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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.

Various: The Music Of Nashville - Original Soundtrack - Season 6 Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBM0650

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(Big Machine) 16 Tracks - The new compilation, The Music Of Nashville - Season 6 Volume 2, is the last soundtrack edition of the series 'Nashville' and contains the songs from the second half of the sixth and last season.  On the album are new...

$19.83 *

Jerry Goldsmith: Stagecoach & The Trouble With Angels - Soundtrack (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMD608

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(Mainstream Direct) 22 tracks, two classic Goldsmith soundtrack on one CD

$35.04 *

Ry Cooder: The Long Riders - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3160

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(Warner Music Japan Inc.) 13 Tracks - The soundtrack of the box office hit in 1980!

$23.34 *

Various: The Music Of Nashville - Original Soundtrack - Season 6 Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBM0600

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(Big Machine) 12 Tracks - Soundtrack from Season 6 of CMT's Nashville TV Show.

$19.83 *

Various: How The West Was Won (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNOT194

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(Not Now Music) 15 tracks - Original soundtrack recording

$21.00 *

Various: Danger Men, Mavericks, Thrillers & Twilight Zones – Classic TV Themes of the 50s & 60s (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS2621

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(2017/Jasmine) 40 Tracks - Something of a follow-up to Jasmine's earlier collection of TV and movie themes, Watching The Detectives (JASMCD2615), this generous, 40-track compilation concentrates on TV themes from 'The Golden Age' of television. Around a third of the...

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Roy Orbison: The Fastest Guitar Alive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, US-Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDAK45405

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​(1989/CBS) 10 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1967 MGM Soundtrack Album! It's rare and originally sealed! Mint copy! 

$29.19 *

Various: Miami Vice - Soundtrack (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMCA6150

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(1984/MCA) 11 tracks - Original soundtrack to the legendary TV-series. Originally sealed album - cut-out LP!

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Various: American Epic - The Soundtrack (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSNY30991

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(2017/Sony Legacy) 15 Tracks - Gatefold Cover - Companion to the multi award-winning 'American Epic' film trilogy, featuring masterpieces of American Music! The soundtrack to the films that tell the story of the beginning of American popular music!

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Various: American Epic (5-CD-Book Set)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY99692

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(2017/Sony Legacy) 100 Tracks - Book and 5 CDs box set companion to the multi award-winning 'American Epic' film trilogy, featuring masterpieces of American Music! The soundtrack to the films that tell the story of the beginning of American popular music!

$54.71 *

Various: The Sons Of Katie Elder - Soundtrack (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPLAA001

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(CBS Australia) 1980s re-issue of this very rare 1965 album - 12 tracks by Elmar Bernstein, featuring John Wayne and Johnny Cash.

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Ry Cooder: Paris, Texas - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD25270

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​(1988/Warner Bros.) 10 Tracks - Original CD version of the 1985 vinyl soundtrack album!

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Various: Steelyard Blues - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0362

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(2015/Real Gone) 14 tracks, Warner Bros. 1972, 8-page booklet. Bluesy musical score from the original movie soundtrack, incl. Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Maria Muldaur, Nick Gravenites, and Merl Saunders. The movie and its soundtrack isn't really well-known...

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Various: Inside Llewyn Davis
Art-Nr.: LP9795876

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(2013/Nonesuch) 13 tracks.

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