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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.

   
 
Alan Munson: One Man's Journey (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMH079
 

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(Modern Harmonic) 13 tracks One Man’s Journey is a compilation based on Alan Munson's real life happenings, a blend of singer-songwriter music and his experiences, accompanied by beautiful guitar and voice. It would be unfair to place Munson's music in a single...

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Tak Shindo: MGANGA! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMH019
 

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(2016/Sundazed) 12 tracks. Afro-Asian Exotica! Jungle beats and lush rhythms from the famed film and television composer. An early stereo marvel from the original 1958 tapes! Takashi 'Tak' Shindo was one of the most prominent purveyors of that gorgeous genre...

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Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Live In San Francsisco 1971
Art-Nr.: CDSC6337
 

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(2015/Sundazed) 14 tracks. Located 40–odd miles west of Detroit, Ann Arbor was a cauldron of social change in the ’60s. Radical politics, courtesy of Students for a Democratic Society and John Sinclair’s White Panther Party, mixed with a vibrant music scene which...

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Gene Clark: Roadmaster (1972)
Art-Nr.: CDSC6266
 

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(2011/SUNDAZED) 11 tracks 1970-72 digipac. Legendary Album Collecting Abandoned 1972 Sessions And More! Originally Issued Only In Europe, Roadmaster Became A Top Selling Import As Fans Hailed Its Brilliance. Recorded With Members Of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers...

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Gene Clark: White Light (1971)
Art-Nr.: CDSC6265
 

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(2011/SUNDAZED) 9 tracks, recorded 1971 (2011/SUNDAZED) 9 tracks - digipac Former Byrd's Singer/Songwriter's Stark 1971 Masterpiece! Stripping The Arrangements To Voice, Harmonica And Acoustic Guitar, Gene Delivers An Incredibly Intimate And Insightful Album With...

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Mark Sebastian: Bleecker Street
Art-Nr.: CDSC4353
 

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(2008/BLACK SHEEP/SUNDAZED) 13 tracks (49:28)

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Davey Graham: Live At St. Andrews 1966 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROLL3025
 

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Davey Graham in great shape. Especially when regarding the age of the recordings, the sound quality is pristine. DAVEY GRAHAM - acoustic gtr/voc. A long-awaited album from Rollercoaster, and a classic performance from the 60s by Davey Graham. This previously...

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Merle Travis & Joe Maphis: Country Music's Two Guitar Greats
Art-Nr.: CDSC9011
 

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CD on SUNDAZED RECORDS by Merle Travis & Joe Maphis - Country Music's Two Guitar Greats It was as natural as apple pie and ice cream to put two country-picking guitar legends like Merle Travis and Joe Maphis, buddies since they'd first met in 1942, in the...

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Buck Owens: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Art-Nr.: CDSC6214
 

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(2004/SUNDAZED) 10 tracks 1971 Capitol Stereo Perennial trailblazers whose electrifying Bakersfield sound topped the country charts for most of the '60s, Buck Owens and the Buckaroos plowed even newer ground with the 1971 album Bridge Over Troubled Water. Bridge...

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Johnny Duncan: Last Train...From Tennessee To Taree - The Johnny Duncan Story (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROLL3045
 

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Johnny Duncan died while this album was being prepared, but he did approve the project and spent many hours researching it with Keith Glass. Keith also wrote the booklet notes and produced four new tracks by Johnny, which would have been the basis for an album of...

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Buck Owens: Christmas Shopping (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSC6163
 

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CD on SUNDAZED RECORDS by Buck Owens - Christmas Shopping Having trouble finding that ideal Christmas gift' How about twelve new songs of the season, written and arranged and sung and played by Buck Owens and his Buckaroos! Yes, your Christmas Shopping will be...

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Buck Owens: Christmas With Buck Owens And His Buckaroos
Art-Nr.: CDSC6162
 

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CD on SUNDAZED RECORDS by - Christmas With Buck Owens And His Buckaroos With Buck Owens riding a tide of hit singles and top-selling albums, the time was right in 1965 to record his first Christmas album. Not content to re-do the same old holiday standbys, Buck and...

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Mike Berry: Sounds Of The Sixties
Art-Nr.: CDROLL3023
 

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(201/ROLLERCOASTER) 15 tracks 1961-63.

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Big Al Downing: Back To My Roots (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROLL3026
 

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Big Al Downing on some recent recordings that hark back to his roots but prove he’s still current too. Some great R’n’R and R&B styled tracks recorded with Al’s own band. Purists were wary at first but anything Al does has that Downing magic and this is no...

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Buck Owens: Sings Tommy Collins
Art-Nr.: CDSC6102
 

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Back when Buck Owens was a struggling guitar player, bouncing around the bars of Bakersfield, Tommy Collins heard him and hired him for his band. When Capitol Records producer Ken Nelson heard Buck's skills during a Collins recording session, he was so impressed...

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Buck Owens: Sings Harlan Howard
Art-Nr.: CDSC6101
 

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Buck Owens' friendship with Harlan Howard began in California, bearing fruit in many fine co-written songs. The collaboration continued as Buck rose to be a top recording artist and the relocated Howard became one of Nashville's top songsmiths. On Buck Owens Sings...

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Davey Graham: After Hours At Hull University, 4th Feb.1967
Art-Nr.: CDROLL3021
 

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(1967 'Rollercoaster') (48:57/14) Blues, Folk, Jazz, Klassik: aufgenommen in einer Studentenbude nach einem Konzert. Schönes Dokument / recorded in a private room at Hull University, after an official show. Private recording, beautiful digipack, and booklet.

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Buck Owens: Instrumental Hits
Art-Nr.: CDSC6049
 

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During his peak recording years, many of Buck's LP's featured one or more instrumentals, spotlighting the Buckaroos' superior solo skills. The core band of guitarist/fiddler Don Rich, steel guitarist Tom Brumley, bassist Doyle Holly, drummer Willie Cantu and Buck...

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Buck Owens: I've Got A Tiger By The Tail
Art-Nr.: CDSC6047
 

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Driving down the dusty roads of West Texas in songwriter Harlan Howard's Cadillac, Buck and Harlan wrote the title track of I've Got a Tiger by the Tail after being inspired by a sign at an ESSO gas station. Another monster hit for Buck and his Buckaroos, it was...

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Buck Owens: I Don't Care
Art-Nr.: CDSC6046
 

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There was no stopping Buck Owens in 1964! I Don't Care, released in November of that year, contained another #1 smash country hit in the title track. The album also initiated the tradition of showcasing the individual talents of the Buckaroos along with Buck...

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Buck Owens: On The Bandstand
Art-Nr.: CDSC6044
 

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Based around numbers he was performing in his live shows, 1963's On the Bandstand features a mix of self-penned songs and then-current country favorites. Besides Buck, the spotlight shines on individual band members throughout the album. Speaking of the band, they...

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Buck Owens: You're For Me
Art-Nr.: CDSC6043
 

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His third full-length LP for Capitol, 1962's You're For Me found Buck evolving rapidly as an artist. The title cut, which hit #10 on the country singles chart, was a song he had originally written for Tommy Collins in 1954. Beyond the chart position and airplay the...

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Buck Owens: Buck Owens
Art-Nr.: CDSC6042
 

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Long before the silver sparkle Telecasters and Hee-Haw, Buck Owens was trodding the boards of Bakersfield bar stages, paying his dues and winning fans one twang at a time. Released on January 30, 1961, Buck Owens' self-titled debut LP marked the start of his long,...

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