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

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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 Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection (16-CD) Kris Kristofferson: The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums... Art-Nr.: CDKRIS16

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(Sony) Boxset 13x13x6 cm Special Price While Stock Last! On the occasion of Kris Kristofferson's 80th birthday, Legacy Recordings presents a valuable 16-CD box set with the 11 studio albums the country star recorded between 1970 and 1981...
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The Legend (5-CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Limited, Numbered) Johnny Cash: The Legend (5-CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Limited,... Art-Nr.: CD0503003

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The first 4 CDs contain 104 songs, 7 of which are previously unreleased hits. Each CD is structured chronologically as well as thematically: CD 1 "Win, Place and Show" contains 27 hits which occupied places 1 - 3 of the C&W charts from...
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At Folsom Prison (CD) Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCOL4952442

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Pure & Simple + Live From Glastonbury 2014 (2-CD) Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple + Live From Glastonbury 2014 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRCA51252

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(Sony-RCA) 26 tracks booklet including all lyrics. Her critically acclaimed Sony Album plus bonus CD recorded at and broadcast from the Glastonbury Festival on 29th June, 2014 (BBC)
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Personal Christmas Collection (CD) Johnny Cash: Personal Christmas Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CD4777692

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Wouldn't It Be Great (LP) Loretta Lynn: Wouldn't It Be Great (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSNY587697

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(Sony) 13 tracks. Wouldn't It Be Great is one of the most deeply personal projects of her career. Originally scheduled to be released in August 2017, this album was put on hold as Loretta worked through recovering from a stroke she...
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Wouldn't It Be Great (CD) Loretta Lynn: Wouldn't It Be Great (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY587696

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(Sony) 13 tracks. Wouldn't It Be Great is one of the most deeply personal projects of her career. Originally scheduled to be released in August 2017, this album was put on hold as Loretta worked through recovering from a stroke she...
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Collector's Edition (CD) Tammy Wynette: Collector's Edition (CD) Art-Nr.: CD281929

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Super Hits (3-CD) Various: Super Hits (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD103632

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(Sony) 30 tracks, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson
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9 To 5 And Odd Jobs (CD) Dolly Parton: 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRCA46193

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(RCA Nashville Legacy) 13 tracks (incl. 3 bonus tracks) - 12 pager booklet including lyrics - Never having acted in a film bevore, Dolly Parton was initially reluctant to star in 9 to 5, alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Her debut...
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Last Man Standing (CD) Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY582725

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(Sony Legacy) 11 tracks - digisleeve including all lyrics Last Man Standing is the follow up to last year's God's Problem Child which was universally praised ('Uncut' in the UK said it was 'an album that can stand comfortably alongside...
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American Heartland - Legends Of Country (3-CD) Various: American Heartland - Legends Of Country (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY64162

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(SONY) 60 tracks, a top compilation! Three CDs presenting the best in Country Music through the decades!
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Full Circle (CD) Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY516896

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(Sony) 14 tracks (38:55). Loretta Lynn's new album 'Full Circle' is her first album release since 2004's Van Lear Rose. Due March 2016, Full Circle takes a broad look at the First Lady of Country Music's history and legacy, offering up...
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Roy Acuff's Greatest Hits (CD) Roy Acuff: Roy Acuff's Greatest Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CD9832562

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(1993/Sony) 15 tracks
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Full Circle (LP) Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSNY516897

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(Sony) 14 tracks. Loretta Lynn's new album 'Full Circle' is her first album release since 2004's Van Lear Rose. Due March 2016, Full Circle takes a broad look at the First Lady of Country Music's history and legacy, offering up 13 new...
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God's Problem Child (CD) Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY541573

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(2017/Columbia) 13 tracks
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For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (CD) Willie Nelson: For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY531552

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(Sony Legacy) 12 tracks - digisleeve - For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price finds Willie paying tribute to one of his most legendary influences and longtime friend, Ray Price. The album debuts Willie's new interpretations of 12...
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American Heartland (3-CD) Various: American Heartland (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY61162

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(2013/Sony DK) 40 original masters 1969-2013! gatefold digipac. Superb Country Music compilation featuring mostly newer names plus some classic stuff - nice price Highlight!*****
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All Of Me (CD) Willie Nelson: All Of Me (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY487873

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(Columbia) 18 Tracks - Willie sings the standards, 1978-1997. Sony Music UK release
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The Legend (4-CD) Johnny Cash: The Legend (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDCOL87852

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(2010/Sony) 104 career spanning tracks 1955-2005. 72 page Digibook 14x19cm. - 2010 small digibook version!
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The Greatest Country Classics (CD) Johnny Cash: The Greatest Country Classics (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSNY190334

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​(2012/Sony) 14 tracks Columbia 1960-1983 with 12 page booklet.
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Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner - The Right Combination (CD, Ltd.) Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner: Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner - The Right... Art-Nr.: CDSNY32512

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(2015/Sony) 12 tracks (29:34) 1967-1980. US Country Store exclusive - few copies
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Summertime - Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Willie Nelson: Summertime - Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin Art-Nr.: CDSNY516705

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(2016/Sony) 11 tracks - Willie Nelson's new album of pop standards, penned by America's legendary songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin, follows the selection of Willie as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize...
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American Legends - Real Country Classics 2-CD Various: American Legends - Real Country Classics 2-CD Art-Nr.: CD517965

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(2004/SONY) 36 tracks 1959-95
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Billy Swan's Best (CD) Billy Swan: Billy Swan's Best (CD) Art-Nr.: CD474269

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(1993/Sony) 16 tracks
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The Greatest - The Number Ones (CD-DVD) US Johnny Cash: The Greatest - The Number Ones (CD-DVD) US Art-Nr.: CDSNY191980

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(2012/COLUMBIA) 19 tracks plus DVD (Code 0, NTSC, 25 Min.) incl.10 previously unreleased performances from the Johnny Cash Show 1969-71. Slipcase packaging with 20 page booklet.
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Out Among The Stars Johnny Cash: Out Among The Stars Art-Nr.: CD1403001

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(2014/SONY) 12 unreleased studio recordings 1981-1984, featuring a duet with June Carter Cash and Marty Stuart on guitar.
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Johnny Cash's America (CD+DVD) Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash's America (CD+DVD) Art-Nr.: CD723401

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(2008/Sony)​ 18 tracks 1955-1980 (53:25) plus DVD Documentary (NTSC, Code 0, English, 90 Min.+) with 16 page booklet. Includes Bonus DVD. A newly commissioned film for A&E's Biography Channel, Johnny Cash's America blends biography,...
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Playlist - The Very Best Of George Jones: Playlist - The Very Best Of Art-Nr.: CDSNY756709

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(2009/SONY) 14 tracks 1972-1985 ecopac
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16 Biggest Hits Patty Loveless: 16 Biggest Hits Art-Nr.: CDSNY703351

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(2004/SONY) 16 tracks 1993-2003
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Nashville Skyline (feat.Johnny Cash) Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (feat.Johnny Cash) Art-Nr.: CD512346

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(2003/SONY) 10 tracks 1963/69
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Always On My Mind - Tribute To Elvis (2-CD) Various: Always On My Mind - Tribute To Elvis (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD508928

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(Sony Music) 40 Tracks - Original recordings 1953-1996 - Fantastic Country-Rockabilly Tribute to Elvis Presley!
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Country Christmas Songs Various: Country Christmas Songs Art-Nr.: CD509719

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(2002/SONY) 16 tracks 1963-95 ! last copies
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Ride This Train (CD) Johnny Cash: Ride This Train (CD) Art-Nr.: CD506373

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(Sony) 12 tracks. 1960 album plus bonus tracks
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Winter Wonderland Various: Winter Wonderland Art-Nr.: CD467704

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(1990/Sony) 15 tracks, original Columbia Christmas recordings, incl. Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Marty Robbins, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Vinton, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, a.m.o.!
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Jailhouse Rock - Hits From The Big House (CD) Various: Jailhouse Rock - Hits From The Big House (CD) Art-Nr.: CDAK66393

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(1995/Sony) 12 Tracks, original recordings - special offer !
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Honky Tonk Angels (1993) Parton - Lynn - Wynette: Honky Tonk Angels (1993) Art-Nr.: CDCK53414

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(1993/COLUMBIA) 12 tracks - Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn & Tammy Wynette, produced by Steve Buckingham. Back in stock by popular demand!
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