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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.

   
 
Lou Monte: Lazy Mary - The Sheik Of Araby (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL1081
 

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A - Lazy Mary B - The Sheik Of Araby

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Bobbie Gentry: Ode To Bobby Gentry (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD4712062
 

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(Curb Records) 12 tracks - sealed

$58.44 *

Various: Honky Tonk Heroes Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD4681209
 

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(Sony) 27 tracks, 1946-1962, Columbia Country Classics, incl. Poster

$21.00 *

Asleep At The Wheel: Keepin' Me Up Nights (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAL8550
 

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(Arista) 12 tracks - Originally sealed 1990 'Arista' LP album

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John Stewart: Cannons In The Rain - Wingless Angels (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15519
 

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 20 tracks. Playing time approx. 76 mns. In 1973, John Stewart went to Nashville to record 'Cannons In The Rain' for RCA. He has fond memories of the session with guitarist Fred Carter, Jr. (father of current country hitmaker Deana Carter)...

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Jimmy C. Newman: Bop-A-Hula (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15469
 

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2-CD with 20-page booklet, 47 tracks. Playing time approx. 115 mns. Here's some real raw hillbilly music, and a few early Nashville Sound classics. In 1953 Jimmy came up from Louisiana and got a Dot Records contract on the strength of 'Cry, Cry Darling'. These two...

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Various: Merry Cajun Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6070
 

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(1990/Swallow Records) 21 Tracks - Cajun Christmas recordings - Hour long Holiday Entertainment! Item from 1990 still sealed mint quality!

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The Golden Gate Quartet: Spirituals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPM5342
 

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(1990/EMI Italy) 13 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1964 Columbia album!

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Asleep At The Wheel: Keepin' Me Up Nights (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAR8550
 

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(1990/Arista) 12 tracks - original sealed US Longbox - collector's item of finest boot scootin' country music!***** (Bear Family Records)

$23.34 *

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!

$35.04 *

Johnny Tillotson: All His Early Hits And More! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD946
 

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​(ACE Records) 30 Tracks -  Here we find the good folks of Ace continuing their survey of all that was great and groovy on black vinyl and transferring it to the small, shiny format. The vinyl album Poetry In Motion was a consistent seller since the...

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Hank Williams: The Best (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDPOCP1520
 

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(1990/Universal) 20 tracks, mono

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Mel Tillis: Elektra Years (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3854
 

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(Warner Japan) 20 tracks - originally sealed with obi

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Willie Nelson: 20 Of The Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD89137
 

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​(RCA) 20 tracks - Compilation about Willie Nelson's  'RCA' output

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Johnny Cash: Man In Black 1954-58 Vol.1 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15517
 

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5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 36-page book, 138 tracks. Playing time approx. 330 mns. It has been the most remarkable career in modern country music. 'Nobody But Nobody More Original Than Johnny Cash ' was the slogan they coined in the '60s, and it was nothing less...

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Roy Orbison: The Fastest Guitar Alive - Your Cheatin' Heart - Soundtrack (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMGM18
 

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(MGM/EMI) 10 tracks by Roy Orbison 13 tracks by Hank Williams JR. from the original 1966 MGM Motion Picture soundtracks. UK pressing. Almost since its inception cinema has been at pains to reflect contemporary musical trends and lasso larger audiences - even the...

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Highwayman: Highwayman 2 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPC45240
 

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(1990/CBS) 10 tracks - Originally sealed cut-out LP - Last copies

$21.00 *

Webb Pierce: The Wondering "Boy" 1951-1958 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15522
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 36-page book, 114 tracks. Playing time approx. 629 mns. Webb Pierce is one of the neglected giants of post-War country music. No-one sold more records in the '50s, yet those classic cuts were never available on CD until this set. Here they...

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Hank Snow: Singing Ranger Vol.2 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15476
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 15-page book, 112 tracks. Playing time approx. 297 mns. ...picks up from 'I'm Moving On', and continues to 1958. During these years, Hank Snow became one of the standard-bearers of traditional country against the onslaught of rock 'n'...

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Dave Edmunds: Information (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDBVCA5006
 

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(1990/BMG Arista Japan) 11 Tracks - 1983

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Various: Sun Country Collection - Memphis Ramble (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR270963
 

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(1990/Rhino) At Sun Records on 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, wild rockabilly and polite country were part of the same continuum, as surely as Saturday nights rolled into Sunday mornings. In either category, genius producer Sam Phillips invariably sought out...

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Various: 1962, Billboard Top Country Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70683
 

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​(1990/Rhino) 10 tracks - originally sealed!

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Moon Mullican: Moon Over Mullican - Moon's Rock (Original CD, Japan Edition)
Art-Nr.: CDPCD1302
 

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(1990/MCA-Japan) 15 tracks, reissue of the original 1958 Coral LP plus 3 bonus tracks! Rare item, few copies!

$58.44 *

Marty Robbins: Singin' The Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDA21565
 

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​(1990/CBS) 10 tracks - longbox

$23.34 *

Jerry Wallace: Greatest Hits (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDP77262
 

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(1990/CURB) 10 tracks 1958-73

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Various: Polynesia! Native Songs & Dances Of The South Seas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPS65053
 

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(Manuiti) 20 Tracks - Featuring Charley Mauu & His Royal Polynesians and Bimbo & His Royal Tahitians!

$58.44 *

Various: Hi Tone Poppa - Faron Young And Others (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5330
 

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(1990/Collectables) 14 tracks

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Del Shannon: Del Shannon Sings Hank Williams (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70982
 

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​(1990/Bug-Rhino) 12 Tracks - Rare CD in original Longbox!

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Lefty Frizzell: American Originals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCK45067
 

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​(1990/CBS) 10 tracks

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The Everly Brothers: Silent Night
Art-Nr.: CDWSC99953
 

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(1990/World Star) 12 tracks (25:37), classic Christmas songs.

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Roy Clark: The Best Of Roy Clark (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD277395
 

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​(1990/Curb) 12 tracks

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Garth Brooks: No Fences - New Edition (10th Anniversary)
Art-Nr.: CDCAP30119
 

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(1990/2000/CAPITOL) 11 tracks - back in stock / wieder lieferbar

$22.11 *

Various: Winter Wonderland
Art-Nr.: CD467704
 

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(1990/Sony) 15 tracks, original Columbia Christmas recordings, incl. Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Marty Robbins, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Vinton, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, a.m.o.!

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Tennessee Ernie Ford: Farmyard Boogie
Art-Nr.: CDSEE262
 

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(1990/See For Miles) 20 tracks, original Capitol recordings, 1950-53!

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Junior Brown: Junior High - 6 Track Special
Art-Nr.: CDD277783
 

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(1990s 'Curb') (16:41/05)

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Martin Delray: Get Rhythm (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD82176
 

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(Atlantic) 10 tracks (34:19) recorded at Scruggs Sound Studio, additional vocals by Johnny Cash on ' Get Rhythm' were recorded at Studio 56, Los Angeles, CA.​

$23.34 *

Various: Texas Rockabilly And Hillbilly Boogie Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRRD2222
 

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​(1990/Esoldun) 21 Tracks

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Wayne Newton: Merry Christmas From Wayne Newton
Art-Nr.: CDP77348
 

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(1990/CURB) 13 tracks - Wayne Newton's wonderful Christmas album!

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Emmylou Harris: Duets
Art-Nr.: CD25791
 

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(1990/REPRISE) 12 tracks 1974-81 Sonderpreis solange der Vorrat reicht / Zeitloses Superalbum / Special price while stock last ! A timeless classic !

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Wild Canyon: 18 Guitar Tracks - New Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15538
 

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ÜBER DIE MUSIK ENCHANTED CANYON: Ein Dauerrenner in vielen Rundfunkanstalten als Erkennungsmelodie. Erstmalige Veröffentlichung 1980 auf der LP ' Laugh And Tingle Shiver'. RAUNCHY: Der Instrumentalhit aus den 50er Jahren, komponiert von Bill Justis und Sidney...

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PARKER, Billy: Billy Parker & Friends
Art-Nr.: BCD15521
 

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The one-time Texas Troubadour and top-rated dee-jay, made these duet recordings in the Eighties. The Cal Smith duet was a hit, but taken together these sides form a tapestry of classic country. All the singers are easy-going and relaxed. They're all professionals...

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