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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.

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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.

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The Best Of (3-CD) Kenny Rogers: The Best Of (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD267945

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(EMI) 53 tracks, original recordings 1976 -1983 featuring Dottie West
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The Very Best Of Slim Dusty (CD) Slim Dusty: The Very Best Of Slim Dusty (CD) Art-Nr.: CD9188142

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Country Style (CD) Slim Whitman: Country Style (CD) Art-Nr.: CD068326

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The Complete Duet Recordings 1965 (CD) George Jones & Gene Pitney: The Complete Duet Recordings 1965 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMI694220

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(EMI) 17 tracks
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Spirituals (CD) 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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Best Of (CD) Leon Russell: Best Of (CD) Art-Nr.: CD0710442

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(2011/Emi) 16 tracks. In celebration of Leon Russell's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, EMI release 'The Best Of Leon Russell' featuring 16 career defining tracks including 'Heartbreak Hotel,' a #1 country duet with Willie...
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An Introduction To The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (CD) The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: An Introduction To The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (CD) Art-Nr.: CD0615582

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(2006/EMI Special Market/Fuel) 18 original 1970/80s classics (53:25) with notes by Bill Dahl. - Fuel 2000's highly acclaimed 'Introduction to...' US Series - deleted for years - original new stock copy (Bear Family Records)
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Capitol Country Music Classics - The 1940s (CD) Various: Capitol Country Music Classics - The 1940s (CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMS1412

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(1991/EMI Records) 26 tracks - Great mixture of Hillbilly Bop and Western Swing!Some of the artists are Tex Ritter,Roy Hogsed and Hank Thompson!
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Yodelling Crazy (CD) Various: Yodelling Crazy (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP798656

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(EMI) 26 tracks - original master recordings
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Capitol Country Music Classics Series (CD) Merle Travis: Capitol Country Music Classics Series (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP780676

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(EMI) 28 tracks 1946-1969
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Ultimate Collection - Liberty Recordings (2-CD) Willie Nelson: Ultimate Collection - Liberty Recordings (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD2162542

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(2008/EMI) 40 tracks 1961-63 with 12 page booklet.
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Collection (2-CD) Glen Campbell: Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDP831029

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(Capitol) tracks - 40 original recordings - rare first issue
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A Tribute To Hank Williams (CD) Various: A Tribute To Hank Williams (CD) Art-Nr.: CDP7813012

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​(1993/EMI Ltd.) 22 tracks
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CMA Winners 2012 (2-CD&DVD) Various: CMA Winners 2012 (2-CD&DVD) Art-Nr.: CDEMI584928

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(2012/EMI AUSTRALIA) 41 tracks plus DVD (Code 4, PAL, 12 clips).
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The Very Best Of (2007 Edition) Bobby Goldsboro: The Very Best Of (2007 Edition) Art-Nr.: CDEMI92596

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(2007/EMI) 25 tracks 1964-74 with 12 page booklet
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Best Of Billie Jo Spears: Best Of Art-Nr.: CD3115612

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(2005/EMI) 20 tracks
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The Best Of Bobbie Gentry (CD) GENTRY, Bobbie: The Best Of Bobbie Gentry (CD) Art-Nr.: CD8289042

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(1994/EMI) 20 tracks (original Capitol recordings)
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Dusty Tracks (CD) Slim Dusty: Dusty Tracks (CD) Art-Nr.: CD8323662

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(1973/EMI AUSTRALIA) 12 tracks
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Playing To Win (CD) Ricky Nelson: Playing To Win (CD) Art-Nr.: CD5324532

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(2001/CAPITOL) 16 tracks incl. bonus tracks and unreleased jewels!
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Capitol Country Music Classics - 1970's (CD) Various: Capitol Country Music Classics - 1970's (CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMS1423

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(1991/EMI) 26 masters
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