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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.

   
 
Gene Pitney & George Jones: George Jones & Gene Pitney - It's Country Time Again (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRED038
 

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(The Rajon Music Group) 24 tracks, 2 albums on 1 CD

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Daryle Singletary: Now And Again (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKO8125
 

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(Audium Records/Koch) 10 tracks

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Billy Swan: Choice Cuts...plus
Art-Nr.: CD497465
 

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(2000/SONY) 16 tracks 1974-97

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Heartbroke: Wild At Heart (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDC192611
 

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(Rarity Records) 20 Tracks - 16-page booklet - Fantastic Millennium Rockin' Country from The Netherlands! 

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Merle Haggard: Best Of The '90s Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCURB77967
 

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(2000/Curb) 11 Tracks - Part 2 of the best of Haggard's performances in the nineties!

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Merle Haggard: Best Of The '90s Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCURB77966
 

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(2000/Curb) 12 Tracks - Part 1 of the best of Haggard's performances in the nineties!

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Ky-Mani Marley: The Journey (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSHANG0002
 

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(Shang Records/2000) 14 tracks

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Doug Sahm: San Antonio Rock - The Harlem Recordings 1957-1961 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNR274
 

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(Norton) 16 tracks,  Gatefold Cover - a Monster!***** By the time the Sir Douglas Quintet tore up the charts in 1965 with She's About A Mover, main mover Doug Sahm - the late, great Doug Sahm - had already logged a ten year career on the lively bandstands of San...

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Various: Bayou Rockabilly Cats - Goldband Records (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD744
 

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(Ace Records) 26 tracks Rootsy swamp rockabilly as it evolded out of hillbilly music in the mid-1950s. The original singles are reissued for the first time here. Ace has long held a strong commitment to South Louisiana music in all its fascinating forms and has...

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Jose Feliciano: Asolutely The Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0610612
 

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(2000/Fuel 2000) 12 Tracks - In 1968 José Feliciano burst upon the American music scene with such a force, he will be forever remembered for his intimate reworking of The Doors' classic 'Light My Fire' became a no.3 Pop hit. For 'Light My Fire' was more than just a...

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Dick Curless: Hard, Hard Traveling Man (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16171
 

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4-CD box set (LP-format) with 48-page book, 97 tracks. Playing time approx. 246 mns. Dick Curless is best known for his mega-hit A Tombstone Every Mile , along with a string of trucker anthems and road songs, recorded since 1950 - 1973. This boxed set continues...

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Various - History: Beyond Recall (11-CD & 1-DVD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16030
 

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11-CD/1-DVD (NTSC) boxed set (LP-size) with 516-page hardcover book, 256 tracks. Playing time approx. 829 mns.  "BEAR FAMILY deserve the gratitude of jews all over the world. This is the most exhaustive collection of Jewish music from Nazi Berlin ever...

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Wynn Stewart: Wishful Thinking (10-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15886
 

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10-CD box (LP-size) with 52-page book, 281 tracks. Playing time approx. 742 mns. Wynn Stewart is generally hailed as one of the greatest pure singers in the history of country music, as well as one of the architects of the classic Fifties West Coast country...

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Bob Wills: San Antonio Rose (11-CD & 1-DVD & Book)
Art-Nr.: BCD15933
 

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11-CD/1 DVD box (LP-size) with 186-page hardcover book, 296 tracks. Playing time approx. 812 mns. Beyond influential. Beyond seminal. That's Bob Wills' Columbia recordings, complete for the first time. In the quarter-century since his death, Bob Wills has become...

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The Carter Family: In The Shadow Of Clinch Mountain (12-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15865
 

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12-CD box (LP-size) with 220-page hardcover book, 307 tracks. Playing time approx. 933 mns. The single most important event in the history of country music.' That was how Johnny Cash characterized the first Carter Family session in Bristol, Tennessee in 1927. That...

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Various: Der Maschendraht Hitmix (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGDC99194
 

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(2000/DISKY) 15 tracks - Partyscheibe mit 50 Minuten Spielzeit - Restposten zum Sonderpreis !

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Various: Great Brazilian Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDC99768
 

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(2000/Disky) 16 tracks

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Sir Douglas Quintet: The Great Sir Douglas Quintet - Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGLD63242
 

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(2000/Goldies) 14 tracks - Bonustracks with Freddy Fender THE GREAT SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET This collection from the eclectic country-rock Tex-Mex band the Sir Douglas Quintet, led by the musical pioneer Doug Sahm, brings some of the Quintet's finest recordings...

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Pete Stanley & Wizz Jones: More Than Sixteen Tons Of Bluegrass (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROLL3036
 

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(2000/Rollercoaster) 24 tracks, 1965-1966, with 24 page booklet! Rare digipack!

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Red Foley: Stay A Little Longer (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3523
 

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​(2000/Jasmine) 26 tracks

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PIERCE, Webb: The Wondering Boy - The King Of 50s Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDED639
 

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(2000/Demon) 24 tracks

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Ricky Skaggs: 16 Biggest Hits
Art-Nr.: CDSNY61640
 

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(2000/Sony) 16 tracks.

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Johnny Cash: The Mercury Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD544326
 

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(2001/SPECTRUM) 18 tracks

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Johnny Cash: American 3 - Solitary Man (EU) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD2794
 

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​(2000/American Recordings) 14 tracks

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Various: The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFW40130
 

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(2000/Folkways) 89 Tracks on five discs The Best of Broadside, Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine. Eighty-nine songs, including some never commercially released. Compiled and annotated by Jeff Place and Ronald D. Cohen. A five CD...

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SENSATIONS: That Feeling Again
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9069
 

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(2000/JIN) 17 tracks

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BAEZ, Joan: Classic - Universal Master Collection
Art-Nr.: CD497440
 

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(2000/A&M) 16 tracks 1972-76 w.8 page booklet.

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Teddy Thompson: A Piece Of What You Need (2000)
Art-Nr.: CD643482
 

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(2000/VERVE) 11 tracks

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Various: Devil's Swing: Ballads From The Big Bend Coun
Art-Nr.: CDARH480
 

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(2000/ARHOOLIE) 19 tracks 1994-99 with 38 page notes & lyrics E/ESP. Corridos Y Tragedias De La Junta De Los Rios/Ballads from the Big Bend Country of the Tex-Mex Border.

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PETER SUE & MARC: Country
Art-Nr.: CDP81180
 

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(2000/PHONAG) 12 tracks

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Johnny Cash: Love, Murder, God (3-CD Set) EU
Art-Nr.: CD0903003
 

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(2000/SONY) Set of 3 now deleted Concept albums - digipacs 48 tracks 1955-2000 - last copies (#489642/43/44)

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Dave Alvin: The Best Of The Hightone Years
Art-Nr.: CDSHFA11004
 

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(200/8/SHOUT/HIGHTONE) 18 tracks (4 unreleased)

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Don Williams: Gold 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CD112271
 

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(2000/UNIVERSAL) 40 track career retrospective incl.16 #1 Hits, liner notes and photos

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Bobbie Gentry: Ode To Bobby Gentry - The Capitol Years
Art-Nr.: CD5277192
 

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(2000/EMI) 21 tracks 1967-70

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Hank Williams Jr: The Bocephus Box 1979-1999 Collection 3-CD
Art-Nr.: CDD277940
 

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(2000/CURB) 65 tracks - Longbox Digipack with booklet; the original Bocephus Box returns with new tracks including the smash Y2K hit, 'A Country Boy Can Survive' featuring Chad Brock with Hank Williams Jr. and George Jones

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Clinton Walker: Buried Country - Buried Country - Aboriginal Country Music
Art-Nr.: 0031184
 

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Long before it was commonplace for Aboriginal dance companies to tour the world or for central desert 'dot paintings' to sell for astronomical sums, it was country music that first gave Aboriginal people a voice in modern Australia. To some, black skin and country...

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Howard Vokes: Songs Of Tragedy And Disaster
Art-Nr.: CDSD5122
 

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(2000/KING) 16 tracks - the complete Starday Anthology

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Arthur Smith: One Good Boogie Deserves Another
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3521
 

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(2000/JASMINE) 22 tracks 1940/50s

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Various: The Sound Of France (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRBR124
 

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CD Compilation on ROTATION RECORDS by Various Artists - The Sound Of France (CD)

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The Lucky Stars: Hollywood & Western (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDIPC8
 

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​(2000/Ipecac) 12 Tracks

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Johnny Cash: God (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD489644
 

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(2000/SONY) 16 tracks. Digipac (EU)

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Johnny Cash: Murder (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD489643
 

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(2000/SONY) 16 tracks

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Johnny Cash: Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD489642
 

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(2000/SONY) 16 tracks

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Johnny Cash: Love, God, Murder 3-CD(US)
Art-Nr.: CDC3K63809
 

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(2000/SONY) 48 tracks 1955-2000; 'LOVE, GOD & MURDER' are three new career-spanning themed compilations produced by Johnny Cash. All songs have been personally selected by Johnny Cash himself. Each features a new reflection on the subject by Johnny Cash plus NEW...

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Merle Haggard: Live At Billy Bob's Texas - Motorcycle Cowb.
Art-Nr.: CDSMG5000
 

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(2000/Smith) 18 tracks, Merle Haggard's first live album in 15 years. Hag is by far the biggest name that Billy Bob's has yet featured. Not entirely coincidentally, it's the best in the series, as well, even if it isn't really a spectacular live album from Hag. That...

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