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VariousPrecious Years – 34 Teen Dance Hits From The Bear Family Archive ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
The kids on the cover might look pretty mainstream, but the sounds on the record are in the best tradition of rockabilly and hillbilly styles of the Bear Family label! The set's overflowing with romping little gems that work equally well far from a dancefloor filled with gals in skirts and guys in cardigans – raw rockers that sound wonderful after all these years, and which show that there's plenty to discover in the 50s and 60s scenes, way past the hits! You'll recognize a few of these names, but in the best Bear Family style, the tunes included are much more obscure – and laid out next to great work by lesser-known gems too – presented with wonderful sound, and very detailed notes. Titles include "I Really Really Love You" by JoAnn Campbell, "Man Like Wow" by Tommy Sands, "Let Me Be Your Hero" by Terry Noland, "Feel So Good" by Johnny Preston, "My Chick Is Fine" by Gus Backus, "While You're Dancing" by Marty Robbins, "If You Don't Want My Lovin" by Carl Dobkins, "You Want Love" by Clyde Stacy, "One Summer Night" by The Danleers, "Meet Mr Mud" by Bob Luman, "Lana" by Roy Orbison, "Modern Romance" by Sanford Clark, "Heaven's Plan" by Lefty Frizzell, and "Bad Boy" by Robin Luke. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
 
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Flatt & ScruggsFlatt & Scruggs – 1964 to 1969, Plus (6CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. Used 6CDs ... $84.99
A great document of the final years of the famous bluegrass duo of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs – from a time when they were really hitting on all burners, thanks to a huge wave of international fame! The set features loads of obscure 60s material, and some lost tracks – including their completely insane album cut with The Beverly Hillbillies! CD
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Buck GriffinLet's Elope Baby ... CD
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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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✨✧ Jerry Lee LewisKiller – 1969 to 1972 (11LP set) ... LP
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 11LPs ... $119.99
A stunning package that focuses on the best comeback years of Jerry Lee Lewis – that time when he rose up once again at Mercury Records, but as a fantastic country singer instead of a rocker – still amazing vocally, pretty incredible at the piano, and letting loose his talents on a whole new range of material. There's also a full live show recorded in Las Vegas – a great addition to the studio material! (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a book, and in great shape!)

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Dan PennNobody's Fool ... LP
Bell/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 31.99
A fantastic set from the legendary Dan Penn – an artist who's maybe known more as a songwriter, but who's finally been given his due as a singer over the years! Back in the day, Dan recorded this gem, but it quickly fell between the cracks of the too-wide music business – yet since that time, the album's been wonderfully re-discovered – and hailed as one of the best illustrations of Penn's unique place in southern music – that special space between soul and country that made his contributions extremely important! The set was recorded in Memphis and Nashville, with a very inventive vibe – less straight soul than Penn's material of the 60s, but also not really rock or country, either – thanks partly to the blend of arrangements – which include help from both Bergen White and The Memphis Horns. Almost all titles are originals by Dan – and tracks include "Tearjoint", "Nobody's Fool", "Prayer For Peace", "Skin", "If Love Was Money", "I Hate You", "Ain't No Love", and "Raining In Memphis". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy WalkerWhirlpool – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
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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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 ... $189.99 249.99
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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VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
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 include "All Shook Up" by David Hill, "Just Because" by The Shelton Brothers, "Baby Let's Play House" by Vince Taylor, "King Creole" by Dick Penrose, "Hard Headed Woman" by Paul Rich, "Baby I Don't Care" by Rodney Scott, "I Beg Of You" by Jimmy Lane, "Hot Dog" by Young Jessie, "I Need Your Love Tonight" by Col Joye & The Joy Boys, "Love Me" by Billy Williams Quartet, "Paralyzed" by Mickie Most & His Playboys, and "Mystery Train" by Vernon Taylor. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 2 – 33 Roots & Covers Of Elvis Presley ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
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! (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ VariousGonna Shake This Shack – From The Vaults Of Decca & Coral Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... About August 15, 2020
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VariousTell It To Me – The Johnson City Sessions Revisited ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Seminal sounds in the birth of country music – and equally important to other American folk styles as well! The music in this set all came from two special stretches of recording by Columbia Records – sessions done in Johnson City, Tennessee – in October of 1928 and 1929 – when the label ventured south, and sent out a call for musicians of all types from Appalachia – in a mode that rivals the legendary Bristol sessions that many folks claim as the big bang of country music! The sides marked one of the first times anyone tried to collect so much regional music on record, and bring it out to a larger audience – and the huge amount of work here offers up a cross-section of different styles of the area – some of which were later featured in Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music. The Johnson City tracks are maybe a bit less commercial than some of the Bristol sessions – less of these tracks were hits, as most came out in the wake of the Great Depression – but the whole thing is a wonderful look at the very vibrant culture of regional music in and around eastern Tennessee. The package features 26 tracks in all – beautifully remastered from rare discs and sound cylinders – and includes work by Jack Jackson, Grant Brothers, Roane County Ramblers, George Roark, Bill & Belle Reed, Charlie Bowman & His Brothers, Richard Harold, Proximity String Quartet, Ellis Williams, Ira & Eugene Yates, Clarence Ashley, Moatsville String Ticklers, and many more. 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 ... $19.99 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. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ VariousWe Shall All Be Reunited – Revisiting The Bristol Sessions 1927 to 1928 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s. New Copy ... About August 15, 2020
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✨✧ Darby & TarltonDarby & Tarlton – The Complete Recordings (3CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s/Early 30s. Used 3CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The complete recordings of the duo of Jimmy Tarlton and Tom Darby – a pair who've got a sound that's a bit different from other artists in the early years of country music! There's definitely a focus on acoustic guitar lines and heartfelt vocals – but the guitar often has some weird tones and colors, and some phrasing that seems to echo Hawaiian guitar as much as the styles of Appalachia – which makes for a really compelling blend as the two musicians come together! One guitar will be straight, the other more twangy – and the pairing is a great illustration of the way that Hawaiian guitar inflections would go onto have such a huge impact on the sound of country music in years to come. 3CD box comes with a big book, too – full of images and rare photos! CD

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✨✧ Delmore Brothers & Wayne RaneyWhen They Let That Hammer Down ... LP
King/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal postwar hillbilly work from the Delmore Brothers – a great set of material recorded for King Records, including a number of tracks with harmonica from Wayne Raney! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jim FordBig Mouth USA – The Unissued Paramount Album ... CD
Paramount/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Carl MannMona Lisa (4CD set) ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. Used 4CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Finally – the full story of Carl Man, the raw-voiced singer who cut some killer rockabilly work for Sun Records at the end of the 50s! This package features all of Carl's great Sun sides, which take up about half the set – plus lots more unusual rare work, some of it unissued, showing Mann recording later in the 60s, and taking on some country music tunes too. Comes with the usual great Bear Family booklet and package! (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(Out of print. Box has one light mark from an old sticker, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Eddie NoackPsycho – The K-Ark & All Star Recordings 1962 to 1969 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the best-remembered work of Eddie Noack – a really unique country singer and songwriter, and one who wasn't afraid to dip into the darker corners of everyday life! The set's titled after the biggest track here – the chilling "Psycho", which is to Noack's career what "Rubber Room" was to Porter Wagoner in the late 60s – one of those really unusual, surprisingly honest country songs that showed the world that the genre had way more to offer than just broken hearts and western cliches! Noack follows that track with loads of other fantastic ones here too – full of unusual imagery and wordplay, and all put together with the great Bear Family attention to notes and overall packaging. CD features 24 tracks in all – including "Psycho", "Invisible Stripes", "Sleeping Like A Baby", "Barbara Joy", "Beer Drinkin Blues", "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down", "Prisoner Of War", "Two Bright Lights", "Two Brown Eyes", "Chaperoned By A Memory", "The Fallout", "Too Hot To Handle", "House On A Mountain", and "We Are The Lonely Ones". CD

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✨✧ Sons Of The PioneersWagons West (4CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 4CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A big run of work from this famous western harmony group – including their famous "Cool Water", a strange session with Korla Pandit on organ, and some rare Decca material too! CD
(Box has some light wear, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Stanley BrothersStanley Brothers – 1949 to 1952 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Timeless, traditional, beautiful bluegrass ballads of love and lament from the Stanley Brothers – including the best version of "I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow" you'll ever hear! These earlier Stanley recordings from the late 40s and early 50s have some strains of tradition blues, rags, and spirituals – and kind of came on at the the tail end of the world Harry Smith would soon later shine a brilliant light on – that unique space between folk and country, roots and hillbilly – then still quite fresh, and almost without a mainstream audience. The set features 24 classics from the Sony/Columbia vaults – and titles include "A Vision Of Mother", "The White Dove", "Little Glass Of Wine", "We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven", "I Love No One But You", "The Fields Have Turned Brown", "Hey! Hey! Hey!", "The Wandering Boy", "Let's Part The Best Of Friends", "Too Late To Cry", "Pretty Polly", and "The Old Home":. CD

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✨✧ VariousSun Country Box – Country Music Recorded By Sam Phillips 1950 to 1959 (6CD set) ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. Used 6CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mountain of music from the legendary Sun Records – and maybe one of the most obscure side of the label's output – as the package features a huge amount of country music recorded by Sam Philips at Sun Studios, with work that goes way past the hits by Johnny Cash! There's a huge amount of work here we've never seen elsewhere – and the whole thing is a huge tribute to Sam's musical ear and recording genius. Plus, the whole thing comes with a massive 148 page hardcover book – filled with new essays, and lots of rare photos and other images. CD
(In great shape.)

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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 34 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Blue Moon & Bella Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare rockers from a very obscure source – material pulled from two different California labels of the 50s – both companies that grew up in the recording boom of the big move west from all points south at midcentury – and which were close to the ground, and very well poised to capture some of the best up-and-coming sounds on the scene! The work here is the sort that came about from a label being more open to new ideas than having some sort of larger plan to conquer the world of pop music – as these companies might have recorded hillbilly and R&B equally well, which often shows in the approach to the music – nicely free, open, and almost genre-hopping at times – very different than the house styles of some of the more iconic labels. As with other volumes in the series, the set list is great, and supported by very detailed notes – a whopping 33 tracks in all, with work by The Empala Six, The Fretts, Linda & The Epics, The Downbeats, Chuck Royal & The Sharpsters, Gradie O'Neal & The Bella Tones, Pat LaRocca, The Martells, Shorty Joe, and others! (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Jim FordUnissued Capitol Album ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The never-issued follow-up to Jim Ford's classic Capitol album Harlan County – the kind of set that could have made him another Kris Kristofferson, or at least a Billy Joe Shaver – had the record company thought to release this gem at the time! The music is very different than standard Capitol country of the time – much more LA indie underground, with a strong singer-songwriter spirit – yet a record that's also decidedly country through and through, both in the themes of the songs and Jim's presentation of the lyrics – which are wonderful, and backed by a nicely subtle blend of steel and acoustic guitar. Titles include "Harry Hippy", "The Sounds Of Our Time", "Wonder What They'll Do With Today", "Rising Sign", "Big Mouth USA", "Go Through Sunday", and "Point Of No Return". CD

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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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✨✧ Waylon JenningsJourney – Destiny's Child (6CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s. Used 6 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The birth of a legend – and a fantastic document of the rise of one of the greatest voices in country music! The set features loads of material that hasn't been on the reissue market in any other format – including Waylon's first single, produced by Buddy Holly – and a wealth of great tracks from his early years on RCA. Also includes a great hardcover book – overflowing with notes, history, and images! CD

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✨✧ Wynn StewartWishful Thinking (10CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 10CD set ... Out Of Stock
An insane collection of work from the mighty Wynn Stewart – a figure that most people know from just a handful of recordings in the late 50s, but who continued to cut some really fantastic music as the years moved on! Wynn was an early legend on the West Coast – very important to the rise of the Bakersfield sound in the 50s – and although his best-known tracks were recorded for the rock/pop label Challenge, this box finally brings to light all of Stewart's great 60s sides for Capitol, plus some sides for that label that predate the Challenge work – and more music for RCA, Copre, Jewel, Playboy, Win, and other labels – including a completely unissued album, and an unissued session cut with Rusty York in 1969. The box has a massive 279 tracks in all – 70 of which are previously unreleased – along with the kind of deep history, detailed notes, and vintage images that always make these Bear Family boxes so essential. There have only been a handful of "best of" sets of Wynn's music on the market over the years – which makes this box long overdue. CD

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✨✧ Collins KidsRockin'est ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ Tompall GlaserAnother Log On The Fire – Hilbilly Central 2 (Tompall Sings The Songs Of Shel Silverstein/Great Tompall & His Outlaw Band/bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two seminal 70s albums from Tompall Glaser – both recorded during the time he was one of the real outlaws working on the Nashville scene! On Sings The Songs Of Shel Silverstein, Tompall takes a page from the book of Bobby Bare – singing songs penned by the always-witty Shel, who'd made a surprising move to country music with a hit for Johnny Cash, which was followed by a really great run of material that helped both transform the Nashville sound, and also give it a different sort of sense of humor. Unlike Bare and some of Shel's other 70s interpreters, Glaser has this naturally blue-tinged sort of vocal sound – which really brings a different spirit to the music – maybe echoing some of the more melancholy qualities of tunes that include "I Ain't Lookin For Answers Anymore", "Musical Chairs", "Grab A Hold", "Echoes", "Old New Orleans Custom", "If I'm There", and "Put Another Log On The Fire". The Great Tompall is a seminal set from Tompall Glaser – one that has him rising up from the Nashville underground, to hit the same sort of territory that was making Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings huge at the time! Like both of those singers, Glaser had spent years trying to make music work under other folks' directions – and had really broken off and found his own sort of path, with a spirit that really comes through here – on a record that definitely sounds unlike anyone else at the time. Tracks include new versions of some country classics, a few from the pen of Shel Silverstein, and a few more surprises along the way. Titles include "When It's Gone It's Gone Girl", "The Hunger", "West Canturbury Subdivision Blues", "I Can't Remember", "Time Changes Everything", and "If I'd Only Come & Gone". CD also features the bonus tracks from a single – "Loving You Again" and "T For Texas". CD

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✨✧ Louvin BrothersClose Harmony (8CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 8 CDs & Book ... Out Of Stock
Whoa! An incredible, gargantuan 8 CD box set of the Louvin Brothers complete catalog for the Capitol, Apollo, Decca, and MGM labels in the late 50s and early 60s! Ira and Charlie are probably the greatest country harmony duo of all time – and the set is way too huge to even think about soaking up in a single sitting – but it's an essential slice of history for the completists out there, and thanks to Bear Family many of these tracks that might have disappeared forever live on thanks to the magic of CD! 220 songs – including tons of alternate versions from throughout the years, many of which still have the crackly quality you have on a lot of Folkways recordings – the kind that only contribute to the sincerity of the recordings rather than standing out as a flaw. The box also includes a massive book, with rare photos, a montage of all the original album cover art, a complete list of tracks recorded by other artists, and everything you need to know about the boys and their lives at the time! A small sample of what you'll find here – "Alabama", "Seven Year Blues", "Weapon Of Prayer", "Robe Of White", "Great Atomic Power", "Broadminded", "Satan And The Saint", "I Can't Say No", "Pitfall", "In The Pines", "Kentucky", "Katy Dear", "We Could", "Tennessee Waltz", "Dog Sled", "Blue", The Drunkard's Doom", and a couple hundred more! CD

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✨✧ Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain FolksMolly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Very nice late 40s female country vocals from Molly O' Day! Molly only recorded for a handful of years for Columbia Records, and most of that output is collected on this fine 2 CD set from Bear Family featuring close to 40 tracks. Molly had the way down home twang and soulful wail of the first Hank, the spiritual side of the Carters, but also an incredibly sweet voice and the more outward personality of a Roy Acuff, and it's a shame we don't have decades of material to peruse. Tracks include "The Tramp On The Street", "When God Comes And Garners His Jewels", "The Black Sheep Returned To The Fold", "Put My Rubber Doll Away", "Matthew Twenty-Four", "Mother's Gone But Not Forgotten", "This Is The End", "Fifteen Years Ago", "Poor Ellen Smith", "Coming Down From God", "Don't Sell Daddy Any More Whiskey", "It's Different Now", "It's All Coming True", and "When We See Our Redeemer's Face". It should go without saying that the folks at Bear Family have gone all out to include a thick booklet with rare photos and a full biography. CD

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✨✧ VariousShe's Selling What She Used To Give Away ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s/1930s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Turns out, the idea of bitches and ho's didn't originate with hip hop – as the hillbilly cats of the 30s were already throwing around plenty of off-color references to the women in their life! Of course, the milieu was quite different – with backing by spare string bands, and lyrics that maybe couched the themes in slightly more guarded manner – but once you start getting into the groove of these cuts, you may well be surprised at how raunchy they can be! The set's handled with the usual very strong Bear Family approach for early country music – right down to the booklet, which includes lyrics for the tracks, plus other notes on the rare singles included in the package. Many of these numbers are western swing, mixed with other styles – and the CD features 28 titles in all – including "Tom Cat & Pussy Blues" by Jimmie Davis, "Somebody's Been Using That Thing" by Milton Brown & His Brownies, "She's Killin Me" by Nichols Brothers, "Feels Good" by Hartman's Heart Breakers, "She's A Hum Dinger From Dingersville" by Jimmie Davis, "Red's Tight Like That" by The Tune Wranglers, "Mouse's Ear Blues" by Cliff Carlisle, and "Everybody's Truckin" by Modern Mountaineers – a tune that definitely seems to switch the "t" for an "f" in many instances of the title's mention! CD

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✨✧ Link DavisBig Mamou ... CD
Okeh/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Link Davis is holding a saxophone on the cover, but he's also a hell of a fiddler too – and this huge collection of his music follows a strong shift in his style over the course of the 50s – from a rootsy cajun musician to one that's got more of a rocking vibe overall! The package brings together rare Okeh and Starday Records singles from Link – material produced by two top country talents of the 50s, Don Law and Pappy Dailey – with a quality level that makes each individual tune really sparkle, and sound great here together as a constellation of overlooked gems from the time! There's plenty of shift between Louisiana and east Texas modes in the music – and titles include "Sixteen Chicks", "Big Mamou", "Time Will Tell", "Hey Garcon", "Rice & Gravy Blues", "Bayou Buffalo", "Trucker From Tennessee", "Slippin & Slidin Sometimes", "Big Coonie", "Grasshopper Rock", "Would You Be Waiting", and "The Crawfish Crawl". CD

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✨✧ Merle TravisFolk Songs Of The Hills/Songs Of The Coalmines ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 40s/1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classic albums from Merle Travis – recorded almost 20 years apart, but sounding wonderful together! Folk Songs Of The Hills is a fantastic early album from Merle – one that brings together some of his initial postwar recordings for Capitol Records, but with more voice between the material to give the whole thing a wonderfully intimate vibe! The songs here are ones that went on to become hits for other singers – and are mixed with more traditional numbers, too – all served up by Merle in a stripped-down style that mostly just features his superb guitar work for accompaniment, next to his wonderful vocals in the lead. The whole thing's a tremendous precursor to so many country and folk modes to come – and is still one of the best of the genre – with the original version of "16 Tons", plus "Nine Pound Hammer", "Muskrat", "I Am A Pilgrim", "Over By Number Nine", "Barbara Allen", "Lost John", and "Dark As A Dungeon". Songs Of The Coalmines is an overlooked early 60s gem from country genius Merle Travis – one that provides a nod to all the younger folkies who were inspired by his early work – while Merle serves up his own set of songs that comment on the state of labor and the trials of the working man! As you'd guess from the title, the theme here is coal – and Travis grew up not that far from the mines in Kentucky, and might well have been headed there himself – were it not for his musical strength, which helped him find a way out of that fate. The format is great – wonderfully stripped-down, with mostly Merle on vocals and guitar, and also introducing many songs with spoken bits too – titles that include "Miner's Strawberries", "Bloody Brethitt County", "Black Gold", "The Harlan County Boys", "Pay Day Comes Too Slow", "Here's To The Operator Boys", and "The Courtship Of Second Cousin Claude". CD
 
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VariousGunsmoke Vols 3 & 4 – Dark Tales Of Western Noir From A Ghost Town Jukebox (10 inch vinyl) ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
A cool collection of really oddball numbers – unusual country, offbeat pop numbers, and a fair bit of cuts that have a popcorn groove somewhere down there at the bottom! These aren't the usual sorts of cuts you might expect – and instead, the collection's definitely on the hipper side of the spectrum from the things we hear from the Stag O Lee label – maybe the farther reaches past Bear Family and Ace records – into the real hinterland of the obscure 45. CD brings together material from the 10" LP sets vols 3 and 4 – and tracks include "Fire Of Love" by Jody Reynolds, "Lonely Moon" by Johnny Wells, "On The Horizon" by Ben E King, "Squaw Girl" by Fatima, "Hellbound Train" by Marie Robertson, "Tennessee Hillbilly Ghost" by Eddy Arnold, "Hard Working Man" by Dorsey Burnette, "Lumber City" by Big Buddy K, "Wild Streak" by Johnny Fallin, "Ghost Town" by Eddie Miller, "Down Bound Train" by Frank Gay & The Gayblades, "Bury Me Deep" by Bill Shaw, "The Living Dead" by Jim Burgett, "Mistery's Child" by Richard Hayes, "Workin On The Santa Fe" by Randy Starr, "Cell Walls" by Craig Brown, and "Rebel Heart" by Larry Hall. CD

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VariousSix Feet Under Vol 2 – Ghost Memories ... LP
Mississippi, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
Haunting work from the hillbilly underground at the end of the 50s – music that's a bit rock, a bit country, and often has the haunting feel you'd expect from the title! The tracks are very well-chosen – pulled from a range of indie label singles that we never would have stumbled upon otherwise – all in territory that feels even more deeply-dug than the music we love on a good Bear Family compilation! Titles include "Walking The Streets After Dark" by Willie Hays, "Ghost Memories" by Gene McKown, "Fool Fool Fool" by Bill Whitley, "Cravin" by Bobby Roberts, "Sunset Blues" by Tony & Jackie Lamie, "Waiting For A Train" by Blankenship Brothers, and "Three Years" by Harold L & The Offbeats. (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... $25.99 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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✨✧ VariousStrut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these artists are obscure, they're all pretty darn great – and are from a time when the music was really just still coming together – finding a very strong voice in a growing field of interest, but with a vibe that's very different than the more old-time sounds of just a few years before! "Hillbilly" is probably the operative world here – as the singles lean heavily on modes that were more popular before the bigger productions and presentations that ushered in mainstream country changes in the 60s – which means that there's plenty of twang on the guitar, lots of tight small combo instrumentation, and production styles that are more than raw enough for the mood of the tunes. We're huge fans of work from this period, but the collection was still filled with music we've never heard before – artists who don't even show up in the Bear Family or Hillbillies In Hell side of the spectrum – 32 rare gems from Ray Anderson, Tex Cherry, Leon Tassin, Cliff Shepherd, Bill White, Weldon Rogers, Slim Redman, Bobby Rutledge, Freddie Frank, Riley Crabtree, Penny West, Aubrey Bradford, Lou Millet, and many more. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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