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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.

   
 
Jimmy Martin: & The Sunny Mountain Boys (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15705
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 146 tracks. Playing time approx. 386 mns. In 1949, Jimmy Martin left east Tennessee bound for Nashville. He joined Bill Monroe before striking out on his own to become one of the best loved figures in what he called Good Ol'...

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Flatt & Scruggs: 1959-1963 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15559
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 20-page book, 129 tracks. Playing time approx. 335 mns. These were Earl Scuggs and Lester Flatt 's prime years. They rode the crest of the folk boom, supplied the theme for 'The Beverly Hillbillies', and played Carnegie Hall. Through...

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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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Bob Luman: Luman, 1968-1977 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15898
 

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5-CD boxset (LP-size) with 48-page book, 145 tracks. Playing time approx. 376 mns. An in-depth look at the final 10 years of the life and career of country rocker Bob Luman. It includes every track recorded for Epic and Polydor from 1968-1977. For the first time you...

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Charlie Walker: Pick Me Up On Your Way Down (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15852
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 154 tracks. Playing time approx. 384 mns. The hillbilly shuffle and the honky tonk song are still the cornerstones of real country music. Some pioneers, like Ray Price, are getting their due these days, but others, like Charlie...

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Skeets McDonald: Don't Let The Stars Get In..(5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15937
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 143 tracks. Playing time approx. 360 mns. One of the pioneers of West Coast country music and an archetypal honky tonk singer, Skeets McDonald is chiefly remembered for his 1953 hit Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes ....

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Eddy Arnold: The Tennessee Plowboy (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15726
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 120 tracks. Playing time approx. 331 mns. Eddy Arnold 's earliest recordings are among the greatest and rarest recordings in modern country music. Between 1944 and 1950, Eddy Arnold established an entirely new style of...

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Jimmie Davis: You Are My Sunshine (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16216
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 28-page book, 138 tracks. Playing time approx. 384 mns. In his long spell on the country music stage Jimmie Davis has played many parts, singing everything from low-down blue yodels to gospel hymns. This boxed sets document the most...

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Cliff Bruner: & His Texas Wanderers (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15932
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 60-page book, 123 tracks. Playing time approx. 497 mns. Fiddler Cliff Bruner 's Texas Wanderers were one of the most important and exciting bands in Texas Swing history, a group that stirred countless others and bridged the gap between...

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Jean Shepard: The Melody Ranch Girl (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15905
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 36-page book, 151 tracks. Playing time approx. 375 mns. When Jean Shepard burst onto the country music scene in 1952, she had few female role models to follow. In the early 1950s, country music was still a largely male-dominated business and...

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Darrell McCall: The Real McCall (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15846
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 143 tracks. Playing time approx. 361 mns. Darrell McCall was hard country when hard country wasn't fashionable. He's still hard country today, when it's even less fashionable. Darrell's best known as Faron Young's frontman...

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Carl Smith: Satisfaction Guaranteed (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15849
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 36-page book, 143 tracks. Playing time approx. 371 mns. We had so many requests to do a Carl Smith box, and once we started on it, we understood why. Carl Smith is the forgotten country superstar from the 1950s. All told, he had 40 charted...

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Vernon Oxford: Keeper Of The Flame (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15774
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 32-page book, 142 tracks. Playing time approx. 388 mns. When Chet Atkins first heard Vernon Oxford, he said, "I didn't know there was any of them left." The irony is that Vernon was too country for country music. He came to Nashville in 1963...

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Merle Haggard: Untamed Hawk (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15744
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 52-page book, 133 tracks. Playing time approx. 343 mns. In 1962 Merle Haggard cut his first session for Tally Records and set about defining his personal vision of country music. It was radically opposed to what was coming out of Nashville...

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Merle Travis: Guitar Rags And A Too Fast Past (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15637
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 80-page book, 145 tracks. Playing time approx. 387 mns. What a guy! What a picker! What a set! A seminal, and hugely-praised set from one of the most influential musicians in country music. It not only includes all of his Capitol...

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Hank Snow: The Yodelling Ranger (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15587
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 47-page book, 101 tracks. Playing time approx. 340 mns. Our Hank Snow retrospective has been one of the most widely applauded projects we've undertaken. Here is the beginning of one of the most amazing careers in country music. It...

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Tommy Collins: Leonard (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15577
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 35-page book, 144 tracks. Playing time approx. 720 mns. Buck Owens has got his due, Merle Haggard too, so surely it must be time for Tommy Collins to get some recognition. Tommy Collins was the Godfather of the Bakersfield Sound, and this...

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Claude King: More Than Climbing That Mountain, Wolverton Mountain, That Is (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15619
 

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He was touted as the successor to Johnny Horton because he was from Shreveport, he had the same manager and record company, and sung much the same type of songs - but Claude was no Johnny Come Lately. He had been recording since 1947, and that's where we start. His...

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JIM & JESSE: Bluegrass And More (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15716
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 32-page book, 136 tracks. Playing time approx. 341 mns. During the '60s, younger musicians began experimenting with bluegrass. Among the first to stretch the boundaries were Jim & Jesse . From 1960 to 1969 they recorded for Epic...

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Burl Ives: A Little Bitty Tear - The Nashville Years 1961-1965 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15667
 

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Burl Ives A Little Bitty Tear (5-CD) He is a man of many talents: singer, author, Academy Award winning actor, folk music scholar and performer. He was a companion of Woody Guthrie, and one of the few who laid the foundation for the Folk Boom of the late '50s and...

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Ernest Tubb: The Yellow Rose Of Texas (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15688
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 32-page book, 150 tracks. Playing time approx. 387 mns. His voice was never a thing of beauty, and his band was never the slickest, but there's so much to enjoy here. We take the E.T. story from 1954 to 1960. There's plenty of variety, from...

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