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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. 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 ... $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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Ray CampiEager Beaver Boy/Rockabilly Lives ... CD
Rollin Rock/Bear Family (Germany), 1974/1976. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Two later albums from the great Ray Campi – an early rockabilly wildman, and one who managed to keep on going well through the 70s underground – all without losing a beat! Rockabilly Lives is the first album up here – recorded in LA in 1974, with this really raw sound, and a mode that's maybe even more faithful to the idea of a romping rockabilly style than most of the late 50s singles on Sun Records! Most numbers just feature a very heavy acoustic bass setting up the groove that everyone else is bound to follow – including Ray, whose raw vocals haven't lost any bit of their edge, so much so that his guitar often takes second place. Titles include "Let Er Roll", "Ballin Keen", "Blue Ranger", "Hot Dog", "Rock It", and "Boogie Boogie Boo". Eager Beaver Boy features Ray with an expanded lineup, but one that only seems to let Campi get even more wild and crazy upfront on his own! Ray's got this vocal style that could put Tenpole Tudor to shame – dipping, cresting, and inflecting all these amazing notes alongside his mighty basslines as they cook up the tunes. Titles include "Pinball Millionaire", "Eager B B Beaver Boy", "Pretty Mama", "One Part Stops Where The Other Begins", "Wicked Wicked Woman", "Parts Unknown", "Play Anything", and "Major Label Blues". CD

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✨✧ CoastersCoasters Rock ... CD
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
Stunning work from one of our favorite vocal groups of all time – one of the most dynamic acts of their generation, and a group whose pyrotechnics definitely earn them the "rocks" in the title! You might know some of the few big hits by The Coasters – but if you dig deep into their music, they will really blow your mind – as they've got this never-ending sense of wit, amazing vocal dexterity, and a raw, soulful sound that gets perfect presentation here from the team of Lieber & Stoller, who handled most of the songs within! The package offers up way more than most other Coasters collections, and comes with fantastic Bear Family presentation – in support of a whopping 33 tracks that include "Three Cool Cats", "Girls Girls Girls (parts 1 & 2)", "Young Blood", "Down In Mexico", "Stewball", "Dance", "Wait A Minute", "I'm A Hog For You", "The Shadow Knows", "Teach Me How To Shimmy", "Thumbin A Ride", "Bad Blood", "Keep On Rolling", "Sorry But I'm Gonna Have To Pass", "Gee Golly", and "Run Red Run". CD

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Link DavisBig Mamou ... CD
Okeh/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 26.99
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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✨✧ Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, & OthersGreat Tragedy – Winter Dance Party 1959 Vol 2 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
The famous Winter Dance Party tour of 1959 cost the world the young talents of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and The Big Bopper – but after those three giants died in a legendary plane crash, it was up to the rest of the cast to carry on! This second volume in the excellent Bear Family series picks up where the first left off – and features material by some of the remaining members of the tour, sprinkled with a few posthumous releases by those lost in the crash – all with a huge booklet of notes and images! There's also a few tribute songs in the mix – showing the quick musical response to the loss of the three – and even early work by Waylon Jennings, who was an early replacement for Holly's Crickets. 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "Just A Dream" by Jimmy Clanton, "Three Young Men" by Lee Davis, "Suzie Baby" by Bobby Vee, "I'm Broke" by Frankie Avalon, "My Little Sue" by Terry Lee & The Poorboys, "Steady Date" by Fabian, "Raining In My Heart" by Buddy Holly, "The All American Boy" by Bill Parsons, "Three Stars" by Tommy Dee with Carol Kay & The Teen-Aires, "Walking Through My Dreams" by The Big Bopper, "That's My Little Suzie" by Ritchie Valens, "Oh Linda" by Frankie Sardo, and "Jole Blon" by Waylon Jennings. CD

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✨✧ Jim FordBig Mouth USA – The Unissued Paramount Album ... CD
Paramount/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
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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✨✧ Jim FordUnissued Capitol Album ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Eddie HillHot Guitar – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
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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✨✧ Roy Lee JohnsonWhen A Guitar Plays The Blues ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $15.99 21.98
Wicked early work from Roy Lee Johnson – a hell of a guitarist, and a soulful singer as well! The package brings together a whopping 30 tracks from Johnson's years at Okeh Records, and runs up to some sweet sides for Philips as well – tracing a great evolution from the late R&B years up to some deeper soul recorded at Fame Studios – a really rich journey in soul music, put together with the usual Bear Family love of historical details! Plenty of notes come with the package – tying Roy to other work with Piano Red (aka Dr Feelgood) – and titles include "Mister Moonlight", "Sea Breeze", "Black Pepper Will Make You Sneeze", "I'm So Happy", "Busybody", "Love Birds", "When A Guitar Plays The Blues", "Plowing Playboy", "Cheer Up Daddy's Comin Home", "Boogaloo #3", "Can You Handle It", "It's All Over", "Stanback Headache Powder", and "She Put The Whammy On Me". CD

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Edna McGriffStart Movin In My Direction – The Bell Recordings Plus – 1954 to 1959 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A rare set of work from New York singer Edna McGriff – a vocalist who'd recorded more famously with Sonny Til of The Orioles, and with frequent partner, tenorist Buddy Lucas – but who's heard here on a strong batch of sides for the small indie Bell Records! The music ranges from raw R&B to some surprisingly well-polished numbers – with backings by the groups of Sy Oliver, Jimmy Caroll, and others – in modes that show McGriff as a singer strong enough to tackle just about anything that came her way! Our favorite sides here are those which have a pre-soul sort of vibe, but there's others with a more conventional backing group, and a few that have a surprisingly great crossover mode that sits on both sides of the late 50s rock and roll fence. The package is very well done, with full notes in Edna's 50s years, some great photos, and even a discography – and the CD features 29 tracks that include "Oh Joe", "Confidential", "The Fool", "I Can't Love You Enough", "Mr Lee", "I Get The Feeling", "Mambo Baby", "Sad Sad Sad", "Burning Bridges", "Sunday", "How Long Will It Take", and "No Change". CD

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Scotty McKayScotty McKay Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
Maybe the first-ever look at Scotty McKay – and definitely the first to give this rare rocker his full due – thanks to the beautiful Bear Family presentation, which includes copious notes, great sound, and a number of rare tracks that were unissued at the time! We'd put Scotty right up there with some of the great Memphis rockabilly artists who recorded in the shadows of Elvis and Carl Perkins – but the tracks here also move more towards a raw post-rockabilly mode, too – with gritty currents at times that situate McKay between the first wave of new rockers, and the garage generation to come. The set includes work recorded as Max K Lipscomb and Tommy & The Tom Toms – and titles include "Bad Times", "Rollin Dynamite", "You're So Square", "Pull Down The Sky", "So Tough", "Don't Wait", "Midnight Cryin Time", "Let It Rock", "You're So Square", and "I've Got My Eyes On You". CD

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✨✧ Eddie NoackPsycho – The K-Ark & All Star Recordings 1962 to 1969 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
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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PetardsPetards – Anthology (6CD set) ... CD
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $112.99 149.99
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 not 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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Prisonaires/Marigolds/SolotonesOnly Believe – Unissued & Rare Nashville Vocal Group Recordings ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 23.98
Stunning sounds from the legendary Prisonaires – the important Memphis vocal group that first formed in prison, but was able to release a fair bit of commercial recordings over the years! The package is a great companion to previously-issued material on the group – as it features rare sides by the lineup, plus related groups that also featured the great tenorist Johnny Bragg in the lead – as well as some very obscure, and well-recorded live tracks that were only pressed on a limited private album for the prison management! Despite their roots behind bars, The Prisonaires have a style that's key in the development of the vocal group in the pre-soul years – a link between older group styles of the 30s and some of the more spiritual inflections that would blossom during the 60s – not really gospel harmonizing, but also not doo wop or pop, either – a really unique hybrid of elements that was very influential over the years. The package is awash in detail – 58 pages of notes and history, with a strong focus on Bragg – and the set features 18 tracks by The Prisonaires, including "In The Garden", "Suppertime", "Gentle Hands", "Just Walkin In The Rain", "Baby Please", "Two Strangers", "Lucy You Know I Want You", and "There Is Love In You" – plus four more by The Marigolds, including "Why Don't You", "Rollin Stone", and "Don't Say Tomorrow" – and six more by The Solotones, including "Two Strangers", "Front Page Blues", and "Pork & Beans". CD

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Wynn StewartWishful Thinking (10CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 10CD set ... $199.99 274.99
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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✨✧ King Size TaylorDr Feelgood – The Brits Are Rocking Vol 3 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 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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Merle TravisFolk Songs Of The Hills/Songs Of The Coalmines ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 40s/1963. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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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✨✧ Joe TurnerComplete Boss Of The Blues Sings Kansas City Jazz – The Complete Mono & Stereo Recordings ... CD
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), 1956. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 22.99
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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✨✧ 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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Dinah WashingtonRockin Good Way – Juke Box Pearls ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
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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✨✧ VariousAnother Banana Split Please – More Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 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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VariousAutumn Leaves – 29 Gems For The Golden Season Of Indian Summer ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A great little collection of autumn-themed tunes – and one that definitely lives up to the spirit of the Indian Summer in the title! By that, we mean that these songs are maybe more about the cycle of rebirth and new life that's triggered by fall – the shift away from the dog days of August to the new sort of life that's born in September – post-Holiday, back to work, and ready to face the world with a newly-charged sense of energy! These are sad tunes about falling leaves, but lively numbers that revel in all the new colors of the season – served up in a hip mix of vocal, rock, jazz, and pop modes from the end of the 50s and the start of the 60s – all given the best Bear Family spin. Titles include "It's Raining" by Irma Thomas, "Come September" by Bobby Darin, "Waiting For Fall" by Tab Hunter, "Stormy Weather" by Etta James, "In The Rain" by Ferrante & Teicher, "Windy & Warm" by Chet Atkins, "Wild Wind" by Don Duke, "Rain Rain Go Away" by Bobby Vinton, "Autumn In New York" by Bobby Christian, "Cotton Picker" by Eddie Cochran, "Corn Poem" by Bob Davie, and "Turkey Gobbler" by Nino Tempo. 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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VariousDestination Lust – The World Of Love, Sex, & Violence – 32 Erotic Fantasies From The Vaults ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A lusty set of tracks from the postwar years – music that doesn't just hint at sex, but which often seems to provide it, in the form of slinky female vocals, groans of pleasure, or other surprising elements that make these tunes a fair bit sexier than we might have guessed! The styles are a mix of pop, rock, jazz vocal, and other modes – and the presentation and production is as playful as the cover – perfect for this hefty 32 track collection, with titles that include "Topless" by Rolls Royce & The Wheels, "That Makes It" by Jayne Mansfield, "Crazy Vibrations" by The Bikinis, "Christine" by Miss X, "Scratch My Back"b y Lola Dee & Rusty Draper, "Separate The Men From The Boys" by Mamie Van Doren, "Be Not Notty" by Elke Sommer, "Charge It" by The Playboys, "The Whip" by The Frantics, "Hall Of Shame" by Bobbie Bolden, and "Little Girl" by John & Jackie. 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! CD

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✨✧ VariousGood Old Summertime – 33 Hot Summer Gems For Your Summer Holidays ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... About July 6, 2020
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VariousHammond Heroes – 60s R&B Organ Grooves ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
A great collection of 60s Hammond organ groovers – and from sources you might not normally expect! Given the fame of jazz players on the instrument – like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff – it's easy to forget how many rock and roll groups were also playing the Hammond in the 60s – clearly inspired by the work of Smith, McGriff, and others – but taking the instrument into a unique pre-fusion world that blended together rock, soul, jazz, and funk! And while much of the groups' work on organ was often overlooked alongside their more famous vocals, this set really corrects that fact by bringing together an all-instrumental lineup – 23 tracks pulled from lost albums and singles from some of the best of the British scene at the time – the cream of the crop of the beat group generation who were so influenced by American soul and jazz! Titles include "Stevie's Groove" by Spender Davis Group, "Jumping Jack Flash" by Wynder K Frog, "Zoom Widge & Wag" by Bobby Graham, "Working Out" by Dave Davani, "Adventures Of A Young Organ" by Ten Years After, "Jive Samba" by Remo Four, "Horses Cellar" by Peddlers, "Zoot's Sermon" by Zoot Money, "Critic's Choice" by Alan Price Set, and "Impressions Of Oliver" by Herd. 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 ... $34.99 39.99
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 2 – Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $34.99 39.99
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. Volume 2 features 25 tracks in all – with titles that include "China" by Electric Sandwich, "Schmetterling" by Broselmaschine, "Lola" by Gomorrha, "Ballet Statique" by Conrad Schnitzler, "Rheinita" by La Dusseldorf, "Planet Earth" by Xhol Caravan, "Crayfish" by Sixty Nine, "Braintrain" by Wallenstein, "Waren Wir" by Hoelderlin, "Illusion 1" by Witthuser & Westrupp, "The World Will End On Friday" by Shaa Khan, and "Tips Zum Selbsmord" by Necronomicon. CD

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VariousSun Gospel ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Gospel genius from the legendary Sun Records – an imprint usually associated with the earliest roots of rockabilly, but also a Memphis powerhouse that managed to capture a number of different styles surprisingly well during the 50s! Sun had one of its big early hits with The Prisonaires – a group of convicts who could harmonize beautifully – and many of these tracks follow a similar vibe, with that up-close, uncluttered style of recording that Sam Phillips did so well – which really lets the vocals of the groups come through! But there's also some surprising crossover moments going on here too – as some tracks feature more familiar Sun artists singing spiritual tunes – showing just how much the gospel side of the market was during these formative years of country, pop, and rock. The set's got 32 tracks in all – a huge amount of overlooked material from Sun – and titles include "Softly & Tenderly" by The Prisonaires, "Forgive Me Lord" by Southern Jubilee Singers, "I Need Jesus" by Song Fellows, "Amazing Grace" by Jones Brothers, "House Of God" by an Unknown Female Trio, "Nobody's Looking Back" by Wally Fowler, "Rainbow Of Love" by Evans Family Singers, "Until I Pray For You" by Rudi Richardson, "Where Shall I Be" by Brewsteraires, "My Heart Is A Chapel" by Mary Johnson, "My God Is Real" by Prisonaires, "All My Sins Been Taken Away" by Sonny Burgess, "Round Up In Glory" by Sun Spot Quartet" – and the tracks "Just A Little Talk With Jesus" by the Million Dollar Quartet, and even a "Sermon" by Jerry Lee Lewis. CD

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✨✧ VariousTalking On The Telephone – Rock & Roll & Teen Pop ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... About July 6, 2020
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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. CD

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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 ... $19.99 22.99
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! CD

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✨✧ Billy Lee RileyBilly Lee Riley Rocks ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ VariousDestination Health – Doc Feelgood's Rock Therapy – 30 Bop Pills For Your Recovery ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Here's a way to keep yourself healthy – pandemic or otherwise – a set of searing rockers and sweet postwar pop numbers – all with a theme of medicine or wellness in the mix! The set's a wonderfully playful take on the theme – and is filled with cool and groovy tracks we might never have heard otherwise, and which sound even better in the company of each other – especially when presented with a big Bear Family booklet of notes and vintage images! There's a whopping 30 tracks in all – and titles include "Fever" by The Knockouts, "Quarantine" by Dennis Bell, "Doctor Doctor" by Benn Joe Zeppa & The Hot Notes, "Call A Doctor" by The Crows, "She Said" by Haskil Adkins, "Psycho Serenade" by Big Joe McNeely, "PSA For Mental Health Association" by Tab Hunter, "Rock Doc" by Louis Jordan, "Doctor In Love" by Richard Allen, "Doctor Doctor Doctor by Joey Nepote, "Boogie Disease" by Doctor Ross, "Pills" by Bo Diddley, and "Asiatic Flu" by Ebe Sneezer & The Epidemics. CD

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✨✧ VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 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. CD

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✨✧ VariousRockin The Groove – When Groove Was More Than Just A Habit ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive amount of great groovers from the Groove Records subsidiary of RCA in the 50s – home to a hotbed of R&B, early soul, and other killer cuts from the postwar underground of the 45 rpm single! Nobody's ever dug so deeply into the Groove catalog before – and Bear Family have done a wonderful job of unearthing rare nuggets we've never heard before, and mixing them with other Groove gems that are still mostly on the obscure side of the 50s R&B spectrum – all to make a killer assortment that has plenty of greatness to offer, even if you've already got lots of jump blues and R&B in your collection! The music is as lively as the look of the package – and the booklet features over 60 pages of track by track notes on the selections – 35 titles that include "Charmaine" by Frank Brunson, "Big Foot Mammy" by Paul Williams, "Where Is Joe" by Emmett Hobson, "Doo Ba Dee" by Maymie Watts, "Shake Till I'm Shook" by Beverly Wright, "Love Ya Like Crazy" by Chris Powell & The Blue Flames, "A Little Boy's Dream" by George Benson, "Bye By Baby" by Clayton Love, "Hoodoo" by Roy Gaines, "Right Now" by Zilla Mays, and "My Head Goes Round" by Oscar Black. CD

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✨✧ VariousTell It To Me – The Johnson City Sessions Revisited ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ CadillacsCadillacs Rock ... CD
Roulette/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest collections of work we've ever seen by The Cadillacs – a set that definitely rocks, but which also presents the group in all their mad and many modes! In some ways, The Cadillacs were sort of an east coast counterpart to The Coasters – able to sing with as much dynamic energy, and with ears for all sorts of unusual tunes that were filled with wit – almost an audio version of a cartoon, given some of the storylines and really animated vocals! The group have always been one of our favorites from back in the day – and this cool collection really gets at all the things that made them so great – with a whopping 34 tracks in all, and the usual great Bear Family notes and production values. Titles include "Sugar Sugar", "Zoom (version 2)", "No Chance", "Down The Road", "Great Googly Moo", "Cool It Fool", "Jay Walker", "Romeo", "Bad Dan McGoon, "Naggity Nag, "Dumbell", "Gloria", "Still You Left Me Baby", "Shock A Doo", "I Want To Know About Love", "Copy Cat", and "A Looka Here". 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". 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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✨✧ Rufus ThomasSun Years Plus – His R&B Recordings 1949 to 1956 ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work from Rufus Thomas – rollicking rhythm & blues sides he cut for Sun Records early on in the pre-rock & roll years – plus more early work cut for the Star Talent, Meteor, Chess and Bullet labels! Given the soul genius that Rufus would later cut for Stax, it's not terribly surprising that his early work is a bit overlooked, but it's great stuff that's worth catching up on – with lots of jumpin' r&b, some slow rolling and gritty tunes, teary-eyed soul and bleary-eyed blues! Bear Family has put together a beautiful package with a thick booklet of notes and photos, with 29 rare tracks: "I'll Be A Good Boy", "I'm So Worried", "Who's That Chick", "Beer Bottle Boogie", "Why Did You Deegee?", "Juanita", "Married Woman", "Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)", "Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)", "The Easy Livin' Plan", "I'm Steady Holdin' On" and more. 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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✨✧ Leon ChappelAutomatic Mama ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cool Capitol Records hillbilly sessions from Leon Chappel – but music that's done with a very different vibe than some of the other 50s work on the label! Most of the tunes here are pretty stripped-down – rootsy country, but with an ear for jazz, which comes through both in the phrasing of Leon, which almost has western swing echoes – and in some of the work on guitar, fiddle, or piano – instruments used in a setting that's spare enough to get plenty of space in the lineup! In fact, it's probably a bit misleading to say that Chappel has a western swing approach – although he is from Texas, and clearly drank deep in the well of the style - -but comes across with a much more stripped-down style that's mighty nice. The package features 26 tracks from early 50s sessions for Capitol, some unreleased – and titles include "True Detective", "Tell Me Mama", "You Hear Me Talkin", "Don't Dog Me Round", "Double Up & Catch Up", "A True Man's Hard To Find", "What Makes You Hesitate", and "Just A Blue-Eyed Blonde". CD

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✨✧ Patsy ClineGonna Shake This Shack Tonight – Stop, Look, & Listen ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Lefty FrizzellSteppin Out – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The legendary king of the honky tonks in all of his glory – served up here in a mighty nice package that brings together Columbia Records classics, overlooked gems, and even some rare material pulled from unreleased and transcription sessions! The package is way better and way different than a greatest hits collection on Lefty Frizzell – as the 35 tracks here really get to the heart of the genius of the man himself – the rawness and way with a tune that made Frizzell the immediate heir to Hank Williams, and that way of inflecting a tune with his voice, which set the tone for countless generations to come! If you've ever heard anyone mention Lefty, and wondered where to start, you can't do better than this set – a very well-chosen batch of tracks that includes "From An Angel To A Devil", "Shine Shave Shower", "Cigarettes & Coffee Blues", "Sunday Down In Tennessee", "I'm An Old Man", "Run Em Off", "Just Can't Live That Fast", "Mama", "If You Can Spare The Time", "Farther Than My Eyes Can See", "She's Gone Gone Gone", "Steppin Out", "Somebody Pushin", "Desert Blues", and "Sick Sober & Sorry". CD

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✨✧ Don GibsonLegend In My Own Time ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer collection that really gets right to the heart of the genius of the young Don Gibson – a singer who was raised up during the early years of rock (as you might guess form his hair on the cover) – but who was steadfastly country in his delivery, as part of a legacy that went on to touch decades of younger artists for years to come! Don's pictured with his guitar on the cover, which is key – as he handles the instrument with a deftness and strength that really shapes these tunes – almost at a level that has him coming across as a rocker at times, but often balanced by gentler rhythmic modes that allow his mellifluous vocals to spin out majestically in the lead. To us, Don's always a lot groovier than contemporaries like Johnny Horton or Marty Robbins – and we hope you'll agree after hearing these 26 tunes that include "Sea Of Heartbreak", "Blue Blue Day", "Look Who's Blue", "Give Myself A Party", "Who Cares", "Lonesome Old House", "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles", "Far Far Away", "Sweet Dreams", "I'm Crying Inside", "I Can Mend Your Broken Heart", "Lonesome Number One", "If You Don't Know It", "Bad Bad Day", "Sittin Here Cryin", "Oh Lonesome Me", and "I Can't Stop Loving You". CD

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✨✧ Jimmie Logsdon/Jimmie LloydI Got A Rocket In My Pocket – The Complete 50s Recordings ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The complete works of Jimmie Logsdon – one of those 50s country singers who also recorded rockabilly material under a different name – working on some of these tracks as Jimmie Lloyd, and following a pattern that was similar to two-name recordings at the time by giants like George Jones or Webb Pierce! The package brings together singles recorded four Roulette and Decca – and actually maybe show Jimmie as an even better country singer than a rocker – given that most of the cuts here are in the former mode, and have a way of mixing together some of the best postwar hillbilly styles. Yet both together are pretty darn fantastic, and make for an overstuffed 29 track CD, complete with very detailed notes and history in the best Bear Family tradition – with titles that include "I Got A Rocket In My Pocket", "I'm Goin Back To Tennessee, "As Long As We're Together", "You're Gone Baby", "One Way Ticket To Nowhere", "That's When I'll Love You The Best", "Midnight Boogie", "My Sweet French Baby", and "Road Of Regret" – plus Hank Williams tribute tracks "The Death Of Hank Williams" and "Hank Williams Sings The Blues No More". CD

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✨✧ Mickey & SylviaLove Is Strange ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic set of tracks from one of the coolest soul music duos of all time – guitarist Mickey Baker and sweet-voiced Sylvia Vanderpool – who'd later rise to fame as Sylvia Robinson, the guiding force behind New Jersey soul in the 70s, and Sugarhill Records during the early years of hip hop! This work is way before that fame, though – as Sylvia provides this fantastic counterpoint to the rougher vocals and raw guitar of Mickey – a hell of a player who uses his instrument in just the right way to bring bluesy inflections to the music, while never moving into blues or R&B modes at all. The package is still the best that's ever been done on the music by the pair – and features a massive 60 tracks in all, with a huge 52 page booklet of notes that also includes lots of recording details – in support of great tunes that include "Two Shadows On Your Window", "Love Is Strange", "Rise Sally Rise", "Forever & A Day", "Seems Like Yesterday", "What Would I Do", "Sweeter As The Day Goes By", "Love Lesson", "This Is My Story", "Where Is My Honey", "Shake It Up", "Rock & Stroll Room", "Bewildered", "There'll Be No Backin Out", "Summertime", and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Connie SmithBorn To Sing (4CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
The first fantastic chapter in the career of Connie Smith – all her RCA recordings from her first few years on the label – work that sees Connie as being maybe one of the most important female singers in a new generation of country music – and maybe one of the few who could ever take the crown from the recently departed Patsy Cline! Like Cline, Connie is maybe at her best when singing heartbreaking material, of which there's plenty in this package – but she also opens up nicely on other sorts of work too – in a good variety that features early compositions by Willie Nelson, Harlan Howard, Dallas Frazier, and Bill Anderson – all handled in the best 60s RCA mode. The package features a wealth of singles and b-sides, plus the full albums Connie Smith, Cute N Country, Miss Smith Goes To Nashville, Great Sacred Songs, Connie In The Country, Downtown Country, and Sings Bill Anderson – plus a rare French session too – 129 tracks in all, presented with a very big booklet of notes and photos, and a full discography too. CD

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✨✧ Hayden ThompsonRock A Billy Gal – The Sun Years Plus ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of tracks by Hayden Thompson – an artist who briefly recorded for Sun Records at the end of the 50s, but who also left behind lots of other rare singles and other gems too! Hayden's not one of those more standard rockabilly singers – as he has this really raw, unbridled style, and a fair bit of vocal twang too – which means that most of these numbers are on the wilder side of the spectrum, even if the tunes are nice and lean! And while Hayden's gotten reissue treatment in various ways over the years, this set really tops the rest – as it features a number of unissued early trafcks, and rare singles on labels that include Von, Arlen, Profile, and Beat – and even a full album's worth of material recorded in Chicago for the Sunjay label. 35 tracks in all – including "Oh Mama", "Blues Blues Blues", "Love My Baby", "This Old Windy City", "Lonely For My Baby", "Dream Love", "Tom Thumb", "Pardon Me", "Queen Bee", "Rock A Billy Girl", "I Guess I'd Better Be Moving Along", "Congratulations To You Joe", "The Key To My Kingdom", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", and "Call Me Shorty". CD

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✨✧ Link WrayLink Wray Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Raw Link Wray in all of his glory – great work from the time when Link was more of a guitarist than a singer – with a searing sound that set the tone for countless generations to come! This beautifully-done package brings together Link Wray numbers from all his important early numbers – mostly late 50s/early 60s tracks that are instrumental, but occasionally feature a bit of voice or some other gimmick – yet never enough to get in the way of that fantastic fuzz that made Link's guitar such a bold electric force! The set comes with a full color, 34 page book that details all the tracks – and the CD features 34 titles that include "Turnpike USA", "Jack The Ripper", "Hold On", "I'm Branded", "The Swag", "Batman", "Slinky", "Right Turn", "Ace Of Spades", "The Shadow Knows", "Hold It", "The Outlaw", "Mary Ann", "Big City After Dark", "The Black Widow", "Radar", "Run Chicken Run", "Dance Contest", "Pancho Villa", and "Dinosaur". CD

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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 28 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Warner Brothers & Reprise Records ... CD
Warner/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A totally great entry in this always-great series – and one that looks at a slice of raunchy rock that's a bit different than usual! The Warner Brothers label started up right at the end of the 50s – after most of the other rock powerhouse imprints – and they also had more of an ear for pop and mainstream sounds, given their Hollywood home. Yet they also quickly found a way to turn out some really remarkable 45s – music that was maybe even just recorded with leftover studio time, or between the bigger projects on the label – funded by bigger money from films, and often done in a top-shelf studio setting! This legacy of Warner isn't nearly as well-known as their 60s pop and vocal material, but it's equally groovy – if not more so – and gets fantastic treatment here from Bear Family, who not only present a whopping 30 tracks, but also accompany the whole thing with a wonderful booklet that's filled with notes, photos, and record images. The set even includes some surprising rockers by unlikely sources – and titles include "Shimmy Shake" by Billy Land, "The Swing" by Johnny Carroll, "Teen Beat" by Don Ralke, "Road Hog" by Johnny Zorro, "Hanna Lee" by Shelly Dane, "The Fool" by Bob Luman, "Lucille" by The Everly Brothers, "Baby Please Don't Go" by Troyce Key with Eddie Cochran, "Drum Twist" by Buddy Harman, "Saturday Night Fish Fry" by Eddie & Betty, and "Forbidden City" by John Buck & His Blazers. CD

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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 32 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Decca, Brunswick, & Coral Records ... CD
Decca/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of rockers from the Decca/Coral family of labels – companies that gave the world key recordings by Buddy Holly and the Johnny Burnette Trio – and who also had a huge commitment to other lesser-known acts as well! This overstuffed package is a great illustration of the wealth of material that Decca, Coral, and Brunswick recorded back in the late 50s and early 60s – a time when they seemed to have a very open door policy with both rockabilly and hillbilly artists – who they often recorded with the raw power that you might normally find with a smaller indie label. If you know the classic sound of "Train Kept A Rollin" by Johnny Burnette, you'll know what these guys are capable of – and even though that track's not here, there's plenty more great numbers – including "Big Town" by Ronnie Self, "Crazy Dream" by Terry Noland, "Broke Down Baby" by The Tyrones, "Rock Of Gibraltar" by Hank Penny, "Man Hunt" by Dodie Randle, "Where'd You Stay Last Night" by Joe Hudgins, "Gonna Have Myself A Ball" by Lance Roberts, "Honky Tonk Freeze" by Sandy Coker, "The Raven" by Jackie Brooks, "Midnight Monster Hop" by Jack & Jim, "Blue STreet" by Arnie Derksen, and "Tarzan" by Glenn Reeves. 33 tracks in all! 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 ... $15.99
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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✨✧ Stanley BrothersEarly Starday/King Years – 1958 to 1961 (4CD set) ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
Our favorite years of the Stanley Brothers – material recorded after they'd left the bigger labels, and really started to hit their stride for the smaller indies King and Starday Records! Both companies were completely faithful to the growing sound of bluegrass, and really let the brothers take off and soar – unlocking that amazing harmony style that made their vocals so wonderful, and really honing their instrumental skills – often working alongside the mandolin of Bill Napier, whose talents here are tremendous! The set's way nicer than you might expect from the Gusto label – much more in a Bear Family mode, with very detailed notes, session information, and lots of images – all to support over 100 classic tracks, with titles that include "I Saw The Light", "Wild Bill Jones", "I'd Worship You", "Just Dreamin", "Beneath The Maple", "If I Lose", "Daybreak In Dixie", "Lonely Tombs", "Pass Me Not", "Purple Robe", "Wings Of Angels", "The Angel Of Death", "Your Selfish Heart", "How Mountain Girls Can Love", and our favorite-ever recording of "Man Of Constant Sorrow". CD

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✨✧ VariousIt's Gonna Be Action Packed – The Complete Rockin Rarities (6CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 6CD ... Out Of Stock
A stunning 6CD set – one that's overflowing with rare rockabilly, weird hillbilly, and lots of other raw and raunchy material from the glory days of the indie single! The box brings together all the material from the Rockin Rarities LP collection – a total of 11 full records, presented here with bonus tracks too – to make for almost 200 titles in all, all with the kind of gritty, underground vibe that makes digging through the late 50s/early 60s scene so great as the years go on! Despite the fact that we've got countless other collections of this sort of material – on labels like Bear Family, Stag-O-Lee, and Buffalo Bop – there's a huge amount here we'd never heard before, in a presentation that's very much in keeping with the excellent level that the Be label brings to their jazz box sets, or their Florida and Texas Box collections of other rare singles. There's way too many tracks here to even begin to list – but we can tell you that along with rare singles and unissued material, the set includes work by artists Johnny Fallin, Danny Carl, Teen Beats, Ward Darby & The Raves, Victor, Roosevelt Grier, Darrell Felts, Rockin Rebels, Carl Martin Trio, Tru-Tones, Outer Limits, Chy Guys, Gene King & His Mecaton Band, Satellite Band, DY & The Motivators, Artie Wilson, Gestics, Floyd Brown, Adrian & The Sunsets, and dozens of other artists you'll discover in this collection. CD

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✨✧ VariousStrut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... 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. CD
 
 
 



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