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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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Bob Dylan: Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD7009172
 

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(Columbia Legacy) 12 track compilation, taken from various albums.

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Hank Williams: Country Legend (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSI903654
 

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(Disky) 20 tracks

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Various: Twenty-Four Gunfighter Ballads (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDE26538
 

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(2006/Delta) 24 Tracks ! Fantastic Compilation!

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Johnny Cash: American V - A Hundred Highways (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY597812
 

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(Sony-Columbia) 12 Tracks - EU edition

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Tom Waits: Orphans (3-CD Digipac)
Art-Nr.: CDANTI6844
 

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Fantastic 3-CD set. Sometimes indigestive, sometimes humorous but always worthwile. Recorded with thre different line-ups. Tom Waits performing his songs as only Tom Waits ca. A milestone. Digipak - TOM WAITS voc/gtr/kbds, feat. CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, LARRY TAYLOR,...

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: An Introduction To The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0615582
 

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(2006/EMI Special Market/Fuel) 18 original 1970/80s classics (53:25) with notes by Bill Dahl. - Fuel 2000's highly acclaimed 'Introduction to...'  US Series - deleted for years - original new stock copy (Bear Family Records)

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Various: Essential Guide To American Roots (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDESG308
 

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(2006/Union Square) 42 tracks (153:00) - slipcase packaging.  -  CD1 'Roots' featuring some of the greatest icons of American roots music like Woody Guthrie, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Lydia Mendoza a.o.  -  CD2 'PIoneers' featuring artists who...

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Bobby Bare: Down & Dirty...plus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRV243
 

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(Raven) 22 tracks 1978-83 - 8 page color booklet.  - By 1980, Bobby Bare had been in the music business for over two and a half decades. Yet when he strapped on a Fender Telecaster and recorded live in the studio a rough and rowdy album with a bunch of...

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Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan: Life And Death (and almost everything else) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI102
 

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(Omni Records) 29 tracks 1967-73 (2 unreleased) Stereo Masters with 16 page color booklet.  - Wah-Wah Guitars, Moog Solos And Paeans To Birds, Camels, Fire Hydrants And Other Wildlife. Something Was In The Water And The Evidence Is Right Here! Quite Simply,...

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Various: An Introduction To Gospel (CD, Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: CD0615512
 

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(2006/Fuel 2000) 18 Tracks - A great collection of Gospel classics! The real introduction to this genre of music!

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Various: Boozo Hoodoo! - The Songs Of Boozoo Chavis (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0612782X
 

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(2006/Fuel) 14 tracks (59:54) deleted gem from the swamp. Cut-Out (small hole in jewel case) new warehouse stock copy. - Produced by Roger Branch & Greg Eveline and recorded at the Big Easy Sound Studio, New Orleans. 6 page linernotes by Jeff Hannush (author of...

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Johnny Cash: The Legend Of Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1713840
 

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(Universal) 20 tracks (58:46) includes No.1 Hits, Classic Originals & Duets 1956-2003. Stunning 20 page booklet of notes by Rich Kienzle plus rare b&w photos.

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Kenny Chesney: Live - Live Those Songs Again (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBNA86578
 

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(2006/BNA) 14 tracks (66:48) 24 page tour booklet. Great material, recorded at various places in Knoxville TN, Pittsburgh PA, Los Angeles CA, Nassau Bahamas and Nashville TN. Overstock copies - get it while stock last!

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Bob Dylan: Modern Times (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY87606
 

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(2006/SONY) 10 tracks (62:48) produced by Jack Frost. special price!

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Charley Pride: Pride & Joy: A Gospel Music Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD05293
 

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(2006/MUSIC CITY) 14 tracks (45.04) produced by Charley Pride. Featuring Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson.

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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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Bud Isaacs: Bud's Bounce (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16798
 

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1-CD-Album with 44-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 56 mns. Recordings made for RCA Records between 1954 and 1956. Originator of the pedal steel guitar. He played pedal steel guitar on Slowly by Webb Pierce, released in early 1954, the first...

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Various: Golden Age Of Bluegrass (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRRY510107
 

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(2006/RURAL RHYTHM) 40 tracks

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Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra: Moving Out To The Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRADAR008
 

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(2006/Radar) 22 Tracks - The great British pianist and TV host Jools Holland and his orchestra with a chain of illustrious guests show their love of American Country Music and Country Rock! Get it!

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Johnny Seay: Blue Moon Of Kentucky (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16153
 

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 27 tracks. Playing time approx. 64 mns. Johnny Cash ... Johnny C.... Johnny Sea . That was the thinking when a young deep-voiced singer named Johnny Seay was renamed and encouraged to sing like a slightly older deep-voiced singer named...

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Willie Nelson & Roy Clark: The Liberty & Capitol Masters - An Introduction To Willie Nelson & Roy Clark (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0615452
 

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(2006/Fuel) 28 tracks - 2 CD slipcase packaging. Collectors Edition US 2-CD package including: -Willie Nelson's Liberty recordings (pre-Outlaw Country) -Roy Clark's Capitol 1960s recordings! (Popcorn, Country and Teen-Pop) with notes by Bill Dahl.

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Jim Reeves: The Essential Jim Reeves (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA68143
 

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(2006/BMG) 40 tracks 1953-64 with 16 page booklet

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Linda Ronstadt: The Best Of Linda Ronstadt - The Capitol Years (2-CD, EU-Version)
Art-Nr.: CD0718006
 

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(2006/CAPITOL) 46 tracks with 12 page booklet

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Bobby Helms: Jingle Bell Rock - A Bobby Helms Christmas
Art-Nr.: CD32806
 

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(2006/Laserlight) 11 tracks, 1960s recordings.

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Bode, Frank: Been Riding With Old Mosby
Art-Nr.: CDFTS31109
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 14 tracks

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: On The Great Divide
Art-Nr.: CDFTS31041
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 18 tracks - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: Remembrance Of Things To Come
Art-Nr.: CDFTS31035
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 19 tracks - digisleeve

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Men Of No Property: This Is Free Belfast - Irish Rebel Songs Of The Six Counties Recorded In Belfast
Art-Nr.: CDPAR1006
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 17 tracks - digisleeve

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Men Of No Property: Ireland - The Final Struggle
Art-Nr.: CDP1039
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 12 tracks - digisleeve

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McCLINTOCK, Harry: Haywire Mac
Art-Nr.: CDCOOK1124
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 15 tracks - digisleeve

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Dyer-Bennet, Richard: Richard Dyer-Bennet Vol.3
Art-Nr.: CDDYB3
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 13 tracks - digisleeve

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Men Of No Property: England's Vietnam - Irish Songs of Resistance
Art-Nr.: CDFH5409
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 14 tracks - digisleeve

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Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger and Sonny Terry at Carnegie Hall
Art-Nr.: CDFA2412
 

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(2007/Smithsonian Folkways) 6 tracks - digisleeve

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Sprott, Horace: Music From The South Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CDFA2651
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 9 tracks - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: Modern Times
Art-Nr.: CDFTS31027
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 18 tracks - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: Rural Delivery Number One
Art-Nr.: CDFA2496
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 18 tracks - digisleeve

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Various: Irish Rebellion Album
Art-Nr.: CDFH5415
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 18 tracks - digisleeve

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Buckley, Bruce: Ohio Valley Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDFA2025
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 8 tracks - digisleeve

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LUNSFORD, Bascom Lamar: Smokey Mountain Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDFA2040
 

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(2006/Smithsonian Folkways) 8 tracks - digisleeve

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Various: Songs Of The Civil War (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFW5717
 

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(2006/Folkways) 32 tracks 1960 - digisleeve

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CLAYTON, Paul: British Broadside Ballads In Popular Tradition
Art-Nr.: CDFW8708
 

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(2006/Folkways) 19 tracks 1957 - digisleeve

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Pete Seeger: Talking Union And Other Union Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW5285
 

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​(2006/Folkways) 13 tracks 1955 - digisleeve

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Stanley G. Triggs: Bunkhouse And Forecastle Songs Of The Northwest
Art-Nr.: CDFW3569
 

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(2006/Folkways) 18 tracks 1961 - digisleeve

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GOLDEN EAGLE STRING BAND: Grand Canal Ballads: History Of The Erie Canal
Art-Nr.: CDFW32318
 

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(2006/Folkways) 14 tracks 1981 - digisleeve

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HAMILTON, Frank: Sings Folk Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW2437
 

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(2006/Folkways) 11 tracks 1962 - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: New Lost City Ramblers Vol.3
Art-Nr.: CDFW2398
 

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(2006/Folkways) 18 tracks 1961 - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: New Lost City Ramblers Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CDFW2397
 

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(2006/Folkways) 16 tracks 1960 - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: New Lost City Ramblers
Art-Nr.: CDFW2396
 

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(2006/Folkways) 18 tracks 1961 - digisleeve

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HOLCOMB, Roscoe: Close To Home
Art-Nr.: CDFW2374
 

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(2006/Folkways) 11 tracks 1975 - digisleeve

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HOLCOMB, Roscoe & Wade Ward: Music Of
Art-Nr.: CDFW2363
 

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(2006/Folkways) 26 tracks 1962 - digisleeve

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RITCHIE FAMILY: Ritchie Family Of Kentucky
Art-Nr.: CDFW2316
 

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(2006/Folkways) 9 tracks 1958 - digisleeve

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ENGLISH, Logan: Kentucky Folk Songs And Ballads
Art-Nr.: CDFW2136
 

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(2006/Folkways) 12 tracks 1957 - digisleeve

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Paul Clayton: Folksongs And Ballads Of Virginia
Art-Nr.: CDFW2110
 

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(2006/Folkways) 14 tracks 1956 - digisleeve

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HOUSTON, Cisco: Hard Travellin'
Art-Nr.: CDFW2042
 

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(2006/Folkways) 11 tracks 1954 - digisleeve

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GLAZER, Joe: Songs Of Joe Hill
Art-Nr.: CDFW2039
 

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(2006/Folkways) 10 tracks 1954 - digisleeve

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Various: Lonesome Valley: A Collection Of American Folk Music
Art-Nr.: CDFW2010
 

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(2006/Folkways) 9 tracks 1950 - digisleeve

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PIUTE PETE: All About Square Dances With Calls And Instrumental
Art-Nr.: CDFW2001
 

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(2006/Folkways) 9 tracks 1966 (24:00), enhanced CD contains PDF of liner notes and music  - digisleeve.

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Various: Asch Recordings Vol.2
Art-Nr.: CDFW0004
 

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(2006/Folkways) 17 tracks 1937-1967 - digisleeve

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GLAZER, Joe: Union Train
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1925
 

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(2006/Folkways) 12 tracks 1975 - digisleeve

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HINTON, Sam: Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts
Art-Nr.: CDSF45062
 

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(2006/Folkways) 20 tracks

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HOUSTON, Cisco: 900 Miles And Other Railroad Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFA2013
 

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(2006/Folkways) 20 tracks 1953 - digisleeve

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Various: Friends Of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961-65 (3-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDSF40160
 

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(2006/Folkways) 55 tracks - 3-CD-Longbox

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HINTON, Sam: I'll Sing A Story
Art-Nr.: CDFW7548
 

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(2006/Folkways) 19 tracks 1972 - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: Songs From The Depression
Art-Nr.: CDFW5264
 

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(2006/Folkways) 18 tracks 1959 - digisleeve

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NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS: American Moonshine And Prohibition Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW5263
 

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(2006/Folkways) 17 tracks 1962 - digisleeve

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Dave Fredrickson: Songs Of The West
Art-Nr.: CDFW5259
 

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(2006/Folkways) 18 tracks 1961 - digisleeve

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Hermes Nye: Ballads Of The Civil War, Vol.1&2
Art-Nr.: CDFW5004
 

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(2006/Folkways) 21 tracks 1954 - digisleeve

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Pete Seeger: Vol.2, Village Gate With Memphis Slim & Willi
Art-Nr.: CDFW2451
 

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​(2006/Folkways) 10 tracks 1962 - digisleeve

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HINTON, Sam: Wandering Folk Songs
Art-Nr.: CDFW2401
 

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(2006/Folkways) 24 tracks 1966 - digisleeve

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