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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.

   
 
Jerry Lee Lewis: The Country Store Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCST39
 

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​(Castle Communication) 14 tracks Phonogram 1964 -1969

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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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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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Various: Country & Western Best 20 (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDCP325392
 

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(Capitol Japan) 20 tracks - original master recordings mono/stereo - gatefold inlay with all lyrics except 'Wildwood Flower'.​

$29.19 *

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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Patsy Cline: Always (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPWKS502
 

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(1988/Pickwick) 14 tracks

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Manitas De Plata: Feria Gitane (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCBS460667
 

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(1988/CBS) 16 tracks

$22.17 *

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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Frankie Laine: The Country Store Collection (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCST43
 

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(1988/CBS) 18 tracks, recorded between 1952 and 1960

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Nick Lowe: Pinker And Prouder Than Previous (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPYEP2399
 

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(2017/Yep Roc) 11 tracks - The original 1988 album - re-mastered from the original tapes - includes a digital download code

$29.19 *

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

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(1988/Dureco/Intercord) 12 tracks

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The Everly Brothers: Songs Our Daddy Taught Us (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR270212
 

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(Rhino) 12 tracks, recorded August 13, 16 and 17, 1958 RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, Tennessee. - AAD Digital Remastering: Bill Inglot & Ken Perry/K-DiscSongs

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Johnny Cash: Water From The Wells Of Home (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP8347781
 

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(Polygram) 10 tracks - Originally sealed 1988 'Mercury' LP album - Cut-out LP

$21.00 *

Moon Mullican: Sings His All-Time Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSING555
 

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(Official/Sing) 12 tracks Throughout the years, through the periods of swing, rock and roll, calypso, and other music crazes, country music has held its own, and even grown in popularity! The basic down-to-earth quality of country mu-sic has an appeal for all ages...

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Don Reno & Red Smiley: A Variety Of Country Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKLP646
 

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(King) 12 tracks - Re-issue on CD of the original 1959 'King' LP album

$21.00 *

Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: Buck Owens & The Buckaroos - Live At Carnegie Hall (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCMF012
 

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(1988/County Music Foundation) 12 tracks (including 3 medleys), Stereo, recorded in 1966 at New York's Carnegie Hall, produced by Ken Nelson. Liner Notes by Paul Kingsbury (Country Music Foundation)

$18.66 *

Ray Charles: Modern Sound In Country And Western Music (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRN70099
 

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(Rhino) 12 tracks - Originally sealed 1988 'Rhino' LP - Re-issue of the original 1962 'ABC-Paramount' LP - Brilliant and clear sound - Mastered from the original tapes

$23.34 *

Merle Haggard: Movin' On (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAX701444
 

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(EMI-Axis) 14 tracks - 'Capitol' tracks, recorded between 1971 and 1975

$23.34 *

Connie Francis: Country Store Collection (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCST56
 

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(1988/CASTLE) 14 tracks MGM 1959-67

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Red Sovine: The One And Only Red Sovine (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPOFF9005
 

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(1988/Official) 12 tracks. Originally realeased 1961 on LP Starday 132.

$15.15 *

Cowboy Copas: Opry Star Spotlight On Cowboy Copas (LP, RE)
Art-Nr.: LPOFF9003
 

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(1988/Official) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1962 'Starday' album!

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Cowboy Copas: Mister Country Music (LP, RE)
Art-Nr.: LPOFF9001
 

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(1988/Official) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1962 'Starday' album!

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Jimmie Skinner: Another Saturday Night (LP)
Art-Nr.: BFX15266
 

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(Bear Family Records) 16 tracks, Mercury 1956-60 (2 previously unissued), including 4 duets with Connie Hall. Liner notes by Otto Kitsinger.

$18.66 *

Ry Cooder: Paris, Texas - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD25270
 

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​(1988/Warner Bros.) 10 Tracks - Original CD version of the 1985 vinyl soundtrack album!

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Patsy Cline: Live At The Opry (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCAD42142
 

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(1988/MCA) 12 tracks (28:34) 1956-60 AAD with introductions by Little Jimmy Dickens, Hank Snow & Jim Reeves. few copies

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Hank Williams: 24 Greatest Hits Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD823294
 

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(1988/Polydor) 24 Tracks, rare U.S. Polydor CD factory sealed!

$22.17 *

Buck Owens: Hot Dog
Art-Nr.: LPC191132
 

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(1988 / Capitol) 10 tracks. I guess I've always been a honky tonk singer...at least that's what folks always called me. I love those great songs that tell stories of everyday people. Loving and losing, happy and sad, honest and simple...that's how I like 'em....

$14.63 *

Jerry Lee Lewis: That Good Old Times
Art-Nr.: LP23013009
 

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(1988/Bellaphon) 16 tracks

$16.09 *

Various: Honeymoon In Vegas - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Art-Nr.: LP471925
 

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(1988/BMG) 13 tracks

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Häns'che Weiss Ensemble: Erinnerungen
Art-Nr.: CD73324
 

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(1988/ELITE) 14 tracks DDD (58:55)

$13.92 *

ALL-STARS OF POLKALAND: All-Star Of Polkaland, USA
Art-Nr.: CDH249
 

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(1988/KING/HOLLYWOOD) 12 tracks

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Carl T. Sprague: Classic Cowboy Songs
Art-Nr.: BCD15456
 

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