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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Stagecoach & The Trouble With Angels - Soundtrack (CD)
Jerry Goldsmith: Stagecoach & The Trouble With Angels -... Art-Nr.: CDMD608

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(Mainstream Direct) 22 tracks 1966, two classic Goldsmith soundtracks - never before on CD
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Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At the Carousel Ballroom, April 28, 1968 (2-LP, Ltd.)
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(BMG Rights) 22 tracks - Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set with: an old Johnny Cash comic book, colour double vinyl, original concert poster and more. Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968, an historic...
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(BMG Rights) 28 tracks Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968, an historic and never-heard live concert recorded in San Francisco by innovative sound wizard Owsley Stanley. Captured in the heart of...
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Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, At the Carousel Ballroom, April 28, 1968 (2-LP)
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Poems, Prayers And Promises (LP)
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I Wouldn't Live In New York City (CD)
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Mr. Lovemaker - Loving You Beats All I’ve Ever Seen - 11 Months And 29 Days - Take This Job And Shove It (2-CD)
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(BGO Records) 44 tracks Four Epic Records albums by country music star Johnny Paycheck from 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1977 The 2 CDs contain the US Country No.1 single 'Take This Job And Shove It'. Paycheck, and accomplished musician, had...
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(BGO Records) 38 tracks CD 1: It's Only Rock'n'Roll / Never Could Toe The Mark CD 2: Turn The Page / Sweet Mother Texas Four albums by "Outlaw" country singer Jennings from 1983 to 1986. This package includes the country hits "Lucille",...
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(BGO-Beat Goes On Records) 40 Tracks Four more and the last of the Wagoner-Parton collaboration albums from 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1980, all four of which reached the US Top 20 Country Charts. "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" was No. 1 on the...
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(Beartooth Records) 12 tracks, Digisleeve The album features: Missy Raines (on all tracks), Joy Adams, Darol Anger, Ron Block, Becky Buller, Greg Cahill, Chris Coole, Jeremy Garrett, Andy Hall, Chris Jones, Claire Lynch, Stephen Mougin,...
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(Saguano Road) 13 tracks A country/gospel album from the formation that has been delighting fans around the world for seven decades, especially 'live'. Inspired by the young traditional country singer Jamey Johnson, the wish of founding...
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May The Circle Be Unbroken - A Tribute To Roky Erickson (CD)
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(Light In The Attic) 12 tracks, digisleeve Texan Roky Erickson was one of the true mind-blowing pioneers of psychedelic music. The original leader of the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators formed in 1965, Erickson and band invented a...
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Tall Dark Stranger (CD)
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(Omnivore Recordings) 11 tracks Buck Owens #2 country album from 1969 - released for the first time on CD as it was in 1969. Mastered from original tapes with new liner notes and fan goodies. On its original release in September 1969,...
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Sweet Rosie Jones (CD)
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(Omnivore Recordings) 12 tracks Country classics - released for the first time on CD as they were in 1968. Mastered from original tapes with new liner notes and fan goodies. Originally released in 1968, Sweet Rosie Jones was Buck and His...
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I've Got You On My Mind Again (CD)
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(Omnivore Recordings) 12 tracks I've Got You On My Mind Again for the first time on CD, exactly as released in 1968. Mastered from original tapes with new liner notes and fan goodies. "I've Got You On My Mind Again" was originally...
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The Brothers - March 10, 2020, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (4-CD)
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(Peach Records) 25 tracks, digisleeve This once-in-a-lifetime concert event was a celebration of the illustrious career of the Allman Brothers Band. It's the first time in more than five years that these legendary musicians have been on...
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Bear's Sonic Journals - Fillmore East February 1970 (3-CD, Deluxe Edition)
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(Allman Brothers Band Recording Company) 20 tracks, digipack. Reissue of rare early live recordings from the 1970 Fillmore East with extended sets. The Allman Brothers Band was on the verge of superstardom in 1970. They had only been...
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Smoke From The Chimney (LP)
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(Easy Eye Sound) 9 tracks (42:56) Smoke from the Chimney, the posthumous album by Louisiana swamp rock pioneer Tony Joe White, brings to life previously unknown home recordings by the legendary songwriter and musician. Starting with the...
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Treasure Of Love (CD)
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(Rack 'Em Records) The "hippie country pioneers" and "one of country rock's most influential bands" with a new studio album of re-recorded classics and new songs.Listening to "Treasure of Love", The Flatlanders' first new album in more...
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Early Dolly (LP, Colored Vinyl, Ltd.)
Dolly Parton: Early Dolly (LP, Colored Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPCLO2341

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(Stardust Records - Cleopatra Records) 8 tracks, colored vinyl (pink), limited edition, gatefold cover. A very special vinyl collection featuring the very first professional recordings of beloved country icon Dolly Parton when she was...
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