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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.

   
 
Keith Frank: What's His Name? (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMDS1053
 

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(Maison de Soul) 14 Tracks (55:42) - Traditional Zydeco music with a penchant for rhythm and blues and Caribbean influences.

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Various: The Sound Of France Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBX426
 

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(BR Music) 20 tracks

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The Boogie Kings: Sam Montel Presents The Boogie Kings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9040
 

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(Jin Records) 11 Tracks (34:51) - Original Montel Michelle recordings from 1964 - White Louisiana R&B band of format, stylistically oriented to James Brown, Ray Charles and The Righteous Brothers: Fever, Crying Man, Harlem Shuffle, Funny, etc.

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SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS: Ditch Diggin' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5211423
 

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(Safe House Records) 15 tracks

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Various: Cajun, Louisiane 1928-39 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA019
 

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(Fremeaux) 36 tracks with 24 page booklet (english/french).  - There is an American flavour about this issue, and even this column has an arôme américain, but not quite in the way that most europeans think to quintessential American music. We’re talkin’...

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Various: It's Now Or Never - The Tribute To Elvis (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD524072
 

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(Mercury) 15 tracks (44:28), produced by Don Was.

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El Vez: Fun In Espanol (CD, US)
Art-Nr.: CDSFTRI234
 

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(1994/Sympathy For The Record Industry) 9 Tracks - US pressing!

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El Vez: Fun In Espanol (CD, EU)
Art-Nr.: CD30592416
 

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(1994/Semaphore) 9 Tracks - EU pressing!

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El Vez: How Great Thou Art (CD, EU)
Art-Nr.: CD28644416
 

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(1994/Semaphore) 9 Tracks - EU pressing!

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El Vez: How Great Thou Art (CD, US)
Art-Nr.: CDSFTRI199
 

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(1994/Sympathy For The Record Industry) 9 Tracks - US pressing, sealed stock copy!

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Guy Mitchell: The Classic Albums (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKCD7000
 

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(King) 33 tracks, the original Starday King recordings

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Bill Anderson: Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFAT188
 

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(Fat Boy) 12 tracks inclusive A Place In The Country, Your Eyes, We May Never Pass This Way Again and more

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Rod Bernard: Swamp Rock & Roller (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD488
 

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(1994/ACE) 28 tracks (69:46) multi label collection 1958-68 (10 unissued) with 8 page booklet. Exceptional career overview of the rockin' king of swamp pop with superb notes & memorabilia from son Shane. One of the key players in what became known as...

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Various: Shreveport Stomp - RAM Records Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD495
 

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(Ace Records) 25 tracks   Ram Records was the creation of the late Mira Smith. A multi-talented musician, studio engineer and songwriter, Mira made many fine recordings both of blues and hillbilly artists. Most of them came from her home town of Shreveport,...

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Hasil Adkins: Achy Breaky Ha Ha Ha (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCED239
 

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(Norton Records) 16 tracks ​

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Jimmy Martin: & The Sunny Mountain Boys (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15705
 

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5-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 146 tracks. Playing time approx. 386 mns. In 1949, Jimmy Martin left east Tennessee bound for Nashville. He joined Bill Monroe before striking out on his own to become one of the best loved figures in what he called Good Ol'...

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Leroy Van Dyke: The Auctioneer (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15647
 

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 15 tracks. Playing time approx. 31 mns. In 1957 Leroy Van Dyke scored one of the great crossover novelty hits of the rock 'n' roll era. His song, The Auctioneer , was a Top 20 pop and country hit, and the original version is here together...

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Bobby Bare: The All American Boy (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15663
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 40-page book, 126 tracks. Playing time approx. 314 mns. Bobby Bare was the original outlaw, the original Nashville Rebel, and these are his early and great recordings. After starting with Capitol in 1956, Bobby went on to cut All...

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SHENANDOAH: Super Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD705369
 

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(1994/SBME) 10 tracks.

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Tasso: Viens a ma Maison (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6113
 

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(1994/Swallow) 13 tracks

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Le Band Passe Partout: Cajun Heartland (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6118
 

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(1994/Swallow) 14 tracks.

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Floyd Cramer: King Of Country Piano (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPWKS4222
 

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(1994/Pickwick) 20 tracks

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Jimmy Sturr: Polka Christmas With Jimmy Sturr
Art-Nr.: CD12177
 

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(1994/Laserlight) 10 tracks - few copies only! (1994/Laserlight) 10 Tracks - wenige Exemplare! At the very time that Rock-n-Roll was reaching its crescendo, and into the era when country was dazzling the nation, a strange phenomenon was taking place. In essence,...

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Various: The Christmas Country Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCX004
 

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(1994/Music Club) 16 tracks - Rare collector's item - few copies only!

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Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin': That's Da Lick (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMDS1051
 

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(1994/Maison de Soul) 14 Tracks (45:09) - Debut album of the then 13 years old kid, youngest of the famous Ardoin family, accordion player and band leader!

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Waylon Jennings: Country Kicks (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD20922
 

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​(1994/BMG Canada) 10 tracks

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Willie Nelson: The Early Years - The Complete Liberty Recordings (2-CD Digi-Longbox, Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: CDC228077
 

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(1994/Liberty) 61 Tracks, 1962-1964 - Deluxe Digipack-Longbox with 20 page booklet - Cut-Out with only small cut on the package!

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Carole King: Pearls - Time Gone By (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVSOP199
 

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(1994/Connoisseur Collection) 20 Songs

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Various: Red Hot & Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD522639
 

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(1994/Mercury) 17 tracks, Country with a whip of Rock'n'Roll. The album Red Hot and Country is the fourth in a series of aids awareness and fundraising projects by The Red Hot Organization. It's a benefit product by Mercury Nashville and its artists and producers.

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Various: Merry Christmas (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJB204
 

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(1994/Jingle Bells-Delta) 28 tracks, Dutch compilation - few copies only!

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Jerry Wallace: All Time Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCR45004
 

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(1994/Rockin' Country) 33 tracks

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Ronnie Hawkins: The Folk Ballads Of Ronnie Hawkins (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDED386
 

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(1994/Demon) 12 tracks, his georgeous underrated 1960 album of pure genius - last copies

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PARTON, Dolly: Country Kicks (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA20920
 

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(1994/BMG Canada) 10 tracks

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DAVIS, Skeeter: Country Kicks (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD20929
 

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​(1994/BMG) 10 tracks

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Merle Travis: Country Hoedown Shows & Films (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRFD14
 

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(1994/COUNTRY ROUTES) 25 tracks

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Merle Travis: Unissued Radio Shows 1944-48 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRFD12
 

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​(1994/Country Routes) 28 tracks

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Various: Silver Screen Cowboys - Hoppy, Gene And Me (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAK57475
 

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​(1994/Sony) 12 tracks

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Various: Small Screen Cowboy Heroes (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAK57474
 

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​(1994/Sony) 12 tracks

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The Jordanaires: A Tribute To Elvis' Favorite Spirituals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSOR0029
 

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​(1994/Step One Records) 14 Tracks 

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Marshall & The Shooting Stars (Marshall Lytle): Air Mail Special (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJR9
 

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(1994/Vinyl Japan) 12 Tracks - Western Swing and Rock'n'Roll with Bill Haley's legendary slap-bass player, MARSHALL LYTLE of BILL HALEY'S COMETS plus the creme of Britain's Swing-A-Billy music scene!

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Johnny Cash: American 1 (re) US
Art-Nr.: CDSNY717707
 

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(1994/AMERICAN) 13 tracks

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Various: Cruisin' Country Vol.2 ( Maple Tone Series)
Art-Nr.: CDMT403
 

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(Maple Tone) 30 tracks 1950/60s with 12 page booklet. 

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Ray Stevens: The Most Of Ray Stevens - Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD814214
 

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(1994/EMI) 18 tracks, live recordings

$21.00 *

Billie Jo Spears: Hits And Rarities
Art-Nr.: CDRC45002
 

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(1994/ROCKIN'COUNTRY) 25 tracks - original recordings Her Hits and many rarities! A fantastic compilation!/Hits und viele Raritäten!Schöne Zusammenstellung!!

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JIMENEZ JR, Santiago: Canciones De Mi Padre
Art-Nr.: CDWM1019
 

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​(1994/Watermelon) 15 tracks

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Johnny Cash: The Man In Black - Definitive Collection (EU) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMOOD35
 

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(1994/SONY UK) 24 tracks - last copies / special price !!!

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Conway Twitty: Collection (4-CD Digi-Longbox) US
Art-Nr.: CDMCA11095
 

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(1994/MCA) 89 career spanning tracks including unreleased Conway on hometown radio aged 12!, his audition tape for Decca Records, never released track 'Sweet Sweet Spirit', played at Twitty's memorial service.80 page booklet with detailed bio/discography and rare...

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Loretta Lynn: Honky Tonk Girl - Collection 3-CD
Art-Nr.: CDMCA11070
 

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(1994/MCA) 70 tracks - Deluxe US Longbox with 80 page booklet of color photos, discography and notes - the ultimate collection !

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The Kentucky Headhunters: Best Of The Kentucky Headhunters
Art-Nr.: CD522710
 

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​(1994/Polygram) 13 tracks.

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David Olney: Live In Holland
Art-Nr.: CDSCR35
 

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(1994/SCR) 14 tracks, ONE TRACK WITH STEVE YOUNG ON SECOND GUITAR

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Sleepy Labeef: Strange Things Happening
Art-Nr.: CDROU3129
 

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(1994/Rounder Records) 14 Songs. Cut-Out.

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TEXAS TORNADOS: Best
Art-Nr.: CD45511
 

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(1994/WEA) 11 tracks

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Marvin Rainwater: Classic Recordings (4-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD15600
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 35-page book, 120 tracks. Playing time approx. 291 mns. Marvin Rainwater was quarter Cherokee - and a full-blooded singer. Marvin was also one of those guys who made music just a little bit left of center. He was a different kind of...

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Claude King: More Than Climbing That Mountain, Wolverton Mountain, That Is (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15619
 

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He was touted as the successor to Johnny Horton because he was from Shreveport, he had the same manager and record company, and sung much the same type of songs - but Claude was no Johnny Come Lately. He had been recording since 1947, and that's where we start. His...

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