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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.

   
 
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Keith Frank: Movin' On Up! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMDS1055
 

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(Maison De Soul) 14 Tracks (53:56) - Good time party music from Louisiana!

$19.83 *

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Various: Hillbilly Fever! - Legends Of Honky Tonk Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD71901X
 

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(Rhino) 18 tracks, 15-pages booklet, Cut-Out

$17.49 *

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Bob Newman: Hangover Boogie (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD505108
 

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(TRG) 26 tracks 1947-1959

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Waylon Jennings: With Buddy Holly & King Curtis (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFAT253
 

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(Fat Boy Records) 14 tracks

$19.83 *

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Manitas De Plata: Et Los Plateros (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVER480265
 

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(Sony) 9 tracks

$21.00 *

Ray Stevens: Cornball (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD45890
 

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(Warner Bros.Records) 10 tracks (30:36)

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The Boogie Kings: Swamp Boogie Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9046
 

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(Jin Records) 20 Tracks - Unique session from 1995 with special guests and their greatest hits in brilliant new recordings. Among others Rod Bernard, Dale & Grace, Johnnie Allan, and Tommy McLain!

$23.34 *

Conway Twitty: #1's Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCAP9329
 

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(Capitol Nashville) 10 Tracks - Rare Australian pressing that includes the greatest hits of Conway Twitty, here part 1!

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Bobbie Gentry: Touch'em With Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCREV038
 

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(Rev-Ola) 10 tracks Capitol 1969  - Within a few weeks of Kelly Gordon (Capitol Records A&R executive) hearing Bobbie Gentry, she had a number one single in both the U.S pop and country charts. She became a star overnight and can still be called one of...

$23.34 *

The Beau Brummels: Bradley's Barn (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP5253
 

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(Warner Bros. Japan) 11 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1968 Warner Bros. album! Rare 1995 issue! Originally sealed!

$35.04 *

Johnny Cash: Live Recording (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFAT235
 

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(1995/Fat Boy) 16 tracks

$19.83 *

Dolly Parton: My Life And Other Unfinished Business
Art-Nr.: 0017128
 

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340 pages/Seiten, 24x16 cm, hardcover/gebunden: Don't expect too many intimate details, you won't find them. But if a superficial biography combined with fluent writing and therefore easy reading plus quite a lot of nice b&w and color photographs is what you...

$29.19 *

Various: Here Comes Santa Claus (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNL25294
 

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(1995/Intermusic-NL) 50 Tracks - Great Christmas compilation for a low amount!

$11.64 *

Lloyd Brevette: African Roots - Lloyd Brevette With The Skatalites (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPGRO009
 

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(1995/Grover) 14 tracks - Reggae and Dub stuff, recorded in the 1990s plus four bonus tracks from the 1960s

$18.66 *

Lee Hazlewood: The Cowboy And The Ladies (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLHI97300
 

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(1995/LHI) 28 tracks (76:44) - duets with Ann-Margret, Nancy Sinatra, Suzie Jane Hokom, Ann-Kristin Hedmark and Nina Lizell.  - Obscure custom pressing with 8 page color booklet - few copies

$21.00 *

Bobby Bare: For The Good Times (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFAT263
 

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(FAT BOY) 14 tracks (42:00) re-recordings

$22.17 *

Rusty & Doug Kershaw: Rusty & Doug Kershaw With Wiley Barkdull (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRDW001
 

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(1995/Kangaroo) 33 tracks

$21.00 *

Tennessee Ernie Ford: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDS18237
 

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(1995/Cema) 10 tracks

$15.15 *

Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin': Lick It Up ! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMDS1058
 

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(Maison Of Soul) 14 Tracks - His legendary second album, a skilful mix of traditional Zydeco and contemporary 90s pop music!

$29.19 *

Jay Randall & The Swamp Gold Band: My Bayou Baby (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9045
 

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(1995/Jin) 11 Tracks - Rare Cajun Swamp Country

$58.44 *

Balfa Toujours: A Vieille Terre Haute (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6121
 

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(1995/Swallow) 15 Tracks - Christine Balfa and her Cajuns - Terrible bien musique! 

$21.00 *

Neil Haislop, Tad Lathrop and Harry Sumrall: Giants of Country Music - Classic Sounds and Stars, from the Heart of Nashville to the Top of the Charts
Art-Nr.: book76352
 

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Taschenbuch - 258 Seiten -  Billboard Books - 1995 - Englisch by Neil Haislop, Tad Lathrop and Harry Sumrall Some say country and western, some say western swing, some say hillbilly music. But by any name, the sound collectively known as country music has a...

$40.89 *

Sonny James: The Best Of Sonny James- Only The Lonely (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD860532
 

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(1995/Disky EU) 21 tracks (51:38) original Capitol masters in stunning sound quality. Contains two original Capitol albums 'The Best Of Sonny James' (1966) and 'Only The Lonely' (1969)

$11.64 *

Mickey Gilley: Rockin' Rollin' Piano (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSP99006
 

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(Sparkletone) 32 original rock'n'roll recordings from the 1950s and 1960s (74:10)

$11.64 *

Various: Hillbilly Fever! - Legends Of Country Rock Vol.5 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR271904
 

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(Rhino) 18 tracks (original masters) ​

$23.34 *

David Allan Coe: Invictus (Means) Unconquered - Tennessee Whiskey (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15842
 

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1-CD with 32-page booklet, 21 tracks. Playing time approx. 64 mns. Two long playing records, originally released in 1979, and 1980 on Columbia, 'Invictus (Means) Unconquered' and 'Tennessee Whiskey'on one CD. Personnel 'Invictus (Means) Unconquered': David Allan...

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Jimmie Rivers: Brisbane Bop...plus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJR2501
 

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Contains the original LP plus bonus tracks and 26 page booklet.

$81.84 *

Big Al Downing: Back To My Roots (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHP61504
 

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(Bud Music/1995) 13 tracks (52:08) recorded at Creative Workshop, Nashville Tn., Producer: Lance Quinn. Good Ol' Country Music and some rockiin' tunes. 

$11.64 *

Hank Williams: Alone And Forsaken (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD528037
 

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(Polydor) 18 Tracks - Spoken Intro by by Matt Johnson (The The) - Great Compilation - Tracks 14 -18 are undubbed non-session demos!

$29.19 *

PRIDE, Charley: The Best Of Charley Pride Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA58448
 

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​(1995/RCA) 8 tracks

$19.83 *

ROBBINS, Marty: Song Of Robbins (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCK67003
 

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(1995/Columbia) 12 tracks

$17.49 *

Hank Williams: His Best Recordings - 1949-53, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBM3053
 

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​(1995/Blue Moon) 23 tracks

$17.49 *

Hank Williams: His Best Recordings - 1947-49, Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBM3052
 

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​(1995/Blue Moon) 21 tracks

$17.49 *

Norman Blake: Back Home In Sulfur Springs
Art-Nr.: CDROU0012
 

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(1995/Rounder) 15 tracks.

$21.00 *

Frankie Laine: Deuces Wild - Call Of The Wild (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD4810172
 

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​(1995/Columbia) 24 tracks

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Wynn Stewart: California Country - Best Of The Challenge Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAVI5013
 

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(1995/AVI) 29 tracks 1959-64. Rare US Compilation - Sought after collector's item. Original shrink wrapped stock copy.

$70.14 *

CASTILLE, Hadley J.: La Musique De Les Castilles
Art-Nr.: CDSW6123
 

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(1995/SWALLOW) 14 tracks (54:51)

$19.83 *

Joni Harms: Whatever It Takes (1995)
Art-Nr.: CDJH160929
 

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(1995/HARMS) 10 tracks

$19.31 *

Bellamy Brothers: Greatest Hits
Art-Nr.: CDD277803
 

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(1995/CURB) 10 tracks

$11.64 *

Various: Jailhouse Rock - Hits From The Big House (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAK66393
 

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(1995/Sony) 12 Tracks, original recordings - special offer !

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Donovan: The Very Best Of
Art-Nr.: CD462560
 

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(1995/EPIC) 20 tracks

$10.41 *

Margo Liberty & Barry Head: Working Cowboy - Working Cowboy - Recollections Of Ray Holmes
Art-Nr.: 0031207
 

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English, Hardback, 15x22 cm, 256 pages: Ray Holmes has spent nearly his whole life on horseback herding cattle and doing other work with livestock. Some b/w pictures.

$49.73 *

NASHVILLE SUPER GUITARS: Country Hit Kick (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCMH6276
 

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CD on CMH RECORDS by NASHVILLE SUPER GUITARS - Country Hit Kick (CD)

$25.68 *

Harry Belafonte: Calypso Night (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBIT61089
 

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CD on BACK BITER RECORDS by Harry Belafonte - Calypso Night (CD)

$18.66 *

Harry Belafonte: Enchanted Melodies (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBIT61002
 

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CD on BACK BITER RECORDS by Harry Belafonte - Enchanted Melodies (CD)

$18.66 *

Conway Twitty: Greatest Hits - Finest Performances (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSR7016
 

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​SUN - 12 tracks

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Floyd Cramer: Hello Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA29859
 

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16 tracks

$23.34 *

Kinky Friedman: From One Good American To Another
Art-Nr.: CD1111
 

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(1995/FRUIT OF THE TUNE) 20 tracks (71:41) 1974-85 / back in stock!

$18.43 *

Johnnie Allan: Swamp Pop Legend - Essential Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9044
 

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(1995/JIN) 25 tracks (JIN masters 1950/60s/US)

$11.64 *

Tim McGraw: All I Want (1995)
Art-Nr.: CDD277800
 

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(1995/CURB) 12 tracks

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CAPTAIN CONCHO: From The Hills To The Plains
Art-Nr.: CDBEBE001
 

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(1995/BE BE) 17 tracks, great Hillbilly & Western Swing with a Boogie, featuring the late great Andy 'Fitty' Fittkau on drums. Back in stock by popular demand.

$17.49 *

James Intveld: James Intveld
Art-Nr.: BCD15900
 

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 10 tracks. Playing time approx. 37 mns. One of the best of our new records, this CD marks the debut of a remarkable talent who belongs in the same category as BR5-49 and Big Sandy. James has been playing music in the Los Angeles area...

$16.32 *

Various - Bear Family Records: 20 Years Bear Family (4-CD & Book)
Art-Nr.: BCD17005
 

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 96-page book 1975 - 1995 20 Years Bear Family Records A celebration like this doesn't come along very often —only every twenty years. Over the course of the last two decades, Bear Family has become the byword for quality in reissued...

$58.44 *

Andy Starr: Dig Them Squeaky Shoes (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15845
 

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 60 mns. Mastered from the original tapes for the first time, here are 27 rockabilly and hillbilly rarities from one of the music's great wackos. It would have taken a year's wages to buy these fabulously...

$16.32 *

Lorne Greene: The Best Of (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRIB006
 

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(Rock In Box) 23 tracks​

$70.14 *

   
 
 
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