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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.

Lefty Frizzell: An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings (20-CD Deluxe Box Set & Book)
Art-Nr.: BCD17540

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NOTE: If you send us a picture of you and one of the older Bear Family Records Lefty Frizzell box sets (the vinyl box or the first CD box), you will receive an individual 20% discount code on the box 'An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings'. We publish your...

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Hank Williams: Mothers Best Plus Collection (15-CD 1-DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDTL31811

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(2016/TimeLife) In 1951, Hank Williams prerecorded radio shows for Mother's Best Flour. All of the surviving shows are together on these 15 CDs ... plus an exclusive DVD. 142 rare performances including Hank's greatest hits: "Cold, Cold Heart," "I Can't Help...

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Various: Starday Custom Series #500 - 675 (10-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDBE629099

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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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Various: At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17370

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VARIOUS ARTISTS At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight 20-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 224-page hardcover book (LP-size), 559 tracks. Total playing time 1,506:37 mns. Unreleased Recording Of Hank Williams Performing  ' I’m A Long Gone Daddy' On New Bear...

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Woody Guthrie: Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
Art-Nr.: BCD17329

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Exclusive 3-CD set accompanied by two beautifully illustrated books containing historic liner notes and Guthrie biography, original concert reviews and photographs, attendees interviews and artists bios, and concert ephemera.   * DeLuxe packaging, two hardcover...

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Johnny Cash: Cash Unearthed (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0303010

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(2003/LOST HIGHWAY) 79 tracks(64 unreleased) & 104 page cloth-bound book American Recordings/Lost Highway will release 'Cash Unearthed', A Five-CD Boxed Set Containing 79 Tracks Recorded During Johnny Cash's American Recordings Era (1994-2002). Discs 1, 2,...

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Emmylou Harris: Queen Of The Silver Dollar (5-LP Box & 7inch 45rpm Single, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LP558481

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(2017/Nonesuch) 54 Tracks - Limited Record Store Day Edition! Includes 5 classic studio albums from 1975-1979 plus a bonus 45rpm single in 7inch format! Special collector's item!

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Various: Country Classics 45s (10-7inch-Box, 45rpm, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: 45CLASSIC005

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(2017/Demon) 20 Tracks - Limited Record Store Day Edition! Johnny Cash-Dolly Parton-Tammy Wynette-Kris Kristofferson-George Jones-Jim Reeves-Charlie Rich-Marty Robbins-Willie Nelson-Bobby Bare!

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Alan Jackson: Genuine - The Alan Jackson Story (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDARI06392

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(Sony Music) 59 career spanning tracks (8 unreleased) features dozens of #1 hits. 14x16 cm deluxe slipcase packaging with bonus fold-out poster and a stunning 58 page color booklet.

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Various: Essential Guide To American Roots (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDESG308

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(2006/Union Square) 42 tracks (153:00) - slipcase packaging.  -  CD1 'Roots' featuring some of the greatest icons of American roots music like Woody Guthrie, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Lydia Mendoza a.o.  -  CD2 'PIoneers' featuring artists who...

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Gene Autry: Sing Cowboy Sing ! (3-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDRN72630

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(Rhino) 84 tracks, US Longbox with 64 page booklet of notes, rare photos and many full color movie sheets. The recordings spanning from 1937-55 including 8 rare Columbia tracks plus unreleased cuts from his Melody Ranch radio show. last copies!

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George Morgan: Candy Kisses (8-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: BCD15851

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8-CD box (LP-size) with 40-page book, 201 tracks. Playing time approx. 504 mns. When George Morgan is mentioned these days, it's usually in the context of his daughter, Lorrie. People forget that George was a country superstar from the late Forties and during the...

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Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys: The King Of Country Music, The Foundational Recordings Complete 1936-51 (9-CD & 1-DVD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17300

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9-CD / 1-DVD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with 184-page Hardcover Book. Total playing time 10 hrs 56 mns. •    ' 'He's the biggest singer this music ever knew. You booked him and you didn't worry about crowds. For drawing power in the South, it was Roy...

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Bob Dylan: The Songs Of Bob Dylan - May Your Song Always Be Sung Again - Various Artists (10x7inch, 45rpm Vinyl Box. Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: 45BMG86200

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(2001/BMG) 10x7inch 45RPM Singles with picture sleeves, limited, handnumbered (500) edition. factory sealed

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Dolly Parton: Dolly (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY500617

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(2014/Sony) 99 career spanning tracks! - 14 x 19.5 cm Digibook (Hochformat/Hardcover 64 pages)  - Dolly Parton's lengthy career has included seven Grammy awards, two Oscar nominations, a Tony nomination, and her 1999 induction into the Country Music Hall Of...

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Lee Hazlewood: There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 - 1971 (4CD + DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDLITA1099

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(2013/Light In The Attic) Well, looks like dreams do come true and here's one we've been saving. After 7 intense years in the making, Light In The Attic are proud to announce by far our most expansive and lavishly packaged project to date: There's A Dream I've Been...

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Lee Hazlewood: There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 - 1971 (4-CD + 4-DVD Deluxe Edition)
Art-Nr.: CDLITA1090

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(2013/Light In The Attic) Well, looks like dreams do come true and here's one we've been saving. After 7 intense years in the making, Light In The Attic are proud to announce by far our most expansive and lavishly packaged project to date: There's A Dream I've...

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Various - Historic Sessions: The Knoxville Sessions 1929 - 1930, Knox County Stomp (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD16097

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 156-page hardcover book, 102 tracks. Total playing time approx. 300 minutes. •    With this set, Bear Family Records completes the map of commercial recording in East Tennessee in the late 1920s and early 1930s....

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Various: Doctors - Professors - Kings & Queens (4-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY37441

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(1927-2003) (312:09/85) Dieses Werk ist einfach wunderschön! Eine große Box im Format 28x22 cm mit vier CDs und einem 80-seitigen Begleitbuch - gänzlich der musikalischen Tradition von New Orleans gewidmet. Jeder einzelne Song mit diskografischen...

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Bob Dylan: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol.12 (3LP + 2CD, 180g Vinyl. Limited Edition)
Art-Nr.: LPSNY512443

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(2015/Sony) LP & CD: 36 tracks each. 'Bob Dylan: The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966' dedicated to 'Bringing lt All Back Home', 'Highway 61 Revisited' and 'Blonde On Blonde' three albums, documenting audible the musical development Dylans. Recordings taking you...

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Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol.11 (3LP + 2CD, 180g Vinyl. Limited Edition)
Art-Nr.: LPSNY501613

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(2014/Sony) LP & CD: 38 tracks each. This edition: Raw Edition (3 LPs and 2 CDs) 'The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol 11th' as a compilation with the highlights of the deluxe edition: 38 tracks, even on three LPs, once on two CDs.

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Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (6-CD-Set, Limited Deluxe Edition)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY501612

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(2014/Sony) 138 tracks. 'The Basement Tapes Complete:. The Bootleg Series Vol 11' bring you for the first time all the shots that Dylan 1967 grossed in the basement of the so-called 'Big Pink'-house with The Band. In addition to all recyclable takes from the cellar...

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Neil Young: Bluenote Cafe (4-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP2492611

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(2015/Wea). Limited quadruple vinyl LP pressing. Live archive release from the rock legend. Recorded at various shows during Neil Young and Bluenote Café's 1988 This Notes For You tour, this superb live set documents one of Neil's most funky and heartfelt periods,...

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Neil Young: A Letter Home (Deluxe Box)
Art-Nr.: LPTMR93915

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(2014/Reprise) 43tracks. This limited edition box set includes: 1 standard 12 inch LP, 1 'Direct Feed From The Booth' audiophile 12 inch LP, 7 x 6 inch clear vinyl discs, 1 standard CD, 1 DVD, 1 32-page 12 inch x 12 inch book and a free digital download. Third Man...

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Various: Folksongs of Another America (5-CD - 1-DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDDTD43

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(2015/Dust To Digital) Folksongs of Another America is a compilation of field recordings made in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin between 1937 and 1946. Armed with bulky microphones, blank disks, spare needles, and cumbersome disc-cutting machines, several...

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Tennessee Ernie Ford: Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17332

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2016 Grammy nomination for Bear Family's, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Portrait Of An American Singer 1949-1960 (5-CD) Box set 5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book, 154 tracks. Total playing time approx.. 397 minutes. • All the secular-themed...

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Garth Brooks: Blame It All On My Roots (6-CD - 2-DVD(1))
Art-Nr.: CD6001244

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2013 'Pearl Records'. 6-CDs/2-DVDs, 77 songs, 33 music videos DVD - region code 1!

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Hank Thompson: The Pathways Of My Life 1966-86 (8-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17260

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8-CD Box-Set (LP-size) with 128-page hardcover book, 246 tracks. Total playing time approx. 673 mns. This box set includes all his post-Capitol recordings for Warner Brothers, Dot, ABC, Churchill, and MCA/Dot during the twenty year period from 1966 through 1986....

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Various - Historic Sessions: The Bristol Sessions - The Big Bang Of Country Music (5-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD16094

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The Bristol Sessions 1927 - 1928 - The Big Bang Of Country Music (5-CD) 5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 120-page hardcover book. 124 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 hrs 25 mns. Double nominations for the 54th GRAMMY Awards ('Best Historical Album', 'Best Album Notes')...

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Lefty Frizzell: Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book)
Art-Nr.: BCD15550

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Republication of the legendary Lefty Frizzell CD box set. We decided to revive this great box set due to public demand and as a new revised edition. This new set will include additional songs and many recently found photos and on top of it all you will get a...

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REEVES, Jim: Gentleman Jim (4-CD & Book-Buch)
Art-Nr.: BCD15439

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Here are Jim's early years on RCA, including hits like According To My Heart, Four Walls, Anna Marie, Blue Boy, Billy Bayou, Yonder Comes A Sucker, I'm Beginning To Forget You, Home and He'll Have To Go. Over the course of these four CDs, Jim Reeves virtually...

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