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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.

   
 
Willie Nelson: Country Willie (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPEMS1252
 

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(Liberty) 20 tracks - Original 'Liberty' recordings from 1958 to 1975

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Asleep At The Wheel: The Very Best Of Asleep At The Wheel (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSEE81
 

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(See For Miles) 17 tracks - Original recordings from 1973 to 1978

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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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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

$23.34 *

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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Dwight Yoakam: Hillbilly DeLuxe (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP25567X
 

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(Reprise) 10 tracks - Originally sealed album from 1987! Cut-out LP

$11.64 *

Slim Dusty: Neon City (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSCXO430058
 

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(1987/EMI Australia) 12 tracks

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Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Cody Returns From Outer Space (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPED202
 

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(1987/Edsel) 15 Tracks - Original A&M recordings 1974-1975! Includes original inlay!

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Melvin Endsley: I Like Your Kind Of Love (LP)
Art-Nr.: BFX15275
 

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(Bear Family Records) 16 Tracks - RCA Victor masters, 1957-1958, incl. a previously unissued recording!​

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Cowboy Copas: Opry Star Spotlight (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSLP157
 

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​(1987/Starday) 12 tracks

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Roger Miller: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD826261
 

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​(Smash) 11 tracks - CD re-issue of the original 1965 'Smash' LP album

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Various: The Original Class Of '55 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP23013002
 

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(1987/Bellaphon) 16 tracks - rare german pressing - original 1950s 'Sun' recordings -'f 'Alright Boys, Let's do it one more time for Sam.' Those words were used countless times at 706 Union Street, Memphis, Tennessee, the Sun Records studio by none other than...

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Matthews Southern Comfort: Meet Southern Comfort (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSEE85
 

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​(See For Miles) 16 tracks, recorded between 1970 and 1972 - original recordings

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Various: Texas Hillbilly Boogie (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRR2018
 

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(1987/Esoldun) 14 tracks - Rare Texan Hillbilly Rockers

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Hank Williams: Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Complete Hank Williams Vol.5 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD831633
 

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(1987/Polygram) 22 tracks (53:53) with notes by Colin Escott.

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Hank Williams: Let's Turn Back The Years - Complete Hank Williams Vol.7 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD833749
 

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(1987/Polygram US) 21 tracks - July 1951 - June 1952 - few sealed stock copies

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Various: Country Christmas (3-LP Box)
Art-Nr.: LPCC001
 

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(1988/Time Life) 50 tracks, recorded from the 1940s to the 1980s!

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Various: 20 Great Cruisin' Favourites Of The 50's And 60's, Vol.2 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPDROP1015
 

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(1987/Ace/Cascade) 20 tracks

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Hank Williams: Hey, Good Lookin' - Complete Hank Williams Vol.6 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD831634
 

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CD on POLYGRAM RECORDS by Hank Williams - Hey, Good Lookin' - Complete Hank Williams Vol.6 (CD)

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Billie Jo Spears: Sings The Country Greats
Art-Nr.: LPMFP5784
 

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(1987/Music For Pleasure/EMI) 16 tracks. This album provides an excellent cross section of Billie Jo Spears' career, from the recordings which produced recognition in Country Music circles in the late 60's to more wordlwide fame in the 70's.

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Kitty Wells: The Golden Years by Bob Pinson & Richard Weize
Art-Nr.: BFB10009
 

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Kitty Wells   The Golden Years - A bio/discography 1949 - 1957 by Bob Pinson, Richard Weize & Charles Wolfe  BFB 10009 EAN: 4000127100092 ISBN: 3-924787-08-5  DIN-A5; 32 pages  Nashville-born singer Kitty Wells was truly the First...

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