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Classic Rock'n'Roll & Classic Rockabilly CDs and Vinyl-Records

Classic Rock'n'Roll & Classic Rockabilly

Bear Family is specialized in Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll! Besides the well-known big names, this is the history of countless, often neglected and forgotten artists, who made wonderful recordings. Their music is very important to us. Here at Bear Family, you will be served and advised by experts and collectors!

 

Classic Rockabilly

 

Classic Rockabilly was, simply, the white Southerner's Rock'n'Roll. It derived from honky-tonk and juke-joint music of the early Fifties' South. From the Western-swing, country-boogie and Hank Williams influenced hillbilly music of the whites came the basic instrumentation of acoustic guitar and bass with their chopped rhythms, while black R&B and boogie provided the drum styles and — most importantly — the electric lead guitar styles. Sometimes the piano, steel guitar, fiddle or saxophone would be added.

 

But basically Classic Rockabilly was a raw acoustic rhythm with a heavy back-beat and cutting electric guitar solos. Throughout the South, this music developed with young bands using the traditional C&W booking circuits. It was dance music, it was wild, it was fun, but it was not quite Rock'n'Roll.

 

Sun Records

 

The catalyst that transformed Classic Rockabilly was the emergence of Sun Records in Memphis, and in particular Elvis Presley's first record, 'That's All Black Right'. The enthusiastic high-pitched vocals, the slapping bass rhythm of Bill and the violent guitar runs of Scotty Moore caused a stir among deejays.

 

But Presley's attitude, sex-appeal and down-right outrageousness drew attention to the music even more. When Presley was transferred to RCA Victor, he became a national phenomenon, and for two y was the music of most white kids. Sun took off with Carl Perkins and others whose muse. typified and exemplified the style.

 

Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes' topped all charts and the music of 1956 became the basis for the careers of Ricky Nelson, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty, Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox, Johnny Burnette and a host of others.  

   
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The Penguins: The Best Of Penguins - The Mercury Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD532735
 

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(1996/PolyGram/Mercury Chronicles Series) 21 tracks, digitally remastered, includes essay and track annotation. Sealed US pressing - essential!

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Little Richard & Jimi Hendrix: Little Richard & Jimi Hendrix (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCD1108
 

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(1993/Charly Records) 12 tracks - incl. Keep A Knockin' (Solo Hendrix), Funky Dish Rag (Solo Richard Inst.) and more

$21.18 *

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The Five Keys: Hucklebuck With Jimmy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLAMP711
 

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(Lamp Records) 26 rare Aladdin tracks

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The Skyliners: Since I Don't Have You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCH78
 

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(ACE) 21 tracks (49:44) 1952-1960. ​

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Carla Thomas: Gee Whiz (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL7043
 

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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 12 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1961 Atlantic album!

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Roy Orbison: A Love So Beautiful - Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY245825
 

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(2017/Sony) 17 tracks, digipack, incl. I Drove All Night feat. Ward Thomas

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Roy Orbison: A Love So Beautiful - Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY970925
 

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(2017/Sony) 18 tracks, incl. bonus track Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel ) feat. Helmut Lotti -

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FABIAN: The Fabulous Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWM5626
 

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(1991/Woodford) 14 tracks - Tiger, String Along, Kissin' And Twistin', Hound Dog Man, Gonna Get You and more

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Bobby Vinton: Bobby Vinton's Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDA15819
 

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(1991/Sony) 14 tracks, total playing time 37:56 min.

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The Ventures: The Best Of The Ventures (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP7466002
 

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(1987/EMI America Records) 15 tracks incl. Live-Version Slaughter On Tenth Ave and Journey To The Stars

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The Mar-Keys: Last Night (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL7002
 

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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 12 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1963 Atlantic album!

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Booker T. & The MG's: Hip Hug-Her (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL6507
 

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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 11 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1967 Stax album!

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Ivory Joe Hunter: Rock & Roll (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL5817
 

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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 14 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1957 Atlantic album!

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The Clovers: The Clovers (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL5961
 

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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 14 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1957 Atlantic album!

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Connie Francis: Connie Francis (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCDS51141
 

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(1995/Starlite) 18 tracks incl. Send Me The Pillow That You Dream on with Hank Williams Jr.

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Brenda Lee: Greatest Gospel Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD78868
 

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(2004/Curb Records) 12 tracks

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Rolf Harris: Party On with Rolf Harris (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1572202
 

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(1989/EMI Music Australia) 22 tracks

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The Flamingos: I Only Have Eyes For You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1344
 

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(2009/Collectables) 20 tracks - Doo Wop Classics

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Various: The Arthur Crier Story - He Put The Bomp (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1022
 

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(2012/Cat King Cole) 30 tracks - "Arthur Crier came from the Morrisania section of the Bronx in New York City. He started his singing career in 1953 with The Chimes recording 4 sides of which -Rose Marie" is featured here. He next moved to a group known as The...

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Various: Country Rockers (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGEM1009
 

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(1990/HHO) 17 tracks - Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger McGuinn and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Little Richard: Rock And Roll Resurrection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHARLY84
 

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(1987/Charly) 20 tracks - Baby Face, All Round The World, Can't Believe You Wanna Leave, Bama Lama Bama Loo and more

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Lulu: The Man Who Sold The World (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHELD1004
 

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(1989/Start Records) 17 tracks - The Man Who Sold The World, Watch That Man, Groovin', Easy Evil, A Boy Like You and more

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Trini Lopez: El Immortal (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0617692
 

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(2009/Fuel) 15 tracks incl. bonus tracks: Lemon Tree, If I Had A Hammer, La Bamba

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Bob Luman: Let's Think About Livin' (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD711192
 

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(2012/Hallmark) 12 tracks

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The Manhattans: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDA21151
 

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(1989/CBS) 10 tracks, total time 37:40 min.

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Sam Cooke: Rarezas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBP0022
 

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(1994/Barsa Promociones) 12 tracks, spanish pressing

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Bobby Vinton: More Of Bobby's Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEK26187
 

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(1990/Sony) 10 tracks

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Neil Sedaka: My Greatest Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBMG07282
 

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(1992/RCA-BMG) 15 tracks

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Various: Starday Custom Series #500 - 675 (10-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDBE629099
 

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(2017/BE! Sharp) 312 Tracks - Rockabilly, Country, Hillbilly and Gospel 1953 - 1957!  Although the Starday record company was not by any means the first label to dabble with customs presses, they are probably one of the most famous and sought after. What was...

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Ray Anthony & His Orchestra: Rock Around The Rock Pile (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17548
 

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Ray Anthony - BCD17548 1-CD Digipak (4-pages) with 72 page booklet. 28 tracks, total playing time approx. 73 minutes. • Unique compilation of his uptempo numbers. There has never been such a thing before!  • A jouful party for those who love...

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Various: Rockin' The Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSPEC2220
 

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(Universal-Spectrum) 20 original tracks (74:50) mastered at Abbey Road.  - In popular music, all stylistic roads lead back to a common source —the Blues. Though it originated as an African-American folk idiom in places like the Mississippi delta during the...

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Various: The Great Rock'n'Roll Stringbenders (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPSALM2384
 

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(Righteous) 31 tracks (69:34)  -  Featuring Cliff Gallup's 20 best 'Blue Caps' tracks and most distinctive riffs and solos plus 11 other key songs that fashioned Rock'n'Roll guitar playing with contributions from  Scotty Moore, Luther Perkins, Grady...

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Bert Weedon: The Very Best Of Bert Weedon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5424262
 

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(2002/EMI) 30 tracks, 1959-67

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Johnny Otis & Friends: That's Your Last Boogie! The Best Of Johnny Otis (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFV120
 

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(2017/Fantastic Voyage) 83 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - Johnny Otis was an influential bandleader, multi instrumentalist, music producer and talent scout who became the only white 'Godfather of Rhythm & Blues' and one of the founders of Rock'n'Roll! He was inducted...

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Various: Talking On The Telephone Vol.2 - Hillbilly Music (CD)
Art-Nr.: ACD12557
 

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(2017/RWA) 28 Tracks (74:09) - Digipack - 32-page booklet - In this series of four landmark CDs, RWA RECORDS celebrates two inventions from the late 19th century that changed human life and civilization forever: a) the ability to transmit our speech over long...

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Various: Talking On The Telephone Vol.1 - Blues, R&B And Gospel (CD)
Art-Nr.: ACD12524
 

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(2017/RWA) 28 Tracks (77:47) - Digipack - 32-page booklet - In this series of four landmark CDs, RWA RECORDS celebrates two inventions from the late 19th century that changed human life and civilization forever: a) the ability to transmit our speech over long...

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Various: Ambience - 63 Nuggets From The Cramps' Record Vault (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPSALM2388
 

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(2017/Righteous) 60 Tracks - 1950s and 1960s, with 8-page booklet! Further inhalations in the smog of incredibly strange music!

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Paul Anka: The Years Of Rock 'N' Roll (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAMC55187
 

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(1999/Silvester Star) 14 tracks

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The Drifters: Saturday Night At The Movies (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPML1014
 

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(2000/Planet Media) 18 tracks

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Various: Jukebox In Crampsville - 60 Way Out Tunes At A Dime A Piece (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPSALM2389
 

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(Righteous) 60 tracks 1950s and 1960s with 8 page booklet.  - Drop the needle on another collection from Lux and Ivy's grail-like collection. It's a cantankerous mix of surf, garage, comedy, rampaging rockabilly, RnB, bad doo-wop and all round strangeness....

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Link Wray & His Raymen: Jack The Ripper - The Singles 1957-1962 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS974
 

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(2017/Jasmine Records) 34 tracks - Link Wray & The Wraymen Jack The Ripper the singles 1957-1992, plus... Link Wray conquered ill-health (he suffered partially impaired hearing and eyesight, and had only one lung) to become one of the most influential...

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Buddy Holly: Giant (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCLACD307
 

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(1992/Castle) 10 tracks - "A lot of time slipped by before this album could be released, because of problems - both legal and technical - to be solved. Far more sophisticated equipment is now available, of course, and was used. And it's with a feeling of great...

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The Everly Brothers: Love Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRB3288
 

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(2015/Rockbeat) 20 tracks.

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Various: Whiskey Women & Loaded Dice (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT669
 

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(2017/ Not Now) 40 tracks Aces backed with eights. In poker it’s called ‘the dead man’s hand’ because those were the cards Wild Bill Hickok was holding when he was killed in a Deadwood Saloon. But then gambling has always been a dangerous game, whether in a...

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The Golden Gate Quartet: The Best Of The Golden Gate Quartet (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPM1102192
 

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(1990/EMI-Italiana) 16 tracks

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Elvis Presley: Merry Christmas (CD, Card & Envelope)
Art-Nr.: CDSLA1
 

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(Custom Pressing) 8 tracks - 14x20.5cm, gatefold greeting card (thick cardboard) with CD and nice envelope.

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Various: Born Bad (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT2680
 

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(Not Now) 40 tracks - Blues, Country and Rock'n'Roll collection of 1950s murder, gamble, crime and death songs.  - If there's one subject that's truly a cornerstone of not only country music but also the blues and R&B, it's Bad Boys - the ones who took...

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Bo Diddley: Rock 'N' Roll All-Star Jam 1985 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSJP295
 

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(2009/Angel Air) 10 tracks, live, featuring Chuck Berry, Ron Wood, John Mayall, Mick Fleetwood and more

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Bobby Vinton: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD6187412
 

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(Companion) 12 tracks, original versions

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Chuck Willis: My Story (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWK75061
 

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(1990/Sony) 14 tracks

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Danny & The Juniors: Original Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCR10037
 

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(Club Records) 16 tracks

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Frankie Avalon: The Golden Years 1958-1962 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWM5625
 

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(1991/Woodford Music) 14 tracks

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Billy Fury: At His Best (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD200422
 

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(2000/Planet Media) 40 tracks

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The Drifters: Magic Moments (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLTG39561
 

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(2011/Digimode) 20 tracks, original recordings

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Paul Anka: Heroes Collection - Paul Anka (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPGD117
 

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(2011/Pegasus) 48 tracks

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Various: Born Wild (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT2681
 

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(Not Now) 40 tracks - 1950s Rockabilly

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Little Richard: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCBS4627522
 

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(1988/CBS) 12 tracks

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Jerry Lee Lewis: I Am What I Am (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDINS5008
 

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(1998/Instant) 14 tracks

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MOVIE/SPIELFILM: Finding Graceland - Unterwegs Mit Elvis (Blu-ray)
Art-Nr.: DVDBR041586
 

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USA, 1998 FSK ab 6 freigegeben, Erscheinungstermin: 25.8.2016 Abenteuer / Drama, 97 Min. Regie: David Winkler (geb. 1948) Darsteller: Harvey Keitel, Johnathon Schaech, Bridget Fonda Sprache: Deutsch, Englisch Tonformat: DTS-HD 5.1 Bild: Widescreen

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MOVIE/SPIELFILM: Finding Graceland - Unterwegs Mit Elvis (DVD)
Art-Nr.: DVD202345
 

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USA 1998, Abenteuer / Drama, 93 Min. Regie: David Winkler, Darsteller: Harvey Keitel, Johnathon Schaech, Bridget Fonda Sprache: Deutsch, Englisch Tonformat: Dolby Digital 5.1 Bild: Widescreen

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Skeeter Davis: Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY21720
 

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(Sony-Custom) 12 Tracks - Original RCA Victor 1967 - Note: This product is an authorized licensed CD-R and is manufactured on demand!

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Johnny Hallyday: The 1962 Nashville Sessions Vol.2, (French)
Art-Nr.: BCD15497
 

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 10 tracks. Playing time approx. 24 mns. In common with most European rock & roll artists of the late '50s and early '60s, Johnny Hallyday's music grew in the giant shadow cast from the United States. And, like most of his...

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Johnny Hallyday: Les Indispensables (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY299326
 

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(2002/Sony) 18 tracks, original versions, digipack

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Johnny Hallyday: Souvenirs, Souvenirs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY94232
 

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(2006/Sony) 24 tracks

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Jimmy C. Newman: Bop-A-Hula (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15469
 

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2-CD with 20-page booklet, 47 tracks. Playing time approx. 115 mns. Here's some real raw hillbilly music, and a few early Nashville Sound classics. In 1953 Jimmy came up from Louisiana and got a Dot Records contract on the strength of 'Cry, Cry Darling'. These two...

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Various: The Unsung Heroes Of British Rock And Roll (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS833
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 50 Tracks - 1956-1962 - This excellent 2-CD set from Jasmine turns the spotlight onto some of the lesser known rock and roll acts that surfaced on Britain's shores. Although Tommy Steele can't quite be labelled as unsung, he was the first teenage star...

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Bobby Hendricks: Itchy Twitchy Feeling - Singles Collection 1956-1961 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS959
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 27 Tracks - 1956-1961 -  Bobby Hendricks is the last surviving member of the original Drifters and although his time with the group was short he sang the lead on one of their greatest hits, 'Drip Drop' and the wonderful 'Suddenly There's A...

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Ketty Lester: Love Is For Everyone - Love Letters - The 1962 Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS2642
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 20 Tracks - 1962 -  Ketty Lester's 1962 version of 'Love Letters', a song originally composed by Victor Young and Edward Heyman for the motion picture of the same name which starred Jennifer Jones, forever linked her to that exclusive club, 'the...

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Bill Black's Combo: The Return Of Bill Black's Combo (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS981
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 28 Tracks - 1962 - 'The Return of Bill Black' covers just their activity in 1962 and features their next two consecutive LPs 'Movin' and 'Bill Black's Record Hop' (aka 'Let's Twist Her') plus four sides released on 45s during 1962. 28 excellent...

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Esquerita: Wildcat Shakeout Revisited - Full Tilt Rock and Roll 1958-1962 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS982
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 24 Tracks - 1958-1962 -  For the uninitiated, Esquerita was a very flamboyant, outrageous, gay black man - not a great thing to be in early '50s America. However, the first 20 tracks of this CD are some of the wildest, craziest and out of control...

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