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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.

The Beau Brummels: Bradley's Barn (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP5253

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(Warner Bros. Japan) 11 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1968 Warner Bros. album! Rare 1995 issue! Originally sealed!

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Donovan: Sunshine Superman (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO68

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(BGO) 12 tracks

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Donovan: Hurdy Gurdy Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD873568

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(2005/EMI) 20 tracks

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Donovan: Fairytale (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCMR360

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(2001/CASTLE) 18 tracks - last copies

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Donovan: Mellow Yellow (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD873567

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​(2005/EMI) 20 tracks incl. bonus tracks

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The Beau Brummels: Triangle - Bradley's Barn (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0445

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(2016/Real Gone Music) 22 tracks (61:01) 1967-1967 Stereo. Best known for their Hits 'Laugh Laugh' and 'Just a Little', The Beau Brummels were one of the most underrated bands of the ‘60s. The two records they cut for Warner Bros. with Lenny Waronker as producer,...

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Sir Douglas Quintet: The Great Sir Douglas Quintet - Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGLD63242

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(2000/Goldies) 14 tracks - Bonustracks with Freddy Fender THE GREAT SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET This collection from the eclectic country-rock Tex-Mex band the Sir Douglas Quintet, led by the musical pioneer Doug Sahm, brings some of the Quintet's finest recordings...

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BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD: Buffalo Springfield (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDATCD97321

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(2001/Atlantic) 88 tracks (over 3 hours) This 4CD box set takes the listener through the band’s chronological journey- testimony that their prolific and esteemed output within two short years far outshone what some groups barely achieve in a lifetime. Featuring...

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INCREDIBLE STRING BAND: Incredible String Band Live At Fillmore 1968
Art-Nr.: CDHUX137

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(2013/HUX) 10 titres (78:43)

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The Byrds: The Essential Byrds (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY31882

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(SONY) 46 original Columbia Records master tracks 

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Donovan: What's Bin Did And What's Bin Delu
Art-Nr.: CDCMR361

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(2001/CASTLE) 16 tracks - last copies

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Donovan: Sunshine
Art-Nr.: CD873566

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Sir Douglas Quintet: The Mono Singles '68 -'72 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSC11218

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(2011/Sundazed) 22 Tracks - Digipack - The singles in mono, incl. the great 'Mendocino'!

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INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND: Back At Home - Jon Corneal & The Orange Bloss
Art-Nr.: CDSPV309162

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(2011/SPV) 22 tracks 1974 & 1987 digipac with 12 page booklet.

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DR. STRANGELY STRANGE: Halcyon Days 1969-70
Art-Nr.: CDHUX92

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(2007/HUX) 13 tracks - digipac with 32 page booklet.

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DR. STRANGELY STRANGE: Kip Of The Serenes (1969)
Art-Nr.: CDHUX104

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(2009/HUX) 14 tracks 24bit mastering witzh 32 page booklet.

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INCREDIBLE STRING BAND: Tricks Of the Senses (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUX100

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(20010/HUX) 16 tracks - rare & unreleased 1966-72.

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John Pearse: The Lost 1966 Waldeck Audition
Art-Nr.: BCD17143

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1-CD-Album DigiPac - four panel - with booklet. 18 tracks. Playing time: 41:45. This set contains informal backstage tapes, previously thought lost, from 1966 Waldeck Festival. John Pearse has near-mythic status among guitar players, builders & designers. 'The...

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Art-Nr.: CD066949

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(2009/VARESE) 17 tracks (00:00) 1975-88

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LAMB: Bring Out The Sun (1971)
Art-Nr.: CDCCM2081

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George Harrison & Friends: The Concert For (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD729862

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(2005/APPLE-SONY) 20 tracks, Cube-Box with 36 page booklet. Recorded August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden, New York and featuring Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar a.o.

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WE FIVE: There Stands The Door
Art-Nr.: CDWIKD286

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(2009/ACE) 22 tracks - 20 page booklet

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Melanie: Beautiful People - The Greatest Hits Of...
Art-Nr.: CD99630

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(1999/BUDDAH) 19 master tracks 1970-74 with 10 page booklet

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Sir Douglas Quintet: Mendocino (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDACA8041

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(2002/UNIVERSAL) 16 tracks 1969-90 last copies

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