Groundbreaking work from the great Mickey Baker – a postwar electric guitarist who maybe took the music from the bluesy territory of T Bone Walker, and helped push it forward to the earliest roots of rock and soul! Mickey recorded these searing singles for RCA subsidiaries Vik and Groove, ... (Soul) read moreCD
The great start of the legendary Bobby Bare – a singer who'd move onto rich new territory in the 70s, but who was also pretty darn fantastic in his early years too! Bobby's a hell of a singer – and here, he makes some real magic with songs that run the gamut – in a package that ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Eddie Bond —
Rockin Daddy ... CD Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ...
A mountain of work from the great Eddie Bond – maybe not the biggest name to record for Sun Records in the 50s – but exactly the kind of artist who was able to really get at the core of what the label was trying to do! Eddie started out as a country singer – working with a small ... (Rock) read moreCD
A wealth of work from the great Billy Brown – a singer who's maybe a bit less-remembered than some of his late 50s contemporaries – but one who's a hell of a rocker, and a great country vocalist too! The volume may be one of the best-placed in this excellent Honky Tonk Heroes series ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Ed Bruce —
Puzzles ... CD RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ...
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Ed Bruce is a singer with a long run in country music – partly as a songwriter who gave some big names big hits – and he also started out as a young rockabilly talent at Sun Records too! Yet this collection captures Bruce at the start of his country career – and features mid 60s ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
An insane collection of work from the great Sonny Burgess – easily one of the rawest artists to ever record for the legendary Sun Records – and that's saying a lot, given his late 50s contemporaries on the label! Sonny's not just wild from a rockabilly perspective, he also feels like ... (Rock) read moreCD
The great second chapter of Sonny Burns' too-short career in music – material recorded in the 60s, after Sonny had dropped out of music after burning too brightly in the 50s – and tracks that show an even more mature, fully-formed artist overall! The style here is decidedly country, ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Sonny Burns is definitely a real cool cat – one of the hippest artists recording on the young Starday Records label – at a time when the great Pappy Daily was bringing a lot of his Texas indie genius to the company! Sonny's a singer who often sings country, but with the attitude of a ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Rare work from the country duo of Carl and Pearl Butler – a pair who recorded famously for Columbia Records in the 60s, but who are heard here on a set of obscure recordings from the mid 70s – issued briefly by the tiny Pedaca label, and a great testament of their mighty talents! Carl ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Carl Butler hit big for Columbia Records in the 60s, but these sides are from well before that time – killer country material cut for both Columbia and Okeh, often with help from the tight Tennessee duo of Earl and James Webster! The pair harmonize behind Carl's deeper lead on a number of ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
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 ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two 60s gems back to back – from a time when the world was rediscovering the talents of the original Carter Family! First up is An Historic Reunion – a record that definitely deserves its title – a fantastic reunion of two key members of the Carter Family trio – back ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Ric Cartey may not be the biggest name in late 50s rockabilly – but man, does he sure sound great on this set – the first-ever collection to bring together Cartey's classic singles for RCA, plus a wealth of other rare 45s too! Cartey hails from Atlanta, and recorded a bit for that city' ... (Rock) read moreCD
Sanford Clark —
Fool ... CD Dot/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ...
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A huge run of early material from Sanford Clark – a singer who's not only a great twangy talent from the 50s, but who's also noteworthy as the first big project from the great Lee Hazlewood! Lee supports Sanford on all of this material – which not only includes big recordings for Dot ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Two fantastic albums from the legendary David Allen Coe – back to back on a single CD! First up is Long Haired Redneck – one of the greatest albums ever from one of the greatest talents in 70s country music – and the kind of set that really helped the great David Allen Coe find ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Two great outlaw country records on a single CD! David Allan Coe might be the scariest outlaw ever – If Waylon and Hag knew that the gates of hell were about to crack open and beckon them in they might have been as ornery as Coe. This Bear Family collection assembles the full Mysterious ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Two records that top most of what mainstream country had to offer at the end of the 70s – back to back on a single CD! Compass Point is a record that celebrates ten years of freedom for David Allan Coe – a decade since he was released from prison – and a set that was also ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Back to back David Allen Coe – two Columbia classics on a single CD! Human Emotions is one of those amazing 70s albums from David Allan Coe – from a time when he could mix his rough and rowdy roots with a new sort of sensitivity – all without making either side of his spectrum ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Two classics from one of the greatest talents in 70s country music! First up is Tattoo – a classic from the key late 70s years of David Allen Coe – a set recorded right after his Long Haired Redneck stretch, with an equally confident, put-together vibe! Coe's completely his own man ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
The complete early recordings of The Coker Family – a multi-voiced family act from the Bakersfield scene of the 50s – working here in a very hip blend of country modes and early rockabilly styles! The tracks here offer different Coker family members in the lead – singers Al or ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Collins Kids —
Rockin'est ... CD Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ...
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Why ... CD Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ...
About September 1, 2019
Fantastic work by a group who recorded some tremendous work for Capitol Records in the late 50s – but who hardly got the same exposure as other vocal groups of the time! The Cues came about at a real turning point in vocal styles – in the late years of those postwar quartets who were ... (Soul) read moreCD
Davis Sisters —
Memories ... CD Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 2CD ...
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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-B ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
The lasting testament of the mighty Geater Davis – a really incredible southern singer with a deep soul sound that few others can match! Although Davis didn't record nearly as much as his contemporaries, he's got a sound that matches or beats them – a raw, raspy quality that's a bit ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
More super hot gee-tar slinging rescued from obscurity by Bear Family! Jimmy Day is another one of the all time great country guitarists who is better known as a sideman, having backed up Ray Price, Willie Nelson and others, as well is who know how much session work. But he also recorded some ... (Rock) read moreCD
The title certainly gets it right – because although Champion Jack Dupree recorded some rootsier blues in his time, the music here is all pretty upbeat and rocking – and includes a fair bit of unissued titles recorded for RCA's Groove and Vik labels in the 50s! The set begins with a ... (Blues) read moreCD
A dream of a set for anyone who's ever loved the harmony sounds of The Everly Brothers – that compelling late 50s duo with roots in country, a reach towards rock, and an incredible style that really set them apart from the rest! All the tracks here are true alternates of gems from their ... (Rock) read moreCD
A match made in reggae heaven – the sweet vocals of the great George Faith, and the legendary production talents of Lee Scratch Perry – coming together here in a record that's overflowing with soul! The Perry production is great – never too over the top, but with just enough ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost chapter of work from the great Narvel Felts – an early rocker who recorded for Sun, hit big fame at Mercury, and somehow kept on going with a raw style that few of his contemporaries held on to over the years! Case in point is this set – which features a few rare 60s singles, ... (Rock) read moreCD
All the great rocking tunes of Narvel Felts, collected together here in one mighty big package – a 35 track set that brings together classic singles for Sun Records and Mercury, plus a fair bit of other lost material too! Felts is one of the all-time Memphis great – a singer and ... (Rock) read moreCD
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 ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Nate Gibson wrote the book on Starday Records – literally, a fantastic book on the history of the important rock and country music label – and here, he adds to the legacy of Starday by pulling together a host of older artists who recorded for the company, and taking them back in the ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
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 ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Two key solo albums from Tompall Glaser – both overlooked gems in the new sound of Nashville in the 70s! By the time of Charlie, Glaser had already been making music with his brothers – he's billed on the cover as being "Of The Glaser Brothers" – but Tom was part of a ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Forget any of the hoke you might expect from the term "outlaw" used in country music – as records like this really help get at the genius shift that took place at the time! First up is the album Tompall & His Outlaw Band – seminal 70s sounds from the great Tompall Glaser ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
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 ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Sublime sounds from the great Bonnie Guitar – a really unique artist who was part jazz singer, part California country – and very much at home on these rare early singles! Most of the music was recorded in 50s Los Angeles – and has a way of mixing country twang with hipper, more ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A great double-header – two of Tom T Hall's classic early albums for Mercury Records, back to back on a single CD! I Witness Life is a record with a title that really sums up all the genius that Tom T Hall had to offer the world of country music at the start of the 70s – as his ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
The lost second album from the young Alex Harvey and his Soul Band – a group who really live up to their name, and really take off with even more frenzy than on their debut! There's maybe a stronger blues rock punch here – of the sort that Harvey would be known for by the end of the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Jimmy Heap & The Melody Masters —
Release Me ... CD Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ...
Classic work from Ray Heap – a Texas singer who helped the state shake off some of the western swing modes of the past, and who recorded dozens of records in his day, including a few big hits – yet has somehow been forgotten in the shifting sands of time! Leave it to Bear Family to ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A mighty tribute to one of the greatest tragedies in the early days of rock and roll – the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper – the unfortunate outcome of the poorly-planned Winter Dance Party tour of the Midwest in 1959! This very cool ... (Rock) read moreCD
A nicely focused little collection on the great Ferlin Husky – one that brings together some of his more upbeat tunes from the early generation of rock and roll – although the music is still pretty darn country overall! Or rather, hillbilly – said in the most respectful way of ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A killer collection of rare mid 50s Columbia Records singles by Sid King – a key figure in helping hillbilly music transition to rock and roll! Sid is probably more country than some of his rocking contemporaries, and the work here actually seems to be perfectly balanced between the two ... (Rock) read moreCD
John D Loudermilk —
Blue Train ... CD RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ...
Great early work from John D Loudermilk – an artist who's maybe best remembered as the songwriter behind a big string of 60s hits for others, but who's also a heck of a great singer on his own! Loudermilk has this quality that's somewhat knowing, and maybe a bit sharper than the rest – ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
John D Loudermilk —
It's My Time ... CD RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ...
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Overlooked gems from the most interesting years of John D Loudermilk – a singer who's a bit hard to describe, partly because he fits between so many different genres! Loudermilk got his start penning teen pop songs at the end of the 50s – but by the time of these mid 60s recordings for ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Important work from Memphis blues legend Joe Hill Louis – a key postwar figure who was mostly known in the clubs for his act as a one-man band, but who also recorded often during the early years of Sun Records too! In fact, the work here is quite different than any sort of gimmick you might ... (Blues) read moreCD
Joe Maphis, Collins Kids, & Others —
Town Hall Party ... CD Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1957. New Copy ...
A surprisingly rare album of work from the west coast country scene of the 50s – a record of performers who were all starring on the Town Hall Party at the time – which was the Los Angeles equivalent of the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville! The names here are maybe a bit less superstar-orient ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A fantastic package of work that spans all of Dean's later years at Capitol Records – a time when he was really hitting his creative stride, breaking up with Jerry Lewis, and emerging as a multi-talented performer through his countless live appearances, film work, and other notable ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Janis Martin was unfairly billed as "the female Elvis" right from the start of her career – but despite the fact that she recorded for Presley's label, RCA, the singer has way more to offer than that nickname might imply! Martin's a hell of a rocker from the early years of the ... (Rock) read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in the career of Jimmy McCracklin – some late 50s recordings done for the Mercury label, in the time between his bigger hits on Chess and Imperial! The music here is all totally great – a seminal blend of bluesy roots and newer soul shadings, very much in the ... (Soul) read moreCD
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 ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent collection of vintage work from the great Roger Miller – and one that's got a bit more going on than you might expect! Sure, the title's taken from one of Roger's big hits of the 60s – but the bulk of the set features his more obscure RCA material from the years before he ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A much-needed look at the early years of Roger Miller – the chart-topping country star of the mid 60s, best known for a few key hits – but actually a well-traveled journeyman who spent cut many records before hitting the big time! Most of the work here is from the prime years of ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A long-overdue tribute to Bonnie Owens – a Bakersfield singer who's maybe best-remembered as the former wife of both Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – but who's also a hell of a talent in her own right! Bonnie's got a rich musical legacy that stretches back to before her association with ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Hard-wailing work from the mighty Junior Parker – the singer raised in Memphis, matured in Texas – and a huge force in the transition from blues to soul at the start of the 60s! As you'd guess by the title, the set brings together all Junior's harder-hitting numbers – work ... (Blues) read moreCD
Johnny Paycheck (aka Danny Young) —
Shakin The Blues ... CD Decca/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ...
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Johnny Paycheck has worn many hats over his decades in country music – but maybe one of the coolest was his early career as singer Donny Young – featured here in a host of excellent recordings done before his classic sides on the Little Darlin label! The work here is totally great ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Dan Penn —
Nobody's Fool ... LP Bell/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
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A fantastic set from the legendary Dan Penn – an artist who's maybe known more as a songwriter, but who's finally been given his due as a singer over the years! Back in the day, Dan recorded this gem, but it quickly fell between the cracks of the too-wide music business – yet since ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the standout album from The Petards – a German group who got their start during the big beat group boom, but who really start to trip out nicely on this album for Liberty! Lyrics are all in English, and sung in a freewheeling style that echoes some of the more soulful psych singers on ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A searing, sprawling double-length set from The Petards – an ultra-hip German group from the start of the 70s, and one who've got a really fantastic sound! The cover looks trippy, but these guys also have a nice sort of focus too – often using hard rock elements that really send things ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Important work from one of the most unusual singers of the 50s – a voice that came on strong, and won equal attention from pop, jazz, and R&B audiences – served up here in a massive set of his early recordings for Columbia Records! Johnnie Ray is sometimes better known for his ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Still sealed! Box has light wear in one corner, and a scratch near the edge – but is nice overall.)
An overlooked chapter in the career of Don Reno & Red Smiley – two artists who were a key part of the King Records hillbilly catalog during the postwar years – heard here in a fantastic second string of material recorded for Dot Records! Dot's mostly known as a pop label, but the ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A really fantastic look at an almost-lost side of the talents of the mighty Charlie Rich – an artist who could effortlessly step between so many different genres, even if most folks only think of him as a rockabilly or country singer! Here, Charlie takes on ballads in a wide scope of modes ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Charlie Rich —
Charlie Rocks ... CD Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
Charlie Rich rocks – and in ways you might never expect, if you only know his later country pop hits – because the singer was one of the rising stars on Sun Records during the early days, and has a voice and talent that might even go head to head with the young Elvis Presley! Charlie's ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Some of the most unusual work ever cut by this British rocker – non-English recordings, with 102 foreign language tracks – all packaged with a fantastic hardcover book that's as cool as the music! (Rock) CD
A great later chapter in the career of Jack Scott – one of the best of the never-hit rockers of the late 50s, still going strong here on this set of recordings for RCA's Groove label in the mid 60s! Although most others had changed their styles by the time, Jack still held strongly onto all ... (Rock) read moreCD
Heavy tenor from Big Al Sears – a player who rose to fame in the Duke Ellington group of the 40s, but really exploded as a solo act in the following decade! The set's a great overview of Sears loud-blown work of the 50s – and brings together material recorded for labels that include ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ronnie Self —
Bop A Lena ... CD Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
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Ronnie Self was a little guy with blonde hair, but he was a giant during the early years of rock and roll – when he cut some searing sides for Columbia Records that have gone on to become rockabilly classics over the years! Ronnie maybe never saw the big time, but he was a hell of a force on ... (Rock) read moreCD
Vintage work from the great Del Shannon – a singer who came along when rock and roll was maturing a bit at the start of the 60s – and a talent whose pop placement on the chart sometimes obscured the deeper currents in his music! Del Shannon's a bit like Dion – known for a few big ... (Rock) read moreCD
You've heard plenty about Billy Joe Shaver over the years, and this is the place to start – a set that brings together two of his albums for Capricorn Records, plus a single for MGM too! First up is When I Get Wings – a fantastic early album from Billy Joe Shaver – the kind of ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Warren Smith never cracked the charts like Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis back in the 50s – but these early recordings for Sun Records have assured him a big place in the rockabilly legend! Smith's maybe best remembered for one or two tracks – but this set really gets at the full scope of ... (Rock) read moreCD
An insanely cool collection of work by the overlooked Wynn Stewart – a key part of the California country scene in the years before Merle Haggard and Buck Owens – although a figure who never fully got his due! Like some of his 50s contemporaries in that part of the world, Wynn's got a ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
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 ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hayden Thompson —
Sun Years ... CD Sun/Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ...
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Some of the earliest work ever recorded by New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint! The set brings together all of Toussaint's recordings for the RCA and Seville labels – making a set of 27 tracks in all, one that includes a few alternate versions, and a great set of notes! The tunes are ... (Soul) read moreCD
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 ... (Rock) read moreCD
If you ever doubted the genius of the late Ritchie Valens – ever thought that he was a guy who just cut a few lucky hits in the early days of rock and roll – then here's a package that will definitely change your mind! As most folks know, Ritchie was taken from the planet way too soon ... (Rock) read moreCD
Onie Wheeler —
Onie's Bop ... CD Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ...
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Onie Wheeler may not be one of the biggest names in 50s country, but he's a heck of a singer who does a fantastic job of bridging hillbilly and early rock modes – as you'll hear in this overstuffed collection of his rare singles for Columbia, Okeh, and Sun Records! The package has Onie ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from one of the coolest, hippest female singers of the 70s and 80s – but an artist who doesn't always get her due! Leona Williams is best known for her association with Merle Haggard – both on and off stage – but she's also a wonderful talent in her ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Jimmy Work —
Making Believe ... CD Dot/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CD ...
A double-length collection of material from Jimmy Work – an overlooked talent in the world of postwar country! Jimmy first emerged from Detroit – where the first few records on this set were recorded – but he also moved on to make some great singles for Decca, Capitol, Dot, and ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
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 ... (Rock) read moreCD
A totally wonderful package – and one that will have you throwing away all the Vietnam Rock compilations you have in your collection! This set unearths a massive amount of music that was created during the Korean war – filled with themes of sadness and loss that most folks wouldn't ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD