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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.

   
 
Merle Haggard: Hag - Concepts, Live & The Strangers - The Capitol Recordings (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16782
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book, 168 tracks, 1968-76. Playing time approx. 440 mns. Merle Haggard was one of the first country artists to see the LP as more than one hit and some filler songs. Now Bear Family gathers together all of his...

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Waylon Jennings: The Journey: Destiny's Child (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16320
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 60-page hardcover book, 169 tracks. Playing time approx. 398 mns. Waylon Jennings begins here. One of the epochal careers in country music took root in September 1958 when Buddy Holly produced his first single. This 6-CD boxed set...

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Waylon Jennings: The Journey: Six Strings Away (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16370
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 60-page hardcover book, 147 tracks. Playing time approx. 417 mns. The second volume of Bear Family's chronicle of Waylon Jennings ' pre-Outlaw recordings begins in June 1968, taking the story to the end of 1972. Here Waylon Jennings...

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George Jones: Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings 1954-1961 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16100
 

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6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 174-page hardcover book, 200 tracks. Total playing time approx. 458 minutes. His fans and country music lovers have been asking for this definite set with George Jones’ early Starday and Mercury recordings for years....

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Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner: Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner - Just Between You And Me - Complete Recordings 1967-76 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16889
 

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6-CD box-set (LP-size) with 80-page hardcover book, 160 tracks. Total playing time approx. 408 mns. The greatest male-female duet in country music! "They made all other duet teams sound like footnotes" (critic John Morthland). Includes 21 timeless hits:...

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Various - SUN Records: Sun Country Box 1950-1959 (6-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: BCD17311
 

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6-CD Box (LP format) with 148-page hardcover book, 208 tracks, total playing time approx. 8 hours 50 minutes. Sun Records at 60 , Bear Family at 38 Between 1950 and 1960, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips discovered and produced B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Ike...

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Various - History: The History Of Skiffle 6-CD Box 88-Page Book
Art-Nr.: BCD16099
 

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6-CD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with 88-page hardcover book, 174 tracks, total playing time approx. 7 hours 40 minutes. -- WASHBOARDS ...KAZOOS ...BANJOS: This six-CD set is a full, long overdue anthology of the music and musicians who created Skiffle. From the African...

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SONS OF THE PIONEERS: Way Out There (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16389
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 160-page hardcover book, 182 tracks. Playing time approx. 513 mns. The most highly anticipated Western release of all time! Bear Family took more than 10 years to locate all the sources and restore the sound! The Sons Of The Pioneers...

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Merle Haggard: The Studio Recordings 1968-76 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16749
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 140-page hardcover book, 165 tracks. Playing time approx. 467 mns. • A true legend of American music captured in his prime!  • The follow-up to Bear Family’s hugely acclaimed 'Untamed Hawk' set.  • All the studio...

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Jimmie Skinner: Doin' My Time (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16613
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 92-page hardcover book, 162 tracks. Playing time approx. 465 mns. Jimmie Skinner drew the roadmap that today's 'alt-country' singer-songwriters follow. Inspired by the bluesmen of his youth, Jimmie Skinner wrote songs of melancholy,...

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Mac Wiseman: 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15976
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 76-page hardcover book, 164 tracks. Playing time approx. 418 mns. For over 60 years, the distinctive voice of Mac Wiseman has thrilled, moved, and inspired listeners across the world. He has taken his music from small-town radio stations...

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Slim Whitman: I'm A Lonely Wanderer (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16214
 

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6-CD Box (LP-Format) mit 56-seitigem Buch, 173 Einzeltitel, Spieldauer 430:03 Minuten. One of the most unique country music stylists of all time, Slim Whitman remains one of the music’s true legends and one of its most enduring stars, even more popular outside...

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Various - SUN Records: Memphis Belles - The Women Of Sun Records (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16609
 

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Memphis Belles - The Women Of Sun Records (6-CD) 6-CD box (LP-size) with 120-page book, 161 tracks. Playing time approx. 394 mns. Forget all the testosterone swirling around Sun Records. Sure, the label is famous for discovering Elvis , Jerry Lee Lewis , Johnny...

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Sonny James: Young Love (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16373
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 68-page book, 147 tracks. Playing time approx. 358 mns. His complete recordings 1952-1962! To many, the first ten years of Sonny James ' recording career is summarized by a single hit: Young Love . That’s not surprising, since...

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George Hamilton IV: To You And Yours From Me And Mine (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15773
 

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 96-page hardcover book, 179 tracks. Playing time approx. 465 mns. George Hamilton IV has been the best ambassador country ever had. His 50-year career began with 'A Rose And A Baby Ruth' in 1956, and he was a rock 'n' roll star for several...

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