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It’s Country Music Time! 

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.

   
 
Chip Taylor: Seven Days In May - A Love Story (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTW007
 

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(Train Wreck) 13 tracks (60:13) with 8 page booklet. Chip Taylor is an American singer-songwriter, best known perhaps for writing "Wild Thing" which was a huge hit for the Troggs a long time ago. He's also written "Angel of the Morning," "Any Way That You Want...

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Conway Twitty: The Rock & Roll Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD554150
 

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(Spectrum) 21 tracks 1956-62

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Frankie Laine: Making Memories (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSAT5001
 

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(1998/Satril) 16 tracks

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Ricky Nelson: Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band: Rick Sings Nelson - Rudy The Fifth (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO441
 

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(BGO Records) 22 tracks MCA 1970 and 1971 with 8 page booklet.

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Various: La Havana (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLD1012
 

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(1998/Fuel) 14 tracks

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Various: Country Boogie 1939-1947 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA160
 

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(Frémeaux & Associés) 36 Tracks - 32 page booklet - Fantastic anthology of how black boogie woogie entered country music!

$35.04 *

Conway Twitty: The Very Best Of Conway Twitty (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHMN036
 

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​(1998/MCA/Universal) 24 tracks

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Curtis Gordon: Play The Music Louder (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16253
 

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 34 tracks, Playing time 73:47 minutes. Curtis Gordon will be 70 this year. and he's on his way to Europe to play showdates! Back in 1985 and 1986 we issued two LPs of Curtis's RCA Victor and Mercury recordings. The RCA sides (issued on...

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Minnie Pearl: The Starday Years (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSD3509
 

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(1997/KING) the original Starday Comedy & Music (15 songs) programs. Featuring Cowboy Copas, Red Sovine, Ray Price, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb a.o.(110:46 Mins.)

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Les Amis De La Louisianne: Fierd Etre Cajun (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6145
 

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(1998/Swallow) 15 tracks. Les Amis de la Llouisianne is a traditional cajun dance band, performing at area restaurants, night clubs, and festivals in South Louisiana. They are known for the 'spice' and 'flare' they add to all their performances, giving their fans a...

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Robert Jardell & Pure Cajun: Cajun Saturday Night Dance (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6147
 

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(1998/Swallow) 15 tracks. RobertJardell & Pure Cajun are an award winning traditional cajum music dance band.

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Johnny Cash: The Best Of Johnny Cash (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD554383
 

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(1998/Spectrum- Polygram UK) 22 tracks (59:33) Polygram/Mercury 1988-1990. out of print now

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Chas McDevitt: Skiffle - The Definitive Inside Story by Chas McDevitt
Art-Nr.: 0041610
 

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(1997/Robson Books) English, Hardback w.dustjacket/Gebunden mit Schutzumschlag, 17x24 cm, 294 pages, rare b&w illustrations. Foreword by Mark Knopfler and George Harrison. Few stock copies of the 1997 original version! Skiffle is the first book in 40 years to...

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Gail Davies: Love Ain't Easy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLC98
 

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(Little Chickadee) 10 tracks (32:53)

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Randy & The Rockets: A Blast From The Past - The Essential Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9059
 

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(1998/JIN) 22 originals 1958-66 (55:26) Randy & The Rockets came into being in 1957, as one of the first Swamp Pop bands. At that time there where only a handful of 'white' groups that could play the new Rock'n'Roll sound rapidly sweeping the nation and South...

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Roger Miller: The Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEAB030
 

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(1998/Eagle) 20 tracks (45:24) nice price offer collection of original master recordings licensed fom BMG.

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Jim Reeves: 20 Gospel Favourites (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD60790
 

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(1998/BMG) 20 tracks

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John Denver: Greatest Country Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA67604
 

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(1998/BMG) 18 tracks

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Tito Puente: Cuban Carnival
Art-Nr.: CDBMG743216
 

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(1998/BMG Spain) 11 tracks, rare CD, 1998 reissue of the original 1956 RCA Victor album by Tito Puente & His Orchestra ! MM/Bear Family Records

$23.34 *

Charles Mann: The Essential Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9060
 

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(1998/Jin) 16 tracks - CD on JIN RECORDS by Charles Mann - The Essential Collection

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Doug Kershaw: The Crazy Cajun Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDED584
 

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(1998/Edsel) 21 Tracks - The Crazy Cajun Recordings, incl. 1 track with Rusty as Rusty & Doug!

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George Strait: Best 1981-1987 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD380491
 

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(1998/MCA) 20 tracks 1981-86 (EU)

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Various: The Ultimate Christmas Collection (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJB405
 

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(1998/Jingle Bells-Delta) 100 tracks, Dutch compilation - few copies only!

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Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: Streets Of Bakersfield (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCTS55450
 

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​(1998/Country Stars) 18 tracks

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Mickey Gilley: The Crazy Cajun Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDED583
 

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(1998/DEMON) 18 tracks 1960/70s

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George Strait: The Very Best Of George Strait, Vol.2 - 1988-93 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCD19397
 

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​(1998/MCA) 20 tracks

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Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson: VH1 Storytellers
Art-Nr.: CD88697
 

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(1998/American Recordings) 15 tracks (51:43). Superb acoustic set, produced by Rick Rubin. Live unplugged session from the VH1 TV show 'Storytellers'. Two barstools, lotsa equipment and two Country legends! Amazing evening with our heroes in best shape and mood....

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ATKINS, Chet: Finger Style Guitar - Stringin' Along With Chet (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOW35128
 

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​(1998/One Way) 24 tracks - originally sealed

$67.80 *

POCO: Ultimate Collection
Art-Nr.: CDHIP40136
 

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(1998/Hip-O Records) 18 tracks.

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BOGGS, Dock: His Folkways Years 1963-1968 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDSF40108
 

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(1998/Smithsonian) 50 tracks

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HOLCOMB, Roscoe: High Lonesome Sound
Art-Nr.: CDSF40104
 

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(1998/Folkways) 21 tracks

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MALANDO & his Tango Orchestra: Ole Guapa
Art-Nr.: CD558516
 

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(1998/Polymedia) 16 tracks (53:24) original Mercury masters 1957-70.

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Blaze Foley (Tribute): In Tribute And Loving Memory...Vol.1
Art-Nr.: CDDS01
 

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(1998/DEEP SOUTH) 16 tracks (62:23) 24 page booklet incl. all lyrics.

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Various: Tour De L'ile - Authentic Tahiti Tradition
Art-Nr.: CDS65825
 

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(1998/MANUITI) 21 tracks 1966-68

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Lonnie Joe Howell: Hot Texas Harmonica
Art-Nr.: CDLJAR198
 

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(1998/ARMADILLO) 9 tracks incl.medleys (vocal & instrumental 35:03) - back in stock

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Various: Before The Tango - Argentina's Folk Tradition
Art-Nr.: CDHQ114
 

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(1998/INTERSTATE) 27 tracks (75:43) 1905-1936 with 12 page booklet

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Various: Ciao Italia (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD489740
 

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(1998/SONY) 41 tracks

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Art Garfunkel: Simply The Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD491473
 

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CD on COLUMBIA RECORDS by Art Garfunkel - Simply The Best (CD)

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Various: Adios Amigos (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREP4658
 

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(1998 / Repertoire) 42 tracks, the great big Spanish Folk hits, 1958-1996 - last copies

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Glenn Reeves: Rockin' Country Style (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDENC2098
 

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(1998/Encore) 18 Tracks

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Jeannie C. Riley: Harper Valley P.T.A. - The Very Best Of
Art-Nr.: CDCOL6022
 

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(1998/COLLECTABLES) 24 tracks (65:25) Essential!

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Smiley Burnette: Western Movie Singing Stars (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSIM5570
 

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​(1998/Simitar) 12 tracks

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Gary Miller: The Best Of Gary Miller - 24 Great Tracks (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPLS286
 

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CD on PULSE RECORDS by Gary Miller - The Best Of Gary Miller - 24 Great Tracks (CD)

$22.17 *

Patsy Cline: The Four Star Recordings Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCTS55452
 

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CD on MUSIC CLUB RECORDS by Patsy Cline - The Four Star Recordings Vol.2 (CD)

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Arthur Lyman: Yellow Bird
Art-Nr.: CDRY50433
 

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(1998/Rycodisc) 12 tracks, 1960s remastered - last copies of this hard to find exotic gems !

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Various: Get Rhythm - Tribute To The Man In Black (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRAU031
 

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(2007/RAUCOUS) 20 tracks, Johnny Cash Tribute with Boz Boorer, Roadkings, Sabrejets a.o. digipac - back in stock 

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Various: Tribute To Hank Williams (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBEBE004
 

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(1998/Be Be's Records) 16 Tracks

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Les Paul & Mary Ford: A Touch Of Class - Best
Art-Nr.: CDTC88630
 

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(1998/DISKY) 18 tracks Capitol 1948-56

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Sheb Wooley: That's My Pa (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15902
 

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 44-page book, 113 tracks. Playing time approx. 292 mns. Sheb Wooley has done it all: singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. In a career that spans over a half century he has scored major hits as performer and songwriter, like Purple...

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