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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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CLANNAD: Turas 1980 - Live In Bremen (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMIG02091
 

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(MIG) 19 Tracks - 50 years ago they performed together for the first time - the three siblings Pol, Ciaran and Maire (Moya). Together with the anniversary of Leo's Tavern, the origin of the traditional family band, the release of their album Turas' (Gaelic...

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Shooter Jennings: Shooter (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPLCS1593
 

Pre-order now! This title will be released on 10 August 2018

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Joan Baez: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVMS73119
 

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(Vanguard - Mid-Line Series) 10 tracks - Excerpts of the 1979 'Joan Baez Country Music Album'

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Jesse Dayton: The Outsider (LP, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPBER1095
 

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(Bluélan Records) 10 Tracks -  The country and Americana musician from Austin, Texas, Jesse Dayton, releases a new studio album ''The Outsider''. Jesse Dayton released his first solo album in 1995 and is also known for his guitar features for albums of country...

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Jack Scott: Burning Bridges (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPJAS305
 

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(Jasmine) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1964 'Capitol' LP album - Taken from the original tapes - a very enjoyable and fantastic sounding LP In his first five years as a recording star, the handsome six-footer in this album has racked up a succession of...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Best Of Buffy Sainte-Marie (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVMS73113
 

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(Vanguard) 13 tracks - Originally sealed 1986 'Vanguard Midline Series' 'Best Of' compilation - Cut-out LP

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Jimmie Rodgers: 20 Of The Best (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNL89370
 

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​(RCA) 20 tracks - Fantastic 'Best Of' compilation, incl. extensive liner notes by Bill Williams

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The Mom And Dads: The Best Of The Mom And Dads (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPGNPS2087
 

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(GNP Crescendo) 12tracks - Originally sealed copies

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PETER, PAUL & MARY: The Legend Begins (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPVP80023
 

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(Vinyl Passion) 15 tracks - Re-issue (songwise) of the original 1962 debut album plus three bonus tracks

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Mary Chapin Carpenter: Sometimes Just The Sky (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPTT44911
 

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(Thirty Tigers) 13 tracks (61:23) produced by Ethan Jones. On March 30th, Mary Chapin Carpenter's new album'Sometimes Just The Sky' will be released on Lambent Light Records/Thirty Tigers. The release celebrates Carpenter's 30-year career, the remarkable record...

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Jerry Reed: Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAHL15176
 

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(RCA) 9 tracks - originally sealed copy from 1984 - Cut-out LP

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Jerry Reed: Collector's Series (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAHL15472
 

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(RCA) 14 tracks - originally sealed copy from 1985 - Cut-out LP

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Jim Reeves: The Best Of Jim Reeves (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNL83678
 

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(RCA) 12 tracks - re-issue of the original 1964 'RCA' LP album

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Charley Pride: Power Of Love (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPL85031
 

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(RCA) 10 tracks - The original 1984 'RCA' LP album Recorded at Music City Hall in Nashville, Tennessee

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Charlie Rich: The Country Store Collection (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCST3
 

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(Masterpiece/Castle) 14 Tracks In 1973 Charlie Rich -  a multi-skilled singer, songwriter and pianist who has been flirting with country and pop success since the late 1950s, but  equally at home with Jazz and rhythm 'n' blues - positively made his...

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Hymn For Her: Drive Til U Die (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRBR5937
 

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(Rhythm Bomb) 11 Tracks - For Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing of Hymn For Her, 'Drive Til U Die' is more than an album title. It's a manifesto. A mantra. But to call this Americana duo road warriors would be a misnomer to them, the road isn't a battleground to conquer,...

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John Prine: The Missing Years (2-LP, 180g Vinyl & Download)
Art-Nr.: LPOBR009
 

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(Oh Boy Records) 15 Tracks - Gatefold cover - With two printed color inlays and download code -  John Prine's 1992 Grammy Winner (Best Contemporary Folk Album). Now available for the first time on vinyl, this 180 gram, 2-LP set contains all the original...

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Johnny Cash: Blood, Sweat And Tears (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LP6785434
 

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(Vinyl Lovers) 12 tracks - Re-isuue of the 1962 'Columbia' LP album Johnny Cash was the first artist to combine country. gospel and rockabilly with dramatic storytelling. His stark lyrics, unabashed attitude, and unmistakable voice resulted in a string of...

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Rita Coolidge: Safe In The Arms Of Time (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPBER1074
 

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After a break of 10 years, legendary singer/songwriter Rita Coolidge returns with her new studio album 2018: Safe In The Arms Of Times was recorded with an All-Star lineup by top musicians and produced by multiple Grammy winner Ross Hogarth! Rita Coolidge is a big...

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Kris Kristofferson: Live From Austin, Tx (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5236
 

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(New West Records) 16 tracks Kris Kristofferson has an unsual resume. Brownsville, Texas-born, football star and Golden Gloves boxer in college, Rhodes scholar at Oxford, Army captain and chopper pilot, studio janitor, part-time bartender, leading man opposite...

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Dave Alvin: Dave Alvin And Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Downey To Lubbock (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPYEP2587
 

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(Yep Roc) 12 tracks - The 1st album from 'Grammy' winner Dave Alvin and 'Grammy' nominee Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Produced by Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore

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Michael Nesmith: Nevada Fighter (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5514
 

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(2018/Sundazed) More Matchless Nez Music! The third LP from a Nudie-suit wearing father of country-rock! Nevada Fighter completes a trilogy of LPs by Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, augmented by members of Elvis’ ‘70s touring band and other Wrecking...

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Michael Nesmith: Magnetic South (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5512
 

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(2018/Sundazed) Nesmith’s Country-Rock Cornerstone! The heralded (true!) solo debut of Michael Nesmith! Magnetic South features the artist’s hybrid of cowboy-’n’-western country music and rock sensibilities, highlighted by Joanne , one of the earliest...

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Michael Nesmith: Loose Salute (LP)
Art-Nr.: SLP5513
 

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(2018/Sundazed) Rural Rock From 1970 California! The second LP from Michael Nesmith and the First National Band! Loose Salute features the country-rock pioneer’s hit single “Silver Moon” alongside dreamy, near-psychedelic studies on western motifs and...

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Los Indios Tabajares: The Classical Guitars Of Los Indios Tabajaras (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPAFL10668
 

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(RCA) 8 tracks - Originally sealed 'Cut-Out' LP 'Classical Guitar' may be a relatively new phenomenon in the istory of this very folksy, very popular, very romantic instrument. But there are two old hands who have breathed even newer life into it. The famous pair:...

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Dwight Yoakam: Live From Austin, Tx (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5194
 

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(New West) 14 tracks Twentysomething Dwight Yoakam was literally the new kid  in country music when he stepped onto the Austin City Limits stage in October 1988. But even then, as he has ever since, he was doing things his own way. Dwight was born in a...

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Doug Sahm: Live From Austin, Tx (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5234
 

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(New West) 12 tracks Doug Sahm aka Sir Doug was both a Texas rock & roll legend and pioneer.  True, there were others before him (Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison come to mind), but the Sir Douglas Quintet counterattacked the British invasion of the mid...

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Joan Baez: Whistle Down The Wind (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPRP146
 

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(Proper) 10 tracks - Originally released on the 'Razor And Tie' label, also in 2018

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Sir Douglas Quintet: Live From Austin, Tx (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPNW5232
 

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(New West) 17 Tracks We're talkin' Tex Mex Rock 'n' Roll! In this show from January 21, 1981, Doug Sahm (a.k.a. Sir Doug) reunites with original band members Augie Meyers and Johnny Perez, along with the legendary Alvin Crow on guitar and Speedy Sparks on bass for a...

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Ashley Monroe: Sparrow (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP565008
 

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(Warner Music Nashville) 12 tracks

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Joshua Hedley: Mr. Jukebox (CD)
Art-Nr.: LPTMR70255
 

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(Third Man Records) 10 tracks (33:04) digipac With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox via Third Man Records, Joshua Hedley will embrace the role he was born to play: this generation’s classic country champion. An accomplished fiddle...

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The Dead South: Illusion & Doubt (LP & CD)
Art-Nr.: LPDD45280
 

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(Devil Duck) 12 tracks (CD+LP) Saskatchewan is something like what it sounds like: a prairie province in Canada. Almost twice as large as Germany, this harsh region is home to less than a million people. Lots of nature. Lots of rest. And a lot of time to fill the...

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Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPWB566217
 

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(Warner) - Arkansas red-clay badass no-bullshit country music!!! 'I hear the crowd, I look around, and I can't find one empty chair. Not bad for a girl going nowhere' sings Ashley McBryde on 'Girl Goin' Nowhere,' the seminal title track from her forthcoming LP....

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Joan Baez: Newport Folk Festival 1968 - The Complete Broadcast (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPLETV362
 

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(Let Them Eat Vinyl) 16tracks - FM Broadcast from 'Newport Folk Festival', 1968. Recorded on the 26th and the 27th July

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Jason Aldean: Rearview Town (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LP5383757
 

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(BMG) 15 tracks - Jason Aldeans's newest album - Produced by Michael Knox - Gatefold sleeve

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George Jones: George Jones Sings White Lightning & Other Favorites (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPDR10004
 

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(Del Ray Records) 12 Tracks - New edition of the original Mercury album from 1959 on 180g vinyl!   Born in Beaumont, Texas, George Jones is a clean-cut chap who loves string music and loves to entertain. The songs he sings are a part of his own humor and...

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The Everly Brothers: The Everly Brothers' Best (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPDR10017
 

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(Del Ray Records) 12 Tracks - New edition of the original Cadence album from 1959 on 180g vinyl!  One of the greatest singing brother duos of all time. The Everly Brothers' close harmonies became one of the most identifiable sounds of the late 1950s and early...

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Various: Tighten Up - Vol.2 (LP, Picture Disc)
Art-Nr.: LPTBL1004
 

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(Trojan Records) 12 Tracks - New edition on picture disc of the original Trojan album from 1969!

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Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers: Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPFA2468
 

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(Folkways) 9 tracks -  Re-issue of the original 1966 'Folkways' LP album featuring the Chambers Brothers

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Various: Memphis - The 'Stompertime' Record Label Story (LP)
Art-Nr.: WLP8969
 

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(White Label) 19 tracks  - Founded by Memphis Music Legend Eddie Bond in 1957, as an outlet for his own recordings, local talent and custom pressings, Stompertime Records (named after Eddie's Band The Stompers) has perhaps not been given the space it merits...

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Johnny Bond & Dave Dudley: Hot Rod Lincoln - Six Days On The Road (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL3043
 

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A - Johnny Bond - Hot Rod Lincoln B – Dave Dudley - Six Days On The Road

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The Brothers Four: Greenfields - The Green Leaves Of Summer (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL33060
 

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A - The Green Leaves Of Summer B - Greenfields

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Chris Shiflett: West Coast Town (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRW007
 

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(Rusted Wave) 11 tracks Hailed by Rolling Stone as a top Country/Americana album of 2017, Chris Shiflett's 'West Coast Town' is getting the vinyl treatment from Rusted Wave! Pre-order your copy of this limited pressing today! As a special treat, the vinyl...

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Tennessee Ernie Ford: The Hymns Of Tennessee Ernie Ford (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPTP2050
 

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(Pickwick) 19 tracks - Compilation about Tennessee Ernie Ford's religious output

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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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Dale Hawkins: L.A., Memphis And Tyler, Texas (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18041
 

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• In 1956, Dale Hawkins (1936 - 2010) wrote Suzie Q - a giant song and a classic of garage rock of the 1960s. • After his years as a musician at Chess Records (1956 - 1961), he recorded for various US labels and worked as a producer. • In 1969 he made his...

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Johnny Hallyday: Shake The Hands Of A Fool (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: BAF218042
 

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2-LP-180g Set, gatefold sleeve plus booklet, 21 tracks • Bear Family's tribute to the legendary French Rock 'n' Roll performer. • 21 recordings from his 1962 Nashville sessions, produced by Shelby Singleton. • Backed by the cream of...

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Ken Boothe: Freedom Street (LP, Asphalt Grey Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPRGM0660
 

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(Real Gone Music) 10 Tracks - Asphalt Grey Vinyl - Limited Edition, only 1000 copies! - First vinyl re-release of the 1970 classic by Mr. Rock Steady! Ken Boothe was the most soulful singer of the Rocksteady era, often compared to the Jamaican Wilson Pickett. The...

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Kris Kristofferson: Lovin' Her Was Easier - Me And Bobby McGee (7inch, 45rpm, BC)
Art-Nr.: 45WS8-03442
 

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A - Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) B - Me And Bobby McGee

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Johnny Cash & June Carter: If I Were A Carpenter - What Is Truth (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL33182
 

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A - Johnny Cash & June Carter - If I Were A Carpenter B – Johnny Cash - What Is Truth

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Patsy Cline: Patsy Cline - Live At The Opry (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMCA42142X
 

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(MCA) 12 tracks Patsy Cline live appearances at the legendary 'Grand Ole Opry' done between June 16, 1956 and March 23, 1962 - Candaian pressing - Originally sealed cut-out LP

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Johnny Cash: Don't Take Your Guns To Town - Five Feet High And Rising (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL33006
 

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A - Don't Take Your Guns To Town B - Five Feet High And Rising

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Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues - Daddy Sang Bass (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL33153
 

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A - Folsom Prison Blues B - Daddy Sang Bass

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Johnny Cash: The One On The Right Is On The Left - Boa Constrictor (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL33109
 

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A - Do-Wacka-Do B - You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd

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Lou Monte: Lazy Mary - The Sheik Of Araby (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL1081
 

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A - Lazy Mary B - The Sheik Of Araby

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Vaughn Monroe: Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend) - Ballerina (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL1049
 

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A - Do-Wacka-Do B - You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd

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Roy Hamilton: You Can Have Her - Ebb Tide (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL2213
 

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A - You Can Have Her B - Ebb Tide

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Roger Miller: Do-Wacka-Do - You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL4815
 

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A - Do-Wacka-Do B - You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd

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Roger Miller: Engine Engine #9 - England Swings (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL4344
 

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A - Engine Engine #9 B - England Swings

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Roger Miller - Jim Stafford: King Of The Road - Spiders And Snakes (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL4255
 

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A - Roger Miller - King Of The Road B - Jim Stafford -  Spiders And Snakes

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Claude King: Wolverton Mountain - Sam Hill (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL33076
 

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A - Wolverton Mountain B - Sam Hill

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Marty Robbins: El Paso City - Among My Souvenirs (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL33341
 

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A - El Paso City B - Among My Souvenirs

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Freddy Fender: Tex-Mex - Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMCL1809
 

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(MCA) 16 tracks - Original reocrdings from 1974 to 1977 In 1975, after some 20 years of fighting the hard times while trying to make his name in the music business, Texas born Baldermar Huerta suddenly found himself the dynamic, 'new' sensation of the U.S. country...

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Jimmie Rodgers: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Bimbombey (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL0244
 

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A - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine B - Bimbombey

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Bobby Goldsboro: Summer (The First Time) - See The Funny Little Clown (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6059
 

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A - Summer (The First Time) B - See The Funny Little Clown

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Luke Bryant: What Makes You Country (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPB0027589
 

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(Capitol) 16 tracks - Luke Bryant's newest album, including the bonus track 'I Can't Even' - Produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens

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Frankie Laine: Jezebel - Your Cheatin' Heart (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45-13-33009
 

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A - Jezebel B - Your Cheatin' Heart

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BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS: Kings And Kings (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPFUM068
 

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(Canada Factor) 10 tracks feat. Rodney Crowell, Eric Church, Buddy Miller, Keb Mo, Nick Lowe and others as guest musicians LP comes with a MP3 download code

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Frankie Laine: Mule Train - The Cry Of The Wild Goose (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS)
Art-Nr.: 45-872844
 

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A - Mule Train B - The Cry Of The Wild Goose

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