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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.

   
 
Lester Flatt: Flatt On Victor Plus More (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15975
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 52-page book, 148 tracks. Playing time approx. 388 mns. Lester Flatt 's RCA recordings are among the finest and most underrated recordings in Bluegrass music. For many years, Lester had been unhappy with Flatt & Scruggs ' direction, so...

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Ernest Tubb: Another Story (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15935
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 179 tracks. Playing time approx. 473 mns. This, the fifth and last volume of Bear Family's complete Ernest Tubb retrospective from 1936 to 1975, covers the period from April 1966 to June 1975. Here are the last hits on Decca,...

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Ernest Tubb: Waltz Across Texas (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15929
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 177 tracks. Playing time approx. 466 mns. Ernest Tubb was on Bluebird and then Decca Records from 1936 until 1975. This, the fourth Bear Family volume chronicling those years, takes the story from 1961 to April 1966. These...

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Sleepy Labeef: Larger Than Life (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15662
 

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6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 28-page book, 159 tracks. Playing time approx. 407 mns. Generally acknowledged as one of the greatest live performers in rock 'n' roll, Sleepy LaBeef has never received his due as a recording artist. It's no understatement to say that...

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Slim Whitman: Rose Marie (1949-59) (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15768
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 163 tracks. Playing time approx. 432 mns. One of the most unique country music stylists of all time, Slim is still a star, particularly outside the United States. In 2010 a new album, called 'Twilight on the Trail', was released...

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Flatt & Scruggs: 1964-1969, plus! (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15879
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 28-page book, 169 tracks. Playing time approx. 420 mns. Here's the conclusion of our complete Flatt & Scruggs retrospective. It takes us through the period of their greatest success in the 1960s, leading to the break-up. They were...

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Johnny Cash: Man In Black 1963-69 Vol.3 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15588
 

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6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 47-page book, 152 tracks. Playing time approx. 414 mns. The third volume in our chronological documentation of Johnny Cash 's epic career covers the period before Cash became a superstar following the San Quentin and Folsom albums and...

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EASY RIDERS: Marianne (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15780
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 24-page book, 173 tracks. Playing time approx. 425 mns.  Here are the missing years of the folk movement - the years between the Weavers and the Kingston Trio. The Easy Riders existed before Terry Gilkyson (writer of 'Cry Of The Wild...

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Pee Wee King: & His Golden West Cowboys (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15727
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 66-page book, 152 tracks. Playing time approx. 402 mns. One of the strangest stories in country music is how a polka bandleader called Frank Kuczynski from Wisconsin became Pee Wee King and led a big band on the Opry, then wrote several of...

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Billy Walker: Cross The Brazos At Waco (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15657
 

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6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 32-page book, 157 tracks. Playing time: approx. 403 mns. Bear Family is alone in documenting Billy Walker 's career, starting with his first recordings for Capitol, and all the Columbia recordings, including the original version of...

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JOHNNIE & JACK: & The Tennessee Mountain Boys (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15553
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 68-page book, 180 tracks. Playing time approx. 438 mns. We at Bear Family can honestly say that we've done more than anyone to keep the sound of the great original country duets alive. The Blue Sky Boys, the Monroe Brothers, Darby &...

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Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15540
 

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6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 59-page book, 145 tracks. Playing time approx. 445 mns. Jimmie Rodgers was country music's first superstar, and anyone who cherishes the unique combination of music that made up the Jimmie Rodgers style will need this set. Jimmie...

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