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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.

   
 
Various: Deep In The Heart Of Texas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDZ2016
 

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(Zu-Zazz) 12 tracks 1985-1988 (38:48) With the subtitle Rawness, Weirdness and Drug Induced Novelties this compilation (taken over from Kevin Kat Records in San Antonio) presents Doug Sahm , Augie Meyers , Flaco Jiminez , Dogman & The Shepherds and Kevin...

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The Marvins: The Golden Guitar Hits Of Sixties (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD399347
 

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(Koch-Records) 14 tracks

$18.66 *

Don Gibson: Best Selection - RCA Country Hall Of Fame (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDB23D41050
 

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(BMG Victor Inc. Japan) 20 Tracks - originally sealed with obi.

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Les Paul & Mary Ford: Best Now - Les Paul & Mary Ford (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDCP9029
 

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(EMI Capitol Japan) 20 Tracks - Extremely rare Japan CD!

$79.50 *

Bobby Helms: This Song's For You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD272708
 

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(Playback Records) 10 Tracks - A true rarity, late 1980s CD that includes 80s recordings of his biggest 1950s hits, 'My Special Angel' and 'Fraulein' plus some country songs for you!

$40.89 *

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

$21.00 *

Roy Clark: Roy Clark's Greatest (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP7916232
 

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(1989/Capitol) 10 tracks - Malaguena, My Baby's Gone , He'll Have To Go and more

$29.19 *

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!

$28.02 *

Ray Charles: Greatest Country And Western Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPRS13002
 

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(1989/Personality) 18 tracks - ABC-Paramount recordings - Taken from the original session tapes

$17.49 *

Roy Orbison: The Fastest Guitar Alive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, US-Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDAK45405
 

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​(1989/CBS) 10 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1967 MGM Soundtrack Album! It's rare and originally sealed! Mint copy! 

$29.19 *

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 - Cut-out LP but oiginally sealed

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

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(1989/Capitol) 12 tracks

$17.49 *

Lonnie Donegan: The Collection (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCCS223
 

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(Castle) 24 tracks - A tremendous compilation about one of the first real successful U.K. artists and the most popular Skiffle troubadour in music history

$29.19 *

Ray Charles: Ray Charles Collection (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPARC14557
 

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(1989/Arcade) 32 tracks - ABC-Paramount recordings

$21.00 *

Slim Whitman: The Collection (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPEM1326
 

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(1989/EMI) 40 tracks

$18.66 *

Link Davis: Big Mamou (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPED279
 

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(Edsel) 16 tracks - Original 1952 - 1954 'Okeh' and 'Columbia' recordings

$21.00 *

Harry Belafonte: This Is Harry Belafonte (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMFP5851
 

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(EMI/MFP) 16 tracks

$21.00 *

Connie Francis: Love Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPWKS540
 

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(1989/Pickwick) 14 tracks (35:17) Polygram masters 1958 -1968.

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Patsy Cline: Rockin' Side - Her First Recordings Vol.3 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRN70050
 

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(1989/Rhino) 13 tracks recorded 1956-1959  for the Decca label! Produced by Owen Bradley! Rare originally sealed Rhino LP!

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Tennessee Ernie Ford: Farmyard Boogie - Tennessse Ernie Ford And Friends (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSEE262
 

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(1989/See For Miles) 20 original Capitol masters 1950-53 feat. Ella Mae Morse, Kay Starr, Molly Bee and The Dinning Sisters.

$18.66 *

The LeRoi Brothers: Viva LeRoi (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROSE196
 

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(1989/New Rose) 13 Tracks - Rare CD!

$28.02 *

Patsy Cline: Her First Recordings Vol.3 - Rockin' Side (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70050
 

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(1989/Rhino) 13 Tracks - Her early Rockabilly styled recordings from the 4-Star era!

$11.64 *

Patsy Cline: Her First Recordings Vol.2 - Hungry For Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70049
 

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CD-Longbox

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Bob Luman: Loretta (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSD068
 

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(1989/Magnum Music) 16 Songs

$19.83 *

Rusty And Doug Kershaw: Rusty, Doug & Wiley And Friends
Art-Nr.: LPFLY619
 

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(1989 / Flyright) 14 tracks. The Legendary J.D. Miller Series Volume 54. Sessions & broadcasts. None of this material has been previously released. This album gives us another insight into what was happening in Louisiana from a Hillbilly standpoint. ...

$19.31 *

Various: Zydeco - The Early Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDARH307
 

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(1961/62 'Arhoolie') (64:33/19) McZIEL & GERNGER, SIDNEY BABINEAUX, ALBERT CHEVALIER, GEORGE ALBERTS.

$15.87 *

Hank Thompson: In The Studio, On The Road (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSEE263
 

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(1989/See For Miles) 26 tracks - Rare 'See For Miles' LP with Capitol recordings from 1956 to 1966, including 14 live tracks, recorded at the 'Texas State Fair' in 1963!

$17.49 *

Frankie Laine: 16 Most Requested Songs
Art-Nr.: CDCK45029
 

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(1989/COLUMBIA) 16 tracks mono

$17.43 *

The Kentucky Headhunters: Pickin' On Nashville
Art-Nr.: CD838744
 

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​(1989/Polygram) 10 tracks. All songs published and produced by the Kentucky Headhunters.

$10.47 *

MURPHEY, Michael Martin: Land Of Enchantment
Art-Nr.: CD25894
 

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(1989/Warner) 10 tracks

$21.00 *

REEVES, Jim: Gentleman Jim (4-CD & Book-Buch)
Art-Nr.: BCD15439
 

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Here are Jim's early years on RCA, including hits like According To My Heart, Four Walls, Anna Marie, Blue Boy, Billy Bayou, Yonder Comes A Sucker, I'm Beginning To Forget You, Home and He'll Have To Go. Over the course of these four CDs, Jim Reeves virtually...

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