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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 Goldsmith: Stagecoach & The Trouble With Angels - Soundtrack (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMD608
 

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(Mainstream Direct) 22 tracks, two classic Goldsmith soundtrack on one CD

$35.04 *

The Kingston Trio: Best (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDT1957
 

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(Toshiba) 16 Tracks - Includes all the big hits of the 50s and 60s in Japan quality - Rare CD!

$29.19 *

Various: The Bob Dylan Songbook(CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVSOP158
 

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(1991/Connoisseur Collection) 24 tracks

$23.34 *

The Kingston Trio: Best Of The Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWM5618
 

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(1991/Woodford Music) 14 tracks, the Silver Collection

$23.34 *

Gordon Lightfoot: Lightfoot! - The Way I Feel (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15576
 

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1-CD with 36-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 78 mns. Canada's Gordon Lightfoot parlayed his songwriting into a recording career, though this wasn't a case of a mediocre singer who happened to craft fine songs. His debut album, "Lightfoot!", was...

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Mary Hopkin: Post Card (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP797781
 

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(Apple) 17 tracks - Rare 2-LP set from 1991 - Gatefold cover - Re-issue of the original 1969 'Apple' album plus one bonus tracks LP, playing on 45rpm, incl. 3 bonus tracks

$40.89 *

BROWN, Sandra: House Across The Street (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45SW346
 

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(1991/Sound Waves)  - local Honky Tonk Hit from Nashville.

$9.30 *

Tennessee Ernie Ford: Red, White & Blue (CD, US Longbox, Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: CDC296677X
 

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(1991/Capitol) 10 patriotic tracks Ford expresses the love to his country with! Circa 3cm cut-out in box only!

$17.49 *

Chris Isaak: Blue Hotel - Wicked Game (7inch, 45rpm, PS, SC)
Art-Nr.: 45W0005
 

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(1991/WEA) Revival Rockabilly. Reprise import.

$9.30 *

Various: Southern Nights (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPKTV1
 

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(1991/Knight Records) 28 tracks - Gatefold cover

$35.04 *

Ray Stevens: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD77464
 

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(1991/Curb) 10 tracks

$15.15 *

Various: Country Boys (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMFP5910
 

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​(EMI) 20 tracks

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Merle Haggard: Country Classics (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP796628
 

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​(EMI) 16 tracks

$22.17 *

Rosemary Clooney: Rosemary Clooney Sings Country Hits From The Heart (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDBVCJ2040
 

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(1991/BMG Japan) 14 tracks - rare japanese Compact Disc version of her 1963 RCA Victor  album plus two bonus tracks - sealed new stock copy (Bear Family Records)

$58.44 *

Elmer Bernstein: A Man And His Movies (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMD061
 

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(1991/Mainstream Records) 14 tracks

$18.66 *

Brenda Lee: Brenda Lee (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWB26439
 

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(1991/Warner Bros.) 10 tracks, ADD, new stock copy, original sealed (US longbox packaging). (Bear Family Records)  - 1991 Warner album, produced by Jim Ed Norman for JEN Productions and Eric Prestidge for Sound Mind Productions except as indicated.

$23.34 *

Bobbie Gentry: Country Classics (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP798039
 

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​(Capitol) 16 tracks

$23.34 *

The Brothers Four: 12 grandes Baladas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD468554
 

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​(CBS/Sony) 12 tracks - Very rare and hard-tp-fond CD edition of the 1991 LP album

$58.44 *

Johnny Cash: Come Along And Ride This Train (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15563
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 32-page book, 105 tracks. Playing time approx. 291 mns. Johnny Cash was one of the first to explore the idea of the concept album in country music. The songs in this exclusive collection were recorded between 1960 and 1977 and were...

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The Everly Brothers: Pass The Chicken And Listen (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPED319
 

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(1991/DEMON) 12 tracks - the RCA Nashville sessions feat. Chet Atkins, Johnny Gimble, Weldon Myrick, Hargus Robbins a.o.

$17.49 *

Marty Robbins: A Musical Journey To The Caribbean & Mexico (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15571
 

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 61 mns. No country singer was more effortlessly versatile than Marty Robbins . He loved Mexican and Caribbean music, and this anthology collects songs like The Girl From Spanish Town, Kingston Girl,...

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Various: I Shall Be Unreleased - The Songs Of Bob Dylan (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR270618
 

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(1991/Rhino-Sony) 18 Bob Dylan tribute tunes!

$23.34 *

Buck Owens: Sings Harlan Howard (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6652
 

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​(1991/Insideout/EMI Japan) 12 tracks - sealed

$46.74 *

Buck Owens: Under Your Spell Again (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6651
 

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​(1991/EMI Japan) 12 tracks - mono. Factory Sealed New Stock Copy.

$93.54 *

Various: Capitol Country Music Classics - The 1940s (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEMS1412
 

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(1991/EMI Records) 26 tracks -  Great mixture of Hillbilly Bop and Western Swing!Some of the artists are Tex Ritter,Roy Hogsed and Hank Thompson!

$18.66 *

Various: Stars Of Texas Honky Tonk (LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPLTD603
 

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(1991/Ace) 18 tracks - Limited special pressing, contains top notch Hillbilly and early Rockabilly, superb 1950s Starday Records material - few copies left! MM/Bear Family Records

$25.68 *

Various: Yodelling Crazy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP798656
 

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(EMI) 26 tracks - original master recordings

$25.68 *

Various: Cliffie Stone's Radio Transcriptions 1945-1949 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRFD08
 

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(1991/COUNTRY ROUTES) 19 tracks

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Jim Reeves: The Very Best Of Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD90568
 

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​(1991/BMG) 21 tracks

$15.15 *

DAVIS, Skeeter: Lassoes 'n' Spurs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD17227
 

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(1991/BMG) 10 tracks - CANADIAN RELEASE

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Various: Hank Williams Songbook (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCK47995
 

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​(1991/Sony) 20 tracks

$29.19 *

Buck Owens: Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6655
 

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan CD reissue of the original Capitol LP!

$46.74 *

Buck Owens: On The Bandstand (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6654
 

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue of the original Capitol LP! Still factory sealed!

$46.74 *

Buck Owens: Before You Go - No One But You (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6659
 

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue of the original Capitol album!

$35.04 *

Buck Owens: I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6658
 

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​(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue!

$35.04 *

Buck Owens: I Don't Care (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6657
 

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue!

$58.44 *

Ronnie McDowell & Friends: Unchained Melody
Art-Nr.: CDD277414
 

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(1991/Curb) 10 all time classic tracks featuring Bobby Vinton, Conway Twitty, Jack Scott, Wayne Newton and Jerry Lee Lewis.

$21.00 *

Various: Tahiti Belle Epoque Vol.1
Art-Nr.: CDS65807
 

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(1991/MANUITI) 23 tracks 1940-67. Eddie Lund (1909-1973) Has given the world its first discs of authentic Tahitian Music as recorded in the Islands themselves. He has studed this music straight sway his arrival in Pateete in 1936 and become one of the leading...

$17.49 *

Various: Capitol Country Music Classics - 1970's (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEMS1423
 

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(1991/EMI) 26 masters

$23.34 *

TRIO KAILUA: The Hawaiian Guitar
Art-Nr.: CDPS65081
 

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(1991/PLAYA) 19 tracks w.12p.booklet (English/French).

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Ronnie McDowell: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD277676
 

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(1994/Curb) 10 tracks 1981-1987 featuring Conway Twitty on the stunning 'It's Only Make Believe'

$21.00 *

Boots Randolph: Boots And Stockings
Art-Nr.: CDA22175
 

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​(1991/Sony) 11 tracks, reissue of the original 1976 Columbia album 'A Christmas Holiday'. Rare CD, few copies only!

$35.04 *

Eddy Arnold: Lassoes 'n' Spurs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD17232
 

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CANADIAN RELEASE

$29.19 *

Ian Tyson: And Stood There Amazed (1991 CDN)
Art-Nr.: CDSPCD1168
 

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(1991/STONY PLAIN) 11 tracks

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Conway Twitty: Best Of Vol.1 - Rockin' Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD511464
 

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Twitty, Conway - Best Of Vol.1 - Rockin' Years (CD)

$23.34 *

COLLINS KIDS: Hop, Skip & Jump (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15537
 

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Pure energy, and pure enjoyment! The Collins Kids were unmissable on television in the States in the '50s, and the sparks that flew between Lorrie's vocals and Larry's double-necked guitar still burn brightly. This is a 2-CD boxed set. We needed the LP-sized book to...

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