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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.

Alexandra: Mein Freund, der Baum (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP824188

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(Mercury) 14 tracks - Compilation about one of Germany's most important Chanson artists - All recordings are from 1967 to 1969

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Gunter Gabriel: Ich bin Gunter Gabriel - 30 Tonnen Hits Das Allerbeste (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY29672

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(Hansa-Sony) 39 tracks - Dschungel Edition

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Anton Karas: Hither 'n' Zither - Around The World With Anton Karas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDETD131

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(1999/Music Collection International) 12 tracks - beautifully arranged medleys - 40:40 minutes playing time

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Kenneth Spencer: Kennth Spencer - Stars Hits Evergreens
Art-Nr.: LPCRY32524

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(Crystal) 12 tracks

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Various: Die Marschmusik-Parade
Art-Nr.: CD2087268

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(2015/MUSIC TALES) 50 tracks, 1953-62, 4-page booklet. Greatest Marching Hits.

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Gunter Gabriel: Gunterwegs
Art-Nr.: BCD16626

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 15 single tracks, playing time 55:54 minutes.  Timeless, great album from 2002 including all lyrics and with comments by Gunter Gabriel in the booklet.# Like no other artist, Gunter Gabriel has become a symbol - for movement,...

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Various - 1000 Nadelstiche: Vol.12, Folk & Pop - Amerikaner & Briten singen deutsch (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16620

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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 26 tracks, playing time 73:03 minutes. 1000 pinpricks, episode 12 (Folk & Pop) For the CD series '1000 Needlesticks' we have opened nearly all available style drawers in the already available episodes 1 to 11: Beat, country,...

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Various - 1000 Nadelstiche: Vol.07, Country & Schlager - Amerikaner & Briten singen deutsch (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16567

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1-CD with 52-page booklet, 30 tracks, playing time 78:12 minutes. The complete range of songs from the book '1000 Nadelstiche' includes many hundreds of titles - interpreted by established mega stars and nobodies who have never been able to assert themselves...

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Gunter Gabriel: Aus dem Leben gegriffen
Art-Nr.: BCD16358

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1 CD album with 31-page booklet, 21 single tracks. Playing time approx. 66 minutes. Telling stories was always Gunter Gabriel's thing, whether it was his boss he wanted more money from or Willy Klein, the TV man he told. Here is the re-release of his cult...

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Art-Nr.: BCD16169

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 32 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns. The Hula Hawaiians from Basel landed their first hit in the German speaking region in 1960 with the instrumental 'Hilo March.' Later successes included 'Hula Moon' and 'Hawaiian Bells.' The...

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