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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 Clovers: Dance Party (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL45978
 

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(2013/Atlantic Japan) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1959 Atlantic album!

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Hasil Adkins: What The Hell Was I Thinking (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFP803142
 

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(1997/Fat Possum) 10 Tracks (36:48), Digipack - Recorded at the 'Money Slot' in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Various: Wild Streak Vol.2 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVTR2020
 

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(Vee-Tone Records) 50 tracks

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Various: Sixties Girls (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNOT160
 

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(2014/Not Now) 60 original recordings, feat. Nancy Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot, Diana Dors, Francoise Hardy, Dionne Warwick, Helen Shapiro, Jackie DeShannon and many more! Digipack!

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Various: R&B Humdingers, Vol.13 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVTR2021
 

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(2014/VeeTone) 22 Tracks - Twenty two greasy groovers!

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Various: R&B Humdingers, Vol.11 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVTR2017
 

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(2012/VeeTone) 22 Tracks - Twenty two greasy groovers!

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Gene Pitney: The Many Sides Of Gene Pitney - Only Love Can Break A Heart (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRPM881
 

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(2010/RPM) 26 Tracks - GENE PITNEY was one of the most prolific and successful international artists of the 1960s, releasing some twenty-five albums and around thirty-five singles. However, over the decadesGene s back catalogue was subject to some fairly cavalier...

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Roy Orbison: The Sun Years (CD, US-Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDR270916
 

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(1989/Rhino) 20 Tracks - His 1950s Sun Rockabilly recordings! Original sealed mint copy!

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Roy Orbison: The Original (CD, US-Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDF4503
 

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​(1989/Grudge Records) 10 Tracks - Original SUN Rockabilly! Rare item, originally sealed mint copy!

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Roy Orbison: The Fastest Guitar Alive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, US-Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDAK45405
 

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​(1989/CBS) 10 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1967 MGM Soundtrack Album! It's rare and originally sealed! Mint copy! 

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Roy Orbison: In Dreams (CD, US-Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDA21429
 

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​(1989/CBS) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1963 Monument album! Rare originally sealed mint copy!

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Roy Orbison: Crying (CD, US-Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDA21428
 

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​(1989/CBS) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1962 Monument album! Original sealed mint copy!

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The Tornados: Close Encounters With The Tornados (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSECD099
 

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(2014/Secret) 29 tracks

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Various: I Just Love Halloween (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD60447
 

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(2015/Delta) 75 original tracks (197:34 MInutes) - 6 panel digipac. -  Outstanding good compilation of 'Horror' tracks including 1950s and 60s all time classsics and rarities plus scary film themes, all in superb sound quality.  - Highlight for the mean...

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Cliff Richard: The Rock 'n' Roll Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP859309
 

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(1997/EMI) 26 tracks 1951-61 incl. rarities & many stereo versions

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Various: London Rock And Roll Show (CD & DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDSEMDP009
 

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(2007/The Store For Music Ltd.) 57 tracks

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Various: Vintage Rhythm & Blues Collection (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD6046
 

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(2015/Delta) 75 origina recordings - digipack - great compilation with HD-Sound quality for a much too low price! Go for it!  - Chuck Willis, Ruth Brown, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, The Marcels, Fats Domino, Bobby Hendricks , Lavern Baker, Sam...

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The Goons: Unchained Melodies (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD984162
 

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(2007/Decca) 14 Tracks - The complete singles recordings 1955-1978! British comedy classics - The Goons: Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan!

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Various: Teenage Heaven - The Fifties Girl Group Phenomenon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDACMEM173
 

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(2009/Cherry Red-El) 33 tracks (78:59) with informative 12 page booklet  - It may seem fanciful at first sight to draw any kind of parallel between the explosion of American girl groups in the late Fifties and the eruption of punk in the mid-Seventies....

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Dave Edmunds: Again (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRPM522
 

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(2013/RPM) 15 Tracks - Digipack - Cool rockers from 1991-1994!

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Various: Ace Cafe - The Rock'n'Roll Years 1956-1962 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVTR2026
 

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(2013/Vee-Tone) 28 Tracks - Vee-Tone Records celebrates the iconic Ace Cafe in London. This album embodies the style and culture of the legendary Ace Cafe, and showcases the spirit that has endured through the ups and downs of this British institution. Included are...

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The Mysterials: Take One ! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSKY9501
 

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(1995/Skyscraper) 20 tracks (45:20)  - Mysterials sind eine fünfkopfige Vokal-Formation aus dem Raum Ruhrgebiet, die sich in erster Linie dem Doo-wop und A-cappella, Vokal-Rock'n Roll, der späten 50'er und frühen 60'er Jahre verschrieben hat. Ausnahmen wie...

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B.J. Thomas: Earliest Hits And Great Covers - The Crazy Cajun Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDED619
 

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(1999/Edsel) 22 tracks (56:54) Crazy Cajun Recordings 60s/70s with 8 page notes by John Lomax III.  - In addition to being one of the finest singers of the past thirty years, B.J. Thomas is also one of the most enduring, a vocalist who is now in his fifth...

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John Lamers: The Story Of John Lamers With Cees And His Skyliners (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDC192451
 

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(1992/Rarity) 28 tracks 1960s with 10 page booklet (dutch).

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Bob Luman & Others: Carnival Rock - Original 1957 Soundtrack (CD)
Art-Nr.: ACD25003
 

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(2003/And More Bears) 10 tracks (22:21) The original master recordings plus special bonus track from 'Teenage Thunder'. Real nice 28 page color booklet.!***** The cult Rock 'n' Roll movie 'Carnival Rock' went out with 'Teen Age Thunder.' Both were low-budget...

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Don Cornell: That's The Chance You Take (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPGN912
 

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(2005/Pegasus) 12 tracks

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Connie Francis: With Love To Buddy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDS027
 

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(1999/BIEM) 14 tracks

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Cliff Richard: Cliff And The Shadows - 20 Original Greats (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP792421
 

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(1989/EMI) 20 tracks (48:08) essential master compilation 1958-1966 (#7,9,11,12 & 15 Mono). deleted now

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Bobby Vee: Legendary Masters Series (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP92774
 

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(1990/EMI USA) 26 tracks (​72:34) with 6 panel color foldout.

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Tommy Tucker: Hi-Heel Sneakers (CD, Expanded Version)
Art-Nr.: CDMCD32644
 

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(1995/MCA) 20 tracks (59:25) original Chess masters 1963-1967 with 8 page notes by Colin Escott.

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Various: Rockin' At The Drive In (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCAR100
 

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(Car) 28 rare 1950s Rock'n'Roll tracks (73:32) with 8 page booklet. 1990s custom pressing - small quantities.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Heartbreak (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCP8175
 

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(1996/Charly) 14 tracks, recorded live at the Palomino, Van Nuys

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Bobby Darin: 16 Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD6187062
 

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(Companion) 16 tracks

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Pat Boone: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCURB77298
 

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(1990/Curb) 10 tracks

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Killer Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRR4006
 

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(1989/Repertoire Records) 13 tracks, recorded 1977 in Hamburg

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Various: Goody Goody - Gems From The Reprise Vaults (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDAY3034
 

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(2013/Not Now) 60 tracks 3-CD The label Reprise Records, founded in 1960 by Frank Sinatra, is the focus of this compilation, which summarizes the publications of the first two years of the label. Many of his friends, like Dean Martin or Sammy Davis Jr., followed...

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Various: Instrumental Diamonds Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEX150
 

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(1990/Sequel) 25 tracks 1961-1966 including 2 previously unissued Honeycombs recordings.  - Rock instrumental music by definition has always held a minority appeal. An appraisal of UK groups in the Top 20 charts between 1958-68 reveals precious little about...

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.15 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7035
 

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(1996/Live Gold Productions Inc.) ​28 tracks - incedible rare Vocal Group recordings from the 'Golden Age'

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Girl Groups Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7032
 

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(1995/LG) 30 tracks - dubbed from the original 45s.

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Various: 1960 British Hit Parade, Vol.9 - Part 2 July- December (6-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDFVSD091
 

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(2011/Fantastic Voyage) 176 Tracks - 76-page booklet with song-by-song notes! Part 2 covers the UK Hits from July to December of the year 1960! Incl. many rarities!

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Various: 1960 British Hit Parade, Vol.9 - Part 1 January-July (6-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDFVSD090
 

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(2011/Fantastic Voyage) 179 Tracks - 76-page booklet with song-by-song notes! Part 1 covers the UK Hits of the first seven months of the year 1960! Incl. many rarities!

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Various: Bluesin' By The Bayou - Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1506
 

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(2017/Ace) 28 Tracks - 28 slices of down’n’dirty blues from the Deep South – including eight previously unheard tracks and takes!

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Chuck Willis: Chuck Willis - My Story (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDCBS36389
 

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(1990/CBS) 14 Tracks - Original sealed US longbox! What Makes Your Big Head So Hard ? Rare 1950s R&B gems! Including the original version of Elvis Presley's cover 'I Feel So Bad'!

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Various: Sounds Of The Unexpected (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOP1505
 

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(2017/ACE) 24 tracks (59:10) with a stunning 24 page booklet. A killer album of genius, weird and wacky intros, compiled by Vicki Vox.  - • Sadly, our good friend and colleague Vicki Fox died in 2016. As a teenager she’d worked at Rock On before becoming...

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Various: The Big Town - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDATL81769X
 

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(1987/Atlantic) 10 Tracks - Rare Soundtrack from the 1987 cult movie! Featuring Ronnie Self, The Drifters, Johnny Cash, LaVern Baker, Bobby Darin, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, and many more! New sealed stock copies in original longbox with small cut-out hole!

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Elvis Presley: Heartbreak Hotel - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, Various Artists)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA85332X
 

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(1988/RCA US) 11 tracks from the cult movie by Elvis Presley, David Keith with The T.Grahm Brown Band, Dobie Gray, Alice Cooper and Charlie Slatter with Zulu Time.  - Cut-Out - Now rare original US Longbox with 2cm cut in jewelbox and cardboard.

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.20 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7040
 

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(2009/Live Gold) 30 tracks  - If you had a million dollars to spend on purchasing the original 45 R.P.M.'s of these recordings, you still couldn't buy them all! Besides their cost, the original 45 R.P.M. records are so rare, that they are seldom (if ever)...

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.19 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7039
 

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(1996/Live Gold Productions) 28 tracks (72:32)

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Chuck Berry: More Rock'n'Roll Rarities (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD9190X
 

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(1986/MCA-Chess) 12 Tracks - Rarities in original sealed longbox with smal cut-out hole, very rare CD! Containing the rare 1961 'Johnny B. Goode' version as a duet with Martha Berry and the 1956 demo recording of 'Rock And Roll Music'! (Bear Family Records)

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Various: Karaoke - You Sing The Hits Of Elvis Presley (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPS1049
 

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(Pocket Songs) 20 Tracks - 10 tracks with vocal for orientation and 10 tracks instrumental to sing along with! The 10-page booklet contains all lyrics!

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The Beach Boys: Lost & Found 1961 -1962 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDZS054
 

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(1991/DCC) 21 tracks - very hard to find rarity compilation - original US Longbox store copy (Bear Family Records)  - Most of the 20 tracks appear in mono, with 2 in stereo and about half containing studio talk. Some songs have been previously released on...

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VELVETS: Tonight (Could Be The Night) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDA21475
 

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(1990/CBS Special Product) 12 tracks (28:15) originally sealed US Longbox.  - In 1960, Roy Orbison had already established himself as a dynamic impact in the music industry on the Monument label. It was through his influence that The Velvets were brought to...

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Ric Cartey: Oooh-Eee - The Complete Ric Cartey Featuring The Jiv-A-Tones, plus (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17556
 

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1-CD with 24-page booklet, 32 tracks. Total playing time: 75:16 mns. • Career-spanning compilation contains everything Ric Cartey cut for RCA Victor, NRC, El Rico, and ABC-Paramount, including his immortal Young Love and his many rockabilly classics • Also...

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Roy Orbison: Milestones (MC)
Art-Nr.: MC8411634
 

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(Polygram) Musikkassette / Music Cassette Original verschweisst / Originally sealed

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Eddie Cochran: The Eddie Cochran Box Set (4-MC)
Art-Nr.: TCECB1
 

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The Eddie Cochran Box Set (4-MC) Music-Cassettes - Size 32,5 x 32,5 cm A Complete History In Words And Music 1938 - 1966 Contains a 32 page booklet with full discography and many rare photos When rock 'n' roll exploded across America in 1956, there was an...

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Ruby & The Romantics: Our Day Will Come - The Very Best Of Ruby & The Romantics (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRPMD247
 

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(2002/RPM) 42 Tracks - Original Kapp recordings, 1963-1968!

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The Shangri-Las: Myrmidons Of Melodrama (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRPM506
 

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(2002/RPM) 28 Tracks - Digipack - The definitive collection, 1964-1966! Incl. rare tracks and 4 radio spots!

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Various: The Memphis Jukebox, Vol.2 (CD, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: CDVTR2011
 

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(2010/Vee-Tone) 22 Killer 45s out of Elvis Presley's secret jukebox! A fascinating insight into the King's musical tastes! Limited edition! Digipack!

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Various: The Memphis Jukebox, Vol.1 (CD, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: CDVTR2010
 

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(2010/Vee-Tone) 22 Killer 45s out of Elvis Presley's secret jukebox! A fascinating insight into the King's musical tastes! Limited edition! Digipack!

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Lee Hazlewood: Poet, Fool Or Bum (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLHI97100
 

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​(1997/LHI) 25 tracks

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The Emotions: A Story Now Told (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1012
 

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​(1998/Crystal Ball) 30 tracks

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Buck Owens: Live In Austin, Texas (CD & DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDNW6384
 

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(2017/New West) 22 Tracks - Legendary live performance broadcasted 1988 via KLRU-TV! Including his hit 'Under Your Spell Again' as a duet with Dwight Yoakam, his Rockabilly classic 'Hot Dog' and a driving version of Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Goode'! See also the...

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Brenda Lee: My Greatest Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCD18349
 

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(MCA) 14 tracks

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Bucks Fizz: Golden Days (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPWKS4125
 

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(1992/Pickwick) 16 Tracks - All their 1980s hits!

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The Chordettes: Lollipop - 18 Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRMB75083
 

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(1995/Remember) 18 Tracks - Their best!

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Bert Weedon: Encore (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPWKS4025
 

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(1990/Pickwick) 18 tracks

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Gene Vincent: Legends Of Rock 'N' Roll (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDP7981332
 

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(1992/EMI) 18 tracks

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Cliff Richard: Rock On With Cliff (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAX701072
 

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(EMI) 16 tracks

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