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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.

   
 
George Morgan: Candy Kisses (8-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: BCD15851
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 201 tracks. Playing time approx. 504 mns. When George Morgan is mentioned these days, it's usually in the context of his daughter, Lorrie. People forget that George was a country superstar from the late Forties and during the...

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Wanda Jackson: Tears Will Be The Chaser..(8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16114
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 48-page book, 219 tracks. Playing time approx. 578 mns. This eight-CD collection contains all of Wanda Jackson 's Capitol recordings from 1963 to 1973, including nine Top 30 country hits, The Box It Came In, Because It's You, Tears Will Be...

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Wilf Carter: Cowboy Songs (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15939
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 48-page book, 187 tracks. Playing time approx. 551 mns. Jimmie Rodgers inspired countless musicians to try to imitate his distinctive song stylings. Gene Autry , Jimmie Davis , Cliff Carlisle , Red Foley and Stuart Hamblen were only...

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Conway Twitty: The Rock'n'Roll Years (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16112
 

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8 CD album box set (LP format) with 62-page book, 202 single tracks. Playing time approx. 477 minutes.  This CD album Boxset tells Conway Twitty's entire rock'n' roll story from that time before he switched to country music. After joining Sun Records in...

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Ernest Tubb: Walking The Floor Over You (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15853
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 148 tracks. Playing time approx. 614 mns. This stands with our Jimmie Rodgers box and Hank Williams' recordings as one of the most essential collections in country music. These 8 CDs contain all of Ernest Tubb's recordings from...

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Jerry Lee Lewis: The Locust Years (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15783
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) incl. interview cd, with 48-page book, 166 tracks. Playing time approx. 428 mns. In 1963 Jerry Lee Lewis signed with Smash Records, and battled the British Invasion, radio apathy and general neglect. The result was a lot of good music that fell on...

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The Browns: The Three Bells (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15665
 

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8-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 40-page book, 258 tracks. Playing time approx. 616 mns. The Browns , Jim Ed and sisters Maxine and Bonnie, rose to the top of the country and pop charts in 1959 with their recording of 'The Three Bells'. One of the finest harmony...

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Lonnie Donegan: More Than 'Pye In The Sky' (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15700
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 60-page book, 209 tracks. Playing time approx. 599 mns. Skiffle was a phenomenon; Lonnie Donegan was a phenomenon. For many it was one and the same, until rock 'n' roll killed skiffle - and Lonnie became a legend in the British music scene....

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The Louvin Brothers: Close Harmony (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15561
 

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8-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 52-page book, 220 tracks. Playing time approx. 592 mns. This is it! The complete edition of the Louvin Brothers . Every recording - Apollo, Decca, MGM and Capitol - complete. They were the act that set the standard, the act that...

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