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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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Country Forever (3-CD) Various: Country Forever (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDOD86457

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(Universal Music) 60 tracks - all original masters over the decades - Country Music Bargain! available while stock last Loretta Lynn, The Mavericks, Bobby Gentry, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, The Band, Lee Ann Womack a.o....
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Just Country (4-CD) Various: Just Country (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN837587

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(Rhino-Warner) 80 Tracks - Digipack - Outstanding good collection of of new, classic and crossover country music. Original masters 1969-2016!*****
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Sing Cowboy Sing ! (3-CD Box) Gene Autry: Sing Cowboy Sing ! (3-CD Box) Art-Nr.: CDRN72630

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(Rhino) 84 tracks, US Longbox with 64 page booklet of notes, rare photos and many full color movie sheets. The recordings spanning from 1937-55 including 8 rare Columbia tracks plus unreleased cuts from his Melody Ranch radio show.
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The Platinum Collection (CD) Willie Nelson: The Platinum Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CD8122799

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Llego Navidad (CD) LOS LOBOS: Llego Navidad (CD) Art-Nr.: CDR2604538

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Rising up out of East L.A. comes the first ever holiday album from Los Lobos. The Grammy-winning group researched nearly 150 Christmas-related songs from across North, Central and South America for the collections, eventually narrowing...
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Rockin' My Life Away (CD, Cut-Out) Jerry Lee Lewis: Rockin' My Life Away (CD, Cut-Out) Art-Nr.: CDR270392-C

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(Tomato) 15 tracks, sealed US Pressing, 1cm cut in jewelbox
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Del Shannon Sings Hank Williams (CD Longbox) Del Shannon: Del Shannon Sings Hank Williams (CD Longbox) Art-Nr.: CDRN70982

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(1990/Bug-Rhino) 12 Tracks - Rare CD in original Longbox!
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Songs Our Daddy Taught Us (CD) The Everly Brothers: Songs Our Daddy Taught Us (CD) Art-Nr.: CDR270212

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(Rhino) 12 tracks, recorded August 13, 16 and 17, 1958 RCA Victor Studios, Nashville, Tennessee. - AAD Digital Remastering: Bill Inglot & Ken Perry/K-DiscSongs
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Genius & Friends (CD) Ray Charles: Genius & Friends (CD) Art-Nr.: CD732555

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(2005/Rhino) 14 tracks
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Hillbilly Fever! - Legends Of Country Rock Vol.5 (CD) Various: Hillbilly Fever! - Legends Of Country Rock... Art-Nr.: CDR271904

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Sun Country Collection - Memphis Ramble (CD) Various: Sun Country Collection - Memphis Ramble (CD) Art-Nr.: CDR270963

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(1990/Rhino) At Sun Records on 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, wild rockabilly and polite country were part of the same continuum, as surely as Saturday nights rolled into Sunday mornings. In either category, genius producer Sam Phillips...
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1962, Billboard Top Country Hits (CD) Various: 1962, Billboard Top Country Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN70683

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​(1990/Rhino) 10 tracks - originally sealed!
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Her First Recordings Vol.3 - Rockin' Side (CD) Patsy Cline: Her First Recordings Vol.3 - Rockin' Side (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN70050

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(1989/Rhino) 13 Tracks - Her early Rockabilly styled recordings from the 4-Star era!
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Her First Recordings Vol.2 - Hungry For Love (CD) Patsy Cline: Her First Recordings Vol.2 - Hungry For Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN70049

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Original Album Series (5-CD) Dwight Yoakam: Original Album Series (5-CD) Art-Nr.: CD797203

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(2012/RHINO) 60 tracks
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