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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Close Harmony (8-CD Deluxe Box Set)
The Louvin Brothers: Close Harmony (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15561

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8-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 52-page book, 220 tracks. Playing time approx. 592 mns. This is it! The complete edition of the Louvin Brothers . Every recording - Apollo, Decca, MGM and Capitol - complete. They were the act that set the...
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Cattle Call - Thereby Hangs A Tail (CD)
Eddy Arnold: Cattle Call - Thereby Hangs A Tail (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15441

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 25 tracks. Playing time approx. 67 mns. In 1959, RCA Nashville producer-guitarist Chet Atkins brought Jimmie Driftwood's ‘Tennessee Stud’ to Eddy Arnold and gave 'The Tennessee Plowboy' his first major hit in...
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Call Of The Wild CD)
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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Boom Boom Baby
Billy Crash Craddock: Boom Boom Baby Art-Nr.: BCD15610

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 21 tracks. Playing time approx. 50 mns. Billy was a big country star in the Seventies, but these are his early rare and rockin' sides for Columbia. Recorded in Nashville between 1958 and 1960 when Billy was a...
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Blue Train (CD)
John D. Loudermilk: Blue Train (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15421

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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 64 mns. John D's pop-country recordings from the Sixties for RCA. He was writing some of the greatest songs in country music, and saving a few for himself. 26 songs include...
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Blackjack Choir - Ain't It Somethin'
James Talley: Blackjack Choir - Ain't It Somethin' Art-Nr.: BCD15435

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1-CD with 16-page booklet, 22 tracks. Playing time approx. 73 mns. Oklahoma-born James Talley has been regarded one of the most innovative and talented singer/songwriters of the Seventies. As a composer, he expanded country music’s...
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Billy Parker & Friends
PARKER, Billy: Billy Parker & Friends Art-Nr.: BCD15521

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The one-time Texas Troubadour and top-rated dee-jay, made these duet recordings in the Eighties. The Cal Smith duet was a hit, but taken together these sides form a tapestry of classic country. All the singers are easy-going and relaxed....
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American Originals
James Talley: American Originals Art-Nr.: BCD15244

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American Originals1-CD with 8-page booklet, 11 tracks. Playing time approx. 45 mns. James Talley was born in Oklahoma. The singer/songwriter with roots in country, folk, and blues is living in Nashville. American music critics have been...
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Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Jimmie Driftwood: Americana (3-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15465

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3-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 82 tracks. Playing time approx. 205 mns. Justly renowned as the writer of The Battle Of New Orleans, Jimmie Driftwood was a true maverick. He was an Arkansas schoolteacher who wrote songs to...
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A Legend In My Time (CD)
Don Gibson: A Legend In My Time (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15401

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 26 tracks. Playing time approx. 63 mns. One of our first CDs, this still stands as one of the best. An incredible overview of Don's RCA sides, it established Bear Family's reputation for CD quality back in 1987....
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1956-1960 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Johnny Horton: 1956-1960 (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15470

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Diese klassiche Ausgabe umfaßt die Jahre zwischen Honky Tonk Man und North To Alaska . Sie beginnt mit der Session, aus der I'm A One Woman Man und Honky Tonk Man stammen und enthält alle schönen Rockabilly und Country Aufnahmen wie...
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1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)
Don Gibson: 1949-1960 Singer, Songwriter (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Art-Nr.: BCD15475

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4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 24-page book, 122 tracks. Playing time approx. 295 mns. Don Gibson is an original, now often overlooked. There's so much more to his music than the hits everyone knows. He was one of the most sophisticated...
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& The Tennessee Mountain Boys (6-CD Deluxe Box Set)
JOHNNIE & JACK: & The Tennessee Mountain Boys (6-CD Deluxe Box... Art-Nr.: BCD15553

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6-CD box (LP-size) with 68-page book, 180 tracks. Playing time approx. 438 mns. We at Bear Family can honestly say that we've done more than anyone to keep the sound of the great original country duets alive. The Blue Sky Boys, the...
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Merry Christmas From Wayne Newton
Wayne Newton: Merry Christmas From Wayne Newton Art-Nr.: CDP77348

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(1990/CURB) 13 tracks - Wayne Newton's wonderful Christmas album!
$22.86
Legendary Friends & Country Duets
T.G. Sheppard: Legendary Friends & Country Duets Art-Nr.: CDCLP0077

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(2015/Cleopatra) 14 tracks. A spectacular duets album from country legend T.G. Sheppard recording some of his favorite rock and country songs with a stellar list of country music superstars! Features Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Oak...
$21.31
B4 84 - Pearls From The Vault Series Vol.5
Joe Ely: B4 84 - Pearls From The Vault Series Vol.5 Art-Nr.: CDSCM006

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(2014/Rack'em) 10 tracks - digipac
$20.13
Christmas Memories
Steve Wariner: Christmas Memories Art-Nr.: CDMCA10067

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(1990/MCA) 10 tracks
$22.50
Merry Christmas Strait To You
George Strait: Merry Christmas Strait To You Art-Nr.: CDMCA5800

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(1986/MCA) 10 tracks produced by Jimmy Bowen
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Willie Nelson: Somewhere Over The Rainbow Art-Nr.: CDCK36883

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(1985/COLUMBIA) 10 tracks
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Seven Year Ache (1981)...plus
Rosanne Cash: Seven Year Ache (1981)...plus Art-Nr.: CDCK36965

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Cash, Rosanne - Seven Year Ache (1981)...plus
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16 Most Requested Songs
Frankie Laine: 16 Most Requested Songs Art-Nr.: CDCK45029

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(1989/COLUMBIA) 16 tracks mono
$17.69
Land Of Enchantment
MURPHEY, Michael Martin: Land Of Enchantment Art-Nr.: CD25894

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(1989/Warner) 10 tracks
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Collection
Rodney Crowell: Collection Art-Nr.: CD25965

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(2007/RHINO) 12 tracks
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Texas Tornados (1990)
TEXAS TORNADOS: Texas Tornados (1990) Art-Nr.: CD26251

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CD on WEA USA RECORDS by TEXAS TORNADOS - Texas Tornados (1990)
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Nashville Sound (CD)
Jason Isbell: Nashville Sound (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSER9988

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(2017/Southeastern) 10 tracks. 2017 release from the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Jason Isbell and his mighty band, The 400 Unit. The Nashville Sound is the follow up to 2015's critically acclaimed Something More...
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