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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.

   
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CLANNAD: Turas 1980 - Live In Bremen (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMIG02092
 

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(MIG) 20 Tracks - 50 years ago they performed together for the first time - the three siblings Pol, Ciaran and Maire (Moya). Together with the anniversary of Leo's Tavern, the origin of the traditional family band, the release of their album Turas' (Gaelic...

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CLANNAD: Turas 1980 - Live In Bremen (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMIG02091
 

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(MIG) 19 Tracks - 50 years ago they performed together for the first time - the three siblings Pol, Ciaran and Maire (Moya). Together with the anniversary of Leo's Tavern, the origin of the traditional family band, the release of their album Turas' (Gaelic...

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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'

$21.00 *

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The Kingston Trio: Best (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDT1957
 

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(Toshiba) 16 Tracks - Includes all the big hits of the 50s and 60s in Japan quality - Rare CD!

$29.19 *

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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

$17.49 *

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PETER, PAUL & MARY: The Legend Begins (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPVP80023
 

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(Vinyl Passion) 15 tracks - Re-issue (songwise) of the original 1962 debut album plus three bonus tracks

$18.66 *

John Prine: The Missing Years (2-LP, 180g Vinyl & Download)
Art-Nr.: LPOBR009
 

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(Oh Boy Records) 15 Tracks - Gatefold cover - With two printed color inlays and download code -  John Prine's 1992 Grammy Winner (Best Contemporary Folk Album). Now available for the first time on vinyl, this 180 gram, 2-LP set contains all the original...

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Rita Coolidge: Safe In The Arms Of Time (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPBER1074
 

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After a break of 10 years, legendary singer/songwriter Rita Coolidge returns with her new studio album 2018: Safe In The Arms Of Times was recorded with an All-Star lineup by top musicians and produced by multiple Grammy winner Ross Hogarth! Rita Coolidge is a big...

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Connie Francis: Connie Francis Sings Jewish & Irish Favorites (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO945
 

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(Beat Goes On) 24 Tracks - Original MGM recordings, 1960-1962!

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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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Los Indios Tabajares: The Classical Guitars Of Los Indios Tabajaras (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAFL10668
 

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(RCA) 8 tracks - Originally sealed 'Cut-Out' LP 'Classical Guitar' may be a relatively new phenomenon in the istory of this very folksy, very popular, very romantic instrument. But there are two old hands who have breathed even newer life into it. The famous pair:...

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Joan Baez: Whistle Down The Wind (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPRP146
 

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(Proper) 10 tracks - Originally released on the 'Razor And Tie' label, also in 2018

$29.19 *

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan In Concert - Brandeis University 1963 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY784742
 

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(Sony Music) 7 tracks (38:24)  - This is the last live performance we have of Bob Dylan before he becomes a star. Within weeks, 'Freewheelin' was issued; Peter Paul and Mary release their 'Blowin' In The Wind', which sells two million; and in late July Dylan...

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Bob Dylan: Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD7009172
 

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(Columbia Legacy) 12 track compilation, taken from various albums.

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Joan Baez: Newport Folk Festival 1968 - The Complete Broadcast (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPLETV362
 

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(Let Them Eat Vinyl) 16tracks - FM Broadcast from 'Newport Folk Festival', 1968. Recorded on the 26th and the 27th July

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Barbara Dane: Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs (2-CD Deluxe)
Art-Nr.: CDSFW40227
 

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(Smithsonian Folkways) 38 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - 40 page booklet with photos, extensive liner notes, a foreword by Barbara Dane herself, and song-by-song notes!   Six of the 38 tracks from 1957-2014 used here show how convincing the singer already...

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Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers: Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPFA2468
 

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(Folkways) 9 tracks -  Re-issue of the original 1966 'Folkways' LP album featuring the Chambers Brothers

$32.70 *

The Brothers Four: Greenfields - The Green Leaves Of Summer (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL33060
 

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A - The Green Leaves Of Summer B - Greenfields

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Eric Andersen: The Essential Eric Andersen (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0695
 

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(Real Gone Music) 33 Tracks - As composer and songwriter of such incomparable songs as "Thirsty Boots," "Violets of Dawn," "Close the Door Lightly When You Go," and "Is It Really Love at All" singer/songwriter Eric Andersen is one of the most talented artists from...

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Joan Baez: Whistle Down The Wind (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPRP146
 

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(Proper) 10 Tracks - Digipack - 16 page booklet   Ten years Joan Baez fans have waited for this moment: With "Whistle Down The Wind" the American folk icon 2018 releases the successor of "Day After Tomorrow" from the year 2008. Baez dedicates herself to...

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Art Garfunkel: Breakaway (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSML8537
 

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(Vocalion) 10 Tracks - SACD Multi-Channel! New edition of the classic vinyl album 'Breakaway', originally released by Columbia in 1975, now on CD!

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Art Garfunkel: Angel Clare (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSML8534
 

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(Vocalion) 10 Tracks - SACD Multi-Channel! New edition of the classic vinyl album 'Angel Clare', originally released by Columbia in 1973, now on CD!

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Bert Jansch: Live At The 12 Bar (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPEARTH004
 

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(Earth 15  tracks - Recorded at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London in the Summer of 1995 - Transferred from original DAT tape - Re-issue on LP of the original 1996 'Jansch' CD album

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Joan Baez: Play Me Backwards (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPDIV029
 

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(Diverse Records) 20 tracks, gatefold - double LP includes the previously unreleased Play Me Backwards Demos

$81.84 *

Denny Doherty: Of All The Things - The Complete ABC-Dunhill Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0673
 

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(Real Gone Music) 16 Tracks - 1970-1972 - The complete 16 masters from the vaults of ABC Dunhill, including 4 previously unissued tracks! Denny Doherty is best known as one of the papas, member of The Mamas And The Papas!

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Jesse Winchester: Defying Gravity (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDECHO2062
 

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(2015/Echoes) 21 tracks American audiences wouldn't be able to see their acclaimed expatriate in person until a full decade after he'd left the country to resist the war draft. Thanks to President Carter's declaration of amnesty for resisters, Jesse Winchester...

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The Kingston Trio: The 50s And The 60s (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3931036
 

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(2017/Magic) 50 Tracks - 'Best Of' compilation covering the most successful period of The Kingston Trio, 1958-1963! Early Folk lives!

$23.34 *

Melanie: Madrugada (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL46
 

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(2015/Morello Records) 11 Tracks - The original 1974 Neighborhood Records album plus a bonus track!

$17.49 *

Melanie: Stoneground Words (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL45
 

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(2015/Morello Records) 12 Tracks - The original 1972 Neighborhood Records album plus two bonus tracks!

$17.49 *

Melanie: As I See It Now (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL47
 

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(2015/Morello Records) 13 Tracks - The original 1974 Neighborhood Records album plus a rare bonus track!

$17.49 *

Carrie Newcomer: Live At The Buskirk-Chumley Theater (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDALR004
 

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(2017/Available Light) 18 Tracks - digisleeve

$19.83 *

Various: John Hartford, Joni Mitchell And Pete Seeger - Gentle On My Mind 1970 (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPAC8019
 

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(2016/Air Cuts) 12 tracks - Recorded live at the TV-Special 'Gentle On My Mind' on KCOP-TV in Los Angeles

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The Gipsy Kings: Gipsy Kings (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP1150191
 

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(1988/Dureco/Intercord) 12 tracks

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Various: Woody Guthrie And American Folk Giants (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBT3014
 

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(2008/Big Three) 60 Tracks - Digipack - Woody Guthrie and the best of Folk Music History!

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Judy Henske: The Elektra Albums (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1501
 

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(2017/Ace) 24 Tracks - Stereo - 20-page booklet! The big-voiced Ms Henske’s two albums for Elektra »Judy Henske« (EKS 7231) from 1963 and »High Flying Bird« (EKS 7241) from the following year, released together on one CD. She had to be loud as she learned her trade...

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Various: Take What You Need - UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964-69 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1508
 

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(2017/Ace) 22 Tracks - 20-page booklet! Classic Bob Dylan songs interpreted by British artists drawn from the 60s pop, folk, beat and underground scenes! Classic Bob Dylan songs interpreted by British artists drawn from the 60s pop, folk, beat and underground...

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Woody Guthrie: Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
Art-Nr.: BCD17329
 

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Exclusive 3-CD set accompanied by two beautifully illustrated books containing historic liner notes and Guthrie biography, original concert reviews and photographs, attendees interviews and artists bios, and concert ephemera.   * DeLuxe packaging, two hardcover...

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The Kingston Trio: Tom Dooley (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCDL57247
 

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(1989/Capitol) 12 tracks

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Country Joe & The Fish: Live At The Carousel Ballroom February 14th 1968 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKR9043
 

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(2015/Keyhole) 9 Tracks - Historic live performance!

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The Modern Folk Quartet: Changes (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3424
 

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(1990/Warner Bros. Japan) 12 Tracks - 2nd reissue after 1972 of the original 1964 vinyl album for the first time on Japan CD! Sealed stock copies!

$35.04 *

The Modern Folk Quartet: The Modern Folk Quartet (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3423
 

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(1990/Warner Bros. Japan) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1963 vinyl album for the first time on Japan CD! Sealed stock copies!

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Various: Caribbean - Audio Odyssey Vol.1 (LP, 10 inch)
Art-Nr.: LPSTAG057
 

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(Stag-O-Lee) 10 tracks -  Multi label collection of original 1950s Calypso gems - limited custom pressing of 500 copies! also available: 'Calypso Craze' Box-Set BCD 16947: 6-CD / 1-DVD boxed set (LP-size) with 176-page hardcover book, 173 tracks. Total...

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Various: Women Of Rembetika (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJSP77152
 

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(2012/JSP) 87 tracks. The Rembetiko emerged in the early 19th century in the subcultures of Greece, in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities. They were populated by the Greeks, had to emigrate from Izmir and Istanbul as part of the 'population exchange' with Turkey -...

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Les Troubadours: Le Vent Et La Jeunesse (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3931013
 

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(2017/Magic) 25 Tracks - French Sixties Country Folk Pop 1965-1968!

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Aldous Harding: Party (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFOUR827
 

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(2017/4AD) 9 tracks. Anyone who has ever seen her on stage knows about her intense performance: Aldous Harding is for sure considered one of New Zealand's greatest songwriting talents.

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Various: Golden Age Of American Popular Music - The Folk Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1175
 

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(Ace Records) 28 tracks Just About Every Folk Hit To Reach Billboard's Hot 100 Chart During Pop's Golden Age, Following In The Wake Of The Kingston Trio's Ground- Breaking 'Tom Dooley' In 1958. Includes A 32 Page Booklet With A Full History Of The Times And Many...

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Kyle Littlefeather: The Unconquered Spirit - Chants & Traces Of The Native American Indian (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0614092
 

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(2004/Fuel 2000) CutOut CD1: 26 tracks (62:06) CD2: 12 tracks (70:12).  - CD-1 contains local style native song and music of the plains and southwest: War Dances, Ceremonial Folks Songs and Chants. CD-2 contains reconstructions & remixes.

$23.34 *

The Kingston Trio: 20 Golden Greats (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSCA084
 

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(1984/EMI Australia) 20 tracks

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The Brothers Four: 12 grandes Baladas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD468554
 

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​(CBS/Sony) 12 tracks - Very rare and hard-tp-fond CD edition of the 1991 LP album

$58.44 *

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem: Best Of Family & Friends (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0613882
 

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(2004/Fuel 2000) 22 Tracks - Irish Folk made in the USA, 1950s-1960s! Jewel case in carton sleeve!

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Various: L'album Folk (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD896326
 

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(WEA) 36 tracks 1965-2009. limited quantities! Genialer Folk/Acoustic Pop Sampler aus Frankreich. Sonderpreis!

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Richard Dobson: Mankind (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17147
 

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 44-page booklet, 16 tracks. Total playing time approx. 53 minutes. - Richard Dobson is the Hemingway of Country Music. - Nanci Griffith - If Richard Dobson never wrote another song, Piece Of Wood & Steel would guarantee his...

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Esther & Abi Ofarim: Die Ofarim Story - 24 Welterfolge (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP6610010
 

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(Philips) 24 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1972 album!

$29.19 *

Various: I Shall Be Unreleased - The Songs Of Bob Dylan (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR270618
 

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(1991/Rhino-Sony) 18 Bob Dylan tribute tunes!

$23.34 *

Augustin Lira: Songs Of Struggle & Hope (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSF40567
 

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(2016/Smithsonian) 16 tracks. Digi Pac with 40-page booklet with liner notes by Russell Rodriguez and notes for each song in English and Spanish. The activist Agustín Lira is one the most known persons in the civil rights movement in Chicago, interpreting songs,...

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Pete Seeger: American Favorite Ballads (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSF40155
 

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(2009/SMITHSONIAN) Hardcover Digibook 13x13 cm including 139 tracks (nearly 6 hours of music) on 5 CD's each with its own 30 page booklet of extensive notes.

$70.08 *

Pete Seeger: Live At The Bowdoin College, Brunswick 1960 (LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPSUIT1334
 

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(2014/Mr. Suit) 14 tracks.

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Various: Haiti: Merengue Et Konpa (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA5615
 

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(2016/Fremeaux) 70 tracks. The original, authentic form of meringue was derived from old-time French contredanse to become one of the supreme Caribbean dance rhythms. It was compelled into a metamor-phosis by Dominican merengue groups as well as Cuban and American...

$29.19 *

The Hula Serenaders: I Like You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHS1411
 

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(2014/AMM20) 15 tracks.. The Hula Serenaders from France - the Hawaiian music from the 30s with a jazzy touch. Who likes Sol Hoopi, should not miss this one.

$21.00 *

Tony Quarrington: Mad About Uke (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTQ1
 

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(2014) 12 tracks. Tony Quarrington is Canadian. He started his career in 1966 at Mariposa Folk Festiva. The multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, among others), taking care of the ukulele on tis CD accompanied by many friends.

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Odetta: Sings Ballads & Blues - Early Album Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3061
 

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(2016/Jasmine) 49 Tracks - Folk, Blues, Folk-Blues! Original Tradition, Vanguard and RCA Victor recordings, 1957-61, incl. a duet with Harry Belafonte!

$19.83 *

Various: Classic American Ballads From Smithsonian Folkways (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSFW4015
 

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(2015/Smithsonian Folkways) 25 tracks.

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Bonnie Dobson: Take Me For A Walk In The Morning Dew (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHBR0003
 

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(2014/Hornbeam Records) 15 tracks. Digipack-CD.

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Mike Seeger: Mike Seeger (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVCD79150
 

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(2012/Ace) 15 tracks 1964 (41:46). Mike Seeger was born in 1933 in New York and raised in Maryland and Washington. The son of musicologist Charles Seeger and the acclaimed classical composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, Mike began playing traditional music around 1951,...

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Paul Evans: Folk Songs Of Many Lands - 21 Years In A Tennessee Jail (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOP1367
 

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(2013/Ace) 30 tracks, 2 albums on one CD! Original Carlton and Kapp recordings 1960-64, 20-page booklet with liner notes and rare photos!

$21.00 *

Carrl & Janie Myriad: Of All The Wounded People (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPBRC004
 

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(2014/Blank) 9 tracks - Reproduction of the 1972 album by the New Zealand Folk Duo Carrl & Janie Myriad!

$29.19 *

Various: Senegal 70 (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAA079
 

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(2016/Analog Africa) 12 tracks. In collaboration with the label Teranga Beat Analog Africa presents the compilation ' Senegal 70 '. The album offers a glimpse into the musical adventure that took place in the great Senegalese cities in the 60s and 70s. This...

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The Kingston Trio: Turning Like Forever - Rarities Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCCM939
 

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(2008/CCM) 16 tracks (66:52) including 7 unreleased songs and 8 alt. takes plus interview and radio spots, 8 page booklet;

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Jack & Amanda Palker: You Got Me Singing (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD19975
 

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(2016/Cooking Vinyl) 12 tracks. Jack Palmer, who is 72 and sings choral music regularly for the National Cathedral in Washington DC, says "I believe nothing is more powerful than love, and that nothing expresses it better than singing. It was one of Amanda's songs...

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