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Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain BoysKing Of Country Music – The Complete Foundational Recordings – 1936 to 1951 (9CD & DVD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 9CDs & DVD ... $299.99 399.99
Seminal work by one of the first big figures in country music – the great Roy Acuff, whose early material was the second force putting the sound on the map after the work of Jimmie Rodgers! Roy was one of the greatest stars of the early years – a hell of a singer, an important composer, and a tireless performer who criss-crossed the south constantly – helping the music to spread and grow, and sparking countless careers along the way! This package is the first to really do justice to these important early years of Acuff – much more so than any of the public domain packages on the market – as the whole thing's handled with the Bear Family sense of completeness – which means that the 9CD box features a whopping 226 songs, recorded for the Vocalion, Arc, and Columbia labels between 1936 and 1951 – all packaged with a massive 184 page hardcover book, filled with new biography information, session notes, an a newly-done discography – plus a fantastic amount of rare photos and illustrations. The set also features a bonus DVD, which features the 1940 Grand Ole Opry film – which includes work by Acuff and Uncle Dave Macon. The set even includes a rare 1948 instrumental album by The Smokey Mountain Boys too! CD

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry – Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $12.99
32 tracks in all including "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Rock And Roll Music", "Johnny B Goode", "Carol", "Memphis, Tennessee", "No Particular Place To Go", and more! Includes a 52 page booklet with extensive notes and photos. CD

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Clarence Gatemouth BrownClarence Gatemouth Brown Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
Tremendous work from Clarence Gatemouth Brown – a postwar guitarist who was big on the Texas scene, but who had the modern flair and jazzy swinging groove of some of his contemporaries who'd left for the west coast! All the work here is from the early years of the Peacock Records label, and the tunes bristle with the best mix of modes that the company brought to material from Bobby Blue Bland – not straight blues, but an electrified blend of earlier roots with modern jazzy arrangements – more R&B overall, although Brown gets in plenty of blues-based licks on the tracks – especially as the tunes move on, and the strength of his guitar only seems to develop more over the years. The set features 29 tracks in all – and may well be the best-done collection of material we've seen from these years in Brown's career. Titles include "Too Late Baby", "Baby Take It Easy", "Okie Dokie Stomp", "Atomic Energy", "Gate's Salty Blues", "She Winked Her Eye", "You Got Money" by Boogie Rambler, "Midnight Hour", "Ain't That Dandy", "Just Before Dawn", "Swingin The Gate", and "She Walk Right In". CD

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✨✧ Ed BruceSee The Big Man Cry – The Complete Sun & Wand Recordings 1957 to 1965 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Ed Bruce is a cat that most folks know from his work as an actor, or his 70s country recordings – but he got his start way before that, as you'll hear on these wonderful cuts from the late 50s and early 60s – including a host of unissued material from the Sun Records archives, and some pretty obscure singles for the Wand Records label too! There's a nice shift going on in the space of these recordings – early work that has the unbridled rawness of the Sun rockabilly years, moving into some of the more careful phrasing that would mark Ed's later hits – but still with a nice edge at the core – perfect for the deep blueness that makes the Wand singles so great. The package is as great on the inside as it is on the out – lots of excellent Bear Family notes and photos – and the set features 30 tracks in all, including "I'm Gonna Have A Party", "See The Big Man Cry", "You Come To Me", "Baby That's Good", "King Of Fools", "Alone With A Broken Heart", "Flight 303", "Spun Gold", "He Gave Her To Me", "The Greatest Man", "Doll Baby", "Part Of My Life", "Sweet Woman", and "Unbreakable Heart". CD

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✨✧ Sonny BurgessSonny Burgess Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
The great Sonny Burgess is one of those underground rockers that fans of Sun Records really dig – but he's also one of the few from that scene who kept his light burning over the strongly – as you'll hear here in the first-ever cross-label collection to feature Sonny's music in all of its glory! The Sun recordings are here, sure – but there's also early Arkansas material, and some surprisingly strong work from the 70s and beyond – all recorded with this raw quality and sharp edge that makes it very hard to tell the old work from the newer tracks – something we can't always say for other rockabilly artists who hit the studios in later years. As usual with Bear Family, the presentation is great – very detailed notes, and a superb selection of tunes that includes "Automatic Woman", "Enough Of You", "Stuck Up", "My Heart Is Achin For You", "Fanny Brown (alt 1)", "Daddy Blues (alt 3)", "Rock On Mars", "Catbird Seat", "Little Town Baby", "Swingin", "Tomorrow Night", "Prisoners Song (alt 1)", "Read Headed Woman", " My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (alt 2)", "Sadie's Back In Town", "Truckin Down The Avenue", and "We Wanna Boogie". CD

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Patsy ClineGonna Shake This Shack Tonight – Stop, Look, & Listen ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A fantastic collection of early material by Patsy Cline – one that offers up a nice change from the usual greatest hits package, and really digs deep into some of the harder work of her early years! The set's heavy on original recordings done for the Four Star label before Patsy rose to fame at Decca – and many of these tracks have a harder, darker vibe – one that really fits the "shack shaking" image of this series! There's a total of 31 tracks in all – including some unusual takes on familiar tunes, and lots of other early gems – all supported with the usual great Bear Family notes. Titles include "I Don't Wanna", "Stop Look & Listen (alt)", "Ain't No Wheels On This Ship", "Love Love Love Me Honey Do", "Today Tomorrow & Forever", "Hungry For Love", "Walking Dream", "Too Many Secrets", "Turn The Cards Slowly", "Honky Tonk Merry Go Round", "A Poor Man's Roses", "Don't Ever Leave Me Again", and "In Care Of The Blues". CD

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Collins KidsRockin'est ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
A killer collection from one of the coolest rockin acts of the 50s – a pair of younger kids, but who work together with a fire and frenzy that honestly beats most of the bigger rockabilly acts of the time! The Collins Kids are the stuff of legend – the kind of act that could hardly emerge today, especially on a major label – as it's almost as much of a surprise that these singles were recorded for Columbia Records during their big pop years, as it is how great the duo are together! Almost every track is upbeat, fast-riffing, and in that perfect spot between early rock and hillbilly – and the CD features 22 gems that include "Beetle Bug Bop", "Hoy Hoy", "Whistle Bait", "Hot Rod", "I'm In My Teens", "Hush Money", "The Rockaway Rock", "Hop Skip & Jump", "Mercy", "Party", "They're Still In Love", "Heartbeat", and "Go Away Don't Bother Me". CD

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✨✧ Cleveland Crochet & The Sugar BeesHillbilly Ramblers & Sugar Bees ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The complete history of an overlooked hero of cajun music – and a musician who's also quite a rocker as well – fiddler Cleveland Crochet, who cut some fantastic work for a handful of small Louisiana labels in the late 50s and early 60s – often with a great swampy blend of cajun fiddle and more rocking elements in the rhythm! Cleveland had one minor hit – the "Sugar Bee" mentioned in the title – but all the work here is equally great, pulled from a variety of small label recordings for companies that include Folk-Star, Khoury's, Goldband, Lyric and Swallow. In addition to tracks made under Cleveland's name, there's also work cut with Vorris "Shorty" LeBlanc and Jay Stutes – a total of 38 tracks in all, with titles that include "Sugar Bee", "Waltz Of A Broken Heart", "Rambler's Lonely Dream", "Good Morning Blues", "Telephone Port Arthur", "Sweet Thing", "Hound Dog Baby", "Drunkard's Dream", "Sha Meon Waltz", "Hey Boss Man", "Sweet Lick", and "My Little Cabbage". CD

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5 Royales5 Royales Rock ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
The 5 Royales certainly rock, and they also serve up plenty of soul too – as the group had a huge influence on music on both sides of the fence – and were also a key inspiration for the funky work of James Brown as well! The group started out on King Records, home to James' early music too – and they've got a raw way of laying out vocals that are right on the rhythms, right on the money, often supported by a sharp guitar line too – all at a level that's different than some of the sweeter doo wop of their generation, and which made the Royales one of the most hard-hitting groups of the time! This 31 track set served up all their most heavy cuts together in one package – cuts that span the course of the 50s, and have a few early 60s numbers too – a really well-chosen set list that includes "Right Around The Corner", "It Hurts Inside", "Baby Don't Do It", "Monkey Hips & Rice", "All Righty", "The Slummer The Slum", "Goof Ball", "I Do", "I'm Gonna Run It Down", "I Know It's Hard But It's Fair", "Messin Up", "Mohawk Squaw", and the original version of "Think" – later done by James Brown and Lyn Collins! CD

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Jerry Lee LewisLive At The Star Club Hamburg ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1964. Used ... $11.99
An incredible 60s performance from Jerry Lee Lewis – proof that the man was always on fire when he worked overseas, even if his star had dimmed a bit back home! Jerry gets sharp, tight backings from The Nashville Teens – but the Lewis is center stage throughout – really wailing on piano, and singing in this unbridled style that maybe even blows away his early singles – especially when combined with the sense of personality he brings out in a live setting. Titles include "Money", "What'd I Say", "I Got A Woman", "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On", "Long Tall Sally", "Lewis Boogie", and "Matchbox". CD

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Clyde McPhatterBallads Of Clyde McPhatter ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
Beautiful work from the great Clyde McPhatter – a singer who's often known for some of his hard-rocking work of the R&B years, but who could also be great with a mellower, gentler tune too! Clyde had a fantastic range – so much so, that had he stayed on this planet long enough, he might have matured into one of the great adult soul singers of the 70s – given his strength and sophistication here, as he works through material that's really a cut above the usual ballad sounds of the 50s! The package mostly features solo recordings by McPhatter – from both his Atlantic and Mercury years – but there's also two cuts with The Drifters, and two duets with Ruth Brown – all wrapped up with the beautiful presentation that makes a Bear Family set like this well worth the price. 29 tracks in all – with tunes that include "Blues Stay Away From Me", "Love Has Joined Us Together", "I Told Myself A Lie", "When The Right Time Comes Along", "Raining In My Heart", "Seven Days", "Treasure Of Love", "Fever", "The Clock", "Glory Of Love", "Maybe", "Everyone's Laughing", "I Make Believe", "I Never Knew", "Rock & Cry", and "Just To Hold My Hand". CD

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Clyde McPhatterClyde McPhatter Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
Killer work from one of the most important singers in the years before soul music – the mighty Clyde McPhatter, who was first a member of The Dominoes, then started The Drifters, and soon became a great solo act on his own! There's a few cuts here from Clyde's vocal group recordings, but the set strongly focuses on those solo numbers that really let his voice take off – an amazing approach to music that was freer and more biting than some of the singers of the R&B generation – and which definitely laid the groundwork for so many soul artist in years to come! The package features a whopping 34 tracks in all, work from both his Atlantic, MGM, and Mercury recordings – all served up with the usual great Bear Family notes and presentation. Titles include "Three Thirty Three", "What'd I Say", "Deep Sea Ball", "Let The Boogie Woogie Roll", "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Some Day", "Ta Ta", "Since You've Been Gone", "Climb That Mountain Of Love", "This Is Not Goodbye", "I'm Movin On", "Stop", "I Can't Stand Up Alone", "Can It Be Wrong", "Thirty Days", "Take A Step", "Lover Please", "Up To My Ears In Tears", and "Same Time Same Place". CD

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Buck OwensTall Dark Stranger – The Buck Owens & Buckaroos Recordings 1969 to 1975 (8CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 8CDs ... $184.99 199.99
The last years of Buck Owens on Capitol Records – and some pretty great years at that! The set brings together a huge amount of material from a time when Buck was still going strong – getting completely on-fire backing from The Buckaroos, really reaching for some great fresh material, and opening the door to some of his musical partners on stage – Buddy Alan and Susan Raye. The box has a whopping amount music – all the albums, all the singles and b-sides, instrumental Buckaroos recordings, a rare duet with soul singer Bettye Swann, and lots of unreleased tracks too. As usual with Bear Family, the presentation is wonderful – a big booklet of notes that's as lively as the music within – and which finally brings light on this less-exposed side of the Buck Owens legacy! CD

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Marty RobbinsMarty Robbins Files Vol 4 ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), 1957/1958. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(80s issue. Cover has a light sticker spot on front.)

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Marty RobbinsMarty Robbins Files Vol 5 ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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(80s issue. Cover has a sticker spot on front.)

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Connie SmithJust For What I Am (5CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $99.99 199.99
An incredible slice of work from the great Connie Smith – a country singer who rose to fame in the same generation that gave the world Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, but who may well be better than both of them combined! We're not sure why Connie never full gets her due, as the work here is wonderful – a huge amount of tracks recorded for RCA at a time when the label was not only giving her full support, but also really working to bring in some unusual material too – all collected here in a massive package that includes everything that Smith recorded between 1968 and 1972! The box includes all her albums, singles, and unusual material too – including duet recordings with Dallas Frazier and Nat Stuckey, and 14 unreleased titles too – some of which are very hip. The box has 151 tracks on 5CDs – and features a beautiful hardcover book, with loads of rare photos, other images, and detailed notes on the singer and her career from biographer Barry Mazor. CD

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Cliffie StoneBarracuda – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
The great Cliffie Stone was a key figure in the rise of country music on the west coast in the postwar years – a figure who linked together the music industry in Hollywood and the new talents coming up in Bakersfield – with a blend of sounds and styles that very much fit that mode! Back east, Cliffie might have been a hip bandleader mixing jazz and R&B – but out west, he also picked up a bit of twang – in a way that made his charts a great backdrop for singers who were likely to cross over big, and which also made Cliffie's own records pretty darn great too! This set's the best we've ever seen to focus on the very wide talents of Cliffie Stone – served up in a beautiful Bear Family package, and filled with great cuts that mix some of Cliffie's backings for others with his own recordings for Capitol. Titles include "Country Junction" and "Shotgun Boogie" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Gonna Marry That Gal" by Bob Roubian, "Bim Bam Baby" by Jeanne Gayle, and "Square Dance Boogie" by Les Gotcher – plus Cliffie Stone tunes that include "Barracuda", "He's A Real Gone Oakie", "Cream Of Kentucky", "Please Please", "Tater Pie", "Peepin Through The Keyhole", "Dirty Dishes", "B-One Baby", "Board Of Education", "Philosophy", "Here Comes The Train", and the great "Grunt Song". CD

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King Size TaylorDr Feelgood – The Brits Are Rocking Vol 3 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 22.99
A wealth of rare rockers from King Size Taylor – an overlooked figure on the British scene of the early 60s, and one who borrows some of the best influences from the American singers and guitarists of the decade before! Taylor's got a strong presence and a nicely bold voice – a style that sometimes echoes the Big Bopper, other times is maybe more in a Carl Perkins style – with just some occasional echoes of the new modes that were brewing up in and around Liverpool. In fact, some of his use of Perkins and Chuck Berry-influenced material echoes that of the young Beatles – who crossed paths with Taylor over in Hamburg. This set features 31 numbers in all – served up with the usual great sound and very detailed notes that we love in a Bear Family package – a long-overdue addition to the rock and roll history books! Titles include "I Can Tell", "Sad & Blue", "Saw My Baby With Another Guy", "Matchbox", "Money", "Sherry Baby", "All Around The World", "Dr Feelgood", "She Said Yeah", "Stupidity", and "Domino Twist". CD

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Leroy Van DykeAuctioneer ... CD
Dot/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
A nice collection of work from Leroy Van Dyke – a singer who may not have been the purest country talent of his time, but who did a really great job bridging both the worlds of hillbilly and postwar pop! Leroy's got a great voice – warm and fluid, but never too mellow – and on the album's famous title track, he really takes off – and maybe sets a standard for new speed in country-tinged vocals! Other cuts have more of a gentle rocking approach, and the blend here is handled with a style that's very much in the hipper side of Dot Records in the 50s – which makes the collection a nice surprise if you only know Leroy's one or two hits. Titles include "The Auctioneer", "I Fell In Love With A Ponytail", "Leather Jacket", "I'm Movin On", "One Heart", "Poor Boy", "Chicken Shack Boogie", "Everytime I Ask My Heart", and "The Pocketbook Song". CD

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Bobby VeeSuzie Baby – The Drugstore's Rockin ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Really groovy work from the young Bobby Vee – a pop-rocker who was plenty big back in his day, and for good reason too! Bobby's got a great way with a catchy tune – a voice that would be too sweet in more mainstream productions, but which gets just the right approach here at Liberty Records – bringing in enough guitar-based rock instrumentation to keep things interesting – making Vee a much hipper singer overall than contemporaries like Tommy Sands or Bobby Rydell! And as with other entries in this excellent series, the package not only features some of the best moments from these years, but also presents them in a great way too – lots of notes and images, to support a set of 35 tracks that include "Punish Her", "Tears On My Pillow", "School Day", "Take Good Care Of My Baby", "Little Queenie", "Flyin High", "One Last Kiss", "I Gotta Know", "Rubber Ball", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Devil Or Angel", "Little Star", and "More Than I Can Say" – plus a cool "Radio Spot" too! CD

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VariousAnother Banana Split Please – More Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 12.99
A great set of tracks to celebrate the summer – mostly music that predates the big wave of beach and surf rockers of the 60s, and which show that there was still plenty of joy about the warmer months of the year during previous scenes in the postwar years! As with the earlier volume, the music here is in a variety of different styles – early rock and pop, straight out vocals, bits of jazz, and even some exotica too – all laid out in a mighty long list of songs that provide the perfect soundtrack for a sunny summer afternoon! The whole thing's handled with the usual Bear Family strengths of presentation and quality sound – and titles include "Here Comes Summer" by Jerry Keller, "Summer Is Here" by The Pals, "Dark Dark Sunglasses" by The Kittens, "Bikini" by The Bikinis, "Sea Nymph" by Les Baxter, "Sealed With A Kiss" by The Four Voices, "This Is The Night" by Larry Tamblyn, "Keeping Cool With Lemonade" by Nick Noble, "Soda Pop Pop" by Vince Eager & The Vagabonds, "Surf Bunny" by Gene Cray & The Stingrays, "Everybody Outta The Pool" by The Lifeguards, and "She Takes Sun Baths" by Sammy Salvo. 33 tracks in all! CD

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VariousBakersfield Sound – Country Music Capitol Of The West 1940 to 1974 (10CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 10CD ... $169.99 249.99
An amazing tribute to the Bakersfield scene – one that finally gives the California city the same sort of attention that we usually see in sets dedicated to Nashville! Bakersfield is well-known as the home of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but the city's got a long legacy of influencing country music for decades – a good deal of which is presented here, in a package that brings together loads of rare Cali country singles that we never would have heard otherwise, along with well-chosen cuts from some of its stars, and a fair bit of rare and unissued material too! At the center of the set is a huge hardcover book by Scott Bomar – hardcover, 12" square, and with 224 full color pages of notes and images on the genius of Bakersfield, and what made it such a unique country music spot. The 10 CDs feature nearly 300 songs in all – one disc of which is all rare live and unissued material – and in addition to work by Buck and Merle, the set features tracks by Wayne Morris, Jerry Cornelius, Vancie & Rita, Georgia Lynn, Kenny Hays, Tommy Lewis, Rollie Webber, Johnny Barnette, Bonnie Owens, Bobby Durham, George Latta, Owen Charles, Larry Daniels, Gene Moles, Al Brumley, Bill Handy, Leo Stephens, Faye Hardin, Tom Tall, Cliff Crofford, Kenny Vernon, Rose Lee Maphis, Oscar Whittington, Foyle Holley, Dick Curless, Red Simpson, Gary Paxton, Jim Ward, and many many more! CD

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VariousBlue Moon & Bella Records (45 rpm 10 inch yellow vinyl LP) ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $34.99 39.99 About July 5, 2021 (delayed)
Rare sounds from the South Bay scene – completely rare singles from two tiny labels both owned by the same guy – Blue Moon and Bella Records, each of which issued only a handful of records apiece! Yet despite that fact, there's a rock-solid quality here that maybe matches some of the best indies of the Tennessee and Louisiana scenes of the time – served up with a similar ear for twang-heavy groups that maybe still have a bit of the hillbilly left in their sound, somewhere in the background – but who are definitely rockers right up front! The package is great – a very cool 45rpm 10" piece of vinyl – and a big booklet of notes and photos about the artists and the label – with titles that include "Bon Bom Baby" by Joe Jaros, "Bom Du Wa" by Toby & Ray, "The Mortal Monster Man" by The Savoys, "You're Like A Butterfly" by Chuck Royal & The Sharpsters, "Jugue" by The Downbeats, "Gonna Be Loved" by Linda & The Epics, "Turkey Neck Stretch" by Gradie O'Neal & The Bella Tones, "I've Got A Baby" by Clyde Arnold & The Sharps, and "Jo Ann Jo Ann" by Johnny Amelio. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousDestination Forbidden Planet ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Cool space songs in all sorts of styles – raw rockers, swinging vocal numbers, and even some cool instrumentals that have all sorts of weird sound effects and spacey modes – brought together here in a wonderfully overstuffed package! We've loved the other releases in the Destination series from Bear Family – but somehow the addition of postwar space age modes really sends things over the top here – as the tunes explode with all sorts of weird instrumental, lyrical, and production touches – even when the music comes from bigger-name artists! There's a few movie trailers thrown in the mix, but most of the set is from rare singles – and includes 37 tracks in all – including "The Screamin Meemies From Planet X" by Merv Griffin, "Destination Twenty One Hundred & Sixty Five" by The Cues, "Spaceship Boogie" by Winifred Atwell, "Planet Named Desire" by Billy Mize, "Rock-et" by Teacho & His Students, "Detomic Orbit" by Dave & The Detomics, "Red Planet Rock" by Don Lang & His Frantic Five, "Moon Rocket" by Dean Hightower, "Guitars In Space" by Billy Mure, "Visitor From Space" by Dick Jacobs, "Flying Saucer" by Freddy Sunder, "The Thing" by Bill Buchanan, and "Jupiter C" by Pat & The Satellites. CD

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VariousDestination Lonely Street – 32 Tearjerkers For My Shadow, My Echo, & Me ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Sad-tinged tunes to take you late into the night – especially if the night is one you're spending all by yourself! All the music here lives up to the spirit of the title – half the cuts or more have some variation of "lonely" in the title – but the spread of styles is nice and wide, in the usual Bear Family way – so that the music comes from a really nice range that includes postwar country, early rock and roll, R&B, and even a bit of pop – mostly from the late 50s/early 60s period in which it seemed like great little nuggets were coming out just about every day on 45! There's a whopping 32 tracks in all – and titles include "Lost Love" by HB Barnum, "Lonesome" by The Four Tunes, "Lonely Saturday Night" by Don French, "Loneliness" by Johnny Seay, "I'm So Lonesome" by Benny Banta, "Lonesome For My Baby" by Ernie Chaffin, "Lost In A Dream" by Buster Brown, "Lonely Life" by Jackie Wilson, "Lonesome Road" by Ronnie Summers, "Lonely Wolf" by Ray Harris, "Lonely Moon" by Johnny Wells, "Lost Highway" by Skeets McDonald, "Lonely Street" by Carl Belew, and just plain "Lonely" by Bobby McDowell. CD

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VariousDestination Lust Part 2 – Chicksville USA – The World Of Love, Sex, & Violence – 33 Erotic Fantasies From The Vaults ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A heady helping of trashy tunes from the glory day of the b-movie and pulp paperback – songs about love and sex from the postwar years of American culture – served up with a vibe that's very much in keeping with the title and the cover! Some of the tunes are instrumental, and mix a slinky, sexy rocking groove with the vocal numbers – and as with the previous volume in this series, and all the Destination titles from Bear Family – the presentation is as superb as the track list of rare gems we'd never hear any other way! 33 tracks in all – and titles include "Too Hot To Handle" by Jayne Mansfield, "The Strip" by The Upsetters, "I Get A Feeling" by Debby Moore, "Shanty Tramp" by Betty Dicksen, "Chicksville USA" by Jimmy Gtray, "Hey Tiger" by Felix & His Fabulous Cats, "Man Eater" by Big Jay McNeely, "Big Long Slidin Thing" by Dinah Washington, "The Dig" by Ken Kash Kwintet, "Man It's A Jungle" by Ruth Wallis, and "Slave Chain" by The Spinners. CD

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VariousGreetings From Alabama – The Heart Of Dixie ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A nice collection of work from Alabama – a state that sometimes gets short shrift in song, next to bigger neighbors Tennessee and Mississippi – but which has a surprisingly big legacy in this collection of songs! Like other excellent titles in this Bear Family postcard series, the work here is heavy on country, but also includes some other mid century styles too – and while not all the artists may have roots in Alabama, they certainly do a great job of singing its praises in song! 25 tracks in all – and titles include "Montgomery Alabama" by Hank Davis, "Big Daddy's Alabama Bound" by John D Loudermilk, "Birmingham Jail" by Slim Whitman, "Alabama Jubilee" by Red Foley, "Alabam" by Cowboy Copas, "Birmingham" by Ella Mae Morse, "Down In Old Alabama" by Rex Griffin, "Alabama" by The Louvin Brothers, and "Alabama Jail House" by Rod Morris. CD

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VariousGreetings From Oklahoma – The Sooner State ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Here's a state-based legacy we never really knew about – save maybe for the odd Bob Wills' song or two – a huge batch of postwar material laid out in tribute to the Sooner State – the nearby cousin of Texas that often gets short shrift in American pop culture! Turns out, there's plenty to say about Oklahoma in song – as this set's 25 tracks will attest – a nice batch of material that starts in the late 40s, runs through classic country, and even includes a few later surprises too. Titles include "Oklahoma's OK" by Bobby Barnett, "Oklahoma Hills" by Hank Thompson, "Oklahoma City" by Luke Wills, "All Aboard For Oklahoma" by Spade Cooley, "Okie Boogie" by Ella Mae Morse, "Oklahoma Waltz" by Johnny Bond, "Henryetta Oklahoma" by Marvin Rainwater, "Ramblin Okie" by Terry Fell, "She's An Okie" by Al Vaughn, and the classics "Okie From Muskogee" by Merle Haggard and "Take Me Back To Tulsa" by Bob Willis. CD

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VariousJames Dean – Rebel With A Cause ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
The young James Dean was a star that burned brightly before being taken from the world all too soon – dead in a car crash, in a manner that made Dean a precursor to some of the more self-destructive rockers of the 60s and 70s! Dean, of course, was an actor not a rocker – but his style and attitude influenced many – and come live again here in a set of tracks that pays tribute to his memory – music that's a mix of posthumous tribute tracks by different singers, mixed with some instrumental themes from his famous film soundtracks, and even including a few moments of the Rebel's voice itself! The package is very vividly put together – with a big booklet of notes, and lots of images throughout – alongside titles that include "James Dean Blues" by Walter Peter, Rebel" by Barbara Eden, "James Dean" by The Jets, "The Gang & The Chicken Run" by Leonard Rosenman, "Rebel Without A Cause" by Bobby Poe & The Poekats, "The Ballad Of James Dean" by The Four Tunes, "Boy Named Jimmy Dean" by Dick Jacobs, "Jimmy's Theme" by Chet Baker & Bud Shank, "Souvenir D'Italie" by Pier Angeli, "Jimmy Unknown" by Lita Roza, "Fight Scene" by Ray Heindorf, "Message From James Dean" by Bill Hayes, and a James Dean interview – plus a "Safe Driving PSA" by James Dean & Gig Young! CD

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VariousKraut – Teil 1 – Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 29.99
A massive overview of the best years of Krautrock – that fresh wave of new music that emerged on the West German scene at the end of the 60s, and carried the nation forward strongly all through the 70s! The set definitely begins at the beginning – as early cuts almost echo some of the blues rock that was bubbling up in the UK and US, before quickly moving into some of the modes that are more familiarly associated with Krautrock – including inspirations from jazz and improvised music, avant electronics, and freewheeling instrumentation that had a huge impact on many artists for decades to come! This 2CD set is done in the best Bear Family tradition – with a huge booklet of notes and images – although we should also say that the notes are in German, but still have enough helpful bits that you'll be able to get the gist when needed. 22 tracks in all – and titles include "Redskin" by Jane, "Souls Married To The Wind" by Parzival, "Cappuccino" by Abacus, "A Young Man's Gash (part 2)" by Gash, "La Leyla" by Ramses, "Chub Chub Cherry" by Silberbart, "Ants" by Tomorrow's Gift, "Rock N Roll Preacher" by Atlantis, "Keep On Running" by Cravinkle, "Mesentery" by Ikarus, "Schones Babylon" by AR & Machines, and "Big City" by Thirsty Moon. CD

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VariousKraut – Teil 3 – Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $26.99 29.99
A continuing dip into the deep underground of German prog sounds from the start of the 70s – that fantastic world that mixed together all the best experiments that were taking place in jazz, electronic, and rock music modes – all to come up with something so fresh, it would continue to influence the world for decades to come! As with previous volumes, the set list here is great – some bigger names mixed with more obscure acts that were important in Germany, but never got exposure here – topped with a few strong jazz contributions to really round things out. There's 23 long tracks on 2CDs, plus great notes too – and titles include "Mechelwind" by Aera, "Taussenfussler" by Embryo, "Jump Into Your Grave" by Emergency, "Gibli" by Niagara, "Rainbow Rider" by Sahara, "Fohats Work" by Dzyan, "Mindwill" by Volker Kriegel, "Miscarriage Of Human Thinking (part 2)" by Action, "Black Sand" by Brainticket, "We're Losing Touch" by Octopus, "Tobacco Road" by Orange Peel, "Der Elektrolurch" by Guru Guru, "Contacts Rudiment" by Joy Unlimited, "Holiday Am Marterhorn" by Kraan, "Blue Apple" by Gift, and "Mellodrama 2a" by Wolfgang Dauner Et Cetera. CD

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VariousKraut – Teil 4 – Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 29.99
A specially focused set of this excellent series – one that deals with the surprisingly large amount of important work that was coming out of West Berlin during the 70s – music that was maybe even more significant, given that it was created behind the walls that encircled the scene at the time! As with the other volumes, the 2CD package is filled with gems – a few cuts by bigger names, but also some more obscure numbers – presented here with heavy notes, and in a way that really shows the more complex criss-crossings of culture that were taking place in the musical hotpot of West Berlin during the cold war. Titles include "Don't Send Me Your Money" by Karthago, "Gamma Ray" by Birth Control, "Saat" by Emtidi, "Eternity" by Mythos, "Light & Darkness Light" by Ash Ra Temple, "Children's Games" by Os Mundi, "Germanistan" by Dissidenten, "Walky Talky" by Harmonia, "Ways Of Changes" by Klaus Schulze, "Human Being 1 (edit)" by Human Being, "Regenmacher" by Hans Joachim Roedelius, "Halt Dich An Deiner Liebe Fest" by Ton Steine Scherben, and "Nostalgie" by Lokomotiv Kreuzberg. CD

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VariousLittle Heart Attacks From North Carolina – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From Little Oak Records (10 inch LP, booklet, & CD set) ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $34.99 39.99
A very cool little package – one that comes in a 10" record jacket, features a 10" record, and also a bonus booklet of notes and a CD with lots more music too – all to document the ultra-rare Oak Records label – a small company that put out some real killers at the end of the 50s! Oak was a tiny imprint way out in tobacco country in North Carolina, but they had a great ear for some homegrown talent who really knew how to knock a tune out in the studio – the kind of cuts that would leap right from the grooves of an indie 45, at a level that's made these gems some top-shelf treasures for collectors over the years. The package features 12 tracks on the LP, 25 on the CD, and comes with a full color booklet of notes and images, telling the Oak Records story – alongside cuts that include "My Honey My Honda" by Frank Rice, "Haystack Rock & Roll" by P Jay & The Haystackers, "Little Heart Attacks" by Glenn Johnson & The Acorns, "Sweet Thing" by Bobby Green & The Sportsmen, "Run Here Honey" by Glenn Johnson & The Acorns, "Liza Jane Bop" by Don Hager & The Hot Tots, "Dr Nack's Tom Cat" by Frank Rice, "Bermudas" by Big Jay Mercer, "Little Heart Attacks" by Bobby Green & The Sportsmen, and "Sure Is A Cryin Shame" by Big Jay Mercer. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMeet Me At The Hop – 33 Cruising Dreams ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99 About August 6, 2021
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VariousR&B In DC 1940 to 1960 – Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop, Rockin Rhythm & More (16CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s. New Copy 16CD ... About September 15, 2021
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VariousRockin With The Krauts Vol 1 – Real Rock N Roll Made In Germany ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A way cooler set than you might expect – rock and roll from early 60s German that has a voice that's all its own – not slavish takes on American hits, but some really great work that shows that this new generation of musicians are really finding their own sound and style! Sure, there's a definite influence from the US – but the songs are all pretty darn fresh, and many of them have this really mad sort of vibe – almost a German take on the kind of wild and oddball 45s that you'd be likely to hear from the Cramps side of the spectrum! As part of that, there's a wealth of wonderful guitar work – really stepping out next to the mostly German lyrics – on a set of 33 tunes that include work by Benny Quick, Nora Nova, The Gisha Brothers, Peter Kraus, The Starfighters, Ted Herold, Pichi, The Rattles, Progressives, Six Tornados, Billy Sanders, and others. CD

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VariousSpring Fever – 28 Easter Nuggets For Your Spring Season ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A whole host of tunes that will help you say goodbye to winter and hello to spring – a light and lively mix of postwar cuts in a variety of styles – from early rockers, to instrumentals, radio pop gems, and even a bit of R&B – all put together with a very playful vibe! The set's similar to the other "season" titles from Bear Family – showing how similar themes move through American music in different ways – almost like you're tuning into some old AM station in the month of May, discovering a whole host of tunes you might never have heard otherwise! Oddly, there's also a theme of chickens and eggs running through the set – which features 28 titles that include "Chicken Rock" by Fat Daddy Holmes, "Spring Fever" by Vilas Craig & The Kollege Kings, "One Fried Egg" by The Charioteers, "Rock Chicken Rock" by Ray Coleman & His Skyrockets, "Jungle Bunny" by The Fabulous Pearls, "The Rooster" by Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm, "Chicken Reel" by les Paul, "Easter Day" by The Dixon Brothers, "April Love" by Shirley Jones & Pat Boone, "Egghead" by Al Allen, "Spring Fever" by The Velvets, "End Of Spring" by Les Baxter, and "It Might As Well Be Spring" by Jerry Duane with the Monarchs. CD

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✨✧ VariousSummer Days & Summer Nights – 31 Summertime Beach Nuts ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The sweet sounds of summer – served up in ways that sparkle nicely with the best pop paradise touches of the postwar years! The music here is a catchy mix of pop, rock, and vocal numbers – plus a few surprises from other styles too – and as in other titles in this series from Bear Family, the songs are all themed around summer modes – time at the beach, fun in the sun, love in the summer, and so on – all delivered with a vibe that's as wistful and playful as the image on the cover! There's plenty of overlooked gems here from the glory days of the 45rpm single – and the set features 31 titles that include "Wine Cooler" by TJ Fowler, "That Sunday" by Dinah Washington, "Beach Doll" by Johnny O'Neill, "Emerald Beach" by Tito Puente, "Beachcomber" by Conway Twitty, "Down On The Beach" by Ernie Maresca, "Summer Nights" by The Safaris, "Summertime Goodbyes" by The Quotations, "Summer Day" by Kari Lynn, "The Bully Of The Beach" by Sammy Salvo, "Swingin Summer Love" by Googie Rene, and "My Summer Heart" by Maxine Daniels. CD

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VariousSweet Soul Music 1968 – 29 Scorching Classics ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1968. Used ... $14.99
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 60s – but also done with a full color booklet that's over 60 pages long – filled with track-by-track notes on the tunes, and filled with great photos, images, and historical data! The whole thing's a perfect soul music time capsule – with the depth of production that we've always loved in Bear Family releases for other genres. Titles include "Take Time To Know Her" by Percy Sledge, "Stay In My Corner (single edit)" by The Dells, "Cloud Nine" by The Temptations, "I'm In Love" by Wilson Pickett, "Tighten Up (part 1)" by Archie Bell & The Drells, "Slip Away" by Clarence Carter, "Grazing In The Grass" by Hugh Masekela, "Funky Street" by Arthur Conley, "The Snake" by Al Wilson, "Girl Watcher" by The O'Kaysions, "Say It Loud I'm Black & I'm Proud" by James Brown, and "I've Never Found A Girl" by Eddie Floyd. CD

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 33 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Renown & Hornet Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 22.99
A tight batch of rare rockers from a tiny North Carolina label from the end of the 50s – a set that's a nice contrast to some of the other volumes in this excellent series, which usually focus on lost rockabilly nuggets in the vaults of major labels! Here, there's a vibe that's much more unified overall – as most of the early tracks feature a core combo providing most of the rhythms for a lead singer and lead guitar – and even the later ones seem to hold on to a tight sort of label style, which makes for a very unified vibe through the 35 tracks in the collection! The music's not just rockabilly, either, as there's a number of cuts here that have a more direct inspiration from R&B – some of that crossover Carolina soul at its earliest levels – and there's maybe a few that echo some older styles from the hills, too. As with all volumes, the Bear Family presentation is great – very detailed notes, great sound, plenty of history, and a massive set list – with titles that include "Problem Child" and "Betcha Didn't Know" by Wayne Handy, "I Want Everything My Baby Got" and "Our Southern Way Of Living" by Jim Thornton, "Buzz Me On The Telephone" by Irving Fuller & The Chorvettes, "Cold North Wind" and "I'm Not Ashamed" by Lonnie Dee, "True Blue" by Joe Franklin & The Hi-Liters, "Stop Walking All Over Me" and "Tears Falling Down Down Down"b y Harold Pope, "Bad Boy" by Don Ray with The Hornets, "The Day I Die" by Daryl Petty, "Do You Ever Think Of Me" by Clyde Moody, "The Pad" by Bobby Strigo with The Blue Notes, "I'm Going Home" by Hughie Owens with The Blue Notes, and "Making Fun Of Me" by Bobby Rose. CD

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 35 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Mercury & Limelight Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
Hard-rocking gems from the second decade of Mercury Records – a label that first broke big in the postwar years with a strong ear for up-and-coming R&B – and one who continued that close to the ground success during the early years of rock and country music as well! Mercury wasn't as close to the south as some of its contemporaries, but it had a really great ear for key talent, and would often scour points far from its Chicago home in search of budding talents in a variety of genres – which means that the work here is definitely at the top of the pack for the time – tunes that have the sharp bristle of cuts on Chess, Sun, or Starday – the latter of whom was an early partner in helping Mercury find talent. The set features 35 tracks in all, with the superb presentation and detailed notes of previous volumes – on titles that include "Sittin On Top" by Curtis Gordon, "Rockin Robert" by The LaDell Sisters, "My Search" by Ben Hewett, "Baby Baby Baby" by Eddie Bond, "Shake It Up" by Conway Twitty, "My Foolish Fling" by The Half Brothers, "The Last Drag" by Voxpoppers, "Downtown" by Orville Couch, "I Want You Baby" by Jackie Cray, "I'll Never Let It Show" by Charlie Walker & The Four Pals, "Shake This Town" by The Counts, and "Cry Baby Cry" by Narvel Felts. CD

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 36 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of TNT & Marathon Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
Searing rockabilly work from the Texas scene of the late 50s – all work that came from the powerhouse TNT label out of San Antonio, and the related Marathon Records too! These cuts aren't country twangers, and are instead definitely the kind of raw early rockers that this series does such a good job of tracking down – really wonderful numbers that we never would have heard otherwise, and which explode with the same sort of energy that must have made them fantastic to hear from some backroom jukebox in a small corner tavern! As with the other volumes, there's very detailed notes within, and label scans too – the kind of package that makes this series such a great antidote to some of the more random rockabilly compilations out there. Titles include "China Doll" by Ray Stone, "Here I Come" by Jimmy Dee & The Offbeats, "Catapiller" by Ray Campi, "Set Me Free" by Bill Morrison, "I Love Her" by The Blue Notes, "One More Time" by The Traits, "Pink Bow Tie" by Jerry Dove & His String Dusters, "Duck Tail Cat" by Dan Virva & The Flying D Ramblers, "Trapped" by Cecil Moore & The Notes, "Living Myself To Death" by Chuck Goddard, "I Want You To Love Me Tonight" by Ray Liberto, and "Truck Drivers Special" by Lonnie Lille. CD

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 37 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Capitol Records ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
A killer batch of cuts from the early days of rock and roll – and a great collection of work from one of the coolest labels of the 50s! Sure, Capitol Records wasn't the same sort of indie powerhouse as labels like Sun or Atlantic – but the company always did a great job with country music, which made it a key force in helping to push the postwar hillbilly sound into much harder hitting modes! Capitol's production and handling of artists was always great – and producer Ken Nelson also had a great ear for young talents who may not have hit the charts at the label, but who really got a great shot at top-shelf material in a really groovy setting. This package is overflowing with gems that testify to Capitol's importance in the rockabilly and hillbilly years – 35 titles that include "Adult Western" by Bobby Louis, "You're Gonna Have To Bawl That's All" by Ray Parks, "Grizzly Bear" by Jack Scott, "Bessie Baby" by Jerry Reed, "My Lovin Baby" by Nick Greene, "You're There" by Skeets McDonald, "Natural Natural Ditty" by The Jodimars, "Move It On Over" by Rose Maddox, "Baby I Love You" by Del Reeves, "Everybody's Talkin" by Bob Luman, "What'll I Do Call The Zoo" by Darrell McCall, "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Sonny James, "Let Me In There Baby" by Billy Strange, "Flea Brain" by Gene Vincent, "Big Fat Sally" by Ronnie & Roy, and "Wild Streak" by Johnny Fallin. CD

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VariousValentine's Day – 29 Tributes To Love & Passion ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A sweet little valentine, and one with a real 50s feel – a vibe that really lives up to the cover, served up here in tunes that mix together rock, pop, jazz, and country-styled modes! The set's got the best sort of Bear Family snap and sparkle – really well-chosen tunes that go way past the obvious – united with a theme of love and romance, but all pretty upbeat, rocking, and plenty darn fun overall! A good deal of the tracks here are brand new to our ears – great nuggets wrestled from the farther reaches of the postwar single boom – and titles include "She's The One For Me" by The Aquatones, "Love Me Forever" by Jodie Sands, "Baby Of Mine" by Tom Dorsam, "My Love Will Never Die" by The Channels, "Tongue Tied" by Jimmy Maddin, "Liebetwist" by The Violents, "I'm Sending You Red Roses" by Jimmy Wakely, "You Are My Destiny" by Paul Anka, "My Funny Valentine" by Mary Kaye Trio, "My Hero" by Sue Thompson, "Come Softly To Me" by The Fleetwoods, "You're My Inspiration" by Nancy Lee & The Bachelors, and "Forever" by Billy Walker. CD

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✨✧ Johnny CashUp Through The Years – 1955 to 1957 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid/Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bear Family's single CD collection of Cash's Sun Years! 24 tracks that laid the template for the best country and rock and roll for the next forty years, and that's just about all there is to say. It's all here – "Cry, Cry, Cry", "Hey Porter", "Folson Prison Blues", "Luther Played The Boogie", "So Doggone Lonesome", "I Walk The Line", "Get Rhythm", "Train Of Love", "There You Go", "Goodbye Little Darling Goodbye", "I Love You Because", "Straight A's In Love", "Next In Line", "Big River", "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen", "Come In Stranger", "Rock Island Line", and more. CD

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✨✧ Ray VernonAll Wrays Lead To Rock – The Link Wray Connection ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's Ray Vernon, not Vernon Wray – but both names are correct, as Ray's the brother of guitar giant Link Wray – and works here under an odd variation of his family name, but on an equally raw set of vintage rockers! Ray's a singer, but also a guitarist – and brother Link joins in on a number of these tracks with the kind of moody raw twang that made his famous instrumentals so great – as both of the brothers move through a surprisingly rich array of indie singles from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – shifting in contributions, so that one track might have the guitar right up in the mix, another might have a vocal. There's a whopping 34 tracks in all – and detailed notes that unlock the mystery of these tunes – material that includes "Hold It", "Big City After Dark", "Evil Angel", "Vendetta", "Danger One Way Love", "I'm Countin On You", and "Roughshod" by Ray Vernon with The Raymen – plus "Teenage Cutie" by Lucky Wray, "Flirty Baby" by The Wraymen, "You Can't Make Me Doubt My Baby" by Bunker Hill, "A Brand New Love" by The American Teens, "So Young" by The Dial Tones, "Watch Yourself" by The British Walkers, "Boo Hoo" by Marvin Rainwater, and the cuts "Window Shopping", "I'll Be So Good To You", and "The Freeze" by Link Wray. CD

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✨✧ Various60th Anniversary Of The Berlin Wall – Cold War Memories ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really cool collection, and one that covers a lot more territory than just the Berlin Wall – as the set features a mix of music in many styles, all dealing with some of the more anxiety-producing moments of the Cold War era! The range of sounds is wonderful – as rock mixes with country, jazz, and R&B – interspersed occasionally with snippets from radio broadcasts or news reports – capturing a vivid picture of the world as the wall was going up in the early 60s! Bear Family really did a great job with this one – and presents the whole thing with their usual thoroughness and panache – with a set list of 34 tracks that include "Berlin Top Ten" by Dickie Goodman, "The Locked God Outside The Iron Curtain" by Little Jimmy Dickens, "I'm No Communist" by Lulu Belle & Scotty, "Russian Roulette" by Lester Lanin, "Fallout Shelter" by Peter Scott Peters, "Watch World War III On Pay TV" by The Crown City Four, "Koko Mamey" by Moe Koffman, "Russian Roulette" by The Zanies, "West Of The Wall" by Toni Fisher, "Dance Legless Russian" by The Moontrekkers, "Rocket Racket" by Dickie Harrell, "Russia Russia Lay That Missile Down" by Prescott Reed, "Rockin Behind The Iron Curtain" by Bobby Marchan, and "Mr Kruschev" by Bo Diddley. CD

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✨✧ VariousBanana Split For My Baby – 33 Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sounds of summer in the years before the Beach Boys and surf music – songs that proclaim the glory of the warmest months of the year, but in raunchy styles from the early years of rock and roll! Artists run the gamut from rockabilly singers, to R&B groups, to some surprisingly strong contributions from more pop-oriented acts – and as with other Bear Family packages of this nature, the whole thing is plenty playful – put together with a good deal of wit in the song choices and presentation! Titles include "Sunday Barbecue" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "The Sun Is Shining" by Elmore James, "Banana Split For My Baby" by Louis Prima, "Summer's Coming (demo)" by Ronnie Dawson, "Strollin On The Beach" by The Hollywood Flames, "Beach Time" by Roger Smith, "Suntan Tattoo" by The Valiants & Sandy Vale, "Summertime Love" by Roy Head & The Traits, "Beach Comber" by Jo Ann Campbell, "Night Theme' by The Mark II, "Moonlight Swim" by Nick Noble, "26 Miles" by The Four Preps, "Sunglasses After Dark" by Dwight Whitey Pullen, "Summertime Rock" by Rodney & The Blazers, and "The Big Beach Party" by The Jades with Pacer's Music. CD

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✨✧ VariousGreetings From Georgia – The Peach State ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Georgia-themed tunes from a variety of generations – and nary a Ray Charles recording in the bunch! The tracks here open up a surprisingly strong legacy of songs about the Peachtree State – more music than we might have guessed, especially given the legacy of songs that other states rate over the years – served up here in a cool blend of styles that includes plenty of country, pop, and a touch of rock and roll! Titles include "Georgia Sunshine" by Dean Martin, "It's A Long Long Way To Georgia" by Don Gibson, "Georgia On My Mind" by Frankie Laine, "Wild Georgia Boy" by Jim & Jessie, "Atlanta Georgia" by Jimmie Davis, "Georgia Boogie" by Curley Williams, "Poor Red Georgia Dirt" by Stonewall Jackson, "All Over Hell & Half Of Georgia" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Tennemonk Georgia" by Carl Mann, "Georgia Piney Woods" by Osborne Brothers, and "Burn Georgia Burn" by Tompall Glaser. CD

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✨✧ VariousGreetings From Tennessee – The Volunteer State ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hefty helping of songs about the state of Tennessee – served up here in a great mix of postwar country and early rock and roll – maybe no surprise, given that the state is home to both Memphis and Nashville! Some tunes here are familiar classics, others are more obscure – and they're brought together in a great mix of sounds that's very much in keeping with the style we love on other compilations from the Bear Family label. 25 tracks in all – and titles include "Tennessee Flat Top Box" by Johnny Cash, "Tennessee Whiskey" by David Allen Coe, "Tennessee Blues" by Tex Ritter, "Tennessee Two Step" by Joe Maphis, "Tennessee Local" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "FOB Tennessee" by Kenny Roberts, "Tennessee Rag" by Country All Stars, "Tennessee Saturday Night" by Ernest Tubb, "Tennessee Jive" by Johnny Horton, "Tennessee Boogie" by Zeb Turner, "Tennessee Toddy" by Marty Robbins, and "I'm Goin Back To Tennessee" by Jimmie Logsdon. CD

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✨✧ VariousGreetings From Texas – The Lone Star State ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of Texas-themed tunes – tracks that run from the big boom of postwar music in the Lone Star state, through the strong underground country work of the Austin scene in the 70s! Most tracks have some sort of Texas-based theme or story in the lyrics – and the set does a great job of mixing together bigger names with some lesser-knowns from the time – really keeping things fresh, and going far past any sort of cliches you might expect. Titles include "Texas Boogie" by Gene O'Quinn, "Down Texas Way" by Hank Locklin, "Miles & Miles Of Texas" by Asleep At The Wheel, "Texas Honky Tonk" by Darrell McCall, "Waltz Across Texas" by Ernest Tubb & Sammi Smith, "All Alone In Texas" by Jimmie Dolan, "Texas Lullaby" by David Allen cCe, "Mother Texas" by Sanford Clark, "Can't Get The Hell Out Of Texas" by The Offenders, "Texas In My Soul" by Willie Nelson, and "I've Never Been Out Of Texas" by Charlie Walker. CD

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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Vol 5 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Dot Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by Sanford Clark, Gene Brown, The Phantom, Pat Flowers, Mickey Gilley, Billy Adams, Jim Ringo, Keith Courvale, Dicky Lory, and Ray Campi. CD

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✨✧ Reverend Robert Ballinger with Willie DixonKing's Highway ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Robert Ballinger might be a Reverend, but he's got the sound of a 50s bluesman in Chicago – no surprise, as he recorded most of these tracks in the Windy City during the decade – with plenty of help from the great Willie Dixon on bass! Ballinger sings and plays piano on these cuts – with raw, romping energy that makes these vintage singles as appealing as blues sides as they are as gospel gems – originally done for labels that include Chess, United, and Peacock – sometimes with added backing vocals or instrumentation, but always with Ballinger's raw energy at the core. This 2CD set is the first we've ever seen to really do justice to these recordings – and features 35 tracks that include "Hold My Body Down", "No Bread", "He's My Everything", "The Little Black Train", "How I Got Over", "Something Has Happened", "Poor Wayfaring Pilgrim", "Oil In Your Vessel", "Standing In The Safety Zone", "This Train", "God Rode In A Windstorm", "The Life I Sing About", "Sweet Lamb", and "I Got To Tell It". CD

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✨✧ VariousRight To Rock – Episodo Uno – The Mexican & Chicano Rock & Roll Rebellion 1955 to 1963 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest overviews of early Chicano rock we've ever seen – a set that really lays the groundwork for some of the bigger music to come – but with the sort of deep-digging style we love on other compilations from the Bear Family label! Most of this work was recorded in LA – but there's also tracks from Mexico City, Memphis, and Dallas – served up in a mixture of English and Spanish vocals, and all with the kind of searing intensity that often made the East LA scene such a hotbed of music as the 50s moved into the 60s – an underground that was often much farther from the mainstream than any of the early rock worlds of Memphis or points down south. The mix of material is great – a few covers, great original material, vocals and instrumentals – in a huge set list of 37 tracks all supported with the deeply detailed notes and vintage images we love from Bear Family. Titles include "Rock Little Darlin" by Max Uballez, "Rockin Blues" by Chris Montez, "Fast Freight" by Arvee Allens, "Come On Let's Dance" by The Carlos Brothers, "La Plaga" by Los Teen Tops, "La Chica Alborotada" by Los Locos Del Ritmo, "Maybelline" by Armando Almendarez, "La Paloma" by Tito Guizar & His El Rancho Rocks, "Denise" by Chuck Rio, "Dooby-Dooby-Wah" by Ritchie Valens, "Slow Down Sally" by Eddie Quinteros, "Hi You Silver" by The Augie Garcia Quintet, "Sarah Lee" by Bob Orrison, "El Vampiro" by Los Gibson Boys, and "South Of The Border" by Mando & The Chili Peppers. CD

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✨✧ VariousRockin With The Krauts Vol 2 – Real Rock N Roll Made In Germany ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A huge dip into the German rock scene of the late 50s and early 60s – a time when the nation was really getting back on its feet, and setting into the same sort of crazy consumer trends that also fueled the fires of rock and roll back in the US! The music here has a really nice range – some cuts are covers of American rock tracks, but with a nice difference in the way the language is structured – others are more homegrown German varieties, and a few are by less-likely artists, jumping into the fray to show the rest of the world that the German scene can romp its rhythms with the best! We'd not heard most of these tracks before – and the whole thing is every bit as revelatory as volume one – with 32 tracks in all, by artists who include Ralf Bendix, Frank Olsen, Oliver Twist, Lutz Dietmar, Paul Wurges, Bill Ramsey, Emanuel & Leon Ardy's Hit Cockers, The Gisha Brothers, Werner Muller, Harry Gluck, Rex Gildo, and Mama Betty's Band. CD

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✨✧ VariousRoy Orbison Connection – 34 Roots & Covers Of Roy Orbison ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Roy Orbison is one of the most unique figures in rock and roll – so much so, we always tend to think of the man as a musical style unto his own – an assumption that's nicely broken by the wealth of work in this wonderful set! As the title implies, the CD features covers of Roy's hits, and tunes that inspired his music too – but way more than that, the whole thing really sets a scene for the rising power of Orbison from the Sun years onwards – music served up by singers who don't try to copy that unusual vocal style of Roy, but instead go off in all sorts of different directions on the tunes! As with the other Bear Family titles in this "connections" series, the approach is great – very illuminating, and supported by copious notes that really get at all the different things that are going on. 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "Go Go Go" by Narvel Felts, "Pretty Paper" by Willie Nelson, "Candy Man" by Wanda Jackson, "I Like It" by Vince Taylor, "You're My Baby" by Billy Lee Riley, "Rock House" by Bobby Fuller, "Oobie Doobie" by Sid King & The Five Strings, "Mean Woman Blues" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Blue Bayou" by Mike Redway, "The Crowd" by Waylon Jennings, "In Dreams" by Les Carle, and "Running Scared" by Paul Rich. CD

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✨✧ Bill AndersonFirst Ten Years 1956 to 1966 (4CD set) ... CD
Bear Family/Decca (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever package to ever do justice to the influential talents of Bill Anderson – one of the more important songwriters of the 50s country scene – and a budding singer who helped introduce whole new modes of expression to the music! Bill's tunes were sung by many – and had a depth of honest, heartfelt emotion that pushed country even past the important work of the initial postwar wave of talents – and his own recordings also included key use of spoken passages – the kind of asides that were really well-suited to Anderson's down-to-earth vocals, and which helped lay the groundwork for more complicated country tunes in years to come! The set features every track from Bill's eight albums for Decca, plus non-LP tracks from singles, duets with Jan Howard, unissued studio tracks, and even his rare singles for the TNT label – a huge package of 126 tracks in all, with detailed notes in the best Bear Family tradition. CD

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✨✧ Ruth BrownMama He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Juke Box Pearls ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collection of work from the legendary Ruth Brown – one of the strongest female singers of the 50s R&B generation, and an undeniable influence on 60s rock and soul! The package brings together loads of gems from Ruth's years on Atlantic Records – a really well-chosen track list that focuses on the kind of upbeat, storming numbers that Ruth did so well – and which really demonstrate why her approach was so different than the blues and jazz singers of the generation before! The vocals are a strong precursor for deep soul modes to come, but always have a powerful presence that maybe makes Brown an early feminist too – as you'll hear on titles that include "Smooth Operator", "Jim Dandy", "Mambo Baby", "Lucky Lips", "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin", "As Long As I'm Moving", "I Can't Hear A Word You Say", "I Don't Know", "I Gotta Have You", "I'm Just A Lucky So & So", "Papa Daddy", "I Want To Do More", and live cuts that include "Teardrops From My Eyes", "Tears Come Tumbling Down", and "Oh What A Dream". 31 tracks in all – and a great set of notes. CD

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✨✧ Eddie CochranDark Lonely Street (10 inch LP & CD) ... LP
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), 1957. New Copy 10 inch LP & CD ... Out Of Stock
A really cool package of work from the legendary Eddie Cochran – one of the first great rockers to emerge in the 50s, and an artist who left this planet way too soon! The LP looks like a vintage 10" record – with great graphics, and a run of Cochran gems that include "Teenage Heaven", "Little Angel", "C'Mon Everybody", "Dark Lonely Street", "Summertime Blues", and "One Kiss" – plus a rare 2-track stereo take of "Pretty Girl", the backing track "My Way", and "Strollin Guitar" by The Kelly Four. Then, the CD brings together 28 tracks in all – much more than the LP – with additional rarities from Eddie, including a UK TV appearance and other rare versions – and related cuts from Jerry Neal, Ray Stanley, Baker Knight, and Bob Denton. There's also a cool book, too – and the sound and the graphics are great! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Geater DavisSweet Woman's Love (180 gram pressing) ... LP
House Of Orange/Bear Family (Germany), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The lasting testament of the mighty Geater Davis – a really incredible southern singer with a deep soul sound that few others can match! Although Davis didn't record nearly as much as his contemporaries, he's got a sound that matches or beats them – a raw, raspy quality that's a bit like Bobby Blue Bland, touched with the depth of feeling we love in James Carr, peppered with elements of other Memphis singers – all produced to perfection with a sound that's as classic as anything on Stax or Goldwax. This album is the only full length set that Davis issued back in the day – released on the small label of producer Allen Orange, an overlooked genius in the southern studio scene of the 70s – with production in Little Rock and Birmingham – on titles that include his great 8 minute reading of "For Your Precious Love", plus "Wrapped Up In You", "My Love is So Strong for You", and "Don't Marry a Fool". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jim FordBig Mouth USA – The Unissued Paramount Album ... CD
Paramount/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A heck of a great record from Jim Ford – an early 70s country outsider whose early work hardly got any circulation at the time – but who's managed to go on to become the stuff of legend over the years! This set's got Jim at his best – maybe sounding even more country than on his two Capitol Records sessions, with slightly fuller production – but still that very individual, very distinct way of songwriting and putting over a tune – a quality that sparkles strongly on the album's batch of all-original material by Ford. A few tracks are reworks of numbers done on his unreleased second session for Capitol, taken in a very different way – and the whole thing has an offbeat vibe that's in the best left-of-Nashville mode of the early 70s. Titles include "He Turns My Radio On", "Family Tree", "Mixed Green", "I Call Her Baby", "Rising Sign", "Which Way", "If I Go Country", and "If There's A Will There's A Way". CD

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✨✧ Buck GriffinLet's Elope Baby ... CD
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Overlooked Texas genius from Buck Griffin – a singer who first recorded for the famous Lin label, then got a shot at the bigtime on MGM! Buck's maybe the epitome of a local vocal star – a singer who was on the radio daily, and who was able to absorb the best of the bigger early 50s acts – then sling things forth with a spirit that was all his own – this great mix of heartbreaking vocals and hard-edge twang – which worked equally well on the mellow cuts and the more upbeat numbers! There's some occasional rocking guitar in the mix, which only further emphasizes the strength of Buck's vocals – and although many of these tracks are later than the classic years, there's a strong hillbilly vibe on many of the numbers. Titles include "Go Stop Go", "Broken Heart With Alimony", "Stutterin Papa", "Girl In 1209", "Meadowlark Boogie", "Cochise", "Let's Elope Baby", "Next To Mine", "Lookin For The Green", "Twenty Six Steps", and "First Man To Stand On The Moon". CD

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✨✧ Dennis HerroldMystery Of Dennis Herrold – The Complete Imperial Recordings (purple vinyl 10 inch LP & CD) ... LP
Imperial/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really cool package of work from one of the most obscure rockers to ever record for Imperial Records in the late 50s – the enigmatic Dennis Herrold, who only issued one single for the label at the time – presented here with the full work from his debut session, plus other material too! Herrold's a mighty sharp rocker – much more so than some of the pop acts on Imperial at the time – and he came to the label under the guidance of Dub Dickerson, who wrote all the tracks that Herrold sings – and who's also featured here on some related tracks too. The package is great – a cool colored vinyl 10" LP, a booklet of notes, and a bonus CD that features related tracks by Bob Luman, Warner Mack, Tony Wilson, and Justin Tubb – alongside Herrold tracks that include "Make With The Lovin", "You Arouse My Curiosity", "Don't Push Away", and "Hip Hip Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Eddie HillHot Guitar – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Country music talent Eddie Hill is maybe best known to the world as the guy who gave the Louvin Brothers their first work, or as a big force on the Grand Old Opry – but he's also a hell of a guitarist who cut some fantastic sides during the postwar years – records that ring out with all sorts of great guitar modes that easily puts Hill right up there with some of the greats of his time! The package is the first to ever do justice to the strengths of Eddie's talents – and features singles recorded for Decca, Mercury, RCA, and Columbia, plus some rare Apollo Records work too – all brought together in a collection that has Hill stepping easily through a variety of hillbilly talents, always with plenty of vocal charm to match his instrumental strengths too. Titles include his classic "The Hot Guitar" – a commentary on all the rising hillbilly styles in 1951 – plus "The Gottalotta Song", "Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots", "High Wide & Handsome", "Lovin Spree", "Who Wrote The Letter To Old John", "My Sugar Booger", "Bless Your Little Thumpin Gizzard", "Melting Steel", "Mind Your Own Business", "Fire Ball Eight", "Buckshot", "Wild Cat", and "Hard Road To Travel". CD

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✨✧ Jerry Lee LewisBallads Of Jerry Lee Lewis ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great set of work from Jerry Lee Lewis – material that really shows off the many-faceted levels of his genius, in a way that's different than some of the bigger hits of his early days! Sure, Jerry could be a rocker who could burn up the piano when he wanted – but he was also a skilled singer at mellower material, particularly with a country sort of tinge – really opening up some of the bluer, more melancholy modes that would really come to prominence during his great second career chapter on Mercury and Smash! These cuts, though, are from the early Sun Records sessions – material that wasn't always given strong favor by the label at the time, in deference to more chartbound rockers – collected together here in a great 27 track package that really opens up our understanding of the Jerry Lee Lewis sound. Titles include "Born To Lose", "Crazy Arms", "Invitation To Your Party", "I'm The Guilty One", "Fools Like Me", "Love On Broadway", "The Ballad Of Billy Joe", "I Know What It Means", "You Win Again", "Cold Cold Heart", "Seasons Of My Heart", and a nice duet with Charlie Rich on "Sail Away". CD

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✨✧ PetardsPetards – Anthology (6CD set) ... CD
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The complete recordings of The Petards – a legendary German group who are maybe best-known for a few freewheeling albums on Liberty at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – but who also have a lot more music here to offer! The set begins before most of the work we've ever heard from the group – and clearly shows a strong influence from UK beat groups at the start, from their English language lyrics down to their way with a catchy tune. But as with most of the English beat group generation, these guys also really took off by the end of the 60s – leaning more on their jazzy elements, lengthening their tunes, and hitting modes both progressive and trippy – all brought together here in this massive 6CD set, complete with the usual hefty Bear Family attention to detail in the hardcover book and liner notes. 118 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Billy Lee RileyBilly Lee Riley Rocks ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe one of the most hard-hitting in this great "rocks" series from Bear Family Records – and maybe one that features one of the artists most deserving the title, too – as the legendary Billy Lee Riley steps out here on a host of classic singles for Sun Records, unissued material, and other gems recorded for Brunswick, Philips, Rita, Jaro, and Home Of The Blues! Riley had a short but great career on the Memphis scene – where he was one of the rawest, most hard-ripping talents to cut up the underground in the days of the bigger early rock giants – a hell of a singer with a very raw sound, and a guitar player too – although these tracks also feature great work from Sonny Burgess and Roland Janes as well. CD features 35 tracks in all – including "Barefootin (alt)", "Red Hot", "Rock With Me Baby", "Is That All To The Ball", "Your Cash Ain't Nothin But Trash", "Thunderbird", "Arkansas Traveler", "Pearly Lee", "College Man", "Open The Door Richard", "Got The Water Boiling", "Nightmare Mash", "Searchin", "Speed Lovers", "The Little Green Men", and "Catfish". CD

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✨✧ Joe TurnerComplete Boss Of The Blues Sings Kansas City Jazz – The Complete Mono & Stereo Recordings ... CD
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), 1956. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A real classic from blues giant Joe Turner – a singer who burst back to the mainstream on 50s Atlantic Records, thanks to a host of R&B singles that burned up the charts – but who here returns to his roots, and lays down a great set of jazzy tunes that get back to his roots in the Kansas City scene of the 30s! The shift is a bit like that Ray Charles made at the end of the 50s on Atlantic – R&B to more of a jazz-based groove – and Joe works here with great help from Pete Brown on alto, Pete Johnson on piano, Joe Newman on trumpet, and Lawrence Brown on trombone. After the raw hard R&B of Joe's bigger hit sides for Atlantic, the album's a compelling change – a reminder that Turner had roots that went much deeper than his rock and roll fame – and a depth of delivery that would keep his career strong, long after some of his 50s R&B contemporaries faded! The mix of modes – R&B and jazz – is a bit like some of the later Ray Charles albums on Atlantic – and tracks include "Low Down Dog", "Roll Em Pete", "Cherry Red", "How Long Blues", and "Morning Glories". 2CD version features the full albums in both mono and stereo, plus some bonus alternate takes – and the usual great set of notes and presentation from Bear Family! CD

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✨✧ Frank Virtue & The VirtuesFrank Virtue & The Virtues Rock ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare early rock from the Philly scene – a variety of tracks from Frank Virtue – aka Frank Virtuoso, and a musician who definitely deserves that name! Virtue's a heck of a guitarist, one who clearly borrowed plenty from the rising school of country pickers, but brought it to the world of rock and roll – and he's also a surprisingly charming lead singer – maybe not the rawest voice of his generation, but with a nice edge that's definitely not pop either! A number of tracks here follow the vibe of a fellow Pennsylvanian at the time, Bill Haley – but with a lot more guitar instead of horns – and more of a small combo vibe too – and the variety of settings here provides a great sort of answer to that always-asked question about the real origins of rock and roll. 33 tracks in all, very detailed notes with rare photos, and work with the Esquire Boys, Virtues, and Rhythm Rockets – on titles that include "Flippin In", "Shufflin Along", "Toodle Oo Kangaroo", "Rollin & A Rockin", "Rip It Up", "Mambo Rock"- "Guitar In Orbit", "Let's Have A Party", and "Rattle My Bones". CD

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✨✧ Billy WalkerWhirlpool – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The best side of the overlooked Billy Walker – his more rocking, hard-twanging numbers recorded for Columbia Records – all done at a time when the label was hitting big with other artists, even though Walker never fully got his due! Billy's maybe best known for a few western-themed hits, but there's few of those here – and more of the numbers fall into the great crossover between hillbilly and early rock that was bubbling up in the second half of the 50s – captured well here by Columbia producer Don Law, plus some work by Lee Gillette on a few of Walker's early singles for Capitol. Titles include "Fifteen Hugs Past Midnight", "Whirlpool", "Mexican Joe", "It's Doggone Tough On Me", "Little Baggy Britches", "Headin For Heartaches", "So Far", "I've Got Leavin On My Mind", "A Woman Like You", "You Didn't Try & You Didn't Care", "Love's Got A Hold On Me", and "Throw Me Out". 30 tracks in all – and a great set of notes! CD

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✨✧ Dinah WashingtonRockin Good Way – Juke Box Pearls ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
You may know Dinah Washington as a jazz singer – but at her start, she was also a hell of an R&B vocalist too – a side of her talents that's focused on very strongly in this set! If you love the jazz side of Dinah, don't worry – there's plenty of that here too – but the package also brings together some of the more upbeat, jumping numbers that Washington recorded in the late 40s and throughout the 50s – definitely the sort of material that made her a key figure in the pre-soul years, and which also helped break down a lot of cultural barriers too! The package is done in the same beautiful way as other Bear Family titles in this series – deep notes, lots of vintage images, and a set list of 29 titles that includes "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "New Blowtop Blues", "Bad Lucky", "Honky Tonky", "Baby You've Got What It Takes", "Early Every Morning", "Come On Home", "TV Is The Thing", "Such A Night", "Relax Max", "Lingering", "Mean & Evil Blues", and "Ask A Woman Who Knows". CD

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✨✧ VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 2 – 33 Roots & Covers Of Elvis Presley ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great look at the Elvis Presley universe – not sounds by the King himself, but music that first inspired his creations – and other songs that have contemporary artists inspired by the records that Presley was releasing during the early years of his career! The collection is fantastic – a great sideline to the famous sounds of Elvis and Sun Records – and there's a really great range of material included throughout, all supported by very detailed notes that really show the thought and care that went into the selection of tracks. The whole thing is as vibrant and colorful as the image on the cover – and titles on this second volume include "Snoopin Around" by Joel Gray, "I Got Stung" by Eli Whitney, "A Big Hunk O Love" by Johnny Devlin & The Devils, "I Want You With Me" by Bobby Darlin, "Slicin Sand Twist" by Bryan Davies, "Working On The Building" by The Blackwood Brothers, "Surrender" by Rikki Henderson, "GI Blues" by Ronnie Knull & His Rock A Kings, "She's Not You" by Les Carle, "Good Luck Charm" by The Marvelettes, "They Remind Me Too Much Of You" by Don Robertson, "Just Tell Him Jane Said Hello" by Gerri Granger, "Girl Next Door Went A Walkin" by Thomas Wayne, "Dirty Dirty Feeling" by Danny Ezba, "Like A Baby" by Priscilla Bowman, and "Stuck On You" by Bobby Stevens. 33 tracks in all – with a great booklet! CD
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VariousTroubled Troubadours – 16 Tales From The Dark & Strange Side Of The Tracks 1965 to 1973 ... LP
Omni (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 29.99
An amazing set of offbeat numbers from the darker side of country music in the 60s – tracks that really show the changing currents of the scene, and which open up even more that quality of heartbreak that was always present in the music! Some of the songs here deal more honestly with political and family themes, some are more personal overall – and there's a fantastic range of music within – just what you'd expect from the same folks who gave you the Hillbillies In Hell compilations! Titles include "The Family Way" by Justin Tubb, "Hide My Sin" by Lorene Mann, "No Meaning & No End" by Hank Williams Jr, "Cold Cold Hands" by Lawton Williams, "Four Chrome Wheels" by Trooper Jim Foster, "The Animal Of A Man" by Roger Miller, "Teddy Bear Song" by Norma Jean, "Your Credit Card Won't Get You Into Heaven" by Bobby Bare, and "Push The Panic Button" by Stonewall Jackson. LP, Vinyl record album
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Legendary BluenotesWhere Is My Baby ... CD
Society Hill, 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Not the same Bluenotes group that recorded with Harold Melvin back in the day – but a reworked combo with similar Philly roots, and one who definitely keeps the legacy of their sound alive and well! This isn't a group put together to cover the oldies club circuit – as instead, they've revised their name, and have younger singer Sugarbear Aikens in the lead – a deep-voiced vocalist with an approach that's different than Teddy Pendergrass or other Bluenotes singers – but which rolls across here with a similar blend of groove and mellow soul! Butch Ingram produced and arranged, with instrumentation from the rest of the Ingram family – and titles include "Don't Say Goodbye", "Sorry", "Where Is My Baby", "Never Too Late", "Somebody told Me", "Wait A Minute", and "Oh How It Hurts". CD

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✨✧ RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx ... CD
Loud/RCA, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chef Raekwon cooks up one of finest hip hop albums in history – a standout moment in the Wu Tang canon and the 90s in general! Given Ghostface's presence throughout, the prime RZA production and other top shelf guests, you could almost call this one a Wu Tang Clan album, if not for Raekwon's incredible leadership behind the mic. Guests include Nas, Method Man, Inspektah Deck and more from the Wu Tang family. An absolute standard-bearer! Titles include "Knuckleheadz", "Knowledge God", "Criminology", "Incarcerated Scarfaces", "Guillotine (Swords)", "Glaciers Of Ice", "Ice Cream", and more! CD

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