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Hank Ballard & The MidnightersHank Ballard & The Midnighters Rock ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 20.99
Hank Ballard was one of the greatest singers in the pre-soul generation – the kind of vocalist who provided inspiration for so many others to come in the 60s – a raw lead singer who really drove his group to great heights – as you'll hear here in this hard-rocking collection of tracks from the best years of the group! Most of these numbers were cut by Hank and The Midnighters for King Records – the kind of raw gems that made the label one of the best of the 50s when it came to all things hard and heavy – and the collection of cuts definitely features the kind of tracks that live up to the title – the work that made The Midnighters one of the first great crossover acts, even before rock and roll was a thing for the kids in the suburbs! Every track's a winner, and the superb Bear Family presentation knocks the set out of the park – with titles that include "Henry's Got A Flat Feet", "That House On The Hill", "Annie's Aunt Fannie", "I Feel That A Way", "Sexy Ways", "Sugaree", "Shaky Mama", "Are You Forgetting", "Stingy Little Thing", "Rock Granny Roll", "The Float", "Big Red Sunset", "I'm Young", "Don't Let Temptation Turn You Round", "Tore Up Over You", and "Don't Ever Change Your Pretty Ways". (Soul, Rock) CD

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Jimmy CavalloJimmy Cavallo Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 20.99
Great work from Jimmy Cavallo – an early tenor star from the years when the saxophone was almost more important to the sound of rock music than the guitar! Jimmy draws plenty of inspiration from R&B on these tracks – and although he sings in the lead, he also takes a break for a nice tenor solo on just about all the cuts – often keeping the spirit strong with the addition of a second saxophonist in the group! Most of these tracks were cut within a few short years for Coral Records – home to some surprising rockers back in the day (including Johnny Burnette!) – and the set then moves on to a few later recordings from a time when Cavallo's star had fallen from the limelight. As with the other titles in this series, the focus is on upbeat rockers from the postwar years – but unlike the others, most of this work is pretty darn obscure – every bit the kind of musical discovery we love from Bear Family! Titles include "Ha Ha Ha Blues", "Rock The Joint", "That's The Groovy Thing", "Let M Roll", "Leave Married Women Alone", "Foot Stompin", "Soda Shoppe Rock", "I'm With You", "Teenage Lover", "I Feel That Old Age Coming On", "Chicken Talk", "Dream Toy", and "Cherri Pie". CD

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Joey Dee & The StarlitersOn The Dancefloor With Joey Dee & The Starliters ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Joey Dee may not have been the hardest rocker of his time, but his work at the famous Peppermint Lounge in New York was big hit material early in the 60s – and also some of the first live material to really showcase the talent of a hard rocking combo on record! Dee and The Starliters had some big hits for Roulette at the time – and this set brings together those cuts with even more obscure material for Scepter and Little Records – really showing the raw energy that made the group such a hit at the club – really tearing it up with fierce energy that never seems to let up at all! In other words, this isn't crossover pop of the sort you might expect – but great raw recordings of a well-matched combo really letting loose – driving drums, fast-riffing guitar, and even some organ too – on a total of 29 tracks that include "Lorraine", "Goin Back To My Home Town", "Mother Goose Twist", "Leave My Woman Alone", "Slippin & Slidin", "Crazy Love", "Shout", "What Kind Of Love Is This", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Peppermint Twist", "Roly Poly", "Hello Josephine", "Baby You're Driving Me Crazy", "Wing Ding", and "This Boat". CD

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Wanda JacksonRight Or Wrong (4CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s. Used 4CDS ... $89.99
Wanda Jackson's wonderful work for Decca and Capitol in the 50s and early 60s, compiled here on 4 CDs! Wanda was probably as close to a sex symbol as 50s country had, and her comparatively sultry honky tonk and rockabilly nuggets were some of the best of the early rock days! Wanda bounced back and forth between the genres, and these fine little numbers comprise the best work of her career. Tracks include "If You Knew What I Know", "Lovin' Country Style", "I Gotta Know", BBY Loves Him", "Honey Dip", "Makin' Believe", "Just Call Me Lonesome", "Long Tall Sally", "I'd Rather have You", "Sparkling Brown Eyes", "Savin' My Love", "Hard Headed Woman", "Lonely Weekends", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Don't Ask Me Why", "A Little Bitty Tear", "Seven Lonely Days", "you Don't Know, Baby", "Before I Lose My Mind", "You Bug Me Bad", "The Things I Might Have Been", "I May Never Get To Heaven", and tons more! Over 120 songs, plus a great, full sized book with a thick biography, huge beautiful photos, recording notes and more! (Folk/Country, Rock) CD
(Out of print – and in great shape!)

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✨✧ Jack Kerouac & OthersJack Kerouac – 100 Years Of Beatitude ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 22.99
A really cool little collection – and one that only has partly to do with the beat-era writings of the legendary Jack Kerouac! Jack does appear on the set, and there are some spoken passages by some of his contemporaries – but the sprawling 2CD set does a heck of a lot more to illuminate the vibe of the time – by bringing together jazz vocal and instrumental tracks that were key to the beats, as well as a whole bunch of beatnik-related recordings – some by authentic acts, some by others who were a bit more tongue in cheek – doing their own thing to throw their hat in the ring in the pre-hippie generation! As with other collections on Bear Family like this, the presentation is wonderful – great notes and a fantastic choice of songs – 52 tracks in all, with work by Babs Gonzales, Three Bips & A Bop, King Pleasure, Big Jay McNeely, John Barry, Shel Silverstein, Lenny Bruce, Slim Gaillard, Ken Nordine, Kenny Clarke, Paul Gayten, Oscar Brown Jr, Carl Sandburg, Charlie Parker, The Bee Hives, Louis Nye, Mamie Van Doren, Bing Day, Bob McFadden, Joel Hall, Don Morrow, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Evans, and Jack Kerouac himself! (Spoken Word, Rock) CD

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✨✧ Jerry ReedRockin US Male (10 inch 45 rpm LP & CD set) ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 10 inch 45 rpm LP & CD set ... $34.99 46.99
Most folks know Jerry Reed as a country music superstar in the 70s – but long before those days, he was a journeyman rock and roller – using his guitar in a fantastic way, penning his own tunes, and cutting some killer cuts for labels Capitol, Columbia, and GRC! This set brings together the best of those early rockabilly numbers, and includes a few later rockers for RCA as well – all as a fresh testament both to the hard-wailing power of Reed as a singer, and his amazing skills on the guitar – already sharp here, long before Elvis discovered Jerry and brought him into the studio to play on versions of a few of his songs! The package is great – a 10" LP with a dozen key tracks – including "When I Found You", "You Make It They Take It", "Bessie Baby", "Heart Appeal", "US Male", "Hit & Run", "Have Blues Will Travel", "Rockin In Bagdad", "I've Had Enough", and "In My Own Backyard" – plus a bonus CD that features 25 tracks in all – some from the LP, lots more that aren't – including work with Ric Cartey and The Rockateers. Also comes with a booklet of notes, and a bonus insert too! (Folk/Country, Rock) LP, Vinyl record album

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Jeannie C RileyTell The Truth & Shame The Devil – On The Honky Tonky Highway With Jeannie C Riley ... CD
Plantation/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 20.99
A fantastic collection of work from country singer Jeannie C Riley – an artist that most folks know for her one major hit, but who also has a heck of a lot more to offer – as you'll discover on this set! Riley is best known for the seminal "Harper Valley PTA" – and the vibe of that track does a good job of setting up the spirit of the rest of the work here – which includes a fair bit of no-nonsense cuts that have Jeannie coming across almost like a feminist – really throwing things back at the boys of the country music world, with songs that are a response to their drinking and cheating – as the lady herself paves a new path forward. Riley can also be a great straighter country singer too, and you'll hear that on the work on the collection too – pulled together almost exclusively from tracks recorded for Plantation Records in 1968, with titles that include "The Back Side Of Dallas", "The Little Town Square", "Good Enough To Be Your Wife", "Duty Not Desire", "In The Tree Of Joy", "Satan Place", "I Almost Called Your Name", "The Street Singer", "The Cotton Patch", "Teardrops On Page 43", "Yesterday All Long Today", "The Girl Most Likely", and "Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil". 29 tracks in all, including some non-LP singles and b-sides that appear here on CD for the first time ever – and the great Bear Family set of notes! (Folk/Country, Rock) CD

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Tommy SandsDrugstore's Rockin – A Big Date With Tommy Sands ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Tommy Sands maybe wasn't the coolest cat in the crowd – but at the right moment, with the right recording style, he could deliver up some surprisingly great work – as you'll hear in this well-done collection that's in the best Bear Family tradition! Sands' work for Capitol Records isn't usually the type that's tracked down by collectors – but the cuts together here really show a lost legacy of a singer who could really shine when he wanted to – and who gets superb backing here by the great Bob Bain on guitar and arrangements on many tracks – and the legendary Scotty Moore on some others! The set features a massive 36 tracks in all – and titles include "Big Date", "Soda Pop Pop", "The Worryin Kind", "Ring My Phone", "Is It Ever Gonna Happen", "Bigger Than Texas", "Doctor Heartache", "Rock Light", "Goin Steady", "Little Mama", "Your Daddy Wants To Do Right", "Should I", "Can't Change My Love", "The Old Oaken Bucket", and "I Love You Because". CD

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Wally Whyton & The Vipers Skiffle Group10000 Years Ago (Disc 2) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1957. Used ... $6.99
(Folk/Country, Rock) CD
(Disc 2 only! Tray card has a crease.)

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Wally Whyton & The Vipers Skiffle Group10000 Years Ago (Disc 3) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1958/1959/1960. Used ... $6.99
(Folk/Country, Rock) CD
(Disc 3 only! Tray card has a crease.)

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✨✧ VariousDestination Beach – 30 Tunes For Dancing In The Sand ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Whether you're heading to the beach or not, here's a whole host of tunes that will keep the spirit of sand and surf alive – even if you're listening to the set in the middle of winter! The package is way more than just a set of surfy guitar instrumentals – although there's a few of those on the set too – and as with other "Destination" titles from Bear Family, the whole thing's wrapped around a theme that's played with loosely – so that a variety of different artists and styles can all jump into the mix, which really makes for a very playful sort of collection! Titles include "Beachcomber" by Bobby Darin, "Beach Party" by The Fendermen, "June July & August" by Freddy Cannon, "Beach Party" by The Duals, "Heat" by The Rockin Rs, "Dance In The Sand" by Wayne Hollers, "On The Beach" by Owen Gray & The Coxsonaires, "Muscle Beach" by Al Barkle, "Souvenirs Of Summertime" by The Rays, "Sand & The Sea" by The Surfers, "Beach Party" by Ray Doggett, "Back On The Beach Again" by Buddy Skipper, "Blanket On The Beach" by Bill Courtney, and "Lonely Sands" by The Dunes. CD

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✨✧ VariousDestination Forbidden Planet ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
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 Jurassic Land – 33 Artifacts From Times Before Christ ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... About September 1, 2022
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VariousEaster Parade – 29 Easter Eggs For Your Springtime Basket ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
Don't think "Easter", think "groovy springtime" instead – as the tracks here are a great assortment of postwar numbers that conjure up the spirit of spring – some with bunny-themed lyrics, but others with a range of very cool styles! As with other Bear Family collections like this, the music is from a variety of sources – mostly 50s pop, rock, country, and vocal numbers – plus some instrumentals as well – served up in a playful way that really fits the spirit of the cover on the package! The set's overflowing with surprises throughout – and titles include "Suddenly It's Spring" by Chris Connor, "My Chocolate Rabbit" by Beverly Blunt, "Spring Fever" by Ernie Freeman, "Let's Do It" by Jimmy McCracklin, "Chicken Sax" by Rex & The Minors, "Chicken In The Basket" by Billy Bland, "Egbert The Easter Egg" by Betty Clooney & The Sandpipers, "Chicken Necks" by Don & Juan, "The Rooster" by Chuck Higgins, "Something To Do With Spring" by Noel Coward, "Spring Idyll" by Cedric Dumont, "Pickin The Chicken" by Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant, "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year" by Jeri Southern, "In The Spring Of The Year" by Joe Graydon with Four Hits & A Miss, and "Don't You Go Chicken" by Rudy Preston. CD

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VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 3 – 35 Roots & Covers Of Elvis Presley ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... $18.99 20.99 About July 1, 2022 (delayed)
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VariousLeft Behind – 13 Black & White Rockers From The Felsted Vaults (10 inch yellow vinyl LP & CD) ... LP
Felsted/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 10 inch LP & CD ... $34.99 46.99
A totally wonderful package, and one that offers a deep dip into the surprisingly strong rock and roll side of the Felsted label! Felsted is best known as the home to pop hits, jazz artists, and easy listening records – but the company also managed to record some killer singles in the early years of rock and roll – most of which we'd never heard before this fantastic set! The package is as cool as the music itself – a perfect presentation of raw rockers that has 13 tracks on a 10" vinyl release, and a whopping 34 titles on the CD that's included in the package – along with a full color booklet of label scans and notes on the music! The sound is nice and raw – much more like some Memphis indie than you'd guess from Felsted – and the set includes work by The Five Fleets, DC Washington, David Orrell, The Admiral Tones, Charlie Gracie, The Roosters, LaVern STovall, Mickey Michaels, Vince Maloy, and many others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with bonus CD and illustrated booklet!)

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✨✧ VariousMeet Me At The Candy Store – 31 Sweets For The Dentist's Joy ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
A sweet set of sweet-themed tracks from the postwar years – early rockers, vocal jazz, and plenty of pop hits from the 50s – almost all of which have candy or chocolate as their theme! There's a great range of material here, which makes the package extra playful – as the folks at Bear Family do a great job of moving between different artists and different flavors – always keeping things moving along nicely, and featuring a fair bit of great tracks we never would have heard otherwise! There's a total of 31 tracks in all – and titles include "Maple Syrup" by The Kresents, "Jam & Jelly" by The Col Lee Jets, "Candy Bar Twist" by The Candymen, "Bubble Gum" by Johnny Redd, "Gum Drop" by Judy Valentine, "Chocolata" by Nat Russell, "Candy Store Blues" by The Casual Three, "Candy Bar Boogie" by The Ames Brothers, "Meet Me At The Candy Store" by The Chesterfields, "Candy Store Love" by The Val Chords, "The Chocolate Song" by Charlie Walker, "Cotton Candy" by Frank Virtuoso Quintette, and "I Hate But I Like Popcorn" by Big Bill Schaeffer. CD

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VariousOst Kraut – Progressives Aus Den DDR Archiven 1970 to 1975 Tiel 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy 2CDs ... About September 1, 2022
Features rare Krautrock from East Germany and other socialist scenes of the early 70s! CD

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VariousSea Conditions – 32 Swell Songs & Sea Shanties For Breezy People ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... About August 5, 2022 (delayed)
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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 ... $8.99 11.99
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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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 38 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Liberty & Freedom Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 20.99
A totally wonderful batch of cuts from the early years of Liberty Records, and related labels – cuts that really bristle with the kind of energy that was exploding in all sorts of styles on the LA scene at the end of the 50s! Liberty may not have the cred as Sun or Chess Records, but the company was really at the crossroads of music on the west coast, and had both the ears and the studio talent to really turn out some great singles at the time – often the sort of material that was very different than the vocals and mood music on its full length LPs. If you don't know this side of Liberty's legacy, you'll really in for a surprise – and even if you do, you'll still discover some overlooked gems in this 37 track set – presented complete with detailed notes on all the artists too. Titles include "Lies" by Lee Ross, "Buddy" by Jackie Dee, "Willa Mae" by Al Casey, "Little Bit" by Bobby Lonero, "You've Done It Again" by Andy & The Live Wires, "Sweet Baby Doll" by Johnny Burnette, "Ain't That Somethin" by Larry O'Keefe, "She's So Fine' by Andy Caldwell, "Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down" by Johnny Olenn, "Billy Billy" by Dee Dee Dorety, and "Hey Baby" by Bill Lawrence. CD

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 40 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of MGM, Cub, & Metro Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 20.99
MGM Records was mostly a pop label during the 50s – but the company was also home to Hank Williams, and had a great ear for hillbilly and country artists too – which led to the surprisingly strong streak of rockabilly numbers that you'll hear in this set! Only a few of these artists ended up as bigger names at the time – and most are the sort that were recorded briefly for a company like MGM – given some top-shelf treatment in the studio, but no promotion out in the world – leaving rare nuggets like this to only get properly discovered by a collection like this! The package is another great feather in the cap of this fantastic long-running series – one that's only seemed to dig deeper and get better as the years move on – as you'll hear in the set list of 32 tracks that include "We've Got Some Dreaming To Do" by Rita Faye, "Shake My Hand" by Jack Turner, "Bandstand Baby" by Jan & Jerry, "The Customary Thing" by Johnny Rivers, "Makin Up With You" by Gary Walker, "Doin My Time" by Bill Flagg, "Runaway Heart" by Gary Walker, "Doubt" by George McCormick, "I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time" by Don Gibson, "Rockin Piano Outta Tune Guitar" by Don Ruby, "Teen Age Rebel" by Arthur Smith, "Troubles" by Billy Jack Willis, "I Didn't Mean It" by Rocky Scott, and "Wicked" by Ronnie Isle & The Blisters. CD

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✨✧ Bill CarterRamblin Fever – The Complete Recordings From 1953 to 1961 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The lost legacy of the great Bill Carter – one of the more obscure figures on the California scene of the postwar years – and an artist who was every bit as much an early rocker as he was a country singer! Like so many of his Cali contemporaries, Carter had roots in the south, but headed west when the time was right – sometimes sporting western cowboy wear, but often sounding a lot more different than that guise might make you think! And different than some of his California contemporaries, Bill didn't record just in Bakersfield and LA – as much of the work here was done up north in the Bay Area, where Carter was a big figure in the clubs providing entertainment for new arrivals from points east. This 2CD set is almost a box set sort of introduction to Bill's work – as it features all his rare recordings, and also a number of early 60s tracks that never made it to vinyl – served up in a massive 67 track package, with cuts that include "Jailer Man", "Cool Tom Cat", "I Knew Her When", "Mama Loves Papa", "Long Lost Girl"- "Wild Strings", "Honeymoon On A Rocket Ship", "Seven Years", "Stowaway", "Secret Date", "Lookin Through The Bars", "Colt 45", and lots lots more! (Folk/Country, Rock) CD

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✨✧ Davis SistersMemories ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Boy, were we happy to see this one! In the early 50s Skeeter and Betty Jack Davis recorded maybe the greatest female country tunes of the time, and pre-rock boogies that would influence THAT little movement, including the great "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know", and "Rock-A-Bye-Boogie". This 2 CD set collects 60 tracks – many of which, needless to say, are seeing the light of day for the first time in ages! Sadly, Betty died in a car wreck without recording a whole lot more than you'll find here – and Skeeter went on to record plenty of fine material on her own and with others. Includes several alternate versions and readings of the staples like "Foggy Mountain Top", and a thick booklet with childhood photos and detailed biography. Other tracks include "Your Gone", "Tomorrow I'll Cry", "Gotta Git A-Goin", "You Weren't Ashamed To Kiss Me Last Night", "Single Girl", "Show Me", "Takin' Time Out For My Tears", and, oh, about 40 more! (Folk/Country, Rock) CD

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✨✧ Duane EddyTwangin From Phoenix To LA – The Jamie Years (5CD set) ... CD
Jamie/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 5CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An insane collection of work from the best years of Duane Eddy's career – material that was done for Jamie Records, mostly produced by the young Lee Hazlewood! The package is overflowing with rarities – b-sides, alternates, unreleased tracks, and more – including many titles in stereo mixes for the first time ever, alongside mono! Also comes with a massive hardcover book of notes, rare images, and session details! CD
(Out of print. Includes heavy book too.)

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✨✧ VariousJuke Joint Boogie – Country & Rockabilly Classics ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible batch of hillbilly boogie tunes from the 50s, and a stray couple of honky tonk and outlaw jukebox gems from the 60s & 70s – a fantastic sampler of rockabilly and country nuggets put together by the saints at Bear Family – at an incredible price, to boot! The Bear Family label has been exhaustively compiling this kind of thing for decades now, God bless 'em, and they're celebrating their 33rd Anniversary with a series of CDs featuring 33 tunes for an unbelievably friendly price. A real gift to all of us who've shelled out hundreds of dollars for those completist Bear Family box sets over the years! Features fly-by-night obscurities, great stuff from cult heroes, rare ones by legends, and each and every track is a jewel. Includes an uptempo Cash style reading of "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" by Johnny Seay, the jarring "Border City Call Girl" by Ben Hewitt, "Big Family Trouble" by Skeets McDonald, "The Girl Can't Help It" by Rusty York, "The Fool" by Sanford Clark, "Houn' Dog" by Homer & Jethro, "All I Can Do Is Cry" by Johnny Bond, "Don't Stop Now" by Roy Hall, "Juke Joint Boogie" by Freddie Hart, "First Class Second Class Woman" by Eddie Cletro, "Candy & Women" by Bill Haley and tons more! CD
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✨✧ VariousOn The Dancefloor With A Twist – 25 Tunes To Twist It Up ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sure, the twist was a big dance fad, but it also opened the door to a whole new level of grooviness in American music – and was a way for the raw energy of the early rock years to step out into a whole array of different genres! You'll definitely hear that going on here, as the package goes way past Chubby Checker and the new dance steps – and instead, shows why we found out years ago that "twist" on a record can mean a very groovy track – upbeat, fast-moving, and full of mighty nice energy from start to finish! As with most Bear Family collections, the package is overflowing with cuts we never would have discovered otherwise – titles that include "No Twistin On Sunday" by The Zircons, "Moon Twist" by Billy Nix, "Buzz Saw Twist" by Gee Cees, "Twistin With Linda" by Isley Brothers, "Chicken Twist (part 1)" by Paul Liver & The Lions, "Tail End Twist" by Kirby Ladner, "Twist All Wrong" by Miller Olsen Combo, "Ivory Twist" by Chavis Brothers, "Twist & Shout" by The Top Notes, "Slow Twistin" by The Marvelettes, "Steelball Twist" by Dee Page & His Western Allstars, and "Twist Like This" by Eddie Clearwater. CD

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✨✧ VariousAlan Freed – A Hundred Years Of Rock & Roll ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Well, the timing may be a bit off – we're not sure if it's been a century since rock and roll first hit this planet – but the set's a fantastic tribute to groundbreaking DJ Alan Freed, a key force in helping the music get off the ground in the 50s – and one of the first radio talents to blend together R&B, rockabilly, and some of the other new styles that were coming up at the time! The set's a great way to hear the intensity that Freed brought to the airwaves back in the day – as the set mixes together key cuts with some of the DJ's time on radio – short snippets from his broadcasts at WJW in Cleveland, and WINS in New York – mixed with cuts by Rusty Bryant, Eddy Fontaine, Sam The Man Taylor, Freddie Mitchell, Gil Bernal, Bo Diddley, and others – including a few that were issued under Freed's own name as well. The package is a whopping 39 tracks in all – a really fantastic trip back to the glory days of early rock and roll radio! CD

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✨✧ VariousJamie/Guyden Story ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by Barbara Lynn, Tommy McLain, Donnie Owens, Mitchell Torok, The Blackwells, Brenda & The Tabulations, Ray Sharpe, Duane Eddy, The Heartbeats, Barbara Mason, and Fantastic Johnny C. (Soul, Rock) CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Charlie McCoy & The EscortsScreamin, Shoutin, Beggin, & Pleadin – The Rock N Soul Recordings 1961 to 1969 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful lost chapter in the career of Charlie McCoy – an artist that most folks know for his harmonic work as a Nashville musician, but who also cut some surprisingly great vocal tracks over the years! Most of that work is presented here, on a series of recordings that were mostly done for Monument Records, plus a few other labels – almost always with Charlie's voice in the lead, but also some great harmonica solos along the way! Production is in that great Monument style of the late 60s – that way the label had of taking country roots and pushing them into more rock-based styles – sounding nice and tight, but also never too pop or commercial too. Many tunes are covers, but Charlie does a great job of opening them up in new ways – on a set list of 29 titles that include "Let Him Go", "Girl", "My Little Woman", "Cold Cold World", "Candy Man", "Up Tight", "Mach 1", "Hoot Owl Blues", "Harpoon Man", "Hey Baby", "Up Tight", "Juke", "Cherry Berry Wine", "Screamin Shoutin Beggin Pleadin", "Good Vibrations", and "My Little Woman". CD

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✨✧ VariousMeet Me At The Hop – 33 Cruising Dreams ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer collection of rock and roll dancefloor numbers served up by the folks at Bear Family – tracks that move fast, and which mix together group soul, R&B, and early rockers in a really great way – mostly upbeat, but with some nice mellow moments to help you catch your breath – nicely moving with a lot of variety through the 33 tracks in the set! We never would have put these tracks together in such a way – but that's always the genius of some of these Bear Family sets, as they not only have us discovering all sorts of tracks we never would have heard otherwise, but also falling in love with old favorites in this sort of setting. Titles include "Look At Little Sister" by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, "Why I Am So Shy" by The Three Pennies, "Bumble Bee" by Lavern Baker, "Stars In The Sky" by The Chanters, "One Bad Stud" by The Honey Bears, "Lovers Never Say Goodbye" by The Flamingos, "A Picture Of You" by The Danleers, "Triangle" by Janie Grant, "Pickin On The Wrong Chicken" by The Five Stars, "Your Last Chance"by Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords, "Remember Then" by The Earls, "My Girl" by Darrell McCall, and "Ding Dong" by Tony Orlando. CD

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✨✧ VariousSki Jump – 31 Winter Songs For Your Apres Ski Party ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Keep the spirit of winter going well into the summer – thanks to this massive batch of winter-themed tracks from the postwar years – served up in a nice mix of modes, in a variety of different styles! The spirit's a bit like a Christmas collection, but with a sound that fits well in January and February too – songs about snowfalls, cozy fires, and wintry themes, both happy and sad – all brought together with the sense of song and style that makes these Bear Family collections so great! Titles include "Snow Deer Stomp" by Spade Cooley, "Looks Like A Cold Cold Winter" by Georgia Gibbs, "The Blizzard" by Jim Reeves, "Frosty" by Albert Collins, "The Great Snowman" by Bob Luman, "Wintertime" by The Belmonts, "Roses In The Snow" by The Kim Sisters, "Snowflakes" by Cliff Bruner, "Ski Jump" by Frederic Curzon, "Snowdeer" by Carl Smith, "Faded Love & Winter Roses" by Hank Williams, "Midnight Sun" by Bobby Christian, and "Cold North Wind" by Lonnie Dee. CD

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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 39 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of United Artists Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Most folks know the United Artists label for their famous soundtrack hits of the 60s – but back at the start, the company was very open to cutting work in all sorts of different formats – including the surprisingly great range of rockers and rockabilly numbers you'll find in this set! UA was a real powerhouse in the world of the 7" single at the end of the 50s – and as you'll hear here, they had a great ear for the kind of cuts that could burst out of a jukebox and present the listener with two minutes of upbeat, hard-stepping pleasure – maybe not the kind of cuts that gave the label that many hits, but which make a set like this a non-stop treasure trove of under-discovered goodies! As with other titles in this seminal series, the presentation is great – detailed notes that give full details on every single track – a whopping 33 tracks that include "Desire" by Sal Mure, "Sometime" by Gene Thomas, "I Feel It For You" by Hunt Stevens, "Lets Go Baby" by Billy Eldridge with The Fireballs, "The Stinger" by Al Casey, "Green Mosquito" by Tune Rockers, "Rockin By Myself" by Sammy Gowans, "My Sweet Verlene" by Ronnie Brent, "Tear It Up" by Chuck Wiley, "Double Dating" by Brein Fisher, "Freeze" by Wes Bryan, and "Superman" by Joyce Davis. CD

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✨✧ VariousBlue Moon & Bella Records (45 rpm 10 inch yellow vinyl LP) ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousRockin With The Krauts Vol 1 – Real Rock N Roll Made In Germany ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousValentine's Day – 29 Tributes To Love & Passion ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ StudSeptember (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
BASF/Big Pink (South Korea), 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 22.99
A record with a cartoony cover, but a surprisingly rock-solid set – put together by a quartet that features ex-members of Taste, Family, and Blossom Toes – all of whom really seem to bring the strength of their experience to bear on the album! The set's nicely understated, and these guys aren't out to challenge the bigger names of the progressive era – just deliver these well-crafted songs that really make the best of the lead vocals of Jim Cregan – with instrumentation that's confident enough to be laidback – a quality that's also echoed in the production. Titles include "Five To Mid-Day", "Bad Handlin", "Ocean Boogie", "Life Without Music", "Samurai", and "Good Knows". CD

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✨✧ VariousTroubled Troubadours – 27 Tales From The Dark & Strange Side Of The Tracks 1965 to 1973 ... CD
Omni (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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! Marty Robbins turns death row into a string laden, sweetly soaring paradise; Waylon Jennings sounds more like The Animals than a hardcore outlaw country pioneer; Dolly Parton sings about heartbreak interpreted as insanity; and Lorene Man sings a Chet Atkins produced/Jordanaires backed weeper about abortion. "The Chair" by Marty Robbins, "Delia's Gone" by Waylon Jennings, "The Bridge" by Dolly Parton, "The Animal Of Man" by Roger Miller, "Teddy Bear Song" by Norma Jean, "Four Chrome Wheels" by Trooper Jim Foster, "Your Credit Card Won't Get You Into Heaven" by Bobby Bare, "The TImes They Are A Changin" by Burl Ives, "I Crept Into The Crypt And Cried" by Homer & Jethro and more. (Folk/Country, Rock) CD
(Out of print, sealed.)

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