby, I'm Coming...

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