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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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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Rockin' With The Krauts - Rock 'n' Roll In Germany (CD)
Various Artists: Rockin' With The Krauts - Rock 'n' Roll In... Art-Nr.: BCD17641

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1-CD Digipak (4-plated) with 32-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 minutes. Since the 1990s, Bear Family has released quite a few German-language Rock 'n' Roll compilations: what you get to hear here has nothing to do...
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Clyde McPhatter: The Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD17615

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1-CD (4-plated Digipak) with 32-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. We can't rewrite music history, but we would like to shine a light on a great, influential and underrated artist: Clyde McPhatter. Whoever is...
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1-CD (6-plated Digipak) with 32-page booklet, 33 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 minutes. Long overdue two-part documentary on Bear Family dedicated to one of the greatest Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Rock & Roll singers: Clyde...
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1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 34 individual tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. For Roy Orbison's 85th birthday, Bear Family releases this unique CD compilation of originals and rare cover versions of famous Roy Orbison songs...
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(Dagnabbit) 16 tracks - Full Colour Sleeve with label shots and info - Pressed on Blue 'N' Lonesome Clear Wax - Strictly Limited Edition of 500 copies only Yet another helpin' of Hick Country Bop & Rural Rockabilly goodness. 16 Primitive...
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(Custom Pressing) reissue of this all time 1961! Rockabilly Monster on Testa. Comes in a nice picture sleeve. Join the steadily growing Larry Terry Fan base today!
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(Crypt Records) 3 tracks 7inch, 45rpm, Gatefold Picture Sleeve Plus “Little Demon” and an unissued 1959 demo, “Never, Not Again”. Monstrous 1962 Scream-A-Billy franticity! Luscious Gatefold Sleeve crammed with pics & info+Sheet Music so...
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(Markal Music) 16 tracks (61.57) Digisleeve Superb instrumental disc, partly in the style of the old STAX Soul numbers with Reggie Young (Guitar), Mike Leech (Bass), Bobby Emmons (Organ), Bobby Wood (Piano) & Gene Chrisman (Drums)....
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(Zu-Zazz Records) 23 tracks (52:52) 24 page booklet Here on one CD is just about every rare and sought-after track in Waylon Jennings' long career. It starts with the ultra-rare Brunswick single produced by Buddy Holly and featuring...
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(NPR) 25 Tracks The 10th CD by Herbert Hooke - The Cruncher. To celebrate the anniversary, this time there are 25 tracks, including 3 original compositions. Instrumental rock'n'roll and surf music at its best.
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(UAS) 3-CD Jewelcase, 87 Tracks, 20 Page full color souvenir booklet. All original hits plus most single sides & album tracks 1961-1971, original stereo digitally remastered.
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Swedish Rock'n'Roll 1954-1962 (2-CD)
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1-CD (Digipak) with 36 page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 78 min. Without compromises: Bear Family finally delivers the most comprehensive and competent review of the career of the country musician, rockabilly pioneer,...
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1 CD with 16-page booklet, 28 tracks. Total playing time approx. 67 minutes. The second edition on the subject of spring and Easter In Bear Family's 'Season's Greetings' CD series. This musical journey through time includes selected...
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The Cat Called Domino (LP, 10inch & CD, Ltd.)
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2 articles at a special price as a bundle BCD17415 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - with Guests: Simon Crum & Terry Preston (CD) BLE011 Draggin' The River - Bebe Beautiful Baby (7inch, 45RPM, SC, CS, Postcard) 1-CD Digipak (4-plated)...
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(Tone Records) 14 tracks The Five Discs started singing in 1957 on street corners in the East N.Y. section of Brooklyn. They first performed as The Flames at church dances and clubs around the New York area. Original members of the group...
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