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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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Kenny Rogers: Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD21080
 

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(EMI Gold) 10 tracks

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Crazy Rhythm Daddies: Crazy Rhythm Daddies! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDIR001
 

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(Igloo) Canadian Boppin' Hillbilly-Western Swing-Bluegrass blast around the Sandmark brothers best known from Ray Condo & The Hard Rock Goners!

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Willie Nelson: The Best Of Willie Nelson (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLIB8398
 

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(Liberty) 13 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1973 United Artists album!

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Various: A Hawaiian Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVIP140
 

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(1996/Snowflake-Virgin) 14 Tracks - Extremely rare CD!

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Gregory Isaacs: One Man Against The World (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVP1476
 

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(VP Records) 14 tracks - All songs written by Gregory Isaacs

$18.66 *

Various: Hillbilly Fillies & Rockin' Chicks (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCP8182
 

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(Charly) 30 tracks (74:45) 1950s Girl singers from the SUN  Records vaults. 12 page booklet of photos and notes by Adam Komorowsk

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The Barnstompers: What Am I Gonna Do - Waitin' At The Station (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45MAC136
 

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​(1996/Mac Records) 2-Track Single - 45rpm, big center hole good for use in jukeboxes! Comes in company sleeve!

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The Miller Sisters: Sun's Singing Sweethearts - Sun Country Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAVI5022
 

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(1996/AVI/SUN) 24 tracks (62:49) with 6 page notes and photos by Cub Koda. - now rare US release -

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Various: Festival Di Cantautori (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDC869042
 

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(1996/Disky) 12 tracks

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Jay Randall & The Swamp Gold Band: 911-Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9049
 

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(1996/Jin) 10 Tracks - Rare Cajun Swamp Country

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Joel Whitburn: Joel Whitburn's Top R&B Singles 1942-1995
Art-Nr.: book1152
 

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Gebundene Ausgabe - 681 - Record Research Inc - 1996 - Englisch The World's Leading Authority On Recorded Entertainment R&B SINGLES 1942-1995 From Doo-Wop to Hip-Hop The most accurate and thorough account of the evolu-tion of R&B music ever published,...

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Lorrie Morgan: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBNA66508
 

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(1996/BNA) 11 tracks (38:39)

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Hank Williams: The Legend Of Hank Williams - Audio Book with Music (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD532601
 

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(1996/Polygram) Audio Book by Colin Escott & George Merritt read by Sammy Kershaw (English, 150 Min.). Includes 13 songs and 2 spoken recordings.  - Based on the book 'Hank Williams, The Biography', by Colin Escot (with George Merrit and William MacEwen).

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Johnny Cash: American 2 - Unchained (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD2139742
 

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(American Recordings) 14 tracks - German pressing - Recorded during 1995 and 1996 at Akadémie Mathématique of Philosophical Sound Research, Hollywood, CA; Sound City, Van Nuys, CA; Oceanway Recording, Hollywood, CA; NRG Recording, North Hollywood, CA; and Cowboy's...

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George Morgan: Candy Kisses (8-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: BCD15851
 

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 201 tracks. Playing time approx. 504 mns. When George Morgan is mentioned these days, it's usually in the context of his daughter, Lorrie. People forget that George was a country superstar from the late Forties and during the...

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Christine & Lou: Jukebox Hop (7inch, EP, 45rpm, PS, SC)
Art-Nr.: 45FEP712
 

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​(1996/Fury) 4-Track EP - 45rpm, small center hole, fantastic picture sleeve! Christine and Lou of the Okeh Wranglers, UK's premier Country duo in the 90s celebrating their own unique style of honky tonkin' hillbilly jukebox boogie!

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Kristy Guillory & ReveilleBill Grass: La Dance des ancetres (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6136
 

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(1996 'Swallow Records') 14 tracks

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Richard Belton: I'm Back (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6135
 

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(1996/Swallow) 14 tracks

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The Dillards: Roots And Branches - Tribute To The American Duck (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO306
 

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(1996/BGO Records) 20 Tracks - Reissue of the two albums originally released on Liberty in 1972 and 1973!

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Bruce Springsteen: Before The Fame (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPER5895
 

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13 tracks Before the Fame This CD contains all previously unreleased material, recorded in 1972, just prior to Bruce Springsteen's meteoric rise to international stardom. These songs are the type of material that record company executives had heard, to recognize...

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Dave Dudley: Trucker Classics (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSR7024
 

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(1996/SUN Entertainment) 12 tracks (30:47)  - All selection recorded at Singleton Sound Studios in Nashville, TN.

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Glen Campbell: Jesus And Me - The Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNHD2037
 

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​(1996/New Haven) 12 tracks

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The Everly Brothers: Stories We Could Tell (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD43255
 

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(1996/BMG) 20 tracks 62 minutes produced by Chet Atkins

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Sid King & The Five Strings: Rockin' On The Radio (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSKR1549
 

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(1996/Schoolkid's Records-Rollercoaster) 16 Tracks - Live radio gold 1954-1955, incl. commercials!  - Now rare US single CD version of CD ROLL 3018 - collector's item -

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Frank Ifield: Someone To Give My Love To - Ain't Gonna Take (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSEE439
 

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(See For Miles Records - 1996) 23 Songs

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GAYLE, Crystal: Great Love Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLS86661
 

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(1996/DISKY) 20 tracks, original recordings.

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Martin Denny: The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREV039
 

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(1996/Rev-Ola) 20 tracks, original Liberty recordings, 1958-59. CD rarity, few copies available!

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The Statler Brothers: An American Legend (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD520356
 

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(1996/PolyGram) 11 tracks

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Porter Wagoner: The Silent Kind (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCAD2588
 

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​(1996/RCA Special Music) 9 tracks

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George Hamilton IV: Country Boy - Best Of (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD393402
 

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(1996/BMG) 22 tracks (61:00)

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Various: BBC Radio 2 Country Hits 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDBMG78965
 

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​(1996/BMG) 42 tracks

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Various: Owen Bradley - The Nashville Sound (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCA11330
 

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​(1996/MCA) 10 tracks

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Various: RCA Country Hall Of Fame - Golden Era Vol.3 (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDB23D41056
 

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(1996/BMG Japan) 20 Tracks

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Dickey Lee: American Music Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTRC2002
 

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(1996/Track America Records) 20 tracks (60:46)

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Various: New Orleans Senior Prom - Crescent City R&R
Art-Nr.: CDNTICD7076
 

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(1996/NIGHT TRAIN) 23 tracks 1957-62 (51:31) Teilweise unveröffentlichte Rock'n'Roll-Aufnahmen / rare and unreleased rock'n'roll and teenage heartbreak takes. JULIAN, SCAT MAN PATIN, SCOTCHTONES, CHEVIES, VINCY ANTHONY, JOE CARL, CHUCK COMO, FATS FITZGERALD, DANNY...

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REFRESHMENTS: Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy (1996)
Art-Nr.: CD528999
 

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(1996/POLYGRAM) 12 tracks (53:31)

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Various: Didjeridoo - Australian Aboriginal Music
Art-Nr.: CDPS65167
 

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(1996/PLAYA) 8 tracks (44:44) ADD recorded in 1969 by Dr.Miroslav Procopec on HUER Report Tape Recorder. 20 page booklet (E/F).

$16.97 *

Various: Vol.2, When I Was A Cowboy
Art-Nr.: CDYAZ2023
 

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(1996/YAZOO) 23 tracks 1920/30s

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Jonell Mosser: Around Townes
Art-Nr.: CDWH3308
 

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(1996/WINTER HARVEST) 13 tracks, all lyrics & music by Townes Van Zandt.

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Rick Trevino: Learning As You Go
Art-Nr.: CDA599632
 

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(1996/SONY) 10 tracks last copies - special price !

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Johnny Cash: American 2 - Unchained (EU)
Art-Nr.: CD2793
 

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​(American Recordings - 1996) 14 Johnny Cash Songs

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George Jones: All American Country
Art-Nr.: CD552562
 

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(1996/KARUSSELL) 18 tracks, Mercury recordings from 1957-62.

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Johnny Cash: All American Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD552558
 

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(1996/POLYGRAM) 18 tracks 1987-1991 / deleted now

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Riders In The Sky: Public Cowboy #1 - Gene Autry (1996)
Art-Nr.: CDROU0410
 

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(1996/ROUNDER) 12 tracks - deleted.

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Various: Drink Up And Go Home - Sun Country Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAVI5020
 

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(1992/AVI/SUN) 24 tracks 1950s - rare US release - sealed new stock copy.

$23.34 *

The Vipers Skiffle Group: 10.000 Years Ago (3-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD15954
 

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3-CD box (LP-size) with 36-page book, 64 tracks. Playing time approx. 157 mns. As a group, Wally Whyton and the Vipers were the premier British performers of the Skiffle era. Their distinctive style was the very essence of the musical craze which swept Britain...

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Various: Hallo Bonjour Salut - 32 Great French Hits From The 60s & 70s (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRR4477
 

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(1996/Repertoire Records) 32 tracks, 1960 - 1983!

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FLORES, Rosie: Honky Tonk Reprise (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROU3136
 

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(1996/Rounder) 16 track CD reissue of her 1987 album plus bonus tracks. Featuring James Intveld (bass/harmony vocals), David Hidalgo, Pete Anderson a.o.

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Will Barnes: Texas In My Blood (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15991
 

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Will Barnes was born in Wichita Falls, Texas. He bought his first guitar with the money he made picking cotton. He started his recording career in 1975. These were the hey days of outlaw music. His records from those days are real collector's items. Now they are...

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Mitchell Torok: Mexican Joe In The Caribbean (4-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD15906
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 24-page book, 111 tracks. Playing time approx. 281 mns. We turn the spotlight on one of the great country songwriters of our time. Mitchell Torok wrote ‘Mexican Joe’ for Jim Reeves, Norwood and Arkansas for Glen Campbell , Open The Door...

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