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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.

   
 
The Boogie Kings: Nine Lives (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9035
 

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(Jin Records) 13 Tracks - Recorded live on New Year's Eve 1990 at the Riverside Centraplex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

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Various: History Of Rock, Vol.2 - Oldies 103 FM, Wods. Boston (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCOL2553
 

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(Collectables) 24 tracks - Originally sealed copy - Doo Wop, Soul, Rock 'n' Roll and Beat from the 1950s and 1960s

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Tony Allen: Lagos No Shaking (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHJR20
 

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(2009/Honest Jon's Records) 11 tracks

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Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPPA009
 

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(2004/Pure Audiophile) 12 tracks - Pure Audiophile Records, Ltd. is printed on the spine, back cover and each record label. Issued under the exclusive license to Concord Records is printed on both the back cover as well as each record label. Manufactured and...

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Corb Lund: Losin' Lately Gambler (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5026
 

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(2009/New West) 12 tracks

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Doug Sahm: Doug Sahm & Band - Texas Tornado - Groovers Paradise (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO1259
 

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(2017/BGO) 33 Tracks - Three original albums 1973-1974!

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Ray Charles: Ray Charles Collection (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPARC14557
 

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(1989/Arcade) 32 tracks - ABC-Paramount recordings

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

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(2005/Rhino) 14 tracks

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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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Various: Please Release Me - The Soulful Side Of Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS942
 

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(2016/Jasmine) 29 Tracks - The unexpected success of Ray Charles' million selling Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music LP, in the Spring of 1962, led to a flood of soul and R&B artists recording C&W songs. Including Ben E. King, Clyde McPhatter,...

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IMPERIALS: Gospel Ship - USS Imperials (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGS001
 

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(2006) Slipcase - 7 tracks - Grammy Award winning gospel group that backed Elvis Presley

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Various: Jamaica Is The Place To Go (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFVDD221
 

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(2015/Fantastic Voyage) 48 tracks. 48 mento classics from Jamaica. There is something to discover!

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Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant: Bustin' Thru - Flippin' The Lid (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17335
 

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1-CD DigiPac (4-plated) with 40-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 81 mns. Hillbilly boogie, fantastic guitar and steel guitar duets featuring two of the finest players to ever touch a musical instrument! Instrumentals and session work for...

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Delbert McClinton: Under Suspicion - The ABC Sessions (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRV353
 

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(2013/Raven) 33 tracks, three ABC albums, incl. 'Love Rustler', Genuine Cowhide' and 'Victim Of Life's Circumstances'! A mixture of blue-eyed Country Soul and hardcore Texan Roadhouse Rhythm & Blues! 12 page booklet.

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Houle Brothers: Dream Night b-w Sometimes I Feel Like Leaving Town 7inch, 45rpm
Art-Nr.: REP08045
 

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Nice duet Rockabilly Bopper with hot guitar break!

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Various: Behind Closed Doors-Where Country Meets Soul
Art-Nr.: CDKEND375
 

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(2012/ACE) 23 tracks 1964-93 with 20 page booklet.

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Various: How Many Roads - Black America Sings Bob Dylan
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1278
 

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(ACE Records) 20 tracks - Classic interpretations of the Bob Dylan songbook by some of the greatest names of soul music. Fully-illustrated 20 page colour booklet with 3500 word notes, mastered from the original band sources Not for nothing is Bob Dylan...

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Laurel Aitken: Boogie In My Bones - All Major Hits 1957-60
Art-Nr.: CD680821
 

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(2010/PRESSURE DROP) 28 tracks - original Mento and R&B from Jamaica's first singing superstar, often named the Godfather of Ska. With 16 page booklet.

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Roots Earth & Water: Innocent Youths
Art-Nr.: CDLITA032
 

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CD on LIGHT IN THE ATTIC RECORDS by Roots Earth & Water - Innocent Youths

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Various: Summer Records Anthology 1974-88
Art-Nr.: CDLITA029
 

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(2007/LITA) 15 tracks - digipac

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Bob Marley: Classic Bob Marley
Art-Nr.: CD5314919
 

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(2008/SPECTRUM) 19 tracks 1967-75

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Various - SUN Records: Sun Gospel (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16387
 

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1-CD with 36-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 80 mns. Without Sun Records, the face of popular music, indeed popular culture, would be markedly different. Record collectors know Sun Records as the birthplace of rockabilly, and a source of valuable...

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LETTERMEN: All-Time Greatest (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP46626
 

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​(Capitol) 10 tracks

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