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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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Dale Watson: Christmas Time In Texas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCSC1017
 

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(Continental) 12 Tracks - Hot Texas Christmas Day!

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Various: A Country Christmas (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJB213
 

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(1999/Weton-Wesgram) 32 Tracks - Fantastic Country Christmas compilation pressed in the Netherlands!

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Various: Here Comes Santa Claus (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNL25294
 

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(1995/Intermusic-NL) 50 Tracks - Great Christmas compilation for a low amount!

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Various: A Hawaiian Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVIP140
 

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(1996/Snowflake-Virgin) 14 Tracks - Extremely rare CD!

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Various: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits - 1935-54 (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70637
 

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(1989/Rhino) 10 tracks, longbox, very rare Christmas compilation, few items in stock!

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Various: Cowboy Christmas (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD96804
 

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(2007/Digi Planet) 38 Tracks - Cowboy Country Christmas, rare German pressing!

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Connie Smith: Joy To The World - Expanded Edition (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0644
 

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(2017/Real Gone Music) 11 tracks - with 12-page booklet containing great photos and the whole story.  - Reissue of the original 1975 Columbia album, featuring The Jordanaires and the cream of Nashville's studio musicians, plus a bonus track duet with Willie...

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Various: Louisiana Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9039
 

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(1993/Jin Records) 14 Tracks - Cajun Christmas classics featuring Clifton Chenier, Michael Doucet, Rockin' Sidney and many more!​

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Greg Doolan, Susan McRae & Ross Boggart: The Best Aussie Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCG001
 

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(Mastertech) 17 Tracks This compilation brings the best Australian Christmas songs to your festivities! Some old favorites done slightly differently plus some Christmas songs from down under, funny tunes with funny jungle noises. If you're tired of the same old ones...

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Elvis Presley: Christmas Duets (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBMG35477
 

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(2008/BMG) 13 tracks, new duet mixes, Elvis' original voice along with newly recorded duet partners Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Amy Grant, Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna Judd, and many others! Nice Price!

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Various - Season's Greetings: Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD16718
 

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1-CD-album digipac with 24-page booklet, 30 tracks; playing time 77:16 minutes. - Special 'Red Nose' price - while stock last!***** It is one of the most familiar songs in all American music, and among the Top 20 all-time earners in the American record business. It...

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Various: Holiday Collection (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR2536134
 

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(2013/Rhino Custom Product) 40 original master tracks, 10inch Deluxe Digisleeve. Seasonal favorites featuring artists from the Pop, Rock'n'Roll, Country and Rhythm & Blues fields.  - Featuring: Dwight Yoakam, B.J. Thomas, The Everly Brothers, Jackie...

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Jimmy Sturr: Polka Christmas With Jimmy Sturr
Art-Nr.: CD12177
 

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(1994/Laserlight) 10 tracks - few copies only! (1994/Laserlight) 10 Tracks - wenige Exemplare! At the very time that Rock-n-Roll was reaching its crescendo, and into the era when country was dazzling the nation, a strange phenomenon was taking place. In essence,...

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Various: The Christmas Country Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCX004
 

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(1994/Music Club) 16 tracks - Rare collector's item - few copies only!

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Various: A Country Christmas (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS3676
 

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(2015/Jasmine) 61 tracks, 6-page booklet. The evolution of early American Country Christmas songs 1940s-1960s, incl. Country Music's super stars from these decades! MM/Bear Family Records

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Various: Merry Christmas (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJB204
 

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(1994/Jingle Bells-Delta) 28 tracks, Dutch compilation - few copies only!

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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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Various: Christmas Greatest (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJB306
 

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(1997/Jingle Bells-Delta) 54 tracks, Dutch compilation - few copies only!

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Various: White Christmas (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJB309
 

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(1999/Jingle Bells-Delta) 50 tracks, Dutch compilation - few copies only!

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Kelly Clarkson: Wrapped In Red (Deluxe Edition)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA77623
 

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(RCA) 16 tracks, DeLuxe Edition with a 16-page booklet incl many photos! Featuring her classics 'Underneath The Tree' and 'Wrapped In Red' plus the favorites 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', 'White Christmas', and the amazin version of 'Silent Night' with...

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Various: Christmas In The Air! Television Stars Ring In The Holidays
Art-Nr.: CDJAS824
 

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(2015/Jasmine) 56 tracks, a 1950s Pop Christmas with America's greatest TV stars!

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John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas
Art-Nr.: CDBMG54092
 

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(2003/BMG) 17 tracks, reissue of the original 1975 RCA album, plus additional tracks recorded between 1970-1985, incl outtakes from the 1975 Christmas session with legendary drummer Hal Blaine! MM/Bear Family Records

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Various: A Christmas Collection
Art-Nr.: CDMFP5903
 

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(2002/Music For Pleasure) 20 tracks - Few copies only!

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Jim Reeves: Christmas Songbook
Art-Nr.: CD55410
 

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(2003/BMG-UK) 22 tracks, original RCA Victor recordings, 1959-64!

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Various: Winter Wonderland
Art-Nr.: CD467704
 

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(1990/Sony) 15 tracks, original Columbia Christmas recordings, incl. Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Marty Robbins, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Vinton, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, a.m.o.!

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Various: Country Christmas
Art-Nr.: CDDCD5353
 

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(1993/K-tel/DISKY) 18 tracks (48:34), great compilation, incl. rare tracks, 1980s-90s.

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Boots Randolph: Boots And Stockings
Art-Nr.: CDA22175
 

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​(1991/Sony) 11 tracks, reissue of the original 1976 Columbia album 'A Christmas Holiday'. Rare CD, few copies only!

$35.04 *

Wayne Newton: Merry Christmas From Wayne Newton
Art-Nr.: CDP77348
 

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(1990/CURB) 13 tracks - Wayne Newton's wonderful Christmas album!

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