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It’s Country Music Time! 

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.

   
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Louderdales: En En Valle De Los Perdidos (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSR29
 

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(Sleazy) 13 tracks Based in Aachen, Germany, these outlaw musicians are influenced by guitar driven, C&W rooted US styles s.a. alt country, Americana and old fashioned rock'n'roll, spiced up with mysterious, Morriconesque moods. The band's 2018 album...

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Various: The Beginning Of The End - The Existential Psychodrama In Country Music (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI195
 

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(Omni) 30 tracks (75:44) with 16 page color booklet.  The Existential Psychodrama In Country Music 1956 - 1972 - A great compilation about the lustrous black heart of Hillbilly music

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Various: Super Hits (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD103632
 

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(Sony) 30 tracks, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson

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Joan Baez: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVMS73119
 

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(Vanguard - Mid-Line Series) 10 tracks - Excerpts of the 1979 'Joan Baez Country Music Album'

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Jack Scott: Burning Bridges (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPJAS305
 

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(Jasmine) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1964 'Capitol' LP album - Taken from the original tapes - a very enjoyable and fantastic sounding LP In his first five years as a recording star, the handsome six-footer in this album has racked up a succession of...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Best Of Buffy Sainte-Marie (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVMS73113
 

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(Vanguard) 13 tracks - Originally sealed 1986 'Vanguard Midline Series' 'Best Of' compilation - Cut-out LP

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Jimmie Rodgers: 20 Of The Best (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNL89370
 

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​(RCA) 20 tracks - Fantastic 'Best Of' compilation, incl. extensive liner notes by Bill Williams

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Various: Honeymoon In Vegas - Soundtrack (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEK52845
 

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(Epic) 13 tracks, Music from the original motion picture soundtrack! US pressing

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The Mom And Dads: The Best Of The Mom And Dads (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPGNPS2087
 

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(GNP Crescendo) 12tracks - Originally sealed copies

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Jerry Reed: Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAHL15176
 

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(RCA) 9 tracks - originally sealed copy from 1984 - Cut-out LP

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Jerry Reed: Collector's Series (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAHL15472
 

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(RCA) 14 tracks - originally sealed copy from 1985 - Cut-out LP

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Jim Reeves: The Best Of Jim Reeves (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNL83678
 

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(RCA) 12 tracks - re-issue of the original 1964 'RCA' LP album

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Charlie Rich: The Country Store Collection (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCST3
 

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(Masterpiece/Castle) 14 Tracks In 1973 Charlie Rich -  a multi-skilled singer, songwriter and pianist who has been flirting with country and pop success since the late 1950s, but  equally at home with Jazz and rhythm 'n' blues - positively made his...

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Various Artists: She's Selling What She Used To Give Away (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17550
 

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1-CD DigiPac (4-sided) with 52-page booklet, 28 tracks, total playing time 77:36 mns. ‘In the 1940s Rhythm ‘n’ Blues recordings the double entendre was left to the listener to decipher, in these 1930s hillbilly songs the meaning was very clear!’ A...

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Various: The Newport Folk Festival 1960 (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT076
 

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(Not Now Music) 49 Tracks - Digipack -  Recorded June 24 and 26 1960. Originally Released On Fontana TFL 6056 (CD1), Fontana TFL 6057 (CD2) and Elektra EKS 7189 (CD3).  Following on from its inaugural success in the summer of 1959, the second Newport Folk...

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Various: Murder, Theft And Devilish Deals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPSALM233
 

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(Righteous) 23 Tracks - Crime doesn't pay... or so they say. However, stories of how it was committed, talk of cowardly curmudgeons, bandits, gunfighters, murderers and various social misfits have always been at the heart of music. The devil has all the best tunes...

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Various: The Very Best Of Bluegrass - Selected Sides 1947-1953 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJSP7724
 

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(JSP Records) 94 Tracks - Historic recordings by The Stanley Brothers made in Bristol, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee between 1947-1953 and by Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs recorded in Knoxville, Cincinnati, Tampa and Nashville, 1948-1952!

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Various: Shreveport High Steppers - RAM Rockabilly & Hillbilly (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD818
 

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(Ace Records ) 27 tracks Just as the Louisiana Hayride played such a seminal part in the history of rock'n'roll, for bringing Elvis Presley to his first mass radio public (and hence the phenomenon of rockabilly), and for bringing the new beat-driven country music...

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Various: Hey Baby - The Rockin' South (Excello Records) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD641
 

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(Ace Records) 30 tracks with 12 page booklet The release of Hey Baby!- The Rockin' South represents a remarkable excavation of the Excello vaults. Much of this music has not been available since the original 78s and 45s were released in Nashville in the 1950s....

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Various: Memphis - The 'Stompertime' Record Label Story (LP)
Art-Nr.: WLP8969
 

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(White Label) 19 tracks  - Founded by Memphis Music Legend Eddie Bond in 1957, as an outlet for his own recordings, local talent and custom pressings, Stompertime Records (named after Eddie's Band The Stompers) has perhaps not been given the space it merits...

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Various: Rockin' Country Style Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDC772
 

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Rockin' Country style, a blend of rock 'n' roll and hardcore hillbilly music, became a necessity to survive in the music business among the country music artists in the late fifties. In volume 3 Classics has gathered some of the best rockin' country cats playin' real...

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Tennessee Ernie Ford: The Hymns Of Tennessee Ernie Ford (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPTP2050
 

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(Pickwick) 19 tracks - Compilation about Tennessee Ernie Ford's religious output

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Glen Glenn: Pick 'Em Up And Lay 'Em Down (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: BAF14001
 

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‘Glen Glenn is a name held in high esteem by rockabilly fans and was a second generation artist who developed his own style’. • 12 recordings from the Era label catalog, 1955–1963. • Contains different versions from the originally released records. •...

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Various - History: Battleground Korea - Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD17518
 

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4-CD deluxe boxed set with 160-page hardcover book, 121 tracks. Battleground Korea - Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War DeLuxe packaging, plus hardcover books Total no. of pages: 160, format 27 x 27 cms, in carton slipcase  Total number of...

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Johnny Hallyday: Shake The Hands Of A Fool (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: BAF218042
 

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2-LP-180g Set, gatefold sleeve plus booklet, 21 tracks • Bear Family's tribute to the legendary French Rock 'n' Roll performer. • 21 recordings from his 1962 Nashville sessions, produced by Shelby Singleton. • Backed by the cream of...

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Patsy Cline: Patsy Cline - Live At The Opry (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMCA42142X
 

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(MCA) 12 tracks Patsy Cline live appearances at the legendary 'Grand Ole Opry' done between June 16, 1956 and March 23, 1962 - Candaian pressing - Originally sealed cut-out LP

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Freddy Fender: Tex-Mex - Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMCL1809
 

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(MCA) 16 tracks - Original reocrdings from 1974 to 1977 In 1975, after some 20 years of fighting the hard times while trying to make his name in the music business, Texas born Baldermar Huerta suddenly found himself the dynamic, 'new' sensation of the U.S. country...

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Various: Country Québec 1925-1955 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA5058
 

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(Frémaux & Associés) 50 Tracks - 48 page booklet - The History of World Music has enabled us to discover the most unlikely genre - Country Quebec I This boxed edition portrays all the typical aspects of Country Music, but the titles are sung in French. This fusion...

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Various: The Music Is You - A Tribute To John Denver (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY1720
 

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(Sony) 16 Tracks - Tribute album to the great music of John Denver! This issue was also a benefit performance for nature protection by THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY in the name of John Denver!

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Various: How The West Was Won (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNOT194
 

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(Not Now Music) 15 tracks - Original soundtrack recording

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Various: Cajun Classics - Kings Of Cajun At Their Bery Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHK820
 

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(Ace Records) 24 tracks Very Best of Cajun Classics, and is drawn mainly from the two now-deleted volumes that were among our best sellers (in any genre) during the 1990s. Those releases hit the button just as Cajun music was enjoying a popularity in the UK that...

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Various: Zydeco - Black Creole, French Music & Blues, 1929-1972 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA5616
 

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(Frémeaux & Associés) 48 Tracks - Beautiful 60 page booklet in French and English languages - Zydeco is the fruit of the unique encounter between the blues and the Creole-Cajun music of the Black French population of Louisiana. Born in the bayou in hidden,...

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Various: Cajun, Louisiane 1928-39 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA019
 

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(Fremeaux) 36 tracks with 24 page booklet (english/french).  - There is an American flavour about this issue, and even this column has an arôme américain, but not quite in the way that most europeans think to quintessential American music. We’re talkin’...

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The Hillbilly Five: Waiting For A Train (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPT6012
 

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(Triola) 16 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1965 'Triola' LP album plus bonus tracks, recorded between 1963 and 1967

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Lynn Anderson: Country Classics (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPP16916
 

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(CBS) 10 tracks - Original CBS recordings - These copies are originally sealed

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Johnny Cash: Old Golden Throat (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP30101155
 

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(Charly/Zafiro) 16 tracks - Original 'Sun' recordings from 1955 to 1960

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Lynn Anderson: 20 Golden Hits - The Lynn Anderson Collection (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMA004484
 

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(Masters) 20 tracks - Nice compilation incl. some rare tracks and newer recordings

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Various: Hillbillies In Hell - The Resurrection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI194
 

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(Omni) 32 tracks (79:22) with 20 page color booklet. Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952-1974.

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Various: The Best Of La Bamba (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR270617
 

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(Rhino) 10 tracks - mega rare multi label collection with superb sound quality!  Could 'La Bamba' be the best known song in the Western Hemisphere? Probably so. Its recognition is instant, joyous, and bilingual. From the African slave trade in the early...

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Various: Sun Records Does Hank Williams (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPORGM2094
 

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(2017/Sun Entertainment) 12 tracks - A collection of 'Sun' Records artists performing the hits of Hank Williams - Pressed At 'Pallas' in Germany

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Willie Nelson: Good Hearted Woman (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPDL21114
 

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(Pair) 16 tracks - Originally sealed LP album - Cut-out LP

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Wanda Jackson: Lovin' Country Style (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LP772118
 

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(Waxtime) 16 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1962 'Decca' LP album plus bonus tracks. The songs were recorded between 1954 and 1955

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Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPMOV398
 

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(Music On Vinyl) 40 tracks - Original 'MGM' recordings - 'Music On Vinyl Series'

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Leon Mcauliffe: Columbia Historic Edition (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPFC38908
 

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(1984/CBS) 10 tracks - Original 'Columbia' recordings, done between 1949 and 1954 - Cut-out LP

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Guy Mitchell: 20 Golden Greats (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPJB284
 

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(J&B) 20 tracks - Australian pressing, liscensed from 'CBS'

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The Louvin Brothers: The Louvin Brothers Sing Their Hearts Out (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSEE250
 

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(1989/SEE FOR MILES) 20 Capitol recordings 1956-64

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Cleveland Crochet: Cleveland Crochet And The Sugar Bees (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPGR7749
 

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​(Goldband) 12 tracks - Down to Earth Cajun music and Cajun Rockers from the great Cleveland Crochet, who recorded for Eddie Shuler's 'Goldband' label - Originally sealed copies

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Dane Stinit: Original Sun Recordings (LP)
Art-Nr.: BFX15337
 

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​(Bear Family Records) 14 tracks - We just found a few copies of this 1988 Bear Family LP - Dane Stinit reocrded 14 tracks for the legendary 'Sun' label in January and November 1966. 4 cuts were issued on Sun 402 and Sun 405 and the remaining 10 tracks were all...

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Various: The Cavern Club - Jazz & Skiffle (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPVTR2043
 

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(Vee-Tone Records) 10 tracks - The Cavern Club - The Jazz & Skiffle Years (Special 60th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) - 10” Blue Vinyl (Individually numbered 001-500)  -   Special Features:  • An official Cavern Club 60th...

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Various: Birth Work Death: Work Money And Status In Country Music 1950-1970 (LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPIMAR115
 

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Various: Hillbillies In Hell Vol.777 (LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPIMAR777
 

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(Iron Montain Analogue) 18 tracks from Country Music's tormented testament.  - Obscure Hell-fired Hillbilly laments, forgotten plaintive Gospel pleas, demonic alien visitations, grisly hayseed homicides and crazed inebriates. Originally waxed on microscopic...

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Various: Hillbillies In Hell Vol.5 (LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPIMAR111
 

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(2018/Iron Montain Analogue) 18 tracks from Country Music's tormented testament.  - Obscure Hell-fired Hillbilly laments, forgotten plaintive Gospel pleas, demonic alien visitations, grisly hayseed homicides and crazed inebriates. Originally waxed on...

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Various: Talking On The Telephone Vol.2 - Hillbilly Music (CD)
Art-Nr.: ACD12557
 

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(2017/RWA) 28 Tracks (74:09) - Digipack - 32-page booklet - In this series of four landmark CDs, RWA RECORDS celebrates two inventions from the late 19th century that changed human life and civilization forever: a) the ability to transmit our speech over long...

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Country Store Collection - The Very Best Of Jerry Lee Lewis (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCST039
 

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(Starblend) 14 tracks - 'Mercury' and 'Smash' recordings, made between 1964 and 1969, feat. two duets with Linda Gail Lewis

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Various: Hillbillies In Hell Vol.3 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPIMAR106
 

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(2017/Iron Montain Analogue) 16 tracks from Country Music's tormented testament 1952-1974. Heavy Cardboard Gatefold Cover with track by track notes, photos and label shots and pictures. Superb pressing quality - Highlight!*****(Bear Family Records)  - Down,...

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Mercury Years 1969-1972, Vol.2 (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP836938
 

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(Mercury) 24 tracks - Compiled and annonated by Hank Davis

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Charlie Rich: Sun's Best Of Charlie Rich (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSUN135
 

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​(Sun International) 10 tracks - Original Sun/Phillips recordings from the 1950s and early 1960s

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Gregory Isaacs: One Man Against The World (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVP1476
 

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(VP Records) 14 tracks - All songs written by Gregory Isaacs

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Various: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits - 1935-54 (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70637
 

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(1989/Rhino) 10 tracks, longbox, very rare Christmas compilation, few items in stock!

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Lynn Anderson: Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPN8333005
 

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(Imperial NL) 16 tracks - original recordings

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Easton Clarke: Real Reggae Rockers 1976 - 1977 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPECMW001
 

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(Easton Clarke Music Works) 8 tracks - The album includes tracks from Easton Clarke, The Revolutionaires and The Clarkestars

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Red River Dave: Authentic Hillbilly Ballads & Topical Songs Vol.1 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPIMAR110
 

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 - Deluxe vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Notorious for his 1970 song 'California Hippie Murders!' - a ghoulish, harrowing, yodeling retelling of the infamous (Charles Manson masterminded) Tate-La-Bianca slayings - Red River Dave was a genuine cowboy...

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Various: Play The Music Louder - 4 Star Boogies & Jumpin' Hillbilly (CD)
Art-Nr.: ACD12554
 

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(2017/RWA) 25 Tracks (65:35) - Digipack with 60 page booklet by Kevin Coffey.  - 'Independent record label' is usually used as a blanket alternative to draw a line between the handful of 'major' labels and every one else, but if there is a dazzling variety...

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Various - Season's Greetings: Christmas On The Countryside - 27 Honky Tonkin' Christmas Country Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17508
 

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Christmas On The Countryside 1-CD with 12-page booklet, 27 tracks. Total playing time: 64:45 mns. •  A unique compilation of Christmas songs from the wide range of Country Music, Honky Tonk and Hillbilly Boogie!  •  The Bear Family team sends its...

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Various: Merry Cajun Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6070
 

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(1990/Swallow Records) 21 Tracks - Cajun Christmas recordings - Hour long Holiday Entertainment! Item from 1990 still sealed mint quality!

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Various: Louisiana Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9039
 

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(1993/Jin Records) 14 Tracks - Cajun Christmas classics featuring Clifton Chenier, Michael Doucet, Rockin' Sidney and many more!​

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Various: Christmas Up North (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: ALP10516
 

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(2017/Richard Weize Archives) 10" LP - Gatefold Sleeve - 12 rare tracks - Christmas in Canada.  - Canadians take Christmas almost as seriously as hockey. There are hundreds, if not thousands of Christmas songs written and performed by Canadian artists,...

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Various: Caribbean Audio Odyssey Vol.2 (10inch LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPSTAG108
 

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(2017/Stag-O-Lee) 12 Tracks - A wild musical trip through the Caribbeans continued!

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Various: A Country Christmas, Vol.2 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAYL14809
 

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(1983/RCA) 8 tracks - Originally sealed copy - Cut-out LP

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Various: History Of Rock, Vol.2 - Oldies 103 FM, Wods. Boston (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCOL2553
 

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(Collectables) 24 tracks - Originally sealed copy - Doo Wop, Soul, Rock 'n' Roll and Beat from the 1950s and 1960s

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