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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.

   
 
Les Paul & Mary Ford: Best Now - Les Paul & Mary Ford (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDCP9029
 

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(EMI Capitol Japan) 20 Tracks - Extremely rare Japan CD!

$79.50 *

Ry Cooder: The Long Riders - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3160
 

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(Warner Music Japan Inc.) 13 Tracks - The soundtrack of the box office hit in 1980!

$23.34 *

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!

$35.04 *

Various: Country & Western Best 20 (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDCP325392
 

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(Capitol Japan) 20 tracks - original master recordings mono/stereo - gatefold inlay with all lyrics except 'Wildwood Flower'.​

$29.19 *

Rosemary Clooney: Rosemary Clooney Sings Country Hits From The Heart (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDBVCJ2040
 

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(1991/BMG Japan) 14 tracks - rare japanese Compact Disc version of her 1963 RCA Victor  album plus two bonus tracks - sealed new stock copy (Bear Family Records)

$58.44 *

The Modern Folk Quartet: Changes (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3424
 

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(1990/Warner Bros. Japan) 12 Tracks - 2nd reissue after 1972 of the original 1964 vinyl album for the first time on Japan CD! Sealed stock copies!

$35.04 *

The Modern Folk Quartet: The Modern Folk Quartet (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3423
 

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(1990/Warner Bros. Japan) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1963 vinyl album for the first time on Japan CD! Sealed stock copies!

$35.04 *

Hank Williams: The Best (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDPOCP1520
 

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(1990/Universal) 20 tracks, mono

$35.04 *

Mel Tillis: Elektra Years (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWPCP3854
 

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(Warner Japan) 20 tracks - originally sealed with obi

$29.19 *

Dave Edmunds: Information (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDBVCA5006
 

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(1990/BMG Arista Japan) 11 Tracks - 1983

$35.04 *

Buck Owens: Sings Harlan Howard (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6652
 

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​(1991/Insideout/EMI Japan) 12 tracks - sealed

$46.74 *

Buck Owens: Under Your Spell Again (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6651
 

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​(1991/EMI Japan) 12 tracks - mono. Factory Sealed New Stock Copy.

$93.54 *

Buck Owens: Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6655
 

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan CD reissue of the original Capitol LP!

$46.74 *

Buck Owens: On The Bandstand (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6654
 

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue of the original Capitol LP! Still factory sealed!

$46.74 *

JIM & JESSE: 20 Great Songs By Jim & Jesse (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6436
 

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(1990/EMI Japan) 20 tracks - Stereo

Instead of:$35.04 * $29.19 *

Buck Owens: You For Me (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6653
 

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​Japan Edition!

$46.74 *

   
 
 
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