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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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Kevin Breit: Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSP1397
 

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(2017/Stony Plain) 11 Tracks -  Kevin Breit is a master guitarist who has recorded with the likes of Norah Jones, Taj Mahal, Rosanne Cash, k.d. lang, Cassandra Wilson and Hugh Laurie. With unmatched artistic vision, Kevin has created the joyful and whimsical...

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Eddie Vartan & Son Orchestre: Last Night (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3931037
 

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(2017/Magic) 26 Tracks - The early instrumental sides of the French bandleader, 1961-1962! Twist it up - One, two, three, kick!

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The Marcels: Summertime (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7030
 

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(Relic) 24 tracks  - The Marcels were one of the best doo-wop groups of the early sixties. Born and bred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this racially-mixed group established their own style of exaggerated bass vocals accenting sometimes frantic, double-time...

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The Unkool Hillbillies: Merry Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD207093
 

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(2015/Unkool Music) 10 tracks, papersleeve, limited edition (500 copies)

$22.34 *

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Neil Sedaka: Rockin' Sides (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDV5663
 

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(D.V. More Record) 30 tracks - Sedaka's Rockers, featuring two recordings he did with the Tokens

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Frankie Lymon: Little Girl (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1349
 

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​(2009/Collectables) 20 tracks 

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Various: Dancin' & Romancin' - 54 Original Doo Wop Ballad & Jump Classics (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNAD543
 

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(2005/Charly) 54 tracks, great multi label collection of original 1950s recordings from labels like Vee Jay, Federal, Red Robin and others.  - 0f all the musical styles which peaked in the 1950s Doo-Wop is, perhaps, the most misunderstood. Almost exclusively...

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Various: Raging Harlem Hit Parade Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7046
 

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(Relic) 25 tracks (71:44)​  - When Bobby Robinson was asked to accept Elmore James's posthumous "influ-ence" award in the 1992 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, he finally received a measure of the recognition he has long deserved. There, standing before...

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Jimmy Patton: Yah! I'm Movin' 1955-76 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD506009
 

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​(Star-Club) 25 tracks - The complete recordings of Jimmy Patton, done between 1955 and 1976 - CD comes with a 12-page booklet including the biography and the discography of the artist

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Fats Domino: The Indispensable Fats Domino 1949-1962 (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFA5692
 

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(2017/Frémeaux&Associés) 120 Tracks - With 36-page booklet containing French and English notes, a discography and many photos!

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Various: The Groups Of Beltone Records - The Golden Era Of Doo-Wops (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7066
 

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(Relic) 25 tracks  - Les Cahan's Beltone label was a fortuitous outgrowth of his Beltone Recording Studios, located at 4 West 31st Street in Manhattan. Cahan started his studio in 1947 and, at $20 per hour, in the fifties, offered a good deal to the...

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The Demensions: Over The Rainbow (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7032
 

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(Relic) 16 tracks  - It was 1957-58 at Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx where Lenny Del Giudice and Howie Margolin formed the nucleus of what was eventually to become the "Demensions." Under the guidance of one of their teachers, Jack Finestone,...

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Baker Knight: Bippin’ & Boppin’ – The Early Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS976
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 29 tracks (68:32) with 4 pages of notes and label shots.  - Baker Knight was one of the most successful and celebrated songwriters of the 50s, 60s and 70s, enjoying success in the rock & roll, pop and country markets. His songs were...

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Johnny Powers: Long Blond Hair (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDROLL3038
 

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(Rollercoaster) 62 tracks (4 unissued) with 20 page booklet.  - Here it is at last, everything you ever wanted by Johnny Powers! We have included most of Johnny's 50s and 60s recordings on two CDs together with some previously unissued cuts and, as a bonus,...

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Various: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPLAY2X20
 

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(2011/Play 24-7 Limited) 32 Tracks - Fine 1950s Christmas music, Rock'n'Roll to romantic ballads, Elvis Presley to Dean Martin to The Andrews Sisters!

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Danny Everett: My First Christmas Without You (CD, EP)
Art-Nr.: CDEPM636
 

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(2000/Rarity Records) 4-Track CD-EP - Christmas Indo Rock!

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Shakin' Stevens: Merry Christmas Everyone (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD499260
 

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(1991/Epic) 12 Tracks - The rare classic 1991 album - it rocks!

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Various: Rock'n'Roll Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGRF378
 

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(Tring International) 12 Tracks - Rockin' Christmas hits and rarities, incl. re-recordings!

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Various: Rock'n'Roll & Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSONG1214
 

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(2002/Delta) 15 Tracks - Rockin' Christmas!

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Various: Wonderful Christmas (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD5346
 

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(1993/Disky) 14 Tracks - Great Pop Christmas!

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Various: Hail Rock 'N' Roll (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB902118
 

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(2005/Disky) 54 tracks, original classics with Elvis Presley, Bill Haley & His Comets, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Gene Vincent and many more.

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Champion Jack Dupree: Champion Jack Dupree - Rocks (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17536
 

Pre-order now! This title will be released on 27 January 2018

• Multi-label compilation features Dupree classics originally on the Red Robin, Groove,Apollo, Vik, and Atlantic labels—all of them blistering rockers  • Jack’s all-star sidemen include guitarists Brownie McGhee, his brother ‘Stick’ McGhee, and Larry Dale and...

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

Pre-order now! This title will be released on 20 December 2017

(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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Various - Season's Greetings: Christmas On The Countryside - 27 Honky Tonkin' Christmas Country Songs (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17508
 

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Christmas On The Countryside 1-CD with 12-page booklet, 27 tracks. Total playing time: 64:45 mns. •  A unique compilation of Christmas songs from the wide range of Country Music, Honky Tonk and Hillbilly Boogie!  •  The Bear Family team sends its...

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Various - Season's Greetings: Big City Christmas - 30 Groovin' And Croonin' Christmas Tunes (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17509
 

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time 69 mins. • An unique compilation of Christmas songs from the wide range of Rhythm & Blues, Doo-Wop, Pop Crooners, and Rockabilly! • For the first time in the label’s mighty long history, the Bear Family...

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The Routers: A-Ooga!!! Stamp & Shake With The Routers (CD, Limited Edition)
Art-Nr.: CDLUX008
 

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(2012/ACE) 27 tracks 1962-64 (4 unissued) with 20 page booklet. Limited Edition (1.500).  - Most UK football fans would be surprised to learn that one of the most instantly recognisable hand-clapping chants heard throughout England’s soccer grounds during the...

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Various: Rockabillies, Hillbillies & Honky Tonkers From Mississippi & Louisiana - Big Howdy Records Story (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDST037
 

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(2017/Stomper Time) 33 Tracks - 20-page booklet with great photos, label shots, memorabilia and liner notes by Dave Travis, including a full sessionography to the tracks on the CD. The history of the Big Howdy record label and its subsidairies from Picayune,...

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Various - That'll Flat Git It!: Vol.28 - Rockabilly & Rock'n'Roll From The Vaults Of Warner Brothers & Reprise (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17538
 

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1-CD-Album Digipak (4-plated) with 72-page booklet, 30 tracks. Playing time approx. 66:44 minutes. • Unbelievable retrospective keeping a spotlight on the rockin' recordings of one of America's biggest major labels best known for its pop music output: Warner...

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Various: Yule Cool - 43 All Time Classics From The Golden Age Of Christmas Song (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVTD36
 

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(Virgin) 43 tracks 1942-82 many rare tracks Liberty, Capitol, MCA, HI, Polygram - last copies

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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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DARK VATTER: Dark Vatter un Sinne Combo - Sonnesiede (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDV1711
 

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(​2017/Herkules) 13 Titel (33:56) - digipac. 16 Seiten Booklet mit allen Texten.  - Country, Rockabilly & Hillbilly Originale und Klassiker in hessischer Mundart. Genial.

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Fats Domino: Greatest Hits - Walking To New Orleans (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEMI0235124
 

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(2007/Capitol) 30 tracks

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Various: Don’t Go Near The Eskimos – 28 Classic U.S. Novelties (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS2644
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 28 Tracks - Compilation of U.S. Novelties, encompassing hits, misses, rarities and the downright absurd, issued between 1948-62. The biggest hits featured herein are sides like 'Witch Doctor' (the first hit record to use sped-up voices), 'Who Put The...

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Various: Danger Men, Mavericks, Thrillers & Twilight Zones – Classic TV Themes of the 50s & 60s (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS2621
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 40 Tracks - Something of a follow-up to Jasmine's earlier collection of TV and movie themes, Watching The Detectives (JASMCD2615), this generous, 40-track compilation concentrates on TV themes from 'The Golden Age' of television. Around a third of the...

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The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett: Six Flags Over Texas & Go Country (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS973
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 24 Tracks - This is Jasmine's second release from the files of 'The Fifty Guitars of Tommy Garrett'. The first foray came with JASCD912 which featured the studio groups first two LPs 'Go South of The Border Vols 1 & 2. Released in 1961. This release...

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The Four Freshmen: Four Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks 1959-1960 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS862
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 54 Tracks - The Four Freshmen are one of the most unique and arguably most influential of all the male vocal groups who emerged in American pop music during the 20th Century. In fact it is hard to imagine how Brian Wilson and his Beach Boys or Frankie...

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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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Johnny & The Hurricanes: Hot Fudge & Cornbread (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPAZZ012
 

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(2004/Pazzazz) 15 tracks

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock Right Now With the Piano (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTIM220401
 

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(2001/GEMINI) 32 tracks

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Fats Domino: Blueberry Hill (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD30310592
 

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14 tracks, rarity

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Fats Domino: The Fat Man (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWSC99049
 

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(1987/Wold Star Collection) 16 tracks

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Fats Domino: The Imperial Singles 1950-1962 (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM107
 

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(2014/Real Gone) 124 tracks

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Fats Domino: The Fat Man (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGLD25430
 

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(2001/Goldies) 32 tracks

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Fats Domino: 8 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Tracks (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM008
 

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(Real Gone) 101 tracks

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Fats Domino: 44 Great Performances (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPLATBX2240
 

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(2004/Prism Leisure) 44 tracks, Blueberry Hill, Reeling And Rockin'

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Fats Domino: The Natural Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTNC96223
 

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(1996/Biem/Sterma) 30 tracks

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Fats Domino: The Fat Man - The Essential Early Fats Domino (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDIGO2513
 

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(2002/Sanctuary) 24 tracks

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Fats Domino: Fats Domino (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLL21453
 

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(200/Laserlight) 16 tracks

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Fats Domino: Whole Lotta Loving (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLL57243
 

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(1989/EMI) 12 tracks When rock was first building to the musical explosion that utterly changed pop music, Fats Domino was among those leading the charge. His pumping piano, insinuating vocals and hard-rocking band literally roared out of New Orleans, his home...

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Fats Domino: It's Not Over 'Till The Fat Man Sings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEA90106
 

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(1990/Eagle) 14 Tracks - Soundboard recording, live in Holland, feat. Roy Montrell, Herb Hardestry, and Clarence Brown!

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Fats Domino: Fats Is Back - Sweet Patootie - The Complete Reprise Recordings (CD, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: CDRHM7880
 

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(2004/Rhino) 29 Tracks - Complete Fats Domino on Reprise, 1968-1971! Limited and numbered edition!

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Little Richard: The Very Best Of Little Richard (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSPCL30748
 

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(2008/Specialty-Concord Music) 25 Tracks - 1955-1964 - When Little Richard recorded "Tutti Frutti" in 1955 at Cosimo's Studio in New Orleans with A&R man Bumps Blackwell, rock 'n' roll was taken to a thrilling new level. The pounding piano, the high voice and...

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Warren Barker & His Orchestra: 77 Sunset Strip (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCCM476
 

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(2004/Collectors' Choice) 13 Tracks - Selections from the original 1959 Warner Bros. TV soundtrack album! Very rare CD!

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Duane Eddy: Shazam - The Essential Collection (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCDLX183
 

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(2013/Music Club Deluxe) 60 tracks

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Bo Diddley: Diddley Daddy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRED2
 

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(1988/Charly Records) 24 tracks

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The Ink Spots: Encore Of Golden Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJBT6019
 

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(1994/Jukebox Treasure) 20 tracks The Ink Spots were the most popular vocal group of The 1940' s,with The Mills Brothers coming in second, which is saying quite a lot for The Ink Spots. Originally The Ink Spots were a "jive" vocal group, in a jazz sense,...

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Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD709902
 

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(2011/Hallmark) 12 tracks, original recording

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Connie Francis: 36 All-Time Greatest Hits (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD15053
 

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(1996/GSC Music) 36 tracks

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Danyel Gerard: Je - Suprise Partie (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD107682
 

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(1991/Disc' AZ) 24 tracks

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Billy Fury: The Best Of Billy Fury (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD6193
 

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(1999/Delta Music) 16 tracks

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Gundella: The Hour Of The Witch (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMH047
 

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 6 Tracks - Digipack - SPOKEN WORD ONLY! This record album, The Hour of the Witch, was originally performed in 1971 by Marion Kuclo as Gundella, a well-known Michigan witch. She wrote for Michigan newspapers and performed lectures and rituals...

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The Astro-Sounds Of Magnificense: Astro Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMH048
 

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(2017/Modern Harmonic) 10 tracks Swirling guitars and proto-ambient electronica sounds from many light years away! The Astro-Sound of Magnificence, from Beyond the Year 2000 ...a unique capsule of a funky, psychedelic rhythm section jamming, with snarling,...

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Wilbert Harrison: The Very Best Of Wilbert Harrison (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDAY298
 

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(2016/One Day) 40 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack - With liner notes, rare photos and recording data! Original recordings 1953-1962!

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Various: Tuxedo Junction - The Harmony Records Story (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDAY242
 

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(2014/One Day Music) 50 Tracks - Original Harmony label recordings (re-)issued between 1957-1962, incl. rarities! Pop vocal, Swing, and Rock'n'Roll!

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Various: Slow Boogie Rockin' Vol.6 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCL4499
 

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(2006/Collector Records) 30 Tracks - Original 1950s Boogie Rockers (2 unreleased), with 8-page booklet!

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Billy Fury: The Very Best Of Billy Fury (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDAY149
 

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(2012/One Day) 37 tracks

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Various: It's Gonna Be Action Packed (6-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBE615358
 

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(2017/Be-Sharp) 187 tracks, 1950s Rockabilly Box-Set, 27x27x2 cm, 28 page color booklet.  - The Complete Rockin’ Rarities! All tracks from the 11 volumes of the legendary 'Action Packed!' vinyl album series – plus 16 bonus tracks. Comes as a 6-CD box with a...

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