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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.

   
 
Asleep At The Wheel: Framed (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMCA5131X
 

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(MCA) 10 tracks - Originally sealed 1980 'MCA' LP album - Cut-out LP

$21.00 *

Bill Anderson: The Bill Anderson Story - His Greatest Hits (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMCA24001
 

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(MCA) 24 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1969 'Decca' double LP compilation - Sealed cut-out LP

$21.00 *

Johnny Horton: America Remembers (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPP15593
 

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(CBS/GUSTO) 20 tracks - The best Johnny Horton 'Best Of' compilation you can get on LP

$11.64 *

The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys: Country Pickin' And Singin' (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3125
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, pure vinyl, rare reissue of the original 1958 Mercury album. The Stanley Brothers, Carter & Ralph, front one of the best banjo, mandolin, and fiddle bands of the time, The Clinch Mountain Boys. Bluegrass from the Stanton, Virginia...

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Hank Thompson: At The Golden Nugget (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3076
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 13 tracks, pure vinyl, rare reissue of the original 1961 Capitol album. Recorded live at the Golden Nugget in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada! A Live Western Swing Party Album!

$25.68 *

Billie Jo Spears: The Voice Of Billie Jo Spears (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3106
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 11 tracks, pure vinyl, rare reissue of the original 1968 Capitol album. The LP contains such hits as 'Ode To Billie Joe', 'Harper Valley P.T.A.' a.m.o.

$25.68 *

Jimmie Skinner: Songs That Make The Juke Box Play (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3126
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, pure vinyl, rare reissue of the original 1957 Mercury album. All his hits to date are included, many originals later covered by Ray Campi and other Rockabillies. A milestone in Country'n'Hillbilly history!

$25.68 *

Carl Story & His Ramblin' Mountaineers: Gospel Quartet Favorites (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3128
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of the 1958 Mercury  album. Great Country Gospel!

$25.68 *

Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith: Arthur (Guitar) Smith And Voices (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3025
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of the 1964 ABC-Paramount album, incl. a version of his famous instrumental 'Guitar Boogie' plus another 11 Country Jazz Western Swing blasters!

$25.68 *

Jean Shepard: This Is Jean Shepard (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3131
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of the 1959 Capitol album, incl her greatest hits of the 1950s.

$25.68 *

Jimmy Bryant: Bryant's Back In Town (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3137
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of the 1966 Liberty album. Original album jacket notes by Hollywood star Audie Murphy: "If you love guitar, this album is a must. The hungry gold-tipped fingers of Jimmy Bryant bring a unique and refreshing combination of...

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Skeets McDonald: Goin' Steady With The Blues (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3138
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of the 1958 Capitol album. When Skeets plays the Blues in Country style...!

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Tex Ritter: The Friendly Voice Of Tex Ritter (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3114
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 11 tracks, rare reissue of 1965 Capitol album.

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Kay Starr: Just Plain Country (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3049
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 11 tracks, rare reissue of 1962 Capitol LP. Kay Starr sings a collection of all-time Country hits!

$25.68 *

George Jones: My Favorites Of Hank Williams (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3136
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of 1962 United Artists LP. George Jones sings Hank Williams compositions.

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George Jones & Melba Montgomery: Bluegrass Hootenanny (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3096
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of 1964 United Artists LP. Jones & Montgomery singing Bluegrass duets.

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Webb Pierce: Webb! (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3019
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of the original 1959 Decca album. Webb Pierce with the famous Owen Bradley Orchestra.- MM/Bear Family Records

$25.68 *

Hank Locklin: Foreign Love (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3082
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of the original 1958 RCA Victor album. Hank Locklin sings songs from around the world. - MM/Bear Family Records

$25.68 *

Faron Young: This Is Faron Young
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3092
 

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(1980s / Stetson) 12 tracks, rare 1980s reissue of the original 1959 Capitol album, incl. the hits 'Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young' and 'If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')'.

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The Wilburn Brothers: Teddy - Doyle
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3035
 

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(1980s / Stetson) 12 tracks, rare 1980s reissue of original 1957 Decca album, incl. solo recordings by each, Teddy and Doyle Wilburn.

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The Wilburn Brothers: City Limits
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3061
 

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(1980s / Stetson) 12 Tracks, rare 1980s reissue of the original 1962 Decca album.

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The Wilburn Brothers: Country Gold
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3007
 

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(1980s / Stetson) 12 Tracks, rare 1980s reissue of the original 1964 Decca album.

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Sonny James: Sonny
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3070
 

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, original Capitol recordings 1957. Rare 1980s reissue of original 1957 Capitol album.

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Merle Haggard: Back To The Barrooms
Art-Nr.: CD0708002
 

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(1980/MCA) 11 tracks produced by Jimmy Bowen - nice price !

$9.24 *

OSBORNE BROS & Red ALLEN: Country Pickin' And Hillside Singin' (Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPHAT3129
 

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​(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of the original 1959 MGM album. Contains some of the finest songs the trio ever recorded together.

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