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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.

   
 
Buddy Holly: Countrywise (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: BAF11014
 

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BEAR FAMILY Vinyl Club Exclusive - Limited collector's edition, order now from Bear Family's Shop and Mailorder - no terms and conditions for dealers! • 10inch LP (limited edition - colored vinyl) in our 11000-series. • Extremely rare Dutch 10" album...

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Glen Glenn: Pick 'Em Up And Lay 'Em Down (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: BAF14001
 

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‘Glen Glenn is a name held in high esteem by rockabilly fans and was a second generation artist who developed his own style’. • 12 recordings from the Era label catalog, 1955–1963. • Contains different versions from the originally released records. •...

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Various: The Cavern Club - Jazz & Skiffle (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPVTR2043
 

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(Vee-Tone Records) 10 tracks - The Cavern Club - The Jazz & Skiffle Years (Special 60th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) - 10” Blue Vinyl (Individually numbered 001-500)  -   Special Features:  • An official Cavern Club 60th...

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Various: Christmas Up North (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: ALP10516
 

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(2017/Richard Weize Archives) 10" LP - Gatefold Sleeve - 12 rare tracks - Christmas in Canada.  - Canadians take Christmas almost as seriously as hockey. There are hundreds, if not thousands of Christmas songs written and performed by Canadian artists,...

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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: Hillbilly Goes Electric, Vol.2 (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: ALP10514
 

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(2017/Richard Weize Archives) 10" LP - Gatefold Sleeve - 10 tracks - 26 min. --The Richard Weize Archives make available the first in a series of 10″ albums which will explore post war electric country boogie recordings. Due to post war austerity maintaining a...

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Various: Hillbilly Goes Electric, Vol.1 (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: ALP10512
 

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(2017/Richard Weize Archives) 10" LP - Gatefold Sleeve - 10 tracks - 25:58 min. --The Richard Weize Archives make available the first in a series of 10″ albums which will explore post war electric country boogie recordings. Due to post war austerity maintaining a...

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Ric Cartey: Heart Throb - The Rockin' Sides Of Ric Cartey (10inch Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF14002
 

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Heart Throb – The Rockin’ Sides Of Ric Cartey • Contains Cartey's best rockers for the RCA Victor, NRC, and El Rico labels • Sidemen include Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens, and Jack Eubanks • Several tracks produced by Chet Atkins • Detailed liner notes and...

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Celine Lee: Sayonara Sucka (10inch, LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSR1023
 

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(2017/Sleazy) 10 tracks - Hot of the press debut album from Celine Dee who does a brilliant mixture of Country and Rock 'n' Roll Music, featuring Dale Watson on guitar on the whole album and guest musicians like Rosie Flores, Chris Casello to name a few. All songs...

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Various: Caribbean - Audio Odyssey Vol.1 (LP, 10 inch)
Art-Nr.: LPSTAG057
 

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(Stag-O-Lee) 10 tracks -  Multi label collection of original 1950s Calypso gems - limited custom pressing of 500 copies! also available: 'Calypso Craze' Box-Set BCD 16947: 6-CD / 1-DVD boxed set (LP-size) with 176-page hardcover book, 173 tracks. Total...

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Various: Songs From Satan's Juke Box Vol.1 (10inch LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSTAG102
 

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(2017/Stag-O-Lee) 12 Tracks - Country, Rockabilly, Hillbilly & Gospel For Satan’s Sake! Who the hell is the devil? As we all know, God (that old slowcoach) is commonly known and allowed to have but one name (or none). As his everlasting archenemy, however, of my...

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Ray Campi: Austin, Texas 1949-1950 (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: ALP10508
 

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(2017/Richard Weize Archives) 10" LP - Gatefold Cover - 8 tracks - 26:34min. The incredible musical saga of Ray Campi, spanning more than 65 years and still going strong, commenced with the previously unheard contents of this album, waxed long before the advent of...

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George Jones: Why Baby Why (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: ALP10509
 

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(2017/Richard Weize Archives) 10" LP - Gatefold Cover - 10 Titel - 27:00min.   George Jones greatest successes lay ahead of him when he performed the tracks in this collection – his first number one was just around the corner – and his voice would mature...

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Various: Gunsmoke Vol.2 - Dark Tales Of Western Noir (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPSTAG098
 

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(2017/Stag-O-Lee) 13 tracks.  - The second volume in this series is limited to 666 copies and packaged in a nice 10-inch sleeve with a hole. Here is a next collection of oddball country weepers, moody rockabilly tunes and popcorn noir from the 1950s and early...

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Frankie Miller: A Letter Home From Korea (10inch LP)
Art-Nr.: ALP10504
 

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10" LP - Gatefold cover - Klappcover - 10 tracks - 15:04 min. An unexpected treasure for fans of Frankie Miller and '50s country music I Contains seven "lost" songs never recorded before or since Includes Frankie's narrative about each of the songs he sings I...

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Billy Mize: From Billy Mize 1958 Demos For Cash (10inch LP)
Art-Nr.: ALP10501
 

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10" LP - Gatefold cover - Klappcover - 6 tracks - 11:31min. While not a household name, Bakersfield, California's Billy Mize was nominated for 23 Academy of Country Music Awards between 1965 and 1973. He won several, including Most Prom- ising Male Vocalist in 1966...

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Various: Gunsmoke Vol.1 - Dark Tales Of Western Noir (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: LPSTAG095
 

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(2016/Stag-O-Lee) 12 tracks. First volume in a new limited edition series on Stag-O-Lee. Limited to 666 copies and packaged in a nice 10” sleeve with hole. This is a collection of oddball country weepers, moody rockabilly and popcorn noir from the 1950’s and early...

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Various: Rumours From The Harem - More Oriental Exotica (LP, 10inch)
Art-Nr.: LPDGREX02
 

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(2015/Doghouse & Bone Records) 12 tracks, top retro-hardcover, various British and American 1950s oriental moods, from Rock'n'Roll to Jazz to Exotica! Cover design by Marcel Bontempi! Great stuff! MM/Bear Family Records

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Frankie C. Jackson: Forest Of Eden (25cm LP + CD)
Art-Nr.: LPSECSP074
 

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(2013/Secret Records) 6 tracks, 10 inch

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Various: Jim Jam Gems Vol.2: This Ain't Compared To Hell (10inch LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSTAG034
 

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(2013/Stag-O-Lee) 10 Tracks - Out now on limited edition as 10inch!!  Brothers and Sisters! Swing out with a Halleluja! We all came together to hear about good souls in full faith! To hear about sinners confessing their mislead ways! To hear about the tellings...

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Kenny Roberts / Down Homers: Kenny Roberts - Down Homers
Art-Nr.: R736
 

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​​​​​​​High quality reproduction of the original Vogue vinyl picture LP. Hochwertige Reproduktion der Original Vogue Picture LP.

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