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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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Various: Ritm'O - Tangos For Ever (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY9422
 

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(Columbia-Sony-France) 20 Tracks - Original Tangos by Top-Orchestras!

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Various: Listen All Around - The Golden Age Of African Music, 1950-1957 (2-CD Book)
Art-Nr.: CDDTD52
 

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(Dust to Digital) 47 Tracks - 2 CDs, 88 page hardcover book in landscape format plus download code - Legendary ethnomusicologist and field-recording pioneer, Hugh Tracey founded the International Library of African Music (ILAM) in 1954. Today, ILAM preserves...

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Various: The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose - American Primitive Guitar & Banjo (1963-1974)
Art-Nr.: CDCR00013
 

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Craft Recordings 17 tracks The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose American Primitive Guitar & Banjo, 1963-1974 "American Primitive" is a term originally coined to describe homegrown painters of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries who were self-taught, not trained...

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Various: Mambo Americano (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS847
 

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(Jasmine) 63 Tracks -  The Mambo craze swept through the U.S. popular music culture during most of 1954 and into 1955, competing (surprisingly enough) with the emerging 'Swingin' Saddlemen' - Bill Haley, the endless 'Annie' vocal group spin-offs, the widespread...

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Various: Caribbean Audio Odyssey Vol.2 (10inch LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPSTAG108
 

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(2017/Stag-O-Lee) 12 Tracks - A wild musical trip through the Caribbeans continued!

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Various: Caribbean Audio Odyssey (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSTAG110
 

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(2017/Stag-O-Lee) 20 Tracks - Both volumes of the Caribbean Audio Odyssey on one compact disc!

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

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(1998/Fuel) 14 tracks

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Johnny Pacheco: Mi Musica Es Para Ti (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0612172
 

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(2002/Fuel 2000) 12 Tracks - Early 1960s Mambo, Rhumba and Salsa out of New York City!

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Harry Belafonte: This Is Harry Belafonte (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMFP5851
 

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(EMI/MFP) 16 tracks

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Martin Denny: Exotica Vol.3 - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREV105
 

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(2006/Rev-Ola) 24 Tracks - The original 1959 Liberty album plus bonus tracks! Rare digipack!

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Tak Shindo: MGANGA! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMH019
 

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(2016/Sundazed) 12 tracks. Afro-Asian Exotica! Jungle beats and lush rhythms from the famed film and television composer. An early stereo marvel from the original 1958 tapes! Takashi 'Tak' Shindo was one of the most prominent purveyors of that gorgeous genre...

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George Abdo: The Joy Of Belly Dancing (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCD61764
 

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Middle East Instrumentals And Vocals (14 tracks / 67:46) THE JOY OF BELLY DANCING: GEORGE ABDO "King of Belly Dance Music"  INTRODUCTION The aging process begins at approximately 20 years of age. Muscles and ligaments tighten up restricting many movements....

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George Abdo: The Art Of Belly Dancing (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCD61752
 

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Middle East Instrumentals And Vocals (13 tracks / 51:25) Belly dancing is an ancient art. When danced to the rhythms of Middle Eastern music, it is a whole series of sensuous undulating move-ments that are very graceful, supple and fluid. The isolated body...

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Various: Music of Morocco: Recorded By Paul Bowles 1959 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDTD46
 

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(2016/Dust To Digital) 30 tracks. Silkscreened cigar box with foil stamping details throughout, 120-page leatherette book, and four CDs containing 4 hours and 30 minutes of audio. Includes introduction by Lee Ranaldo, field notes by Paul Bowles, and annotations by...

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Various: Chansons Francaises - Les 100 Plus Belles (5-CD Box Set, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: CD51800
 

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(2014/Universal) 100 Tracks, 1950-1969, Limited Edition!

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Various: Saoco (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAMPI145
 

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(2012/Vampisoul) 30 tracks. The Bomba And Plena Explosion In Puerto Rico 1954-1966.

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Bunny Lee's Kingston Flyin' Cymbals: Dubbing With The Flying Cymbals Sound 1974-1979 (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPJR057
 

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(2015/Jamaican Recordings) 14 tracks - Solid Jamaica Dub from the 1970s! Bunny Lee's 'Kingston Flyin' Cymbals' were well-known Dancehall and Club Hitters, who made it to the local chartzs as well! A must for every Sak, reggae and Dancehall fan!

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George Abdo: The Magic of Belly Dance (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCD61803
 

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Middle East Instrumentals And Vocals (10 tracks) George Abdo GEORGE ABDO needs no introduction to any aficionado of belly dance music whether they be belly dance teachers, students of the art or just plain lovers of music of the Middle East. His spectacular...

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Modou Toure & ramon Goose: West African Blues Project
Art-Nr.: CDARC2591
 

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(2015/ARC) 11 tracks.

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The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett: 50 Guitars Go South Of The Border - Volumes 1&2
Art-Nr.: CDJAS912
 

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(2015/Jasmine) 24 tracks, 6-page booklet with great pictures and label shots, the 2 original Liberty albums, instrumental recordings from 1961 and 1962, including many great standards such as 'Besame Mucho', 'Mexicali Rose', 'Guadalajara', 'Estrellita', 'Malaguena'...

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Various: Polynesia! Native Songs & Dances Of The South Seas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPS65053
 

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(Manuiti) 20 Tracks - Featuring Charley Mauu & His Royal Polynesians and Bimbo & His Royal Tahitians!

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Various: Excavated Shellac: Reeds (colored vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPPT2006
 

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(2015/Dust To Digital) 14 tracks. Reed instruments are capable of some of the most impassioned music on the planet, due to the malleability of the reeds themselves - historically made of plant tissue - which vibrate when air hits them. The origin of most reed...

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Various: Excavated Shellac: Strings
Art-Nr.: CDDTD44
 

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(2015/Dust To Digital) 17 tracks. Mesmerizing performances from the four corners of the world played on stringed instruments and recorded and released 78-RPM records circa 1920-1950. Featuring fiddles, shamisen, charango, Paraguyan harp, Indian vina, Lebanese oud,...

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Various: Excavated Shellac: Reeds
Art-Nr.: CDDTD45
 

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(2015/Dust To Digital) 17 tracks. Reed instruments are capable of some of the most impassioned music on the planet, due to the malleability of the reeds themselves - historically made of plant tissue - which vibrate when air hits them. The origin of most reed...

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Jorge Ben: Ben (cardboard sleeve)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0378
 

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(2015/Real Gone) 11 tracks, Limited Edition, originally issued in 1972 on Philips. Masterpiece of the legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter, incl. such classics as the first version of 'Taj Mahal' and his ode to the soccer player 'Fio Maravilha'. Great art of...

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Los Amaya: Todas Sus Grabaciones En Discos EMI, Vol.1 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRO51382
 

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(2001/RamaLama) 33 tracks, 1969-1976, 16-page booklet.

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Various: Greek Rhapsody - Instrumental Music from Greece (2-CD&Book)
Art-Nr.: CDDTD27
 

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Various: Longing For The Past (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDTD28
 

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(2013/Dust To Digital) 157 tracks. The 78rpm era in southeast asia.

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Various: This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African
Art-Nr.: CDTSQ2639
 

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(2011/TOMPKINS SQUARE) 72 tracks - gatefold digipac. Raw African- American Gospel on 45RPM 1957-82. (3-CD) Nearly 4 Hours Of Rare Music Originally Issued On Independent Label 45s: Fiery Satisfied Soul, Heavy Pentecostal Jams, Drum Machine Gospel Slow-Burning Moaners,...

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Various: 2010 New Orleans Jazz Live (3-CD) Ltd.Edition
Art-Nr.: CD270002
 

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(2010/JAZZFEST) 30 tracks Gospel, Zydeco, R&B, Jazz & Soul. few copies

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Various: Jamaica To Toronto 1967-74
Art-Nr.: CDLITA019
 

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(2006/LIGHT IN THE ATTIC) 16 tracks Soul, Funk & Reggae

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James Blackwood & Masters V: Sing Fabulous Blackwood Brothers Hits
Art-Nr.: CDGT0966
 

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(2009/GUSTO) 10 tracks, (32:23 Min.)

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J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet: The Final Session
Art-Nr.: CDNH8004
 

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CD on NEW HAVEN RECORDS by J.D. Sumner & Stamps Quartet - The Final Session

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