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Country Classics

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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Various: Farewell, Alligator Man: A Tribute to the Music of Jimmy C. Newman (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVAL0040
 

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(2017/Valcour) 14 tracks (39:29) includes free download code. Featuring: Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Williams. There was a time in south Louisiana that the name Jimmy C Newman was spoken with an almost god-like reverence- a young singer...

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Various: Farewell, Alligator Man: A Tribute to the Music of Jimmy C. Newman (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAL0040
 

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(2017/Valcour) 14 tracks (39:29) digisleeve. Featuring: Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Williams. There was a time in south Louisiana that the name Jimmy C. Newman was spoken with an almost god-like reverence- a young singer from Mamou had...

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Brenda Lee: Greatest Country Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD278865
 

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(2004/Curb) 11 tracks, re-recorded in stereo

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Skeeter Davis: Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY21720
 

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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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Jimmy Dean: Hand In Hand With Jesus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY22632
 

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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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Jimmy Dean: Most Richly Blessed & Other Great Inspirational Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY39582
 

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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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Eddy Arnold: Turn The World Around (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY28512
 

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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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Chris Gantry: At The House Of Cash (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDRGC686
 

Pre-order now! This title will be released on 13 December 2017

(Drag City) 11 tracks  - Back in '73: invited by ol' JC (that's Mister Cash to you and me) to chill out and cut some tracks at his country manor, our hero (Chris Gantry, to you and me) let loose with a surge of revelations of love and haight; minimalist...

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Jimmy C. Newman: Bop-A-Hula (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15469
 

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2-CD with 20-page booklet, 47 tracks. Playing time approx. 115 mns. Here's some real raw hillbilly music, and a few early Nashville Sound classics. In 1953 Jimmy came up from Louisiana and got a Dot Records contract on the strength of 'Cry, Cry Darling'. These two...

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Connie Smith: Connie Smith Sings Bill Anderson (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY47232
 

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(Sony-Custom) 12 tracks -  Note: This product is an authorized, licensed CD-R and is manufactured on demand  - Connie Smith Sings Bill Anderson contains twelve tracks that were entirely written by country artist, Bill Anderson. In previous years, Anderson...

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Various: A Country Christmas (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJB213
 

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(1999/Weton-Wesgram) 32 Tracks - Fantastic Country Christmas compilation pressed in the Netherlands!

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Various: Here Comes Santa Claus (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNL25294
 

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(1995/Intermusic-NL) 50 Tracks - Great Christmas compilation for a low amount!

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Various: The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBLB020287
 

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(2017/Blackbird) 14 tracks, tribute album

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Dolly Parton: I Believe In You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5483482
 

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(2017/RCA) 14 tracks - Dolly Parton's first children's album

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Dai & The Ramblers: Bon Bon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJPR002
 

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(2017/Just Peachy Records-Ace) 12 Tracks - Digipack - Fantastic British Cajun Country Boogie Americana band around front man Dai Price! Crazy upright bass! MM/Bear Family Records

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Various: Bummed Out Christmas! (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70912
 

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(1989/Rhino) 12 Tracks - Extremely rare Christmas CD compilation by the legendary Rhino label in an original longbox!

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Kenny Rogers: 5 Classic Albums (5-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSPEC5375
 

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(2017/Spectrum) 55 Tracks - Digisleeves in slipcase - The five albums 'Kenny Rogers', 'Daytime Friends', 'Love Or Something Like It', 'The Gambler' and 'Kenny'!

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Various: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits - 1935-54 (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDRN70637
 

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(1989/Rhino) 10 tracks, longbox, very rare Christmas compilation, few items in stock!

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Various - History: Battleground Korea - Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Art-Nr.: BCD17518
 

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4-CD deluxe boxed set with 160-page hardcover book, 121 tracks. Battleground Korea - Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War DeLuxe packaging, plus hardcover books Total no. of pages: 160, format 27 x 27 cms, in carton slipcase  Total number of...

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Don Diego Trio: Greetings From Austin (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDET6087
 

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(2017/El Toro) 13 Tracks -  The recordings.  February 2017. For the second time in a row, The Don Diego Trio was nominated for the “Rockabilly band” category in the Ameripolitan Awards in Austin, TX. It's the best occasion to book some shows in the Austin...

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Willie Nelson: You Don't Know Me - The Songs Of Cindy Walker (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMOC13478
 

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(2017/Lost Highway) 13 Tracks - Cindy Walker is one of the most successful songwriter in Country Music History (over 500 songs written by her have been recorded). In the 40s, Nelson's teenage years, dozens of songs were penned by Cindy for legends such as Bob Wills...

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Willie Nelson: Countryman (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMOC13378
 

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(2017/Lost Highway) 12 Tracks -  A Carribbean Country album with a cannabis leaf on its cover! This is cool Country stuff by Texas legend Willie Nelson with a shot of Reggae and a special guest appearance of the Jamaican Reggae veteran Toots Hibbert on the song...

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The Kingston Trio: The 50s And The 60s (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3931036
 

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(2017/Magic) 50 Tracks - 'Best Of' compilation covering the most successful period of The Kingston Trio, 1958-1963! Early Folk lives!

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Carlene Carter: C'est C Bon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLOATM6327
 

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(2017/Floating World) 12 Tracks - The fifth album of June Carter's daughter and step daughter of Johnny Cash originally released on Epic in 1983 and was produced by Roger Bechirian (Elvis Costello, Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe). These 12 songs are own compositions or are...

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Teea Goans: Swing, Shuffle & Sway (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCW00107
 

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(2017/Crosswind) 12 Tracks - Digipack - Contemporary Country Music with a Swing!

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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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Marty Stuart: Now That's Country! - The Definitive Collection Vol.1 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDHUMP205
 

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(2017/Hump Head Records) 44 Tracks - Fantastic first volume of a best of compilation, featuring duets with legends like JOHNNY CASH, GEORGE JONES, MERLE HAGGARD, his wife CONNIE SMITH, EARL SCRUGGS and many others!

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Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre: Five Minutes To Live - A Tribute To Johnny Cash EP (CD, EP)
Art-Nr.: CDSEX1704
 

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(2017/Saustex Records) 4-Track CD-EP - Digipack - 'Five Minutes To Live: A Tribute To Johnny Cash' ,an homage to “The Man in Black”, is the latest in a string of such records by Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre. Following on the heels of 2016's...

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Toby Keith: The Bus Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSDN00102
 

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(2017/Show Dog) 12 tracks - digipac  - Keith' brand new 2017 album is great big fun with those lyrics, although it contains the controversy song 'Shitty Golfer'! He knows how to let traditional sounds into his music, listen to the great guitar picking intro...

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Various: Cowboy Christmas (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD96804
 

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(2007/Digi Planet) 38 Tracks - Cowboy Country Christmas, rare German pressing!

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Various: Play The Music Louder - 4 Star Boogies & Jumpin' Hillbilly (CD)
Art-Nr.: ACD12554
 

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(2017/RWA) 25 Tracks (65:35) - Digipack with 60 page booklet by Kevin Coffey.  - 'Independent record label' is usually used as a blanket alternative to draw a line between the handful of 'major' labels and every one else, but if there is a dazzling variety...

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Alan Jackson: Honky Tonk Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5674200
 

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(Sony) 10 tracks 1992 -1993​

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Billie Jo Spears: C'est La Vie (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGL6422
 

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(2017/Goldenlane) 13 tracks (37:23), recorded in Nashville, TN circa 1982. Produced by John Blover foe Double B Records.  - An incredible discovery from the archives - the 'Lost Album' from country legend Billie Jo Spears, recorded in the early '80s but never...

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

Pre-order now! This title will be released on 20 December 2017

(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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Connie Smith: Joy To The World - Expanded Edition (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0644
 

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(2017/Real Gone Music) 11 tracks - with 12-page booklet containing great photos and the whole story.  - Reissue of the original 1975 Columbia album, featuring The Jordanaires and the cream of Nashville's studio musicians, plus a bonus track duet with Willie...

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Various - Season's Greetings: Christmas On The Countryside - 27 Honky Tonkin' Christmas Country Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17508
 

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Christmas On The Countryside 1-CD with 12-page booklet, 27 tracks. Total playing time: 64:45 mns. •  A unique compilation of Christmas songs from the wide range of Country Music, Honky Tonk and Hillbilly Boogie!  •  The Bear Family team sends its...

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Various: Rockabillies, Hillbillies & Honky Tonkers From Mississippi & Louisiana - Big Howdy Records Story (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDST037
 

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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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Shawn Jones Trio: Pain Passed Down (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPEC2108
 

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(2017/Pepper Cake) 10 tracks. The American blues sensation Shawn Jones from Ventura, California! Shawn Jones is the personification of the Southern Blues Roots Country Rock Sounds. With his impressive singer - songwriting abilities, his expressive, soulful voice...

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The Jambalaya Cajun Band: Joyeux Noel (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6100
 

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​(1992/Swallow Records) 14 Tracks - Holiday entertainment from Lafayette, Louisiana, Terry Huval and Reggie Matte's Jambalaya Cajun Band plays Christmas tunes on this rare 1992 CD!

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Various: Merry Cajun Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6070
 

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(1990/Swallow Records) 21 Tracks - Cajun Christmas recordings - Hour long Holiday Entertainment! Item from 1990 still sealed mint quality!

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Michael Doucet: Christmas Bayou (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSW6064
 

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​(1986/Swallow Records) 13 Tracks - Original 1980s item still factory sealed mint quality! Christmas in a Louisiana styled Cajun Country mood!

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Various: Louisiana Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9039
 

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(1993/Jin Records) 14 Tracks - Cajun Christmas classics featuring Clifton Chenier, Michael Doucet, Rockin' Sidney and many more!​

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Dottie West: Here Comes My Baby - Dottie West Sings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL60
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 24 Tracks - Two classic RCA Victor albums originally issued in 1965 and 1966!

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Vernon Oxford: By Public Demand - I Just Want To Be A Country Singer (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL43
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 29 Tracks - Two classic RCA Victor albums originally issued in 1975 and 1976, plus 9 bonus tracks (1967-1977)!

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George Jones: A Picture Of Me - Nothing Ever Hurt Me (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL57
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 22 Tracks - Two classic Epic albums originally issued in 1972 and 1973!

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George Jones: Ladies Choice - My Very Special Guests (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL61
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two classic Epic albums originally issued in 1979 and 1984!

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Bobby Bare with Skeeter Davis, Liz Anderson & Norma Jean: Bobby Bare - Skeeter Davis - Liz Anderson - Norma Jean (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL70
 

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(2017/Morello Records) 36 Tracks - Three classic RCA Victor albums originally issued in 1965, 1967 and 1970! Plus three bonus tracks featuring duets with Jeannie Bare, Rosanne Cash and Lacy J. Dalton! Classic Country!

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Doc Holliday: Gunfighter-The Best Of The 90s (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDYR68176
 

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(2003/Comeback) 14 tracks.

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Tammy Wynette: D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Stand By Your Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL71
 

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(2017/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two original Epic albums from 1968 and 1969, including her mega-hits 'D-I-V-O-R-C-E' and 'Stand By Your Man'!

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Tammy Wynette: I Still Believe In Fairy Tales - 'Til I Can Make It On My Own (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL58
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two original Epic albums from 1975 and 1976!

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Tammy Wynette: Sometimes When We Touch - Higher Ground (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL67
 

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(2017/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two original Epic albums from 1985 and 1987!

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Tammy Wynette: The First Lady - We Sure Can Love Each Other (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL42
 

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(2015/Morello Records) 22 Tracks - Two original Epic albums from 1970 and 1971, produced by Billy Sherrill!

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Tammy Wynette: Bedtime Story - My Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL53
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 22 Tracks - Two original 1972 Epic albums, featuring The Jordanaires!

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Vern Gosdin: Out Of My Heart - Nickels And Dimes And Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL56
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two classic Sony Columbia albums from 1991 and 1993!

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Marty Robbins: R.F.D. - My Kind Of Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL62
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 23 Tracks - Two classic Sony Columbia albums from 1964 and 1967!

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Marty Robbins: All Around Cowboy - Everything I've Always Wanted (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL55
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two classic Sony Columbia albums from 1979 and 1982!

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Marty Robbins: Today - Don't Let Me Touch You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMRLL54
 

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(2016/Morello Records) 21 Tracks - Two classic Sony Columbia albums from 1972 and 1977!

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Various: Age Of Worry (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDOMNI193
 

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(2017/OMNI) 28 tracks (74:39)  Monument Records masters 1960-1970 with 12 page booklet.  - The Decade Of Mutually Assured Destruction: The Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs, the assassinations of President John F....

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Various: Don’t Go Near The Eskimos – 28 Classic U.S. Novelties (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS2644
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 28 Tracks - Compilation of U.S. Novelties, encompassing hits, misses, rarities and the downright absurd, issued between 1948-62. The biggest hits featured herein are sides like 'Witch Doctor' (the first hit record to use sped-up voices), 'Who Put The...

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Various: Danger Men, Mavericks, Thrillers & Twilight Zones – Classic TV Themes of the 50s & 60s (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS2621
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 40 Tracks - Something of a follow-up to Jasmine's earlier collection of TV and movie themes, Watching The Detectives (JASMCD2615), this generous, 40-track compilation concentrates on TV themes from 'The Golden Age' of television. Around a third of the...

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The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett: Six Flags Over Texas & Go Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS973
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 24 Tracks - This is Jasmine's second release from the files of 'The Fifty Guitars of Tommy Garrett'. The first foray came with JASCD912 which featured the studio groups first two LPs 'Go South of The Border Vols 1 & 2. Released in 1961. This release...

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Various: Talking On The Telephone Vol.2 - Hillbilly Music (CD)
Art-Nr.: ACD12557
 

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(2017/RWA) 28 Tracks (74:09) - Digipack - 32-page booklet - In this series of four landmark CDs, RWA RECORDS celebrates two inventions from the late 19th century that changed human life and civilization forever: a) the ability to transmit our speech over long...

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Ray Wylie Hubbard: Tell The Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBORD17005
 

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(2017/Bordello) 11 tracks. Whether or not you subscribe to the adage that the devil always has the best music, you can take it on faith that anytime he pops up for a cameo in a Ray Wylie Hubbard song, the results are gonna be pretty damned entertaining. And as any...

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Anthology (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCAP63499
 

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(2017/Capitol-Nashville) 39 Tracks - With 16-page booklet containing story, photos and memorabilia! Special issue to the band's 50th anniversary!

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The Golden Gate Quartet: Spirituals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPM5342
 

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(1990/EMI Italy) 13 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1964 Columbia album!

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Carrie Newcomer: Live At The Buskirk-Chumley Theater (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDALR004
 

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(2017/Available Light) 18 Tracks - digisleeve

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Various: Songs & Tales Of The Old Chisholm Trail (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTXA1867
 

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(2017/Texanna Records) 34 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - 12-page booklet with song-by-song notes! A commemorative double CD set for the 150th Anniversary of the Old Chisholm Trail featuring famous cowboy artists KR Wood, Red Steagall, Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphey,...

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Julian Dawson: Move Over Darling (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLE3012
 

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(1997/Fledg'ling) 13 tracks

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Dan Fogelberg: Run For The Roses - Live Universal Amphitheater, Universal City, LA 1985 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDECHO2050
 

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(2016/Echoes) 14 tracks Dan Fogelberg's compelling and perceptive songwriting keeps him fresh and interesting to a wide spectrum of fans that span the musical divides. Just as soon as the press had stamped his style with the help of two FM rock hits, Fogelberg...

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