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David Allen CoeTattoo/Family Album ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 here – able to sing straight country songs that effortlessly knock out most of the competition, still a bit able to sing those unusual songs about his own place in music, and even turning into a wonderful talent for ballads – which really balance out the set. Titles include a nice take on the classic "San Francisco Mable Joy" – plus "Face To Face", "Just To Prove My Love To You", "Canteen Of Water", "Daddy Was A God Fearin Man", and "Play Me A Sad Song". Family Album is pure brilliance from the great David Allan Coe – a record that somehow manages to be sincere 70s country, yet also has a strong sense of distance too – that special balance that always set Coe apart from bigger contemporaries like Willie Nelson or Waylon Jennings! The song styles are slightly more varied here, but the album overflows with the kind of thoughtful balance between modern and classic, personal and social themes – so much so that the whole thing weaves together in a way that few other country singers can match. Titles include Coe's version of "Take This Job & Shove It", plus "Million Dollar Memories", "Family Album", "Guilty Footsteps", "Houston Dallas San Antoine", "Bad Impressions", and "Whole Lot Of Lonesome". CD also features the earlier hit "If I Could Climb The Walls Of The Bottle". CD

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Bobby BareAll American Boy (4CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $92.99 129.99
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 features some very obscure early work for Capitol, Challenge, and Fraternity Records – singles that most folks don't know about at all – before then moving into all the early RCA Records material that really helped put Bobby on the map in the mid 60s! The whole thing's done in the usual strong Bear Family style – and in addition to hits like "500 Miles Away From Home", "Detroit City", and "Miller's Cave" – the package also includes lots of obscure album cuts that are long out of print, and even some unusual German recordings too. CD

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Eddie BondRockin Daddy ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 39.99
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 combo and a really heartbreaking sense of twang – but as the years picked up, he also handled some great rockabilly material too – often infused with a deep sense of soul that comes from his country background, and which makes him way more than just another wild cat with a guitar! Sam Phillips clearly dug what Bond had to offer, and kept on recording him well into the early 60s – up to that point when Sun productions were really starting to slow down – through a period that had Eddie try on a lot of great styles, including some of the more spiritual sides that just about every other country singer was cutting at the time. This massive 2CD set is done in the best Bear Family fashion – with a huge amount of notes, and a whopping 51 tracks that include "Backslidin", "Hershey Bar", "Broke My Guitar", "Show Me", "Double Duty Lovin", "In My Solitude", "Standing In The Window", "One More Memory", "I Can't Quit", "They'll Never Take Her Love From Me", "The Day I Found You", "Back Street Affair", "They Say We're Too Young", "Flip Flop Mama", and "King On Your Throne". CD

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Sonny BurgessClassic Recordings – 1956 to 1959 ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 38.99
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 he's just completely wild from a personal one – steeped in equal influences from country and R&B, and wound up and let go here in the studio – often with vocals that feel as if they're ready to blow the speakers off the wall in the legendary studio of Sam Phillips! In order to show the full genius that went into these tracks, the set also features some unusual false starts and undubbed versions too – along with a very big booklet of notes that has all the details on the sessions behind these gems. Titles include "We Wanna Boogie", "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It", "Sweet Misery", "Oh Mama", "Truckin Down The Avenue", "Find My Baby For Me", "Mr Blues", "Feelin Good", "Always Will", "Please Listen To Me", "Daddy Blues", "Fannie Brown", "Life's Too Short To Live", "Red Headed Woman", "The Prisoner's Song", "Thunderbird", "Itchy", "Mama Loochie", "A Kiss Goodnite", "Smoochin Jill", "My Baby Loves Me", "Sadie's Back In Town", and "You're Not The One For Me". 57 tracks in all! CD

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Sonny BurnsDevil's Disciple ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 29.99
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, but still with a deep Texas twang and some of the rougher edges that made Burns so great in the early days – and the material here was recorded for TNT, MGM, and United Artists – all different labels that Sonny hopped around while trying to hit big, which never really seemed to happen. Yet the lack of big fame is what also makes these tracks great – under-discovered gems supported by the usual great Bear Family attention to detail and vivid notes and packaging – which makes for a really great set overall. The music often has a nice Bakersfield sort of vibe, especially on some of the later cuts – and titles include "Bricks & Mortar", "Devil's Disciple", "Patches On My Heart", "Leave The Door Open", "Bottom Of The Bottle", "I Left One On The Bar", "Room Next To Mine", and "I'm Losing My Mind". CD

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Sonny BurnsReal Cool Cat – The Starday Recordings ... CD
Starday/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 young rocker – maybe that mix of rocka/hillbilly you'd find in the early work of George Jones – who was one of Burns' label mates at the time – although Sonny has maybe more of a honky tonk vibe that comes through especially well on the mellow tunes! The set features a whopping 31 tracks in all, with beautiful notes and other images – and, no surprise, there's also duets with George Jones on two tracks too. Titles include "Powder & Paint", "Another Woman Looking For A Man", "Satan's A Waitin", "Frown On The Moon", "Let's Change Sweethearts", "Six Feet Of Earth", "Wrong About You", "Tell Her", "A Place For Girls Like You", and "Heart Like A Dollar Sign". 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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Ric CarteyOooh Eee – The Complete Ric Cartey ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 22.99
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's famous NRC indie – but despite the setting, Ric's got a great romping sound that's definitely all his own – maybe less hillbilly than some of his contemporaries of the period, and always ready to romp out with a hard-wailing groove! Production on most of these numbers is great – the kind of spare, stark, echoey vibe that makes already-great elements sound even cooler – and the whole package features a huge booklet of notes that tell the tale of Ric's overlooked career in music. Titles include "Crying Good Bye", "Mellow Down Easy", "Oooh Eee", "Poor Me", "Go On Fool", "Scratchin On My Screen", "To Love", "Leave Me Loose", "Born To Love One Woman", "I Wancha To Know", and "Let Me Tell You About Love" – and CD also features 11 more bonus tracks related to the collection, by Sonny James, The Jiv-A-Tones, Charlie Broome, Bobby Wilson, and Chuck Atha. CD

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Johnny Cash, Gunter Gabriel & OthersMan In Black – The International Johnny Cash ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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David Allen CoeCompass Point/I've Got Something To Say ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $9.99 24.99
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 recorded at the famous Compass Point studios in the Bahamas, as you might guess from the title! Yet the sound of the record is prime Coe country at its best – tight, confident, yet nicely away from any too-mainstream modes – the balance between almost-stardom and too-honest that always makes for such great tension in his music. Titles include "Three Time Loser", "Gone", "Merle & Me", "Loving Her Will Make You Lose Your Mind", "Xs & Os", and "Heads Or Tails". I've Got Something To Say is a record that offers up plenty of bold statements from the legendary David Allan Coe – but it's also a record that opens the door for a host of great guests and friends – including vocals from Guy Clark, Larry Jon Wilson, Kris Kristofferson, and Bill Anderson. The tunes do a great job of touching on the kinds of themes that always matter to Coe – and titles include "Hank Williams Junior Junior", "The Bottle In My Hand", "Take It Easy Rider", "Back To Atlanta", "Take This Job & Shove It Too", "Lovin You Comes So Natural", and "Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands". CD

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David Allen CoeHuman Emotions/Spectrum VII ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $9.99 24.99
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 seem forced at all! Coe's a master of the mellow ballad – serving up love songs that are maybe more human, and feel less fake than most of the big country hits of the period – which are then mixed with tunes that tap into more of his hard-drinkin, hard-livin side of life – making for a richly satisfying tapestry of a mainstream country record! Titles include "You Can Count On Me", "Whiskey & Women", "Jack Daniels If You Please", "Suicide", "Tomorrow Is Another Day", "Would You Lay With Me In A Field Of Stone", "If This Is Just A Game", and "She's Finally Crossed Over Love's Cheatin Line". Spectrum VII is an interesting record – as the original cover looked a bit cheesy – with a bare-chested David Allan Coe standing on the beach, wearing a huge belt buckle bearing his name – but the record's prime work from a time when the singer was really coming into his own! Some of the rawness of his roots has been toned down a bit, but that's been replaced by a new sort of confidence that not only really works with the material, but which also puts Coe forward with a quality that should have made him a bigger crossover artist, if he wasn't still too darn country! Titles include "Seven Mile Bridge", "Fairytale Morning", "Sudden Death", "Rollin With The Punches", "On My Feet Again", "Now's The Time To Fall In Love", and "What Can I Do". CD also features the bonus track "Please Come To Boston" – Coe's superior recording of the 70s hit. CD

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Jimmy DayGolden Steel Guitar Hits/Steel And Strings ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 damn fine instrumentals in the early 60s for the Phillips and Columbia labels – with amazing slide work and lots of groovy girly background vocals, and these 2 great early 60s LPs are compiled on this single CD. Tracks include "Steel Guitar Rag", "Panhandle Rag", "Roadside Rag", "Texas Playboy Rag", "Remington Ride", "Coconut Grove", "I Love You Because", "A Fallen Star", "Wild Side Of Love", "Funny How time Slips Away", and lots more. 24 tracks in all. CD

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Champion Jack DupreeChampion Jack Dupree – Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $11.99 22.99
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 handful of rare early singles on the Red Robin label in the early 50s, then moves into the RCA work from the second half of the decade – and together, the tunes really have Dupree sounding wonderful as an upbeat singer on some really romping tunes! The music gets better and better as the 50s move on – and in fact, some of the unissued tracks are complete gems – presented here with very detailed notes in a really lovely package – the best Bear Family way. Titles include "Lonely Road Blues", "Dirty Woman", "Story Of My Life (fast version)", "Lollipop Baby", "Hello Darlin", "My Baby's Like A Clock", "Shake Baby Shake", "Drunk Again", "Nasty Boogie", and "The Wrong Woman". CD

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Everly BrothersStudio Outtakes ... CD
Cadence/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
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 early Cadence Records years – tunes that have different vocal approaches, unusual guitar parts, or other elements that really set them apart – and which, given the spare, stripped-down style of the songs, really give us a chance to hear the genius of the pair at work! Most of these numbers just feature guitar and vocals – harmonizing in that fantastic way that resonates with maybe the Capitol classics by The Louvin Brothers, moves into some sweeter pop modes, and maybe has some echoes of crossover style of The Browns too. The set features 34 tracks in all – with alternates of titles that include "Rip It Up", "Maybe Tomorrow", "Hey Doll Baby", "Keep A Knockin", "I Wonder If I Care As Much", "That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine", "Claudette", "Bird Dog", "Oh What A Feeling", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", and "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet". CD

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Narvel FeltsMemphis Days ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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, and a lot more unreleased tracks – all of which have Felts in Memphis really knocking it out of the park – rocking like Carl Perkins at one moment, singing a blue-eyed ballad the next, and even coming up with some totally groovy novelty tunes that resonate with the best side of the Norton Records spectrum. The package comes early in the CD years for Bear Family – but already shows what a great job that label does of unearthing rare material, then giving it the right sort of presentation with lots of detailed notes and photos in a very large booklet. 26 tracks in all – including "Private Detective", "One Man At A Table", "Night Creature", "Sad & Blue", "She's In Your Heart To Stay", "Lovelight Man", "Lola Did A Dance", "Mr Pawnshop Broker", "Tongue Tied Jill", "I Had A Girl", "Slippin & Slidin", and "The Four Seasons Of Love". CD

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Don GibsonLegend In My Own Time ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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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Nate GibsonNate Gibson & The Stars Of Starday (with bonus track) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 24.99
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 studio to re-ignite the fires of old! The approach is almost like that of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their Will The Circle Be Unbroken album – in that Nate often steps aside to let a famous voice take the lead, or finds a way to duet without ever overstating his presence at all – really letting fresh sounds flow from artists who include Margie Singleton, Rudy Grayzell, Bill Clifton, Sleepy LaBeef, Frankie Miller Wade Jackson, Betty Amos, and many others. Titles include "Back To You", "Slippin Around", "Rain Rain", "Eighteen Wheels A Rollin", "Lonely", "Little White Washed Chimney", "Let's Get Wild", "We've Got Things In Common", "Duck Tail", "Ain't No Room In The Church For Liars", and "Sippin On A Sud". CD

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Tompall GlaserOutlaw (Tompall & His Outlaw Band/The Wonder Of It All) ... CD
ABC/Bear Family (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 24.99
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 – a figure who maybe came a bit later to the outlaw tag than some of his contemporaries, but who definitely summed up the music with a record like this! For years, Glaser was one of these background figures on the Nashville scene – smarter than most, and more talented than many too – finally able to find his voice with music like this, in the same generation that had Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings really getting the setting they deserved. Tom didn't write most of these songs, but he really makes them his own – thanks in part to his backing band, who have great sympathy for the man himself, and keep things in the right sort of small group, non-commercial mode throughout. Titles include "Drinking Them Beers", "What Are We Doin With The Rest Of Our Lives", "It Never Crossed My Mind", "The Bad Times", "Easy On My Mind", and "My Mother Was A Lady". The Wonder Of It All came out in the same year of 1977, and features Glaser in very similar space – working great magic with tunes of his own, plus some by his hip contemporaries – but all with a core vibe that really holds strong to everything that had made country music great, but which was lost by many at the time. Titles include "It'll Be Her", "Storms Never Last", "You Can Have Her", "Release Me", "Let My Fingers Do The Walking", and "My Life Would Make A Damn Good Country Song". CD

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Alex Harvey & His Soul BandAlex Harvey & His Soul Band (aka Shout) ... CD
Polydor/Bear Family (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 60s – but the tunes are also short, and more soul-based overall – yet manage to have more than enough space for some fantastic freakouts on tenor and guitar! Harvey's already a hell of a singer at this point, and along with the amazing instrumentation of the group, even familiar numbers are really transformed. Titles include "Ten A Penny", "Canoe Song", "You Ain't No Good To Me", "Sticks & Stones", "Shout", "Long Long Gone", and "Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby" – plus a version of "Shakin All Over" that may well blow away The Who Live At Leeds! CD has 20 tracks in all – and may have some bonus tracks not on the original album. CD

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Jimmy Heap & The Melody MastersRelease Me ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 resurrect Ray's legacy in just the right way – putting together 30 of his beautifully-recorded tracks for Capitol Records – most of which have a beautiful blend of fiddle, steel, and rhythm guitar in the mix! Most cuts were recorded in Texas by Ken Nelson, and there's definitely this late western swing spirit in the phrasing – especially the way that the vocals can hit these bluer notes without ever losing hope – and in the way the fiddle dances alongside the steel – but the tunes also have that sharp Capitol sound that makes all elements ring out with a cool postwar vibe. Titles include "Then I'll Be Happy", "Girl With A Past", "Release Me", "You Oughta Know", "Cry Cry Darling", "Ethyl In My Gas Tank", "Just For Tonight", "Let's Do It Just Once", "This Night Won't Last Forever', "It Takes A Heap Of Lovin", "Butternut", and "A Lifetime Of Shame". CD

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Bev King & Joe KnightMarty Robbins Scrapbook ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), 1985. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $0.99
This 80s country duo take on the classic songs of Marty Robbins! LP, Vinyl record album

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John D LoudermilkBlue Train ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 – kind of a precursor to the wit and sideways watching that would come from a later generation of country singers – served up here on tunes that seem to borrow equal parts of that genre, folk, and rock. The tunes are a great first chapter to the even wilder work that John would record later in the 60s – and the package features 26 gems that include "The Little Wind Up Doll", "You just Reap What You Sow", "Road Hog", "All Of This For Sally", "Google Eye", "Angela Jones", "Rhythm & Blues", "Mister Jones", "Bad News", "The Wife", and "Callin Dr Casey". CD

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Joe Hill LouisBe Bop Boy – With Walter Horton & Mose Vinson ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 expect from Joe's usual routine – as the young Sam Phillips took great inspiration from the sound of Louis, and recorded him often during the earliest years of his studio and label – learning key lessons that he'd later apply to the bigger names that would make him his hits. The vibe here is nice and raw – similar to some of Sam's early sides with Howlin Wolf – and most numbers feature a combo, not Joe on his own – with players who include Walter Horton on harmonica, Albert Williams on piano, and Willie Nix on drums. Joe plays guitar and sings – often with a nice raw, full sound – on titles that include "She Treats Me Mean & Evil", "Tigerman", "We All Gotta Go Sometime", "My Love Has Gone", "Got A New Woman", "Sweetest Gal In Town", and "Keep Your Arms Around Me". The set also features related Sun Records material, all with Louis – "In The Mood", "West Winds Are Blowing", "We All Got To Go", and "Little Walter's Boogie" by Walter Horton – and "Mistreatin Boogie", "My Love Has Gone", and "Reap What You Sow" by Mose Vinson. CD

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Joe Maphis, Collins Kids, & OthersTown Hall Party ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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-oriented than any Opry productions, but that's also what makes the set so unusual – especially as the whole thing is a rare non-Capitol Records effort to showcase the changing sound of country music out west in the 50s – recorded by Columbia producer Don Law, working away from his usual Tennessee home. The set features two strong solo performances by guitar legend Joe Maphis, who also plays on a number of the other vocal tracks here – "Town Hall Shuffle" and "Tennessee Two Step" –a nd other cuts include "My Little Red Wagon" by Les Carrot Top Anderson, "Just Because" by The Collins Kids, "Lonesome Love" by Freddie Hart, "Cold Cold Heart" by Dortha Wright, "Oklahoma Waltz" by Johnny Bond, "Sweeter Than Flowers" by Joe & Rose Lee Maphis, "Kentucky Waltz" by Bobby Charles, "Each Minute Seems A Million Years" by Jenks Tex Carman, and "Wait For The Light To Shine", performed together by the entire cast. CD

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Janis MartinFemale Elvis – Complete Recordings 1956 to 1960 ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 genre – and maybe right up there with the young Wanda Jackson for her ability to knock out a tune in a way that really rivals the guys – with raw energy and plenty of twang, and the kind of upfront presence in the mix that must have been borrowed from country – but which is even better here fused to some hard-romping rockers! There's been a few other cheap collections of Janis' music over the years, but this Bear Family set is still the best – and features a searing 30 tunes that include "The Drugstore's Rockin", "Hard Times Ahead", "Cry Guitar", "All Right Baby", "Two Long Years", "Ooby Dooby", "Cracker Jack", "Bang Bang", "Half Loved", "Blues Keep Calling", "Here Today & Gone Tomorrow", and "My Confession". 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 ... $13.99 24.99
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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Roger MillerMan Like Me – The Early Years ... CD
Starday/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 Starday Records – where Roger was able to step out initially as a bit of a rocker – still country overall, but maybe with a rockabilly edge at times – on material that has a bit less of the jokes of later years, but which could have stood more than strongly enough on its own. There's also a few even-earlier tracks for Decca – other obscure material that has an even younger Miller really sounding great – again with maybe a bit less of the distinction of his hits, but still pretty wonderful and very different than the mainstream pack of the time. Bear Family serves the whole thing up with plenty of notes that get to the heart of these overlooked years – and titles include the great "Jason Fleming", plus "Country Girl", "My Pillow", "Poor Little John", "A Man Like Me", "The Tip Of My Fingers", "Playboy", "Hot Rod Lincoln", "I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today", "I Ain't Never", "Under Your Spell Again", and a nice take on "Who Shot Sam". CD

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Little Junior ParkerLittle Junior Parker Rocks ... CD
Duke/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 24.99
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 recorded for Duke Records over a span of just over ten years – with roots in grittier blues and R&B, but often given that special Duke touch that could add in more sophisticated elements without ever dimming the fire of the singer. The first three tracks on the set are Parker's earliest – recorded for Sun – and the package covers plenty of ground at the Duke label, with a total of 31 tracks in all, and a great set of notes. Titles include "Dangerous Woman", You're On My Mind", "The Next Time", "Driving Wheel", "Barefoot Rock", "Peaches", "My Dolly Bee", "That's My Baby", "Please Baby Blues", "I Wanna Ramble", "Mary Jo", "Annie Get Your Yo Yo", "Seven Days", "Crying For My Baby", "Yonders Wall", and his seminal recording of "Mystery Train". CD

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PetardsHitshock (180 gram pressing – with poster) ... LP
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $25.99 29.99
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 the American and UK scenes – and although the instrumentation reflects the compact elements of the beat years, they're also filled with really wonderful touches that trip things out in the best way possible – especially on the organ and occasional flute! Songs are well-written and beautifully executed – surprisingly under-indulgent, and with a tunefulness that should have made the album more of an international hit at the time. Titles include "Mekka", The Dream", "Pictures", "Blue Fire Light", "Sunshine Rainshine", "Ruins Of Tookamoon", "Stone By Now", and "My World". LP, Vinyl record album
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PetardsPet Arts (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $42.99 47.99
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 home – with searing guitar solos, and vocals that are clearly influenced by soul but recorded with echo – a bit like CCR, but more hard rock overall! The guitar work alone is great – well-conceived, and very different than more progressive styles of the period – much more like some of the best British groups inspired by blues, but turning out something really new. The extended length of the album makes for a few more introspective moments – which really help reflect the depth these guys are capable of – and titles include "Big Boom", "Fowling", "Cowboy", "Rainy Day", "Flame Missing Light", "Too Many Heavens", "Hello My Friend", and "On The Road Drinking Wine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnnie RayCry (5CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. Used 5CDs ... $33.99
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 troubles with alcohol, sexual identity, and tragic deafness – but at the heart of the man is his music, and it's stunning to hear it all in one place like this. As usual with Bear Family, there's lots more to make the box great too – including two live albums, soundtrack material, and even duets with Doris Day and Frankie Laine – all packaged with a big hardcover booklet of notes, too! CD
(Still sealed! Box has light wear in one corner, and a scratch near the edge – but is nice overall.)

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Don Reno & Red SmileySweethearts In Heaven – The Complete Dot Recordings 1957 to 1964 ... CD
Dot/Bear Family (Germany), 1957/1964. New Copy ... $13.99 28.99
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 company also employed the great bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman as its A&R head in the 50s – and Mac does a fantastic job here to ensure that Reno & Smiley retain all the great instrumental and vocal elements that made their King material so great – and just provides them with better recording quality overall. The set really features two great slices of work – 1957 sessions produced by Wiseman, who also sings a bit in the background – with mandolin from Hank Garland and fiddle from Benny Martin – and a second 1964 session produced by Arthur Smith, which has even more great instrumentals than the first. Titles include "One More Hill", "Your Love Is Dying", "Dark Waters", "Sawing On The Strings", "Howdy Neighbor Howdy", "Where Did Our Young Tears Go", "Sweethearts In Heaven", "Three Finger Hop", "Lonesome Hearted Blues", and "Charlotte Breakdown". CD

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Charlie RichBallads Of Charlie Rich ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 24.99
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 – on tracks pulled from his years at Sun Records, RCA, and Smash – including some unissued material from the earliest years that may well be some of the best of the bunch! At Sun, Charlie's especially great on the ballads – and often brings a lot of blues phrasing to his piano work, which is then balanced with jazzier elements in his vocals – to a point where some of these tracks would stand up perfectly next to some of the best-known crooners of mid-century. As usual, Bear Family have done a knockout job – really packing the set with a lot of tracks, and providing full notes on the material – 39 tracks that include "Share Your Love With Me", "No Home", "The Best Years", "Every Day", "I Said Baby", "I'm Making Plans", "Stay", "Sittin & Thinkin", "The Loneliest Days", "Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave", "Who Will The Next Fool Be", "Time & Again", and "Cloud Nine". CD

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Charlie RichCharlie Rocks ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 24.99
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 vocals here are amazing – with a range that's mindblowing, and every bit as much influence from R&B and jazz as his famous labelmate – perhaps even more of the latter, which gives Rich this inherent sense of inflection that even makes familiar tunes sound amazing. Yet there's a lot more going on here than familiar tunes – as the 31 track set brings together all the best bits from his early Sun years, plus key RCA and Smash Records material too – all rockers, with titles that include "Whirlwind", "Philadelphia Baby", "Big Man", "Little Woman Friend Of Mine", "Break Up", "That's My Way", "The Ways Of A Woman In Love", "Big Boss Man", "Stop Thief", "Goodbye Mary Anne", "You Made A Hit", "Popcorn Polly", "Gentle As A Lamb", "Charlie's Boogie", "That's Rich", "Rebound", "Lonely Weekends", "Midnight Blues", "Yes Ma'am", and "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water". CD

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Cliff RichardOn The Continent (4CD box set with book) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. Used 4 CDs ... $29.99
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! CD
(Includes a nice 96 page hardcover book.)

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Jack ScottJack Scott On Groove ... CD
Groove/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 the things that made early rockabilly great – a heavy dose of country twang, plenty of romping rhythms, and the kind of deep-toned vocals that should have made Scott a superstar – had anyone ever given him a chance! Yet that obscurity is what also makes these tracks so great – superb rockers with an effortless blend of raw indie energy and bigger label production – 20 tracks that include "Don't Hush The Laughter", "There's Trouble Brewin", "Blue Skies Movin In On Me", "Flakey John", "Tall Tales", "Separation's Now Granted", "Gone Again", and "I Hope I Think I Wish". CD

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Al SearsSear-iously ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99 26.98
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 Coral, RCA, Herald, and Groove – including a number of unissued tracks that sound every bit as great as the more familiar singles! Some of the work is straighter jazz, other tunes have more of the raw power and tenor tricks you'd hear from Big Jay McNeely or some of the more R&B-oriented players of the period. Sidemen on the dates include Budd Johnson and Sam The Man Taylor on tenors, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Harold Baker on trumpet, and Mickey Baker on guitar – and some of the tracks here have vocals as well. Titles include "Easy Ernie", "Huffin & Puffin", "Shake Hands", "Brown Boy", "125th Street New York", "Here's The Beat", "Great Googa Mooga", "Rock & Roll Ball", "Love Call", and "Come A Runnin". 25 tracks in all, with full session details. CD

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Warren SmithClassic Recordings 1956 to 1959 ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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 his genius, and shows what a diverse, talented artist he was at the time – able to handle country as easily as rockers, which might be why he's got such a heartfelt approach on his rockabilly numbers! In the years when Elvis was on the rise, it's great to hear a singer like Warren really get the chance to do his own thing – never slavish in his presentation, and always the kind of unique artist that Sun did such a great job of capturing in the studio. The set's got the usual very detailed Bear Family notes, and details on all the recordings too – plus 31 tracks that include "Dear John", "Black Jack David", "I'd Rather Be Safe Than Sorry", "Rock N Roll Baby", "Red Cadillac & A Black Moustache", "So Long I'm Gone", "Who Took My Baby", "My Hanging Day", "Tonight Will Be The Last Night", "Hank Snow Medley", "Sweet Sweet Girl", and his classic "Ubangi Stomp". 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 ... $13.99 23.98
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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Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens Rocks ... CD
Del-Fi/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
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 – part of a tragic accident in 1959 – but over the course of the two years featured in this set, he cut some really fantastic material that shows both amazing vocal talents and completely kickass work on guitar! The guitar maybe comes as the biggest revelation here – as the "rocks" in the title means that the set goes out of its way to collect Valens' most searing titles – in a collection of 36 numbers from the Del-Fi years, almost all recorded at Gold Star by producer Bob Keane – with perfect sound that showcases everything that Ritchie has to offer. Titles include "Hi Tone", "From Beyond", "Fast Freight", "Little Girl", "Framed", "Come On Let's Go", "Ooh My Head", "That's My Little Suzie", "Dooby Dooby Wah", "Stay Beside Me", "We Belong Together", and even some rare demos, alternate takes, and a commercial too. CD

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Jimmy WorkMaking Believe ... CD
Dot/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 38.99
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 London – all of which are included here, and which show Jimmy really picking up his sound in just a few short years! Work's clearly got a background in the hills – as the earliest work here is more rural hillbilly overall – but once things get going, Jimmy opens to some excellent honky tonk modes – often recorded in small combos, and with a simple, unadorned style that really keeps things groovy! Work is also a great songwriter – his biggest song, "Tennessee Border", was a huge hit for many others. CD features very detailed notes – and 48 tracks that include "Let Em Talk", "Little Popcorn Man", "That's What Make The Jukebox Play", "That's The Way It's Gonna Be", "Do Your Honky Tonkin At Home", "Who's Been Here Since You've Been Gone", "Bluegrass Tickling My Feet", "Tennessee Border", "Digging My Own Grave", and "Don't Knock Just Come On In". CD

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VariousBakersfield Sound – Country Music Capitol Of The West 1940 to 1974 (10CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... About August 4, 2019
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VariousBattleground Korea – Songs & Sounds Of America's Forgotten War (4CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 4CD ... $74.99 129.99
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 ascribe to wartime music until a decade later – the kinds of songs that represent a really sharp change from the patriotic, triumphant songs that were usually written in previous wartime situations. The variety of music is wonderful, and served up in the best Bear Family tradition – with a surprisingly strong amount of rare blues material, mixed with hillbilly cuts, gospel, R&B material, and other styles too – almost all of it nicely away from the mainstream! The overall package is wonderful, too – a heavy, oversized hardcover book – 160 pages that offer up track-by-track notes on the music, with full color photos, label scans, and lots more vivid images. The book alone is almost worth the price – but you also get 4CDs, with 121 tracks by artists who include Dave Bartholomew, Lightnin Hopkins, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Revelers, Jimmie Osborne, Arthur Crudup, Ray Snead, Edna McGriff, Hank Penny, Jean Shepard, Emmit Slay, Sherman Blues Johnson & His Clouds Of Joy, Billy Mize, Elton Britt, Steve Rogers, Oscar Brand, JB Lenoir, Delmore Brothers, Ernest Tubb, The Gospel Pilgrims, Fats Domino, Max Bailey, BB King, and many more! CD

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VariousBill Haley Connection – 29 Roots & Covers Of Bill Haley & His Comets ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A deep deep dig into the musical legacy of Bill Haley & The Comets – served up here in a package that's as full of detailed notes as it is unusual tunes! As the title implies, the package either features cover versions of famous Haley songs, or the originals of songs that Bill himself covered – both equally fascinating in the way they trace the evolution of musical styles in these early rock and roll years! Haley had a huge impact at the time – he even charted strongly on the R&B record charts – and both his inspirations and copycats cover a surprisingly wide range, with a really romping sound throughout! Titles include "Stop Beatin Around The Mulberry Bush" by Count Basie, "Rock Around The Clock" by Sonny Dae & His Knights, "Ten Little Indians" by The Canadians, "Rock The Joint" by Jimmy Preston, "Crazy Man Crazy" by Ralph Marterie, "Dance With A Dolly" by Damita Jo, "Razzle Dazzle" by Ella Mae Morse, "Burn That Candle" by The Cues, "Rock The Joint" by Lola Ameche, "Forty Cups Of Coffee" by Danny Overbea, "Don't Knock The Rock" by Alan Dale, "Hot Dog Buddy Buddy" by The Belew Twins, "Chimpanzee Rock" by The Hula Hawaiians, "ABC Rock" by Sally Starr, and "The Dipsy Doodle" by The Goofers. CD

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VariousGreat Guitars At Sun – Featuring Scotty Moore, Roland Janes, Eddie Bush, Pat Hare, & Roy Orbison ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 22.99
The Sun Records label might be known best for its famous singers – like Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash – but the sound of the guitar was equally important to the label's success at the start – as Sun was one of the few to really get instrument right in the mix, and also find some great musicians for their sessions! This package does a great job of bringing together some of the leading lights on guitar for Sun – players whose names might have gotten obscured next to the bigger artists on the label – guitarists who include Al Hopson, Pat Hare, Luther Perkins, Roland Janes, Carl Simmons, Don Gilliland, Ernie Harvey, and others – who all get some good space in the liner notes, which detail their roles in 28 tracks that icnlude "Love My Baby" by Little Junior Parker, "Down & Out" by Tommy Hodge & Ike Turner, "Dear John" by Warren Smith, "Tennessee" by Carl Perkins, "Red Hot" by Billy Riley, "Sweet Woman" by Edwin Bruce, "We Wanna Boogie" by Sonny Burgess, "Cotton Crop Blues" by James Cotton, "You Made A Hit" by Ray Smith, "Cindy Lou" by Dick Penner, "Laughin & Jokin" by Ernie Chaffin, and "The Hucklebuck" by Earl Hooker. A great set – about half blues, and half rockabilly! CD

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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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VariousRockin The Groove – When Groove Was More Than Just A Habit ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 25.99
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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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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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 ... $13.99 22.99
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 30 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of RCA Records ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 25.99
Lots of older record companies got in on the action during the early days of rock and roll – but few folks did it as well as RCA Records – home, of course, to Elvis Presley – and also to all the great lesser-known gems featured in this set! Some tracks are by artists who would break big on later labels, or others who might have stepped over a bit from country – but the bulk of the collection represents all the great singles that RCA cut during the late 50s and early 60s – including some on its sub-labels, where the company was going strong in the worlds of underground styles! Given that this excellent series already looked at RCA once before, it's a further testament that there's an additional 35 rocking gems to be pulled from the label's catalog – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Wild Child" by David Hill, "Get On The Right Track" by Joe Clay, "Rainbow Doll" by Jimmy Dell, "Welcome To The Club" by Jean Chapel, "Wolf Boy" by Sammy Salvo, "Hoebe Snow" by Benny Martin, "Never Been Kissed" by Marlin Greene, "Chicken House" by Dave Rich, "Heart Of A Fool" by Lee Denson, "Almost Eighteen" by Roy Orbison, "That Weepin Willow Tree" by Ray Griff, and "Dumb Bunny" by Bill Carlis. CD

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 31 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Colonial Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 22.99
Wild work from one of the most obscure labels featured in this series so far – the tiny Colonial Records imprint from Chapel Hill, NC – the company who first pressed comedy records by a young Andy Griffith, but also did some great rockabilly as well! The Colonial style is nicely different from better-known companies in Memphis and Louisiana – and the tunes often seem to have an equal balance country bop and early rock – maybe a few steps behind some of the other scenes at the time, but in a way that really gives their singles a heck of a lot of charm! The songs are incredibly well-produced almost feeling like offbeat songs from the Columbia studios at times, but maybe with a bit more bite – and given that Colonial cuts have hardly been reissued over the years, there's a huge amount here to discover. CD features 34 tracks in all, with very detailed notes – and titles include "Somebody Sweet" and "Sittin In The Balcony" by Johnny Dee, "Wake Up" and "So Real" by The Franklin Brothers, "If You Don't Know" and "I've Got A Secret" by George Hamilton IV, "Runaway Lover" by Grady Lewis, "Birddoggin" by Bill Craddock & The Blue Notes, "Mountain Dew Rock" by Hoke Simpson, "Little Blue Eyes" and "Ugh Ugh Ugh" by EC Beatty, "The Battle" by Joe Tanner, "The Oriental Shake" by The Goldtones, and "That's All I've Got" by Ebe Sneezer & The Epidemics. CD

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VariousTruckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels – The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock Vol 2 – 1969 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99 26.98
An amazing second chapter to this wonderful series – and like the first, a perfectly-chosen batch of tracks that shows the return of country styles to rock music at the end of the 60s! Most of the artists here are those of the LA scene – who had a surprisingly strong respect for the sounds of Bakersfield and Nashville – but the set also includes some other artists who really fit into the mix well – almost all of them big names of the time, or of later years – but working here in a sound that's still very fresh, and free from all the cliches that crept into country rock in the 70s! Bear Family really took a lot of care with the whole thing – and the set features over 50 pages of notes, telling the track-by-track tale of country rock from 1969 – a set of 23 titles that includes "Level With Your Sense" by The Corvettes, "Sin City" by The Flying Burrito Brothers, "Texas Me" by Sir Douglas Quintet, "Drug Store Truck Driving Man" by The Byrds, "Up On Cripple Creek" by The Band, "Make Me Smile" by Poco, "We Need A Whole Lot More Jesus" by Linda Ronstadt, "Ruby" by The First Edition, "I'm Movin On" by Elvis Presley, "Vaccination For The Blues" by The Sanland Brothers, and "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass" by Buck Owens. CD

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✨✧ Mickey BakerRock With A Sock ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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, plus labels that include Savoy and MGM – all in the years before he was paired with singer Sylvia Robinson in the duo Mickey & Sylvia – who would hit much greater fame later on in the decade! These tracks are heavy on hard twang from Mickey, and often feature his unbridled vocals really taking over the microphone too – all in the company of endlessly hip combo players who include King Curtis on tenor, Ray Crawford on guitar, Ray Barretto on congas, Sam Taylor on tenor, Champion Jack Dupree on piano, and Panama Francis on drums. The set ends with a few recordings with Sylvia, too – and features 28 tracks in all, with very detailed session notes and writings on Baker's career. Titles include "Guitar Mambo", "Bobi", "Guitarambo", "Please Tell Me", "Greasy Spoon", "Shake Walkin", "Rock With A Sock", "Chloe", "Woe Woe Is Me", "Hello Stranger", "I'm Tired", "Oh Happy Day", "Love Me Baby", and "Down To The Bottom". 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 ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper, & OthersGreat Tragedy – Winter Dance Party 1959 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 set not only offers up tracks by those three artists, but also offers up radio ads recorded as part of the package tour too – then includes songs by other groups and singers who were part of the performance series – some of whom, famously, skipped the flight that night to ride the bus. The whole thing's a great slice of tragedy and triumph from the early days of rock – and features Winter Dance Party "radio promo" tracks cut by The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly – plus news reports of the evens, other Holly radio material, and songs that include "Three Stars" by Eddie Cochran, "Fake Out" by Frankie Sardo, "Little Red Riding Hood" by The Big Bopper, "I Can't Go On" by Dion & The Belmonts, "If You Can't Rock Me" by Debbie Stevens, "When Sin Stops" by Waylon Jennings, "Ting A Ling" by Buddy Holly & Three Tunes, and more – plus the "tribute" tracks "The Great Tragedy" by Hershel Almond, "Gold Records In The Snow" by Benny Barnes, and "The Ballad Of Donna & Peggy Sue" by Ray Campi. 40 tracks in all – with great notes too. CD

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✨✧ Roger MillerKing Of The Road ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 broke big on Smash/Mercury – really unusual sides that have him honing his craft, sharpening his wit, and maybe sounding a bit more country than in later years! The Roger Miller here is still head and shoulders above the rest – and a heck of a songwriter too – and early RCA titles include "You're Part Of Me", "Fair Swiss Maidens", "I Get Up Early In The Morning", "Lock Stock & Teardrops", "Hey Little Star", "Footprints In The Snow", "Trouble On The Turnpike", "Burma Shave", "Sorry Willie", and "When Two Worlds Collide". The set also includes a few killers from the Smash years too – Roger Miller classics that include "Kansas City Star", "Chug A Lug", "King Of The Road", "One Dyin & A Buryin", "Dang Me", and "Engine Engine #9". CD

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✨✧ Del ShannonDrugstore's Rockin – Two Silhouettes ... CD
Big Top/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 hits, but also a songwriter with a lot more going on too – including an ability to be open with his sense of melancholy, in ways that are maybe a precursor to territory that would soon be explored by Brian Wilson with The Beach Boys. Shannon never had the later, unusual years that Dion got – and which have gotten that second singer more nods from the critics over the decades – but this well-chosen set really shows that Del's got something special going on, and not just those weird organ lines that were often used next to his vocals. As always with Bear Family, the package and presentation are wonderful – and titles include "Froggy", "Hey Baby", "Now She's Gone", "The Search", "Ginny In The Mirror", "My Wild One", "Little Town Flirt", "Torture (version 1 inst)", "Hats Off To Larry", "The Wamboo", "The Swiss Maid", "Dream Baby", "Move It On Over", "You Never Talked About Me", and "His Latest Flame". CD

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✨✧ Billy Joe ShaverHonky Tonk Heroes (When I Get My Wings/Gypsy Boy/bonus tracks) ... CD
Capricorn/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 set that came out a bit under the wire, but turned on an elite few to one of the greatest songwriters in contemporary country music! The set's got maybe a bit more force than Billy's debut on Monument, but still also retains plenty of that broken-down quality that maybe didn't fit Shaver's age, but which definitely came through in the subjects of his songs – a similar voice to that of Kris Kristofferson on his early material, but definitely Billy Joe's own. Production is very strongly in the Capricorn Records mode, and titles include "Ride Me Down Easy", "Woman Is The Wonder Of The World", "Texas Uphere Tennessee", "The Good Lord Knows I've Tried", and "When I Get My wings". Gypsy Boy is a record with a title and cover that maybe look a bit off-key for the legend of Billy Joe Shaver – but the sound within is prime material from the 70s country genius, all given a tight spin in the Capricorn Records blend of rock and twang, roots, and polish! Billy Joe is maybe echoing some of the country music changes he helped to usher in with his songs a few years before – but the set is still great proof that the originator did them better than anyone else – as you'll hear on tunes that include "Chicken On The Ground", "Honky Tonk Heroes", "Billy B Damned", "We Stayed Too Long At The Fair", "Silver Wings Of Time", and "Slow Rollin Low". CD also features the obscure single tracks "Lately I've Been Leaning Towards The Blues", "I Couldn't Be Me Without You", and "Music City USA". CD

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✨✧ VariousEaster Bunny Hop – 28 Hot Tracks For Your Basket ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A weird and wonderful little collection – maybe the first Easter-themed compilation we've ever seen – but one that barely hews to that rule as well! The set instead features lots of great 50s numbers that seem to deal with both chickens and rabbits – plus a few roosters too – many tracks that have the hillbilly, early rock, and rockabilly vibe you'd expect from the Bear Family label – served up as a really romping collection that never lets up at all! The package is great, with very detailed notes, and a look that's as cool as the cover – and tracks include "Eggbert The Easter Egg" by Rosemary Clooney, "Up Jumped A Rabbit" by Sam Butera, "The Chicken & The Bop" by Lloyd Price, "Red Hen Hop" by Ted Daigle & The Midnighters, "A Chicken Ain't Nothin But A Bird" by Nellie Lutcher, "Sixteen Chickens & A Tambourine" by Roy Acuff, "I Hates Rabbits" by Jerry Neal, "The Fickle Chicken" by The Atmospheres, "Chicken Shot Blues" by Eddie Cochran, "The Chicken" by Roscoe Gordon, "Let's Go Bunny Huggin" by Sonny James, "Rabbit Action" by Jimmy Haggett, "Crazy Chicken" by James Gallagher, and "Bunny Hop Rock" by Slim Martin & The Blue Hill County Boys. CD

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✨✧ VariousShe's Selling What She Used To Give Away ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s/1930s. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Carl Butler & The Webster BrothersI Wouldn't Change You If I Could ... CD
Okeh/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 tracks – really bringing out a Kentucky hills quality that you don't always hear on Butler's bigger hits – and the duo also get to work solo on a few cuts here, which were recorded in Nashville around the same time by Columbia producer Don Law. Together, the tracks are tremendous – skirting both the growing poise of the country mainstream, and some of the rootsier ideas of the hills – but never really bluegrass at all. As usual with Bear Family, the presentation is superb – from the detailed notes right down to the quality of the music – and the CD features 30 titles in all, with tracks that include "I'll Go Steppin Too", "Your Wedding Day", "It's My Sin", "Nothing I'd Rather Do", "Jealous Heart", "Cry You Fool Cry", "Seven Years Blues", "Kisses Don't Lie", "Seven Years Blues", "Borrowed Love", "Somebody Touched Me", and "It's All Left Up To You". CD

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✨✧ Sara & Maybelle CarterSara & Maybelle Carter (Historic Reunion/Living Legend) ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 together on record for the first time in over 20 years! The record's got a wonderfully upfront, unadorned quality – as the songs just feature Sara Carter on vocals and autoharp, and Maybelle Carter on guitar and vocals – with maybe just some slight vocalizations from Joe Carter to mix things up in the background! Maybelle takes the lead on most numbers with this raspy-voiced style that's completely mindblowing – haunting, but very powerful, maybe more so than on the original Carter Family records – as if she's packing decades more pain and experience into her interpretation of songs that include "Higher Ground", "The Hand That Rocked The Cradle", "Farther On", "While The Band Is Playing Dixie", and "Happiest Days Of All". The set also features the solo Living Legend album from Maybelle Carter – a fantastic album from this important member of the Carter Family – returned to the spotlight in the 60s, thanks to new interest in her vocal and instrumental talents from a whole generation of younger musicians! The set's taken in a relatively laidback way – production that's more folk than country, although Maybelle sings very much in the spirit of the latter – while also doing a hell of a job on both guitar and autoharp, and working with usually just a bit of extra guitar, bass, and drums. The set features a few Carter Family classics, redone, and a few by Maybelle herself – and even one by Johnny Cash, who was most likely one of the reasons that Maybelle got to record for Columbia at the time. Titles include "We All Miss You Joe", "I Told Them What You're Fighting For", "Kitty Puss", "There's A Mother Always Waiting", "Give Me Your Love & I'll Give You Mine", "A Letter From Home", and "Charlie Brooks". CD

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✨✧ Sanford ClarkFool ... CD
Dot/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Records, but also tracks for Jamie too – almost all of which were produced by Lee, and feature great twanging guitar from Al Casey – who was probably number two, next to Hazlewood's main guitar man, Duane Eddy. Production has all that great echo that Lee was working with right at the start – which seems to make the words on the great Hazlewood-penned songs somehow sound even more sinister. CD features 34 tracks in all, and a huge amount of detailed notes – with titles that include "Darling Dear", "Lonesome For A Letter", "Don't Care", "Love Charms", "New Kind Of Fool", "Go On Home", "Bad Luck", "A Cheat", "The Fool", "Lou Be Dou", "Modern Romance", "The Man Who Made An Angel Cry", "Son Of A Gun", "Still As The Night", and "Every Minute Of The Day". CD

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✨✧ David Allan CoeLonghaired Redneck/Rides Again ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1976/1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 his voice! The set says it all with the leadoff title track – the completely wonderful "Long Haired Redneck", which marked Coe as one of the smartest singers to ever sing about country music – as well as sing the music itself – and it's blended here with straighter songs that show a surprisingly heartfelt side of the artist, plus a few others that really have a great commentary on the 70s country scene. Titles include "Texas Lullaby", "Rock & Roll Holiday", "When She's Got Me", "Living On The Run", "Revenge", "Free Born Rambling Man", "Spotlight", and the completely bizarre "Dakota The Dancing Bear (part 2)". Rides Again is a record that was billed as a recurrence of Coe's earlier personal – as The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy Rides Again – but instead, it continues that run of super-smart songcraft that made David Allen one of the most important forces transforming the world of country music in the 70s – maybe, to us, even more important than Waylon or Willie! Coe's definitely more rough around the edges, but that's what makes these songs great – as the man unabashedly puts his ideas and his humor out there, on titles that include the seminal "Willie Waylon & Me", "Young Dallas Cowboy", "The House We've Been Calling Home", "Laid Back & Wasted", "Under Rachel's Wings", "Greener Than The Grass We Laid On", and the fantastic "If That Ain't Country" – a bit offensive, but still one of the greatest country music anthems of all time. CD

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

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✨✧ Narvel FeltsNarvel Felts Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 guitarist who worked in the shadow of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins – and who retained his sharp edge and boundless energy throughout – so much so that his obscure early 60s recordings are often even sharper than his few minor hits. This package contains them all – as a long-overdue entry in the "rocks" series from Bear Family – with titles that include "Mr Pawnshop Broker", "Night Creature", "Kiss A Me Baby", "Cutie Baby", "Tony", "Chased By The Dawn", "Your True Love", "Rocket Ride", "Lola Did A Dance", "Mystery Train", "Dee Dee", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "Pink & Black Days", "Tongue Tied Jill", "Riverside Drive", "Foolish Thoughts", "Lonely River", and "Sweet Sweet Loving". CD

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

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✨✧ Sid King & The Five StringsGonna Shake This Shake Tonight ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 modes – maybe in part because the group hails from Texas, and in part because much of the production is handled by Don Law – the Columbia country powerhouse, and a studio talent who's got an especially strong ear for making the guitar ring out in the mix! There's a great sense of growth going on over the space of the years in these tunes – definitely hillbilly in the early 50s cuts, but hard rockabilly genius on the later ones too. CD features 29 tracks in all – including "Put Something In The Pot Boy", "Crazy Little Heart", "I Like It", "Warmed Over Kisses Left Over Love", "Booger Red", "Mama I Want You", "But I Don't Care", "Purr Kitty Purr", "Good Rockin Baby", "Ooby Dooby", "Who Put The Turtle In Myrtle's Girdle", and "Hello There Rockin Chair". CD

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✨✧ Dean MartinReturn To Me – The Capitol Years Part 2 (8CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 8CDs ... Out Of Stock
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 contributions to late 50s popular culture. All of this is documented brilliantly in the set's beautiful booklet – a 12" hardcover book with biographical information, an essay, discographical notes, and countless photos and images of Dean in his prime! Dean Martin has been woefully overlooked on the reissue market over the years, which makes this set even fresher than you might think – as it includes a huge amount of stuff that's never been reissued before, including tunes from radio shows, and film soundtracks like Ocean's Eleven, Pardners, Hollywood Or Bust, Ten Thousand Bedrooms, and The Young Lions. We totally love this one – and although we've been Dino fanatics for years, opening this one up is like finding a vault full of rare work we've never heard before! CD

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✨✧ Bonnie Owens with Merle HaggardQueen Of The Coast (4CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
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 the stars – and that legacy is captured here in all its glory, with early rare singles for the Tally, Pike, Del-Fi, and X labels, beginning in 1953 – then running through six full albums and a lot more singles done for Capitol Records – including some of her famous debut tracks with Merle Haggard, which you might have guessed from the cover! The box set comes with a hefty hardcover book that tells the full story behind Bonnie's sometimes-overlooked career – along with many photos, full discographical details, and lots more too – all to support the dozens of great tracks that make up her too-short recorded legacy. CD

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✨✧ Merle TravisFolk Songs Of The Hills/Songs Of The Coalmines ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 40s/1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classic albums from Merle Travis – recorded almost 20 years apart, but sounding wonderful together! Folk Songs Of The Hills is a fantastic early album from Merle – one that brings together some of his initial postwar recordings for Capitol Records, but with more voice between the material to give the whole thing a wonderfully intimate vibe! The songs here are ones that went on to become hits for other singers – and are mixed with more traditional numbers, too – all served up by Merle in a stripped-down style that mostly just features his superb guitar work for accompaniment, next to his wonderful vocals in the lead. The whole thing's a tremendous precursor to so many country and folk modes to come – and is still one of the best of the genre – with the original version of "16 Tons", plus "Nine Pound Hammer", "Muskrat", "I Am A Pilgrim", "Over By Number Nine", "Barbara Allen", "Lost John", and "Dark As A Dungeon". Songs Of The Coalmines is an overlooked early 60s gem from country genius Merle Travis – one that provides a nod to all the younger folkies who were inspired by his early work – while Merle serves up his own set of songs that comment on the state of labor and the trials of the working man! As you'd guess from the title, the theme here is coal – and Travis grew up not that far from the mines in Kentucky, and might well have been headed there himself – were it not for his musical strength, which helped him find a way out of that fate. The format is great – wonderfully stripped-down, with mostly Merle on vocals and guitar, and also introducing many songs with spoken bits too – titles that include "Miner's Strawberries", "Bloody Brethitt County", "Black Gold", "The Harlan County Boys", "Pay Day Comes Too Slow", "Here's To The Operator Boys", and "The Courtship Of Second Cousin Claude". CD

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✨✧ Onie WheelerOnie's Bop ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 moving with these fast-spun, quick-witted lyrics that are often set to romping rhythms that are often more rockabilly than country – even though Wheeler's vocal phrasing is often more familiar for the latter! Given that many of these tracks predate the appearance of Elvis, the set's a great reminder that so many other folks were putting the "rock" in hillbilly during the decade – often with their own sort of spin that's fresher than later, more iconic modes. Titles include "Tell Em Off", "Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox", "Closing Time", "Run Em Off", "No I Don't Guess I Will", "That's All", "Cut It Out", "She Wiggled & Giggled", "Walkin Shoes", "Long Gone", "Going Back To The City", "Steppin Out", and "A Booger Gonna Getcha". CD

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✨✧ Leona WilliamsYes Maam – He Found Me In A Honky Tonk (3CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
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 own right, and the kind of song stylist we'd put right up there with our favorite few female country singers Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and maybe Tammy Wynette! Williams hardly ever cracked the charts, but she continued to record some wonderful material over the years – nearly all of which is included in this set – a package that includes all her early recordings for Hickory, later material for Sony, and lots more other recordings too. The set's got a massive 83 tracks in all – almost a mini-box set, in the best Bear Family tradition – right down to the extensive liner notes on this overlooked talent! 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 ... 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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✨✧ VariousPolitically Incorrect ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Prepare to be offended – but in the best possible way – as this mad collection serves up a whole host of postwar tracks in many styles – all of which have a lyrical bent that would hardly be acceptable today! Some cuts are from the mainstream – which might be excused for their insensitive portrayal of subcultures – but other tracks from genres like blues, country, and jazz often come across with some oddly offensive lyrics at points – yet in ways that maybe have some degree of charm, given their outdated ideas. In fact, the collection's maybe a good reminder that things have never been that easy for most folks in the American music scene – that someone's success is often stomping on someone else's idea – in this case handled in a range of subject matter that might offend Chinese Americans, African Americans, women, hillbillies, and a fair bit of other folks too – with subject matter that deals with differences in language, cultures, intelligence, and even driving – plus a sideline of songs that are suspiciously strong on date rape themes. The package comes with the usual great Bear Family presentation – excellent graphics that support the selection of 31 tracks that include "Women Drivers" by The Playmates, "Chinese Rock & Egg Roll" by Buddy Hackett, "How Can You Leave A Man Like This" by Ella Mae Morse, "Squaws Along The Yukon" by Hank Thompson, "No Chemise Please" by Gerry Granahan, "Calling All Cows" by Blues Rockers, "Get Out Of The Car" by Sammy Davis Jr, "Never Trust A Woman" by Red Foley, "I Love Paris" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Run For Your Life" by Gary Lewis & The Playboys, "Girl Fifteen" by Floyd Dixon, and "Slap Er Down Agin Paw" by Arthur Godfrey & The Too Fat Trio. CD

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✨✧ VariousSun Shines On Hank Williams ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The great Hank Williams had an undeniable impact on country music in the 50s – so much so that he also left a big mark on the early Sun Records artists too – quite a surprise, given how many of them were great songwriters on their own! This wonderful set brings together many rare Sun recordings of Hank Williams tunes – some by Sun stars, some by the more obscure rockabilly artists who issued rare singles on the label – all handled in the best Bear Family style, which means great notes and excellent sound – plus a fair bit of previously unreleased tunes as well! In fact, the unissued material takes up the bigger part of the set – which makes the whole thing a great discovery, even for Sun Records completitsts. The package features 26 tracks in all – and titles include "Cold Cold Heart" by Barbara Pittman, "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (alt)" by Sonny Burgess, "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You (undubbed alt)" by Johnny Cash, "I Saw The Light" by Eddie Bond, "Setting The Woods On Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight" by Carl McVoy, "Your Cheatin Heart (demo)" by Jeannie Greene, "You Win Again" by David Wilkins, "Hey Good Lookin" by Eddie Cash, "Half As Much (demo)" by Hank Davis, "I Can't Help It" by Jeb Stuart, and "Dear John" by Warren Smith. CD

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✨✧ Ed BrucePuzzles ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 recordings done for RCA, right at the same time the label was really taking chances with fresh voices like John Hartford or John D Loudermilk – both artists that we might put together here with Bruce, as like him, they were never entirely straight country – and always had a slightly hipper, smarter vibe overall. Production is by Bob Ferguson throughout – which helps the tunes avoid any Chet Atkins pop country cliches – and there's nice currents of folk and other modes moving through the songs, which include plenty of Ed's own, and some early Kris Kristofferson tunes as well. Titles include "The Price I Pay To Stay", "Blue Denim Eyes", "Give Me More Than You Take", "I'd Best Be Leaving You", "Puzzles", "Ninety Seven More To Go", "Her Sweet Love & The Baby", "Memphis Morning", "I Know Better", and "Painted Girls & Wine". CD

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✨✧ Carl & Pearl ButlerCrying My Heart Out Over You ... CD
Pedaca/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 and Pearl were always a bit different than other country duos – as Carl was clearly the lead star, and Pearl would usually just come along and back him up at key moments – acting a bit like a vocal chorus, but with a warmer, more intimate style – one that often offset the more heartbreaking qualities of Butler's vocals! Although the material was recorded at a time when big labels were breaking through with lots of mainstream country, the vibe here is very laidback, relaxed, and in a classic old school honky tonk mode – mostly captured at the Monument studios in Nashville, with backing by a great supporting cast. Titles include "Take Me Back To Jackson", "Cryin My Heart Out Over You", "Garden Of Shame", "Dog Eat Dog", "Holding On With Open Arms", "If Teardrops Were Pennies", and "I Hope We Walk The Last Mile Together". CD

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

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✨✧ Tompall GlaserMy Notorious Youth – Hilbilly Central 1 (Charlie/Take The Singer With The Song/bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 new wave of deeper invention going on in Music City – part of the scene that was working with headier song themes, more honest production, and arrangements that never muddy the waters with too much going on – produced by Glaser himself, with help from Kinky Friedman and Waylon Jennings. The songs are Tom's own, mostly – mixed with a few well-chosen cuts from contemporaries – and titles include "An Ode To My Notorious Youth", "Mr Lonesome", "Cowboys & Daddies", "Big Jim Colson", "Let It Be Pretty", "Bad Bad Cowboy", and a great version of Friedman's "Sold American". Take The Singer With The Song is a record that really has Tompall Glaser coming into his own – singing more confidently in a country mode than with the folk traces of before – and really bringing a sharpness into his voice that wouldn't have been expected a few years before, and which really suits the smartness of the material. Glaser produced the record himself, but you can also hear the hand of Cowboy Jack Clement in there too – on titles that include "Pass Me On By", "Texas Law Sez", "Lay Down Beside Me", "The Good Lord Knows I Tried", "Breakdown", and the "I'll Fly Away" medley of country gospel tunes. CD also features the bonus tracks "Love Stoned" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". CD

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✨✧ Tom T HallI Witness Life/100 Children ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1970/1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 approach is generally one of witness, but inflected with an incredible sense of wit and insight as well! The songs here are Hall at the height of his storytelling powers – each of them a mini-movie in sound, with Tom's twangy lead as the perfect presentation of these great little songs – most of which show a mode that's really evolved from his work as a songwriter for others in the Nashville scene of the mid 60s. These songs are completely Tom's own – gens that include "Salute To A Switchblade", "Thank You Connersville Indiana", "The Ballad Of Bill Crump", "Girls In Saigon City", "America The Ugly", and "That'll Be Alright With Me". 100 Children is a set that has Tom T Hall opening things up slightly – ever so slightly – from the mode of his first few albums for Mercury – a set that maybe introduces a few more sentimental songs, but all still mixed with the kind of insight from hindsight that has always made Hall so great! There's a few cuts that are maybe trying to pull the country heartstrings more than usual for Tom, but he also balances them out with the sorts of gems that really make just about every one of his first ten albums so wonderful. Titles include "I Want To See The Parade", "Mama Bake A Pie", "I Hope It Rains At My Funeral", "I Took A Memory To Lunch", "The Hitch Hiker", "Old Enough To Want You", and "Pinto The Wonder Horse Is Dead". CD

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✨✧ Ferlin HuskyGonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 the time – as the cuts often have some bumping basslines that are clearly borrowed a bit from rockabilly, and have that wonderfully full Capitol Records production style of the late 50s – which can illuminate even a casual moment in a tune, and make Ferlin's wit and personality really come through in the vocals! The CD's one of the best collections we've ever seen to focus on this side of Husky's great, and overlooked talent – and titles include "I Feel Better All Over", "Slow Down Brother", "Cross Eyed Gal From The Ozarks", "Detour", "Prize Possession", "Black Sheep", "Eli The Camel", "Excuse Me Stranger", "Wang Dang Doo", "I Will", and "Muki Ruki". CD

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✨✧ John D LoudermilkIt's My Time ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 RCA, he'd discovered folk music, then moved beyond it – with the sorts of unusual songs that would never have really found a place with the coffee shop crowds, but which also weren't really suited to the more mainstream country that RCA was recording at the time! In a way, John here is a bit like John Hartford – who also recorded for the label at the same time, and had a similar freedom to write and record all these really unusual songs that can mix larger social themes with some surprisingly personal moments. The set features 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Where Have They Gone", "I'm Looking For A World", "The Little Grave", "Bubble Please Break", "The Joneses", "Ma Baker's Little Acre", "To Hell With Love", "Joey Stays With Me", "Givin You All My Love", Interstate 40", and "You're The Guilty One" – plus the original version of "The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian", later made famous by The Raiders. CD

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✨✧ Jimmy McCracklinMercury Recordings ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 early soul territory that Jimmy was helping forge at the time. The set begins with some rougher-edged numbers, but shows a real growth in sound and style as the short years move on – a maturation of McCracklin's style that's strongly helped by efforts from producers Clyde Otis and Shelby Singleton. Titles include "The Wobble", "Georgia Slop", "Hitched", "By Myself", "Doomed Lover", "What's That (parts 1 & 2)", "Folsom Prison Blues", "With Your Love", and "Let's Do It". CD

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✨✧ Johnny Paycheck (aka Danny Young)Shakin The Blues ... CD
Decca/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 – not throwaway material at all, but instead the kind of fully-formed early 60s country that should have, could have made Paycheck huge – including many original tunes written by the man himself, and sung with the kind of completely charming, surprisingly dark tones that we love so much in the mid-60s work that began to bring him fame. Tracks were produced by Owen Bradley and Shelby Singleton – and originally issued on Decca and Mercury, plus a few more on the Todd label – and the set features a whopping 29 tracks in all, with titles that include "The Story Behind The Photograph", "I Guess I Had It Coming", "Pictures Can't Talk Back", "Big Swamp Land", "Second Thought", "I'm Out Of My Mind", "One Day A Week", "Hello Walls", "Window Up Above", "Down To My Last Dime", "I'm Glad To Have Her Back Again", "A Woman's Intuition", and "Your Old Used To Be". CD

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✨✧ Ronnie SelfBop A Lena ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 record – graced with this voice that was not only raw, but able to move pretty darn fast – which he often does here alongside some quick-twanging guitar and mighty romping rhythms! The set's still the best we've ever seen to bring together Self's recordings from the time – and features all of his gems for Columbia, plus material from other labels too – 30 tracks that include "Ain't I'm A Dog", "Bop A Lena", "Too Many Lovers", "Date Bate", "Big Blon Baby", "Black Night Blues", "Flame Of Love", "Some Things You Can't Change", "Go Go The Cannibal", "Instant Man", "Past Present & Future", "Pretty Bad Blues", "Petrified", and "You're So Right For Me". CD

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✨✧ Wynn StewartCome On – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Challenge/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 sharp sound and a strong ear for a nice twang – often working here with production modes that aren't as full or polished as those out east – which also opens up some slight early rock currents in his music as well! Stewart's material for the Challenge label has been collected over the years, but this package also brings in some much more obscure early work for Capitol and Intro Records – all with the impeccable Bear Family presentation that includes lots of notes and other details on the music. 32 tracks in all – with titles that include "Uncle Tom Got Caught", "That Just Kills Me", "Slowly But Surely", "Come On", It's Not The Moon That Makes The Difference", "Playboy", "Rain Rain", "School Bus Love Affair", "I Done Done It", "We'll Never Love Again", "Slightly Used", "Man Man Mr Sandman", and "Three Cheers For The Loser". CD

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✨✧ Allen ToussaintComplete Tousan Sessions – The Wild Sound Of New Orleans ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 mostly instrumental – with Toussaint on piano, stomping up a storm with lots of wild playing in that heavy-handed, triplet-heavy 1950s New Orleans mode. The tracks romp along in a nice crescent city groove – not funky, but with that roots of funk sound that always makes work from this period hold up nicely. Titles include "Chico", "Pelican Parade", "Po Boy Walk", "Wham Tousan", "Bono", "Java", "Up The Creek", "Happy Times", "Whirlaway", "Tim Tam", and "Al's Theme". CD

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✨✧ VariousGroovin The Blues – When Groove Was More Than Just A Habit ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Killer blues from RCA Records' Groove subsidiary – home to its roughest, rawest work in the 50s – and a treasure trove of under-discovered gems! And although these tracks are mostly blues at the core, they often step forth with the power of more upbeat R&B – as artists you might normally associate with more down home sounds get a nice sort of crackle and pop in the Groove Records setting – often just through some slight touches in the backing instrumentation and arrangements, which update their modes to a great mid 50s, soul-drenched vibe! Bear Family have done a great job with the track list here – and have unearthed a number of tracks we've never heard from this stretch on the label – 33 titles that include "Wait Till Next Year Baby" by Big Connie, "I Took You In Baby" by Sonny Terry, "Tain't Right" by Big Tiny Kennedy, "Love Blues" by Clayton Love, "No Nice" by Buddy Lucas, "The Ups" by Champion Jack Dupree, "Goin Back Home" by Cousin Leroy, "You've Been Good To Everybody" by The Du Droppers, "Won't You Forgive Me" by Little Tommy Brown, "I'll Life My Life Alone" by Oscar Black & Sue Allen, and "Beantown Boogie" by Bertrice Reading. CD

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✨✧ VariousSweet Soul Music 1967 – 30 Scorching Classics ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 60s – but also done with a full color booklet that's over 60 pages long – filled with track-by-track notes on the tunes, and filled with great photos, images, and historical data! The whole thing's a perfect soul music time capsule – with the depth of production that we've always loved in Bear Family releases for other genres. Titles include "Are You Lonely For Me" by Freddie Scott, "Eight Men Four Women" by OV Wright, "Dirty Man" by Laura Lee, "Come On Sock It To Me" by Syl Johnson, "Hypnotized" by Linda Jones, "Some Kinda Wonderful" by Soul Brothers Six, "Nothing Takes The Place Of You" by Toussaint McCall, "Baby Please Come Back Home" by JJ Barnes, "Soul Finger" by The Bar-Kays, "Girls Are Yout To Get You" by The Fascinations, "Funky Broadway (part 1)" by Dyke & The Blazers, "Piece Of My Heart" by Erma Franklin, and "I Wanna Testify" by The Parliaments. CD

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✨✧ VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 29 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Crest Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the smaller labels to get featured on this excellent series of rockabilly gems – and a collection that also shows that the music could quickly take off in points that were far from Tennessee and other southern scenes! All the cuts here are from the catalog of the tiny Crest Records label in LA – and they've all got the kind of hard-edged, raw-ripping quality that we love on other volumes in this legendary series – one that's been a constantly rewarding one over the years, and a great antidote to all the dodgy, poorly-done CDs that usually focus on music like this! There's a few names here who broke big later on other labels, and the set also maybe has a bit of Bakersfield influence – but of the pre-country, hillbilly boogie variety – on a set of 32 titles that include "IOU" by Jack Lewis, "Let's Coast Awhile" by Bo Davis, "Stack A Records" by Tom Tall & His Tom Kats, "Do I" by Bill Great Dane, "What I Like Most Of All" by Don Thomson & The Desert Stars, "Can You Bop" by Tom Wilson, "Spotlight" by Frank & Ernie, "The Grave" by Tony Casanova, "Ummm Kiss Me Goodnight" by Buddy Love, "Night Shift" by Norm Skyler, and 'You Bet Your Little Life" by Marty Cooper. 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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✨✧ Bonnie GuitarOnly The Moon Man Knows – Rare Recordings 1951 to 1957 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 sophisticated styles – always with this great level of production that has a nice current of darkness overall, which brings Bonnie's vocals and guitar together in this harmonic style that's not too far from other 50s great like Les & Mary Paul, or The Chordettes – neither of whom are a direct comparison, but who might make for great listening next to this CD. Many of these tracks haven't seen the light of day since their original issue on 78rpm discs – many of which are pictured in the very thick booklet, which also has lots of notes on the music – and the set features a total of 34 tracks, with titles that include "Hello Hello Please Answer The Phone", "If You See My Love Dancing", "Clinging Vine", "Open The Door To Your Heart", "Heart's Desire", "Please My Love", "Midget Auto Blues", "I Lost My Turkey", and "Don't Keep Me Waitin". CD
 
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CokersWe're Gonna Bop – The Complete Coker Family Recordings On Abbott & Decca 1954 to 1957 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... About September 1, 2019
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 Alvadeen, or guitarist Sandy, who's got a heck of a deft touch on his instrument – which makes his instrumental numbers here some real standouts in the set! And given the different leads, there's a really rich feel to the collection too – 32 tracks that make you feel almost like you've got one of those great Bear Family compilations in your hands, with lots of variety that really keeps things interesting. As usual with the label, the overall package is wonderful – over 70 pages of notes, images, and other details that really illuminate the group's short history! CD

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Billy BrownDid We Have A Party – Honky Tonk Heroes ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... About July 1, 2019 (delayed)
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 from Bear Family – as it really uncovers all the greatness of Billy Brown that we might have missed otherwise – as the singer takes off on a whopping 30 tracks, packaged with full notes on his career and the individual sessions too. The bulk of the music is from the late 50s, but the set also includes a few gems from later years – and titles include "Flip Out", "Run Em Off", "Next", "Did We Have A Party", "Jealous Stars", "Tight Wad", "Trusting Heart", "Rich In Love", "Drunk Drunk Again", "The Last Letter", and "Lost Weekend". CD

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David Allan CoeMysterious Rhinestone Cowboy/Once Upon A Time ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1974/1975. New Copy ... About March 10, 2019 (delayed)
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 Rhinestone Cowboy and Once Upon A Time LPs on CD for the first time – and it serves as a reminder of how so many great albums that don't quite dig their way into the public consciousness get neglected for far too many years! Tracks include "A Sad Country Song", "Crazy Mary", "The 33rd Of August", "Atlanta Song", "Desperados Waitin' For The Train", "The Old Grey Goose Is Dead", "Jody Like A Melody", "Sweet Vibrations", "Another Pretty Country Song", "Fraulein", and "Shine It On". 20 in all. CD

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VariousCole Slaw Music Club – A Rhythm & Blues Revue ... CD
Cree (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Hard-grooving R&B from a host of hip talents from the 50s – music that's a bit blues, a bit jazz, and which goes past the obvious tunes you'd usually find on a collection like this! The cuts were chosen by the folks at the Cole Slaw Club in Germany – a specialist spot to step to old school grooves like these – and the sounds are a very cool mix of jukebox jive, groovy instrumentals, and some deeper-voiced tunes that really give the collection a lot of depth! The collection's not afraid to step between different genres in search of a swinging groove – in the best Bear Family/Cree Records style – and titles include "I Changed My Mind Jack" by Jo Ann Campbell, "Spider In The Web" by The Dooley Sisters, "Big John" by Richard Berry, "The Sneak" by Jimmy Oliver's Orchestra, "Salome Twist" by The Carroll Brothers, "Talk About Me" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Sugar Diabetes" by Eddie Banks, "Stolen Love" by Miss Lavell, "Sweet Little Love Like You" by Al Brown & The Tune Toppers, "Dance Of The Goony Bird" by Pat Miller, "Summertime" by Sylvia Mora, and "My Old Man" by Buddy & Ella Johnson. CD

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VariousGunsmoke Vol 4 – Dark Tales Of Western Noir From A Ghost Town Jukebox (10 inch LP) ... LP
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
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. Titles on this fourth volume include "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. LP, Vinyl record album

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



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