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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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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Longhaired Redneck - Rides Again
David Allan Coe: Longhaired Redneck - Rides Again Art-Nr.: BCD15707

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1-CD with 40-page booklet, 21 tracks. Playing time approx. 63 mns. Two long playing records, originally released on Columbia, "Longhaired Redneck" (1976), and "Rides Again" (1977), on one CD. Comes with extensive liner notes and many...
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The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy - Once Upon A Rhym (CD)
David Allan Coe: The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy - Once Upon A... Art-Nr.: BCD15706

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1-CD with 44-page booklet, 20 tracks. Playing time approx. 72 mns. Two long playing records, originally released in 1974 on Columbia, "The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy", and "Once Upon A Rhyme", on one CD. David Allan Coe is the writer...
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The King Of Country Music   (2-CD)
Roy Acuff: The King Of Country Music (2-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15652

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2-CD with 48-page booklet, 57 tracks. Playing time approx. 150 mns. By the 1950s, Roy Acuff 's crown was slipping. He wasn't the star that he had been, but he was still making great records as this collection of ultra-rare sides cut...
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Everybody's Rockin' (CD)
Werly Fairburn: Everybody's Rockin' (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15578

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 73 mns. One of the best country singers who ever sold his soul to rock 'n' roll, Werly Fairburn is well worth investigating. Originally from New Orleans, he started recording for...
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Same Train - A Different Time (CD)
Merle Haggard: Same Train - A Different Time (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15740

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. Merle Haggard 's 1969 classic double LP played a pivotal role in bringing the music of Jimmie Rodgers to a new audience. In it, he was true to the spirit of Rodgers, but...
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My Rifle, My Pony And Me (CD)
Various - Western: My Rifle, My Pony And Me (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15625

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 68 mns. Subtitled 'Movie And TV Soundtracks', this 26-song collection is the ultimate overview of songs that were memorable elements of the post-War Westerns. Opening with the...
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Folksongs Of The Hills: Back Home - Songs Of The Coalminers (CD)
Merle Travis: Folksongs Of The Hills: Back Home - Songs Of... Art-Nr.: BCD15636

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 79 mns. A dream package for Travis fans. Here's the original 1947 "Folksongs Of The Hills" album (which included the first versions of songs like Nine Pound Hammer, I Am A...
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Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book)
Lefty Frizzell: Life's Like Poetry (12-CD-Box & Book) Art-Nr.: BCD15550

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Republication of the legendary Lefty Frizzell CD box set. We decided to revive this great box set due to public demand and as a new revised edition. This new set will include additional songs and many recently found photos and on top of...
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Road To Torreon
James Talley & Cavalliere Ketchum: Road To Torreon Art-Nr.: BCD15633

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1-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 105-page book, 11 tracks. Playing time 52:24 mns. Concept album - A 106-page book printed on art paper is included, 32 touching pictures by photograper Cavaliere Ketchum, faces and landscapes, framed by...
$52.00
Nancy & Lee (CD)
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood: Nancy & Lee (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBLD507

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(Boulevard) 12 tracks
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The Complete Phoenix Concerts (CD)
John Stewart: The Complete Phoenix Concerts (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15518

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1-CD with 28-page booklet, 18 tracks. Playing time approx. 77 mns. Thanks to DJ Bill Campton, John Stewart's music was big in Phoenix in 1974, so producer Nik Venet had Stewart take a band there and record a 'live' album of hits and some...
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California Bloodlines - Willard minus 2 (CD)
John Stewart: California Bloodlines - Willard minus 2 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15468

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns. After seven years in the Kingston Trio and several years as a hit songwriter ( the Monkees' ‚ Daydream Believer ’ etc), John Stewart launched his solo career in 1969 with...
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Rave On (LP)
Waylon Jennings: Rave On (LP) Art-Nr.: BFX15029

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​(Bear Family Records) 12 tracks
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The Golden Years by Bob Pinson & Richard Weize
Kitty Wells: The Golden Years by Bob Pinson & Richard Weize Art-Nr.: BFB10009

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Kitty Wells  , The Golden Years - A bio/discography 1949 - 1957 by Bob Pinson, Richard Weize &, Charles Wolfe , BFB 10009 EAN: 4000127100092 ISBN: 3-924787-08-5 , DIN-A5, 32 pages , Nashville-born singer Kitty Wells...
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Sixteen Tons Rock & Roll (CD)
Jimmy Murphy: Sixteen Tons Rock & Roll (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15451

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 16 tracks. Playing time approx. 37 mns. Now here is a genuine one-of-a-kind guy! In 1951 Jimmy Murphy recorded 'Electricity' for RCA. It was half-country, half blues, and it rocked! So, when rock 'n' roll came...
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Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (CD)
Sid King & The Five Strings: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15535

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1-CD with 36-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 69 mns. They've been legends among rock 'n' roll collectors for decades now, but those original Columbia recordings still retain their Texas punch. Now they're paired with Sid's...
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The Story Of My Life (& Ray Conniff)
Marty Robbins: The Story Of My Life (& Ray Conniff) Art-Nr.: BCD15567

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 16 tracks. Playing time approx. 38 mns. In 1956 Marty's versions of Singing The Blues was scooped by Guy Mitchell . Marty knew he could reach the pop audience as easily as Mitchell and he demanded the chance....
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Heartaches By The Number
Guy Mitchell: Heartaches By The Number Art-Nr.: BCD15454

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 67 mns. No-one but no-one did a better job of interpreting country standards for the pop market than Guy Mitchell. This is a true best-of, featuring Singing The Blues ,...
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Warren Smith: Call Of The Wild CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15495

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 74 mns. Picking up the Warren Smith story in 1960, we find him in California on the way to becoming a country star on Liberty Records. Here are all his Liberty recordings from...
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King Of The Road (CD)
Roger Miller: King Of The Road (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15477

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 64 mns. Here's the ultimate Roger Miller collection. It includes the ultra-rare and unjustly neglected RCA recordings and the best of the Smash recordings. In all 29 recordings,...
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Sixteen Tons
Tennessee Ernie Ford: Sixteen Tons Art-Nr.: BCD15487

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 61 mns. Tennessee Ernie was a fixture of the country music scene in Los Angeles when he recorded these tracks between 1949 and 1959. This is a collector's choice sweep through...
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Dynamite Trail
Wilf Carter: Dynamite Trail Art-Nr.: BCD15507

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 73 mns. Wilf Carter already had a recording career spanning 20 years when he went to Nashville to record for Decca after he left RCA Victor. Between 1954 to 1958 Carter, yodeling...
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Sara & Maybelle
Sara & Maybelle Carter: Sara & Maybelle Art-Nr.: BCD15471

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 67 mns. Far more important than the Eagles getting back together was the 1966 reunion of Sara and Maybelle Carter. They had split up in 1944, and their reunion was midwifed by...
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Coyote Moon - Run To The Wind
Lesley Schatz: Coyote Moon - Run To The Wind Art-Nr.: BCD15513

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 20 tracks. Playing time approx. 72 mns. Canadian singer/songwriter Lesley Schatz sings about country matters from a Canadian point of view ( Alberta Blue, Coyote Moon ). These 20 1987-89 recordings, made in...
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Dark Moon
Bonnie Guitar: Dark Moon Art-Nr.: BCD15531

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 29 tracks. Playing time approx. 63 mns. Here are the fabulous '50s recordings by the woman who sung the original version of Dark Moon . She followed it with Mr. Fire Eyes, Love By The Jukebox Light, and a...
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