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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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Carl Smith: Let's Live A Little (CD)
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(Sanctuary Records) 29 tracks, original mono recordings, 1950-1954

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NICKEL CREEK: Why Should The Fire Die (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSH3990
 

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(Sugar Hill) 14 Titel - digipac with 20 page booklet.  - Nickel Creek's first album without Alison Krauss in the producer's chair, and on it, the trio's genre-expanding acoustic music has shifted even farther away from it's bluegrass origins. The opening...

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Shooter Jennings: Put The O Back In Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP010
 

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(Hump Head Records) 15 Tracks - Plus 4 live bonus tracks ! - Shooter Jennings has country music in his blood. The only child of country legend Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooters early years were spent on his parents tour bus . "I thought everybody's family...

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Lee Ann Womack: There's More Where That Came From (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP003
 

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(Hump Head/MCA Nashville) 13 tracks with 20 page booklet with all lyrics - 2005 MCA Album - European pressing contains bonus track!  - There's More Where That Came From is for everyone who's ever loved, lost, and learned hard-earned lessons and lived to...

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The Everly Brothers: Beat & Soul (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCCM555
 

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(Collector's Choice) 12 tracks - originally sealed copy​

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Midnite: Let Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDIG009
 

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(Ernie B Records/2011) 13 tracks

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Cocoa Tea: Yes We Can (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAMJAM1
 

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(Ernie Bs Reggae/2009) 14 tracks Intro Oh yes we can, (yes, yes Don't let them tell us that we can't (no). Japanese and Chinese man let me hear you say yes we can, yes we can. Blacks and whites let me hear you say yes we can, yes we can. Latinos and Mexicans let...

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Mikey Dread: Best Sellers 2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDATC015
 

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(Dread at the Control/2005) 16 tracks Natural Rasta This is an unreleased Mikey Dread track which shows his commitment to Ras Tafari. Natural Rasta reinforces the italism that most Rastas are devoted to, embracing nature, ital food, our ancestors and Jah Ras...

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Harry Belafonte: Sings 24 Calypso & Folk Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRMB75111
 

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(2005/IMC) 24 tracks - This collection brings together a wealth of early Harry Belafonte recordings in the calypso and folk modes that made the singer such a huge star of the 1950's and 1960's folk style in American pop.

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Jim Reeves: Mexican Joe (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGCD1087
 

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(Rolled Gold) 19 tracks

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Union Avenue: Teenage Kicks (CD, EP)
Art-Nr.: CDRAU172
 

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(2005/Raucous) 3-track EP-CD, Johnny Cash style!

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Ray Charles: Genius & Friends (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD732555
 

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(2005/Rhino) 14 tracks

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Dwight Yoakam: Blame The Vain (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEW6075
 

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(New West Records) 12 Tracks - Digipack -  After having parted ways with his longtime partner Pete Anderson, Dwight appears here with his newest release which he produced himself. The album features Dwight's good old Kentucky Twang and is a fantastic mixture of...

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Various: The Greatest Country Music Show In the World! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0615102
 

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(2005/Fuel-Varese Sarabande) 12 tracks (34:26) US compilation of all-time Country Music classics in high quality live versions.  - please check soundfiles - deleted US pressing

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Bob Wills: Faded Love - 1947-1973 (13-CD & 1-DVD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16550
 

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13-CD/1-DVD box (LP-size) with 140-page hardcover book. CD 357 tracks, playing time approx. 949 mns. DVD 7 tracks, playing time approx. 19 mns. · Bear Family's stunning, comprehensive 13 CD/1 DVD follow up to its first Bob Wills box set, 'San Antonio Rose.' ·...

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Tompall Glaser: Another Log On The Fire, Hillbilly Central #2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16520
 

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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 24 tracks, Playing time 76:59 mns. Tompall Glaser is the forgotten outlaw. Everyone remembers Willie and Waylon , but Tompall Glaser made records every bit as good as theirs, and helped developed the classic 'Outlaw' sound in his...

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Dolly Parton: Those Were The Days (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSH4007
 

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(2005/SUGAR HILL) 12 tracks With Special Guests: Judy Collins, Mary Hopkin, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Tommy James, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Roger McGuinn, Joe Nichols, Nickel Creek, Mindy Smith, Dan Tyminski, Keith Urban, Rhonda Vincent, Lee...

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B.J. Thomas: Have A Heart - The Love Song Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVSD66209
 

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(2005/Varese Sarabande) 16 tracks 1969/70 Scepter (many unreleased)

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Donovan: Barabajagal (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD873569
 

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(2005/EMI) 23 tracks incl. bonust tracks - previously unreleased

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Donovan: Hurdy Gurdy Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD873568
 

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(2005/EMI) 20 tracks

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Donovan: Mellow Yellow (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD873567
 

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​(2005/EMI) 20 tracks incl. bonus tracks

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Martin Denny: Exotica Vol.3 - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREV105
 

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(2006/Rev-Ola) 24 Tracks - The original 1959 Liberty album plus bonus tracks! Rare digipack!

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Johnny Cash: Original Sun Singles '54 - '58 (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: SLP5179
 

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(2005/SUNDAZED) 28 tracks on double 180-gram vinyl gatefold edition from the original Sun-label mono masters, liners by noted author Colin Escott, original Sun label repros and rare photos. Pressed at R.T.I. To hear Johnny Cashs swaggering Sun Records-era...

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Dolly Parton: The Essential (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD69240
 

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(2005/SONY/BMG) 37 tracks 1967-2000 with 12 page booklet

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Various: Trains & Cars (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD222687
 

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(2005/Membran) 100 tracks (258:24 Minuten) 1940-50s Train and Hot Rod themed Country, R&B, Rockabilly, Blues a.o. Longbox Digi with 48 page booklet. last copies - deleted now

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Rayburn Anthony: My Baby's Car Crazy (CD, signed)
Art-Nr.: CDRBR5626S
 

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(2005/Rhythm Bomb) 14 tracks - with 20 page booklet including all lyrics.

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The Hi-Flyers: 1937-41 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKK35
 

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(2005/INTERSTATE) 28 tracks

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Bobbie Gentry: The Very Best Of Bobbie Gentry (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3115642
 

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(2005/EMI) 20 tracks Capitol 1967-69 with 8 page booklet

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CARTER SISTERS: And Mother Maybelle with Chet Atkins (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRFD35
 

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(2005/COUNTRY ROUTES) 39 tracks (74:57) 1950 Nashville Transcriptions

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Jim Croce: I Got A Name - Life and Times (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHMR15932
 

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(2005/HUNTER) 22 tracks - Two original albums from 1973

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Henson Cargill: A Very Well Travelled Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI101
 

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(2005/OMNI) 27 tracks remastered Monument/Columbia recordings from 1967-1970 in Stereo. With rare photos & exclusive liner notes - featuring the 1968 #1 Hit 'Skip A Rope' !

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B.J. Thomas: 20 Greatest Hits
Art-Nr.: CDTVC0741
 

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(2005/ Gusto Records) 20 tracks, original Scepter Records recordings

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Gretchen Wilson: All Jacked Up
Art-Nr.: CDEPC70902
 

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(2005/EMI EU) 11 tracks (41:54) produced by Gretchen Wilson, John Rich and Mark Wright. Last stock copies (now deleted) of Gretchen Wilson's groundbreaking 2005 album, featuring ' Politically Uncorrect' with Merle Haggard and other working class gems. Absolutely...

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John Williamson: Chandelier Of Stars
Art-Nr.: CD50016039
 

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(2005/Warner Musik) 12 tracks

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Various: American Hearts - New Country Generation 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CD519616
 

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(2005/SONY) 24 original tracks Auf der Doppel-CD 'American Hearts - The New Country Generation' findet sich alles, was in den Honky Tonks und Country-Saloons dies- und jenseits des Atlantiks in Sachen New American Music derzeit total angesagt ist. Hier gibt sich...

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Various: Classic Bluegrass Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CDSF40163
 

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(2005/Smithonian Folkways) 28 tracks

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The Mavericks: Mavericks Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD9833226
 

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​(2005/Universal) 41 tracks

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Various: Songs And Stories From Grand Canyon
Art-Nr.: CDSF40167
 

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(2005/Folkways) 19 tracks

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LILLY BROS/DON STOVER: Bluegrass At The Roots: 1961
Art-Nr.: CDSF40158
 

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​(2005/Smithonian Folkways) 18 tracks (56:00) 24 page booklet.

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GUTHRIE, Woody & Leadbelly: Folkways: The Original Vision
Art-Nr.: CDSF40000
 

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(2005/Folkways) 25 tracks

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Juliette Greco: Abendlied - Et Le Pay S'Endort (CD)
Art-Nr.: 200140
 

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(Choice Of Music/2005) 18 Tracks, including seven German versions

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Johnny Paycheck: Greatest Hits
Art-Nr.: CDGT2005
 

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(2005/GUSTO) 10 tracks, new recordings!​

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Bobby Bare: The Moon Was Blue (2005)
Art-Nr.: CDDUAL1209
 

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(2005/DUALTONE) 11 tracks w.8 page booklet. last stock copies! Astonishing, Nothing Short Of A Masterpiece - LA Weekly Combining Indie-Rock Sensibility With Nashville Sound Arrangements, The Elder Bare Is Likely To Become Country's Latest Legend Du Jour - USA TODAY...

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Various: Lowe Profile - A Tribute To Nick Lowe
Art-Nr.: CDBREW942
 

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(2005/BREWERY) 30 tracks

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PETER PAUL & MARY: The Very Best Of
Art-Nr.: CDRN73161
 

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(2005/RHINO/WARNER) 25 tracks with 20 page booklet.

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Various: Vol.2, Historic RCA Studio B
Art-Nr.: CDCMF099
 

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(2005/CMF) 14 tracks 1958-69

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Various: Historic RCA Studio B - Vol.1
Art-Nr.: CDCMF098
 

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(2005/CMF) 14 tracks 1958-71

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CYPRESS CITY: Shake That Fess
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9080
 

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(2005/JIN) 14 tracks (48:57)

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ONE MILE SOUTH: One Mile South
Art-Nr.: CD150001
 

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(2005/ROWHOUSE) 11 tracks (41:28) great, modern & boot scootin' country stuff. Incl. all lyrics. Back in print by popular demand!

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Don Rich: Bayou Soul (2005)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9079
 

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(2005/JIN) 14 tracks (48:17)

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Tommy Collins: Best Of Tommy Collins (re-recordings)
Art-Nr.: CD78906
 

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(2005/CURB) 10 tracks

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Townes van Zandt: Texas Troubadour (4-CD) Cap-Box
Art-Nr.: CDSNAJ729
 

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(2005/CHARLY) 86 tracks. Deluxe 4 CD Set Containing all 7 Of Van Zandt's studio Albums Released Between 1968-1978. Plus The 1973 Live Set "Live At The Old Quarter" Includes A Defintive 36 Page Booklet With Track By Track Commentary & Detailed Biography.

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The Kentucky Headhunters: Big Boss Man (2005)
Art-Nr.: CDCBJ0618
 

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(2005/Sony) 12 tracks - special price

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Roger Tarry: Last Time I Was There
Art-Nr.: CD27775
 

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(2005/Dandyland/Cargo) Bittersweet melancholy over delicious guitars, interspersed with a moodier, bluesy sound. Tender vocals, effortlessly delivered with gossamer touch.

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BADGE: The EP Collection 2004-2005
Art-Nr.: CD250119
 

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(2005/Dandyland/Cargo)

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MERRY-GO-ROUND: Listen, Listen - Definitive Collection
Art-Nr.: CDREV110
 

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(2005/Rev-Ola) 29 tracks 1966-69 with 12 page booklet.

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Becky Schlegel: Drifter Like Me
Art-Nr.: CD38332
 

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(2005/SCHLEGEL) 11 tracks (39:48)

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George Harrison & Friends: The Concert For Bangladesh...plus (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD729862
 

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(2005/APPLE-SONY) 20 tracks, Cube-Box with 36 page booklet. Recorded August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden, New York and featuring Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar a.o.

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Slim Whitman: Red River Valley - Home Of The Range (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO692
 

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(2005/BGO) 24 tracks, 1976-77

$14.80 *

PRIDDY, Nancy: You've Been This Way Before
Art-Nr.: CDREV134
 

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(2005/REV-OLA) 10 tracks (36:15) 1968 with 20 page booklet.

$18.60 *

Scooter Lee: Go To The Rock
Art-Nr.: CDSL2342
 

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(2005/LEE) 15 tracks - digipac

$18.60 *

Various: Texas Fed, Texas Bred - Redefining Country #1
Art-Nr.: CDDUAL1206
 

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(2005/DUALTONE) 15 tracks

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Various: Gettin' More Rowdy
Art-Nr.: CD19095
 

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(2005/TIME LIFE) 18 tracks (54:00) the original bad boy cult recordings from the master tapes!

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Various: Hee Haw Country Salute
Art-Nr.: CDTL19150
 

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(2005/TIME LIFE) 20 tracks

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Various: Country's Got Heart
Art-Nr.: CDTL19148
 

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(2005/TIME LIFE) 18 tracks (14#1 Hits)

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Various: Good Ol' Boys - Gettin' Rowdy Series
Art-Nr.: CDTL19046
 

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(2005/TIME LIFE) 12 tracks

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Various: Hillbilly Rock - Gettin' Rowdy Series
Art-Nr.: CDTL19045
 

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(2005/TIME LIFE) 12 tracks

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George Houston: Lone Rider And The Bandit (1942)
Art-Nr.: DVDALP4876
 

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(2005/ALPHA) engl., 1942, b&w, 50 min.

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Various: Deadwood - HBO Series Soundtrack & Dialogues
Art-Nr.: CD401202
 

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(2005/LOST HIGHWAY) 23 tracks (incl.dialogues) (43:20)

$19.77 *

   
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