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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: Man In Black 1954-58 Vol.1 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15517
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 36-page book, 138 tracks. Playing time approx. 330 mns. It has been the most remarkable career in modern country music. 'Nobody But Nobody More Original Than Johnny Cash ' was the slogan they coined in the '60s, and it was nothing less...

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Faron Young: The Classic Years (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15493
 

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Faron Young 's Capitol recordings (complete here for the first time) capture ten years of country music history. Beginning as a Hank Williams disciple, Faron found his own voice and scored hits like I've Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night, If You Ain't...

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Marty Robbins: Country 1951-1958 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15570
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 45-page book, 151 tracks. Playing time approx. 362 mns. There's astonishing versatility here: hillbilly string band music, folk, rockabilly, Hawaiian, and western music. Marty Robbins stamped his own identity on it all. Here are the...

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Johnny Cash: Man In Black 1959-62 Vol.2 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15562
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 40-page book, 134 tracks. Playing time approx. 317 mns. ...picks up where the first volume leaves off. Johnny Cash was stretching the boundaries of country music. Here are his first religious albums, his LP of country standards, as...

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TUBB, Ernest: Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said Hello 5-CD&32B
Art-Nr.: BCD15498
 

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We pick up the E.T. story in 1947 and continue through the golden years to 1953, including hits like 'Have You Ever Been Lonely', 'Mean Mama Blues', 'You Hit The Nail Right On The Head', 'That Wild And Wicked Look In Your Eye', 'Let's Say Goodbye', 'Warm Red Wine',...

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Hank Snow: Thesaurus Transcriptions (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15488
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 35-page book, 140 tracks. Playing time approx. 345 mns. A sidebar to our Hank Snow retrospective, this set collects 140 recordings made between 1950 and 1956. They were never commercially available, and they capture Hank in a relaxed...

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