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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.

   
 
Johnny Cash: Come Along And Ride This Train (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15563
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 32-page book, 105 tracks. Playing time approx. 291 mns. Johnny Cash was one of the first to explore the idea of the concept album in country music. The songs in this exclusive collection were recorded between 1960 and 1977 and were...

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Webb Pierce: The Wondering "Boy" 1951-1958 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15522
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 36-page book, 114 tracks. Playing time approx. 629 mns. Webb Pierce is one of the neglected giants of post-War country music. No-one sold more records in the '50s, yet those classic cuts were never available on CD until this set. Here they...

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Hank Snow: Singing Ranger Vol.2 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15476
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 15-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 297 mns. ...picks up from 'I'm Moving On', and continues to 1958. During these years, Hank Snow became one of the standard-bearers of traditional country against the onslaught of rock 'n'...

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Bill Monroe: Blue Grass 1959-1969 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15529
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 28-page book, 120 tracks. Playing time approx. 305 mns. ...continues the story of BCD15423. This was the period when Bluegrass had moved to the festival circuit, but it didn't matter to Bill Monroe . He continued to make his music the...

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Don Gibson: 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15475
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 122 tracks. Playing time approx. 295 mns. Don Gibson is an original, now often overlooked. There's so much more to his music than the hits everyone knows. He was one of the most sophisticated writers and singers in...

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Flatt & Scruggs: 1948-1959 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15472
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 15-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 294 mns. The 5-star reviews for this set showed that Flatt & Scruggs are far from forgotten since they split up in 1969. Here we have their complete Mercury recordings as well as the...

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REEVES, Jim: Gentleman Jim (4-CD & Book-Buch)
Art-Nr.: BCD15439
 

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Here are Jim's early years on RCA, including hits like According To My Heart, Four Walls, Anna Marie, Blue Boy, Billy Bayou, Yonder Comes A Sucker, I'm Beginning To Forget You, Home and He'll Have To Go. Over the course of these four CDs, Jim Reeves virtually...

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Hank Snow: Singing Ranger Vol.1 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15426
 

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In 1949, Hank Snow began recording in the States, and his third session included I'm Moving On . The original version is here, as well as great early hits like The Golden Rocket, The Rhumba Boogie, Down The Trail Of Achin' Hearts, Bluebird Island, Music Makin'...

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Bill Monroe: Blue Grass 1950-1958 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15423
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 48-page book, 109 tracks. Playing time approx. 282 mns. Bluegrass is Bill Monroe 's baby, and many of his finest recordings are in this stellar collection. In 1950 he signed with Decca, and began by cutting classics like New Mule...

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