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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.

   
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Jimmy Clanton: Just A Dream - 30 Hits In All (CD)
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(Black Tulip) 30 tracks

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Wild Canyon: Play Songs By Fats (CD)
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Mac Curtis: The Mac Curtis Singles Collection 1956-1965 (CD)
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The Everly Brothers: The Everly Brothers' Best (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
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Various: Memphis - The 'Stompertime' Record Label Story (LP)
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Johnny Bond & Dave Dudley: Hot Rod Lincoln - Six Days On The Road (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
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Buddy Holly: Countrywise (LP, 10inch, Ltd.)
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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)
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Johnny Hallyday: Shake The Hands Of A Fool (2-LP)
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Cookie & The Cupcakes: Kings Of Swamp Pop (CD)
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(Mercury) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1959 'Mercury' album

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(2014/Crazy Love) 12 Tracks -  Digipack -  The 5th album of this US Cow Punk and Countrybilly band!

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The Goddamn Gallows: 7 Devils (CD)
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(2015/Crazy Love) 17 Tracks - Digipack - US Cow Punk and Countrybilly!

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(Collector's Choice) 12 tracks - originally sealed copy​

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(2004/Curb Records) 12 tracks

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Various: Country Rockers (CD)
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(1990/HHO) 17 tracks - Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger McGuinn and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Various: Starday Custom Series #500 - 675 (10-CD Box)
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(2017/BE! Sharp) 312 Tracks - Rockabilly, Country, Hillbilly and Gospel 1953 - 1957!  Although the Starday record company was not by any means the first label to dabble with customs presses, they are probably one of the most famous and sought after. What was...

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Tex Rubinowitz & Bob Newscaster: The Old Man Mississippi (CD)
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Various: Born Bad (2-CD)
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(Not Now) 40 tracks - Blues, Country and Rock'n'Roll collection of 1950s murder, gamble, crime and death songs.  - If there's one subject that's truly a cornerstone of not only country music but also the blues and R&B, it's Bad Boys - the ones who took...

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Chet Atkins: Teensville (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
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(2017/WaxTime) 14 Tracks - Original 1960 RCA Victor album reissue, incl. two bonus tracks! Limited Edition!

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Skeeter Davis: Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly (CD)
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(Sony-Custom) 12 Tracks - Original RCA Victor 1967 - Note: This product is an authorized licensed CD-R and is manufactured on demand!

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Don Diego Trio: Greetings From Austin (LP)
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Various: Rockabillies, Hillbillies & Honky Tonkers From Mississippi & Louisiana - Big Howdy Records Story (CD)
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(2017/Stomper Time) 33 Tracks - 20-page booklet with great photos, label shots, memorabilia and liner notes by Dave Travis, including a full sessionography to the tracks on the CD. The history of the Big Howdy record label and its subsidairies from Picayune,...

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Various: Christmas Up North (LP, 10inch)
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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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DARK VATTER: Dark Vatter un Sinne Combo - Sonnesiede (CD)
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(​2017/Herkules) 13 Titel (33:56) - digipac. 16 Seiten Booklet mit allen Texten.  - Country, Rockabilly & Hillbilly Originale und Klassiker in hessischer Mundart. Genial.

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Various: Don’t Go Near The Eskimos – 28 Classic U.S. Novelties (CD)
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The Barnstompers: What Am I Gonna Do - Waitin' At The Station (7inch, 45rpm)
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​(1996/Mac Records) 2-Track Single - 45rpm, big center hole good for use in jukeboxes! Comes in company sleeve!

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Johnny Cash: Greatest! (LP)
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(2017/ORG Music) 12 tracks  - Greatest! Is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, released on the legendary Sun Records in 1959. The tracks on the album were recorded between July 1955 and July 1958. Six out of the twelve songs became...

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Various: Wolfe City Madness - Twisted Primitive Hillbilly Bop From Wolf-Tex Records (LP)
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(2012/Norton) 16 tracks. First ever roundup on the legendary Texas label that produced the immortal 1960 rocker How Much Do You Miss Me by Harold Montgomery, presented here from the original master tape in super Nortonic fidelity! Wolf-Tex served up hillbilly,...

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Various: Wavy Gravy - For Adult Enthusiasts...(LP)
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(Beware) 14 obscure tracks 1950s/60s plus rare b-movie ads (Women Chain Gang, Women Hunt, Shanty Tramp a.o). Repressing by popular demand, remastered with full color sleeve.  - Wild Garage & Surf Instros, Twisted Country laments, Dumb Novelty Ditties, all...

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Doug Sahm: San Antonio Rock - The Harlem Recordings 1957-1961 (LP)
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(Norton) 16 tracks,  Gatefold Cover - a Monster!***** By the time the Sir Douglas Quintet tore up the charts in 1965 with She's About A Mover, main mover Doug Sahm - the late, great Doug Sahm - had already logged a ten year career on the lively bandstands of San...

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Fia Sco & The Majestics: Icebear! - Shame On You (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
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(2017/Rhythm Bomb) 2-Track Single, 45rpm, with Hard Cover Picture Sleeve and big center hole! Two great Songs from Fia Sco & The Majestics – female led hillbilly music from the hills of Austria!

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Mike Penny & His Moonshiners: Rock Me Daddy-O (CD)
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(2017/Rhythm Bomb) 12 Tracks - Ecopack - Mike Penny & his Moonshiners are back with their third album by Rhythm Bomb Records and reconnect with “Texas Boogie”. Musically richer and more sophisticated, they continue to follow the path that their idols have established...

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Mark Lee Allen & The Driver Brothers: 454 Big Block (CD)
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(2003/Corvallis) 15 Tracks - Highlight ! Tough Honky Tonkin'-Rockabilly platter, produced by Mark Penington (The Caravans), who also slaps the bass! The lead guitar is more than just treated by Jim Jeffries and Mark James is the rhythm machine at the drums! Highly...

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Ric Cartey: Heart Throb - The Rockin' Sides Of Ric Cartey (10inch Vinyl)
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Hillbilly Boogiemen: The Bluegrass Side Of The Hillbilly Boogiemen (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
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​(1996/Pickin' Pumpkin) 2-Track Single - Legendary Dutch Rockabilly band playing Bluegrass!

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Chris Isaak: Blue Hotel - Wicked Game (7inch, 45rpm, PS, SC)
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(1991/WEA) Revival Rockabilly. Reprise import.

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Johnny Horsepower: The Band In Black - Sun Session with W.S. Holland (7inch & CD , EP, 33rpm, PS)
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(2017/El Toro) 4-Track EP at 33rpm speed with small center and picture sleeve! Plus 12 track CD!!! Limited edition red and black vinyl! Johnny Horsepower are a true dedication to the original sound of Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two. These welldressed gentlemen...

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Gene Ski: Six Foot Down - Feelin' Bad (7inch, 45rpm)
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Killer Rockabilly bopper. You need this!

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Carl Belew: I'm Long Gone - Early Rockabilly & Country Rockers (LP)
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(Demand) 14 tracks  - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Carl Robert Belew was born on April 21, Salina, Oklahoma. Before he was 10, the family moved on to Idaho, where he went through Junior High and into High School. When he was 13 he was given his first...

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George Jones: Thumper Jones - Rock It (LP)
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(KAY) 20 tracks - rare EU custom pressing - superb quality - including his amazing 1950s Rockabilly tunes, Country Boppers and uptempo Honky Tonk jewels. 

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Elvis Presley: His Hand In Mine - The Original Collection #13 (CD)
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(1996/BMG-NL) 15 Tracks - 1960, original album reissue!

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El Vez: Fun In Espanol (CD, US)
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(1994/Sympathy For The Record Industry) 9 Tracks - US pressing!

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El Vez: Fun In Espanol (CD, EU)
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(1994/Semaphore) 9 Tracks - EU pressing!

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El Vez: How Great Thou Art (CD, EU)
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(1994/Semaphore) 9 Tracks - EU pressing!

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El Vez: How Great Thou Art (CD, US)
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(1994/Sympathy For The Record Industry) 9 Tracks - US pressing, sealed stock copy!

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Conway Twitty: The Rock & Roll Collection (CD)
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(Spectrum) 21 tracks 1956-62

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Various: Swampbilly Shinding (2-CD)
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(2013/MetroSelect) 50 tracks - gatefold digipac with folded 47x35 cm custom color poster.  - The Deep South is where American music and politics goes crazy. New York may have modern art and jazz, Los Angeles may have Hollywood and surfing, Kansas has wheat...

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Doug Sahm & The Texas Mavericks: Doug Sahm Presents The Texas Mavericks (2-CD)
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(2017/MIG Music) 26 Tracks - 12-page booklet! The legendary 1987 New Rose album plus a rare live performance from 'Bürgerhaus Weserterrassen', Bremen, Germany, 1987! MM/Bear Family Records

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The Goddamn Gallows: 7 Devils (2-LP)
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(2015/Crazy Love) 17 Tracks - US Cow Punk and Countrybilly!

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Jerry Lee Lewis: I Can't Seem To Say Goodbye (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
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Various: A Cold Night In Nashville (CD)
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(2004/JAT) 10 tracks (29:51) papersleeve.  - On January 20, 1977 Elvis was scheduled to begin recording at Buzz Cason's studio, Creative Workshop. This compilation is a collection of songs Elvis and producer Felton Jarvis definitely considered recording...

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Ray Stevens: Both Sides Of Ray Stevens (LP)
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Bobby Helms: My Special Angel (LP)
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(1969/Vocalion) 10 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1957 'Decca' album in simulated stereo - Cut-out LP, originally sealed

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Carl Perkins: Goin' Back To Memphis (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMF1042
 

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(Magnum Force) 10 tracks Carl Perkins is the godfather of rockabilly music, one of the true kings of rock and roll, and one of the key influences on rock music as we know it today. In addition Carl is one of the finest writers, and key interpreters, of good...

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