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✨✧ VariousPrecious Years – 34 Teen Dance Hits From The Bear Family Archive ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
The kids on the cover might look pretty mainstream, but the sounds on the record are in the best tradition of rockabilly and hillbilly styles of the Bear Family label! The set's overflowing with romping little gems that work equally well far from a dancefloor filled with gals in skirts and guys in cardigans – raw rockers that sound wonderful after all these years, and which show that there's plenty to discover in the 50s and 60s scenes, way past the hits! You'll recognize a few of these names, but in the best Bear Family style, the tunes included are much more obscure – and laid out next to great work by lesser-known gems too – presented with wonderful sound, and very detailed notes. Titles include "I Really Really Love You" by JoAnn Campbell, "Man Like Wow" by Tommy Sands, "Let Me Be Your Hero" by Terry Noland, "Feel So Good" by Johnny Preston, "My Chick Is Fine" by Gus Backus, "While You're Dancing" by Marty Robbins, "If You Don't Want My Lovin" by Carl Dobkins, "You Want Love" by Clyde Stacy, "One Summer Night" by The Danleers, "Meet Mr Mud" by Bob Luman, "Lana" by Roy Orbison, "Modern Romance" by Sanford Clark, "Heaven's Plan" by Lefty Frizzell, and "Bad Boy" by Robin Luke. CD
 
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✨✧ Sam ButeraHot New Orleans Nights ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1953/1954. Used ... $4.99
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CadillacsCadillacs Rock ... CD
Roulette/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 20.99
One of the coolest collections of work we've ever seen by The Cadillacs – a set that definitely rocks, but which also presents the group in all their mad and many modes! In some ways, The Cadillacs were sort of an east coast counterpart to The Coasters – able to sing with as much dynamic energy, and with ears for all sorts of unusual tunes that were filled with wit – almost an audio version of a cartoon, given some of the storylines and really animated vocals! The group have always been one of our favorites from back in the day – and this cool collection really gets at all the things that made them so great – with a whopping 34 tracks in all, and the usual great Bear Family notes and production values. Titles include "Sugar Sugar", "Zoom (version 2)", "No Chance", "Down The Road", "Great Googly Moo", "Cool It Fool", "Jay Walker", "Romeo", "Bad Dan McGoon, "Naggity Nag, "Dumbell", "Gloria", "Still You Left Me Baby", "Shock A Doo", "I Want To Know About Love", "Copy Cat", and "A Looka Here". CD

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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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Joe CarsonHillbilly Band From Mars ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Forget the novelty sound of the title, and get ready to discover a great country singer who should have been huge – the really wonderful Joe Carson, whose ability to inflect a tune reminds us of prime Lefty Frizzell or Webb Pierce at their best! These tracks are tight, focused, and never overdone – first recorded for Mercury, then Liberty Records – and all done in a respectful way that really puts Joe's fantastic vocals right out front – a clear, clean sound that's deeply personal without ever going into too-emotional territory – a careful country balance that few singers ever managed to hit this well. Carson never hit big fame, but this set's all-star material all the way through – first in a 50s honky tonk mode, then in a richer 60s style – but all without ever sounding too commercial at all. Hats off to Bear Family for giving us such a great discovery, and presenting it with their usual great notes and package – a total of 33 titles that include "I Gotta Get Drunk", "I Don't Have A Contract With You", "Crazy Dream", "Don't Enter", "I'm Not Allergic To Love", "I'll Never Love No One But You", "Three Little Words Too Late", "Passion & Pride", "Love Transfusion", "Release Me", "Be A Good Girl", "Fort Worth Jail", and "The Last Song I'm Ever Gonna Sing". CD

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Leon ChappelAutomatic Mama ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Cool Capitol Records hillbilly sessions from Leon Chappel – but music that's done with a very different vibe than some of the other 50s work on the label! Most of the tunes here are pretty stripped-down – rootsy country, but with an ear for jazz, which comes through both in the phrasing of Leon, which almost has western swing echoes – and in some of the work on guitar, fiddle, or piano – instruments used in a setting that's spare enough to get plenty of space in the lineup! In fact, it's probably a bit misleading to say that Chappel has a western swing approach – although he is from Texas, and clearly drank deep in the well of the style - -but comes across with a much more stripped-down style that's mighty nice. The package features 26 tracks from early 50s sessions for Capitol, some unreleased – and titles include "True Detective", "Tell Me Mama", "You Hear Me Talkin", "Don't Dog Me Round", "Double Up & Catch Up", "A True Man's Hard To Find", "What Makes You Hesitate", and "Just A Blue-Eyed Blonde". CD

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Joe ClayDucktail ... CD
Vik/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Raw early rockers from Joe Clay – most cut in the year of 1956, issued on RCA's Vik subsidiary, and as hard and heavy as the best sounds coming from Sun at the time! Joe Clay's a hell of a singer and a guitarist – playing here with a raw twang that really gives these tunes a heck of a lot of power, and a vocal mode that's clearly inspired by R&B, but which also has all these offbeat inflections – really making Clay one of the true greats of the early rockabilly years, even though he only gave the world a handful of singles! This set features everything that Joe recorded for RCA – singles, unreleased tracks, and alternates – titles that include "Slipping Out & Sneaking In", "Ducktail", "You Look Good To Me", "Get On The Right Track", "Doggone It", "Goodbye Goodbye", "Sixteen Chicks", "Cracker Jack", and "Did You Mean Jelly Beans". CD

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Patsy ClineGonna Shake This Shack Tonight – Stop, Look, & Listen ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A fantastic collection of early material by Patsy Cline – one that offers up a nice change from the usual greatest hits package, and really digs deep into some of the harder work of her early years! The set's heavy on original recordings done for the Four Star label before Patsy rose to fame at Decca – and many of these tracks have a harder, darker vibe – one that really fits the "shack shaking" image of this series! There's a total of 31 tracks in all – including some unusual takes on familiar tunes, and lots of other early gems – all supported with the usual great Bear Family notes. Titles include "I Don't Wanna", "Stop Look & Listen (alt)", "Ain't No Wheels On This Ship", "Love Love Love Me Honey Do", "Today Tomorrow & Forever", "Hungry For Love", "Walking Dream", "Too Many Secrets", "Turn The Cards Slowly", "Honky Tonk Merry Go Round", "A Poor Man's Roses", "Don't Ever Leave Me Again", and "In Care Of The Blues". CD

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✨✧ Collins KidsRockin'est ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
A killer collection from one of the coolest rockin acts of the 50s – a pair of younger kids, but who work together with a fire and frenzy that honestly beats most of the bigger rockabilly acts of the time! The Collins Kids are the stuff of legend – the kind of act that could hardly emerge today, especially on a major label – as it's almost as much of a surprise that these singles were recorded for Columbia Records during their big pop years, as it is how great the duo are together! Almost every track is upbeat, fast-riffing, and in that perfect spot between early rock and hillbilly – and the CD features 22 gems that include "Beetle Bug Bop", "Hoy Hoy", "Whistle Bait", "Hot Rod", "I'm In My Teens", "Hush Money", "The Rockaway Rock", "Hop Skip & Jump", "Mercy", "Party", "They're Still In Love", "Heartbeat", and "Go Away Don't Bother Me". CD
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Collins KidsRockin'est ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A killer collection from one of the coolest rockin acts of the 50s – a pair of younger kids, but who work together with a fire and frenzy that honestly beats most of the bigger rockabilly acts of the time! The Collins Kids are the stuff of legend – the kind of act that could hardly emerge today, especially on a major label – as it's almost as much of a surprise that these singles were recorded for Columbia Records during their big pop years, as it is how great the duo are together! Almost every track is upbeat, fast-riffing, and in that perfect spot between early rock and hillbilly – and the CD features 22 gems that include "Beetle Bug Bop", "Hoy Hoy", "Whistle Bait", "Hot Rod", "I'm In My Teens", "Hush Money", "The Rockaway Rock", "Hop Skip & Jump", "Mercy", "Party", "They're Still In Love", "Heartbeat", and "Go Away Don't Bother Me". CD
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Link DavisBig Mamou ... CD
Okeh/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 26.99
Link Davis is holding a saxophone on the cover, but he's also a hell of a fiddler too – and this huge collection of his music follows a strong shift in his style over the course of the 50s – from a rootsy cajun musician to one that's got more of a rocking vibe overall! The package brings together rare Okeh and Starday Records singles from Link – material produced by two top country talents of the 50s, Don Law and Pappy Dailey – with a quality level that makes each individual tune really sparkle, and sound great here together as a constellation of overlooked gems from the time! There's plenty of shift between Louisiana and east Texas modes in the music – and titles include "Sixteen Chicks", "Big Mamou", "Time Will Tell", "Hey Garcon", "Rice & Gravy Blues", "Bayou Buffalo", "Trucker From Tennessee", "Slippin & Slidin Sometimes", "Big Coonie", "Grasshopper Rock", "Would You Be Waiting", and "The Crawfish Crawl". CD

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

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Narvel FeltsNarvel Felts Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 24.99
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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✨✧ Jim FordUnissued Capitol Album ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The never-issued follow-up to Jim Ford's classic Capitol album Harlan County – the kind of set that could have made him another Kris Kristofferson, or at least a Billy Joe Shaver – had the record company thought to release this gem at the time! The music is very different than standard Capitol country of the time – much more LA indie underground, with a strong singer-songwriter spirit – yet a record that's also decidedly country through and through, both in the themes of the songs and Jim's presentation of the lyrics – which are wonderful, and backed by a nicely subtle blend of steel and acoustic guitar. Titles include "Harry Hippy", "The Sounds Of Our Time", "Wonder What They'll Do With Today", "Rising Sign", "Big Mouth USA", "Go Through Sunday", and "Point Of No Return". CD

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Lefty FrizzellSteppin Out – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
The legendary king of the honky tonks in all of his glory – served up here in a mighty nice package that brings together Columbia Records classics, overlooked gems, and even some rare material pulled from unreleased and transcription sessions! The package is way better and way different than a greatest hits collection on Lefty Frizzell – as the 35 tracks here really get to the heart of the genius of the man himself – the rawness and way with a tune that made Frizzell the immediate heir to Hank Williams, and that way of inflecting a tune with his voice, which set the tone for countless generations to come! If you've ever heard anyone mention Lefty, and wondered where to start, you can't do better than this set – a very well-chosen batch of tracks that includes "From An Angel To A Devil", "Shine Shave Shower", "Cigarettes & Coffee Blues", "Sunday Down In Tennessee", "I'm An Old Man", "Run Em Off", "Just Can't Live That Fast", "Mama", "If You Can Spare The Time", "Farther Than My Eyes Can See", "She's Gone Gone Gone", "Steppin Out", "Somebody Pushin", "Desert Blues", and "Sick Sober & Sorry". CD

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Don GibsonLegend In My Own Time ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $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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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 ... $13.99 24.99
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 ... $10.99 12.99
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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Waylon JenningsJourney – Six Strings Away (6CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 6CDs ... $139.99
Pivotal work from the great Waylon Jennings – all of his RCA Records material from the years right before he exploded intou outlaw fame in the 70s – a huge amount of tracks that really showcase Jennings as a journeyman country artist, with a hell of a range and an incredible voice! Comes with a huge hardcover book of notes and images, too. CD
(Out of print.)

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Kingston TrioKingston Trio – The Guard Years (10CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 10CDs ... $119.99
A huge collection of rare material by The Kingston Trio – all their earliest work for Capitol, when Dave Guard was a member of the group – complete with rare tracks too! Also comes with a fantastic 108 page hardcover book! CD
(Box and book are in great shape.)

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Louvin BrothersClose Harmony (8CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 8 CDs & Book ... $165.99 229.99
Whoa! An incredible, gargantuan 8 CD box set of the Louvin Brothers complete catalog for the Capitol, Apollo, Decca, and MGM labels in the late 50s and early 60s! Ira and Charlie are probably the greatest country harmony duo of all time – and the set is way too huge to even think about soaking up in a single sitting – but it's an essential slice of history for the completists out there, and thanks to Bear Family many of these tracks that might have disappeared forever live on thanks to the magic of CD! 220 songs – including tons of alternate versions from throughout the years, many of which still have the crackly quality you have on a lot of Folkways recordings – the kind that only contribute to the sincerity of the recordings rather than standing out as a flaw. The box also includes a massive book, with rare photos, a montage of all the original album cover art, a complete list of tracks recorded by other artists, and everything you need to know about the boys and their lives at the time! A small sample of what you'll find here – "Alabama", "Seven Year Blues", "Weapon Of Prayer", "Robe Of White", "Great Atomic Power", "Broadminded", "Satan And The Saint", "I Can't Say No", "Pitfall", "In The Pines", "Kentucky", "Katy Dear", "We Could", "Tennessee Waltz", "Dog Sled", "Blue", The Drunkard's Doom", and a couple hundred more! CD

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

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

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Cliff RichardOn The Continent (4CD box set with book) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. Used 4 CDs ... $24.99
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
(Still sealed! Includes a nice 96 page hardcover book.)

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✨✧ Billy Lee RileyBilly Lee Riley Rocks ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 24.99
Maybe one of the most hard-hitting in this great "rocks" series from Bear Family Records – and maybe one that features one of the artists most deserving the title, too – as the legendary Billy Lee Riley steps out here on a host of classic singles for Sun Records, unissued material, and other gems recorded for Brunswick, Philips, Rita, Jaro, and Home Of The Blues! Riley had a short but great career on the Memphis scene – where he was one of the rawest, most hard-ripping talents to cut up the underground in the days of the bigger early rock giants – a hell of a singer with a very raw sound, and a guitar player too – although these tracks also feature great work from Sonny Burgess and Roland Janes as well. CD features 35 tracks in all – including "Barefootin (alt)", "Red Hot", "Rock With Me Baby", "Is That All To The Ball", "Your Cash Ain't Nothin But Trash", "Thunderbird", "Arkansas Traveler", "Pearly Lee", "College Man", "Open The Door Richard", "Got The Water Boiling", "Nightmare Mash", "Searchin", "Speed Lovers", "The Little Green Men", and "Catfish". CD

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Jack ScottJack Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $12.99
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Connie SmithBorn To Sing (4CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $92.99 139.99
The first fantastic chapter in the career of Connie Smith – all her RCA recordings from her first few years on the label – work that sees Connie as being maybe one of the most important female singers in a new generation of country music – and maybe one of the few who could ever take the crown from the recently departed Patsy Cline! Like Cline, Connie is maybe at her best when singing heartbreaking material, of which there's plenty in this package – but she also opens up nicely on other sorts of work too – in a good variety that features early compositions by Willie Nelson, Harlan Howard, Dallas Frazier, and Bill Anderson – all handled in the best 60s RCA mode. The package features a wealth of singles and b-sides, plus the full albums Connie Smith, Cute N Country, Miss Smith Goes To Nashville, Great Sacred Songs, Connie In The Country, Downtown Country, and Sings Bill Anderson – plus a rare French session too – 129 tracks in all, presented with a very big booklet of notes and photos, and a full discography too. CD

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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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Hank ThompsonHank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys (12CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Used 12CDs ... $149.99
A tremendous run of music from the great Hank Thompson – a 12 CD package that brings together every single bit of genius that he recorded for Capitol Records – plus rare material for Columbia and the Globe and Blue Bonnet labels too – all packaged with a hefty hardcover book as well! This stuff is amazing – a shift from western modes to grittier country styles that made Hank one of the kings of the honky tonk generation – served up here in a package that features singles, rare albums, and live material too! CD
(Box has a rip in the middle of the back, punched in slightly, and a bump on one edge – but book, CDs, and everything else is great.)

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Hayden ThompsonRock A Billy Gal – The Sun Years Plus ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 23.99
A fantastic collection of tracks by Hayden Thompson – an artist who briefly recorded for Sun Records at the end of the 50s, but who also left behind lots of other rare singles and other gems too! Hayden's not one of those more standard rockabilly singers – as he has this really raw, unbridled style, and a fair bit of vocal twang too – which means that most of these numbers are on the wilder side of the spectrum, even if the tunes are nice and lean! And while Hayden's gotten reissue treatment in various ways over the years, this set really tops the rest – as it features a number of unissued early trafcks, and rare singles on labels that include Von, Arlen, Profile, and Beat – and even a full album's worth of material recorded in Chicago for the Sunjay label. 35 tracks in all – including "Oh Mama", "Blues Blues Blues", "Love My Baby", "This Old Windy City", "Lonely For My Baby", "Dream Love", "Tom Thumb", "Pardon Me", "Queen Bee", "Rock A Billy Girl", "I Guess I'd Better Be Moving Along", "Congratulations To You Joe", "The Key To My Kingdom", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", and "Call Me Shorty". CD

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Merle TravisFolk Songs Of The Hills/Songs Of The Coalmines ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 40s/1963. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
A pair of classic albums from Merle Travis – recorded almost 20 years apart, but sounding wonderful together! Folk Songs Of The Hills is a fantastic early album from Merle – one that brings together some of his initial postwar recordings for Capitol Records, but with more voice between the material to give the whole thing a wonderfully intimate vibe! The songs here are ones that went on to become hits for other singers – and are mixed with more traditional numbers, too – all served up by Merle in a stripped-down style that mostly just features his superb guitar work for accompaniment, next to his wonderful vocals in the lead. The whole thing's a tremendous precursor to so many country and folk modes to come – and is still one of the best of the genre – with the original version of "16 Tons", plus "Nine Pound Hammer", "Muskrat", "I Am A Pilgrim", "Over By Number Nine", "Barbara Allen", "Lost John", and "Dark As A Dungeon". Songs Of The Coalmines is an overlooked early 60s gem from country genius Merle Travis – one that provides a nod to all the younger folkies who were inspired by his early work – while Merle serves up his own set of songs that comment on the state of labor and the trials of the working man! As you'd guess from the title, the theme here is coal – and Travis grew up not that far from the mines in Kentucky, and might well have been headed there himself – were it not for his musical strength, which helped him find a way out of that fate. The format is great – wonderfully stripped-down, with mostly Merle on vocals and guitar, and also introducing many songs with spoken bits too – titles that include "Miner's Strawberries", "Bloody Brethitt County", "Black Gold", "The Harlan County Boys", "Pay Day Comes Too Slow", "Here's To The Operator Boys", and "The Courtship Of Second Cousin Claude". CD

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Link WrayLink Wray Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
Raw Link Wray in all of his glory – great work from the time when Link was more of a guitarist than a singer – with a searing sound that set the tone for countless generations to come! This beautifully-done package brings together Link Wray numbers from all his important early numbers – mostly late 50s/early 60s tracks that are instrumental, but occasionally feature a bit of voice or some other gimmick – yet never enough to get in the way of that fantastic fuzz that made Link's guitar such a bold electric force! The set comes with a full color, 34 page book that details all the tracks – and the CD features 34 titles that include "Turnpike USA", "Jack The Ripper", "Hold On", "I'm Branded", "The Swag", "Batman", "Slinky", "Right Turn", "Ace Of Spades", "The Shadow Knows", "Hold It", "The Outlaw", "Mary Ann", "Big City After Dark", "The Black Widow", "Radar", "Run Chicken Run", "Dance Contest", "Pancho Villa", and "Dinosaur". CD

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VariousAnother Banana Split Please – More Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
A great set of tracks to celebrate the summer – mostly music that predates the big wave of beach and surf rockers of the 60s, and which show that there was still plenty of joy about the warmer months of the year during previous scenes in the postwar years! As with the earlier volume, the music here is in a variety of different styles – early rock and pop, straight out vocals, bits of jazz, and even some exotica too – all laid out in a mighty long list of songs that provide the perfect soundtrack for a sunny summer afternoon! The whole thing's handled with the usual Bear Family strengths of presentation and quality sound – and titles include "Here Comes Summer" by Jerry Keller, "Summer Is Here" by The Pals, "Dark Dark Sunglasses" by The Kittens, "Bikini" by The Bikinis, "Sea Nymph" by Les Baxter, "Sealed With A Kiss" by The Four Voices, "This Is The Night" by Larry Tamblyn, "Keeping Cool With Lemonade" by Nick Noble, "Soda Pop Pop" by Vince Eager & The Vagabonds, "Surf Bunny" by Gene Cray & The Stingrays, "Everybody Outta The Pool" by The Lifeguards, and "She Takes Sun Baths" by Sammy Salvo. 33 tracks in all! CD

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VariousAutumn Leaves – 29 Gems For The Golden Season Of Indian Summer ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A great little collection of autumn-themed tunes – and one that definitely lives up to the spirit of the Indian Summer in the title! By that, we mean that these songs are maybe more about the cycle of rebirth and new life that's triggered by fall – the shift away from the dog days of August to the new sort of life that's born in September – post-Holiday, back to work, and ready to face the world with a newly-charged sense of energy! These are sad tunes about falling leaves, but lively numbers that revel in all the new colors of the season – served up in a hip mix of vocal, rock, jazz, and pop modes from the end of the 50s and the start of the 60s – all given the best Bear Family spin. Titles include "It's Raining" by Irma Thomas, "Come September" by Bobby Darin, "Waiting For Fall" by Tab Hunter, "Stormy Weather" by Etta James, "In The Rain" by Ferrante & Teicher, "Windy & Warm" by Chet Atkins, "Wild Wind" by Don Duke, "Rain Rain Go Away" by Bobby Vinton, "Autumn In New York" by Bobby Christian, "Cotton Picker" by Eddie Cochran, "Corn Poem" by Bob Davie, and "Turkey Gobbler" by Nino Tempo. CD

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VariousDestination Lust – The World Of Love, Sex, & Violence ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... About February 1, 2020 (delayed)
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✨✧ VariousDestination Moon – 50 Years – First Man On The Moon ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
Rocket to the moon on a whole host of vintage tunes with a lunar theme – a great mix of music that runs the gamut from rocking instrumentals, to jazzy vocals, to some very cool space age pop numbers! The package is one of the most inventive we've ever seen in this nature – way different than the usual moon landing sort of compilation – as the music is very wide-ranging, and handled with the usual Bear Family label flair – a great package and a really great selection of tunes – 34 tracks that include "Rocket To The Moon" by Bob Roubian, "Rocket Ship" by Jackie Lowell, "We'll Be Dancin On The Moon" by Trade Martin, "Rocket To The Moon" by Chris Kenner, "Moon Twist" by Chuck Dallis, "Moon Rocket" by Lyn Vernon, "Race To Space" by Glenn Willings, "Rocket" by Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones, "Cape Canaveral" by Monte Meade, "Rocket Ride" by Narvel Felts, "Sky Rocket" by Lindsay Powers & His Combo, "Rockin On The Moon" by Deacon & The Rock N Rollers, "First Man To Stand On The Moon" by Buck Griffin, "The Rocket" by Jesse Stone, "Rocket To The Moon" by Lenny Welch, and "Madison Rocket" by Kid Burbank. CD

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✨✧ VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 2 – 33 Roots & Covers Of Elvis Presley ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A great look at the Elvis Presley universe – not sounds by the King himself, but music that first inspired his creations – and other songs that have contemporary artists inspired by the records that Presley was releasing during the early years of his career! The collection is fantastic – a great sideline to the famous sounds of Elvis and Sun Records – and there's a really great range of material included throughout, all supported by very detailed notes that really show the thought and care that went into the selection of tracks. The whole thing is as vibrant and colorful as the image on the cover – and titles on this second volume include "Snoopin Around" by Joel Gray, "I Got Stung" by Eli Whitney, "A Big Hunk O Love" by Johnny Devlin & The Devils, "I Want You With Me" by Bobby Darlin, "Slicin Sand Twist" by Bryan Davies, "Working On The Building" by The Blackwood Brothers, "Surrender" by Rikki Henderson, "GI Blues" by Ronnie Knull & His Rock A Kings, "She's Not You" by Les Carle, "Good Luck Charm" by The Marvelettes, "They Remind Me Too Much Of You" by Don Robertson, "Just Tell Him Jane Said Hello" by Gerri Granger, "Girl Next Door Went A Walkin" by Thomas Wayne, "Dirty Dirty Feeling" by Danny Ezba, "Like A Baby" by Priscilla Bowman, and "Stuck On You" by Bobby Stevens. 33 tracks in all – with a great booklet! CD

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VariousHammond Heroes – 60s R&B Organ Grooves ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
A great collection of 60s Hammond organ groovers – and from sources you might not normally expect! Given the fame of jazz players on the instrument – like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff – it's easy to forget how many rock and roll groups were also playing the Hammond in the 60s – clearly inspired by the work of Smith, McGriff, and others – but taking the instrument into a unique pre-fusion world that blended together rock, soul, jazz, and funk! And while much of the groups' work on organ was often overlooked alongside their more famous vocals, this set really corrects that fact by bringing together an all-instrumental lineup – 23 tracks pulled from lost albums and singles from some of the best of the British scene at the time – the cream of the crop of the beat group generation who were so influenced by American soul and jazz! Titles include "Stevie's Groove" by Spender Davis Group, "Jumping Jack Flash" by Wynder K Frog, "Zoom Widge & Wag" by Bobby Graham, "Working Out" by Dave Davani, "Adventures Of A Young Organ" by Ten Years After, "Jive Samba" by Remo Four, "Horses Cellar" by Peddlers, "Zoot's Sermon" by Zoot Money, "Critic's Choice" by Alan Price Set, and "Impressions Of Oliver" by Herd. CD

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VariousKraut – Teil 1 – Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... About March 1, 2020
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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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VariousShe's Selling What She Used To Give Away ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s/1930s. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
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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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 32 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Decca, Brunswick, & Coral Records ... CD
Decca/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 22.99
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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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 33 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Renown & Hornet Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... About February 1, 2020 (delayed)
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✨✧ Johnny BurnetteJohnny Burnette Trio – Rockabilly Boogie – The Classic 1956 to 1957 Recordings ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1956/1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning little record and one that's had an undeniable influence on the sound of guitar-based music for generations to come – from rockabilly to garage, psych, and punk – thanks to groundbreaking work from the Johnny Burnette Trio! The album's one of the first really raw records to be cut as a full length rock release – not a handful of previous singles mixed with filler, but a nonstop jammer that has the core trio occasionally augmented by larger horns, but never losing the energy of their sound – or that incredible bite on guitar. The majority of the tracks were produced by the great Owen Bradley, who cemented his genius a little bit later manning the boards for Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, but his production prowess is on fine display here – from primitive, howling hillbilly stormers, to sweeter stuff that hints at his later work with Patsy. Totally great! 28 tracks in all: "Tear It Up", "You're Undecided", "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (one of coolest, scariest rockabilly songs ever recorded, if you care what we think), "Chains Of Love", "Honey Hush", "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", "My Love, Your A Stranger", "I Love You So", "Sweet Love On My Mind", "Touch Me", "Eagle Beaver Baby", "Butterfingers", "If You Want It Enough" and more! CD

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✨✧ Johnny CashMan In Black Vol 3 – 1963 to 1969 (6 CD Box Set, Book) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. Used 6CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Whoo! Pretty much everything Johnny recorded for Columbia from 1963 to 1969 – the most artistically varied years of his career, all stuffed into one incredible box set from Bear Family! At this point Johnny had really started to outgrow the simpler rebel stuff he recorded for Sun and began thinking in even grander terms than you heard in the earlier Columbia material. Hence the struggle between heavenly aspirations and hell bound behavior that brought about "Ring Of Fire", which kicks off this set, his infatuation both personal and aesthetic with the Carters, his flirtation with the then progressive and contemporary protest songs, ballads sung in Spanish, and sooooo many great songs! There's 152 tracks (!!!) in this whopping box set – and a great, full size, nearly 50 page book full of intimate photos, essays and biographical details, studio and production notes which include the full roster of session players – what the heck more could you ask for? The tracks are laid out in chronological order over 6 CDs according to the recording dates, and include alternate versions and instrumentals. You'll find "Ring Of Fire", "The Matador", "I'll Still Be There", "Fuego D' More", "It Ain't Me Babe" (nice!), "Hey Porter", the updated "Folson Prison Blues", "I'd Still Miss Someone", "Bottom Of The Mountain", "Hardin Wouldn't Run", "The Sound Of Laughter", "Austin Prison", "The Bug That Tried To Crawl", "The Frozen Logger", "You Comb Her Hair", "Ancient History", "Shanty Town", "Pack Up Your Sorrows", "Jackson", "Thunderball", "On The Line", "The Devil To Pay", "My Clinch Mountain Home", "Wildwood Flower", "Big River", "Ballad Of Ira Hayes", and well over 100 more! CD

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✨✧ Buck GriffinLet's Elope Baby ... CD
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Bill HaleyWarner Brothers Years & More (6CD set) ... CD
Warner/Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. Used 6CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The lesser-known second chapter of the career of Bill Haley – material all recorded after his initial years at Decca and Essex, where he'd helped shape the sound of early rock and roll! Haley was going strong before rock came into the mix – a non-stop partier and very energetic bandleader – and his work of the 60s really shows a continued onslaught of activity, even though most folks don't know these records all that well! Haley starts out at Warner in a version of his Decca style, but soon shifts things up, gets a bit more groovy, then almost feels like he's getting raunchier for the rock revival years of the late 60s. The set's got lots of surprises – plenty of rare and unissued tracks, and a full live show recorded at the Bitter End in 1969, which really showcases some of the rawer side of Bill's energy. A surprisingly great package – with the usual copious amount of tracks and very detailed notes from Bear Family! CD
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✨✧ Eddie HillHot Guitar – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Country music talent Eddie Hill is maybe best known to the world as the guy who gave the Louvin Brothers their first work, or as a big force on the Grand Old Opry – but he's also a hell of a guitarist who cut some fantastic sides during the postwar years – records that ring out with all sorts of great guitar modes that easily puts Hill right up there with some of the greats of his time! The package is the first to ever do justice to the strengths of Eddie's talents – and features singles recorded for Decca, Mercury, RCA, and Columbia, plus some rare Apollo Records work too – all brought together in a collection that has Hill stepping easily through a variety of hillbilly talents, always with plenty of vocal charm to match his instrumental strengths too. Titles include his classic "The Hot Guitar" – a commentary on all the rising hillbilly styles in 1951 – plus "The Gottalotta Song", "Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots", "High Wide & Handsome", "Lovin Spree", "Who Wrote The Letter To Old John", "My Sugar Booger", "Bless Your Little Thumpin Gizzard", "Melting Steel", "Mind Your Own Business", "Fire Ball Eight", "Buckshot", "Wild Cat", and "Hard Road To Travel". CD

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✨✧ Buddy & Ella JohnsonBuddy & Ella Johnson 1953 to 1964 (4CD set) ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard and heavy classics from one of the greatest brother/sister teams in 50s R&B – and in fact, perhaps the only brother/sister team in the genre! Pianist Buddy Johnson had strong crossover appeal back in the mid 50s – and although his group was an R&B combo with a strong jump blues sensibility, when sister Ella joined the mix they also had a focused, soulful sound that also caught the attention of a straighter swing crowd. There's almost equal parts jazz and R&B going on in some of these tunes – as Buddy's group was incredibly tight, warmly swinging, and never as prone to the tricks or pyrotechnics of some of their contemporaries – content mostly just to focus on the melody of the tune, and come up with the best possible setting for the singer. CD
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✨✧ Roy Lee JohnsonWhen A Guitar Plays The Blues ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wicked early work from Roy Lee Johnson – a hell of a guitarist, and a soulful singer as well! The package brings together a whopping 30 tracks from Johnson's years at Okeh Records, and runs up to some sweet sides for Philips as well – tracing a great evolution from the late R&B years up to some deeper soul recorded at Fame Studios – a really rich journey in soul music, put together with the usual Bear Family love of historical details! Plenty of notes come with the package – tying Roy to other work with Piano Red (aka Dr Feelgood) – and titles include "Mister Moonlight", "Sea Breeze", "Black Pepper Will Make You Sneeze", "I'm So Happy", "Busybody", "Love Birds", "When A Guitar Plays The Blues", "Plowing Playboy", "Cheer Up Daddy's Comin Home", "Boogaloo #3", "Can You Handle It", "It's All Over", "Stanback Headache Powder", and "She Put The Whammy On Me". CD

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

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

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✨✧ Hank SnowYodelling Ranger (5CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s. Used 5CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work from Hank Snow – one of the voices that really helped transform the sound of country music in the postwar years! The work here is all from Hank's earliest years – recorded for RCA when he was still up in Canada, but already having a huge impact on the US – and the set features 111 tracks, including a few early demos, and Hank's version of his life story! CD
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✨✧ Wynn StewartWishful Thinking (10CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 10CD set ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An insane collection of work from the mighty Wynn Stewart – a figure that most people know from just a handful of recordings in the late 50s, but who continued to cut some really fantastic music as the years moved on! Wynn was an early legend on the West Coast – very important to the rise of the Bakersfield sound in the 50s – and although his best-known tracks were recorded for the rock/pop label Challenge, this box finally brings to light all of Stewart's great 60s sides for Capitol, plus some sides for that label that predate the Challenge work – and more music for RCA, Copre, Jewel, Playboy, Win, and other labels – including a completely unissued album, and an unissued session cut with Rusty York in 1969. The box has a massive 279 tracks in all – 70 of which are previously unreleased – along with the kind of deep history, detailed notes, and vintage images that always make these Bear Family boxes so essential. There have only been a handful of "best of" sets of Wynn's music on the market over the years – which makes this box long overdue. CD

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✨✧ Mickey BakerRock With A Sock ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ David Allan CoeMysterious Rhinestone Cowboy/Once Upon A Time ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1974/1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Jim FordBig Mouth USA – The Unissued Paramount Album ... CD
Paramount/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A heck of a great record from Jim Ford – an early 70s country outsider whose early work hardly got any circulation at the time – but who's managed to go on to become the stuff of legend over the years! This set's got Jim at his best – maybe sounding even more country than on his two Capitol Records sessions, with slightly fuller production – but still that very individual, very distinct way of songwriting and putting over a tune – a quality that sparkles strongly on the album's batch of all-original material by Ford. A few tracks are reworks of numbers done on his unreleased second session for Capitol, taken in a very different way – and the whole thing has an offbeat vibe that's in the best left-of-Nashville mode of the early 70s. Titles include "He Turns My Radio On", "Family Tree", "Mixed Green", "I Call Her Baby", "Rising Sign", "Which Way", "If I Go Country", and "If There's A Will There's A Way". CD

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✨✧ Albert MangelsdorffDie Opa Hirchleitner Story ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Tito PuenteNight Beat/Mucho Puente, Plus ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1957/1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
Landmark work from Tito Puente – 2 late 50s classics from the RCA years, back to back on one CD! Night Beat features Tito working with a host of excellent jazz players – like Gene Quill, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Bert, and Barry Galbraith – and the style's a mix of Latin grooves with that tight ensemble jazz style that RCA was forging so well during the mid 50s. Mongo Santamaria's on congas, and Tito does a great job of firey percussion on timbales and the regular drum kit. Titles include "Mambo Beat", "Malibu Beat", "Carioca", "The Late, Late Scene", "Emerald Beach", "Sea Breeze", and "Night Hawk". Includes a number of nice compositions by the great AK Salim, plus a few by Tito! Mucho Puente is another RCA stormer from Tito – one that has him hitting a nice jazzy groove on a mix of Latin tunes and standards – working with an array of players that includes Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Hugo Montenegro! Tito plays drums and timbales – and titles include "Ecstasy", "Noche De Ronda", "Tito's Guajira", "Duerme", and "Un Poquito De Tu Amor". CD also features some additional bonus mixes of a few tunes too – for a total of 26 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Tito PuenteTop Percussion/Dance Mania ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 of Tito's best RCA albums of the late 50s – back to back on one CD! Top Percussion is a spare percussion jam session that's completely revolutionary – and right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other additional sounds are some occasional vocals, and a pounding bassline. The set's extremely raw, with a very tight groove – and titles include "Ti Mon Bo", "Elequana", "Bragada", "Alaumba Chemache", "Hot Timbales", and "Four By Two". Dance Mania is a tasty batch of tracks – featuring an array of tight short Latin numbers, grooving in the style of Tito's most famous work for RCA, and including many titles in the mambo, cha cha, or guaracha style. Titles include "3-D Mambo", "Hong Kong Mambo", "Mambo Gozon", "Saca Tu Mujer", "Varsity Drag", and "El Cayuco". CD features 23 tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ Stanley BrothersStanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Clan ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Clinch Mountain bluegrass harmony at it's absolute finest! Ralph and Carter Stanley always felt that they recorded their best tracks for Mercury, a fair assessment by any stretch, and nearly 50 of those tracks are compiled here on two CDs, spanning the 50s and early 60s. Trust us, put the Grammy winning soundtrack away and head on up the mountain – Clinch Mountain that is. You'll be happy you made the trip. Tracks include "(Say) Won't You Be Mine", "This Weary Heart you Stole Away", "I'm Lonesome Without You", "Poison Lies", "Blue Moon OF Kentucky", "Baby Girl", "I Worship You", "Calling From Heaven", "Tragic Love", "I'd Rather Be Forgotten", "Orange Blossom Special", "No School Bus In Heaven", "If That's The Way you Feel", "A Lonesome Night", "Loving You Too Well", "Meet Me In Heaven" and soooo much more! 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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✨✧ VariousTell It To Me – The Johnson City Sessions Revisited ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds in the birth of country music – and equally important to other American folk styles as well! The music in this set all came from two special stretches of recording by Columbia Records – sessions done in Johnson City, Tennessee – in October of 1928 and 1929 – when the label ventured south, and sent out a call for musicians of all types from Appalachia – in a mode that rivals the legendary Bristol sessions that many folks claim as the big bang of country music! The sides marked one of the first times anyone tried to collect so much regional music on record, and bring it out to a larger audience – and the huge amount of work here offers up a cross-section of different styles of the area – some of which were later featured in Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music. The Johnson City tracks are maybe a bit less commercial than some of the Bristol sessions – less of these tracks were hits, as most came out in the wake of the Great Depression – but the whole thing is a wonderful look at the very vibrant culture of regional music in and around eastern Tennessee. The package features 26 tracks in all – beautifully remastered from rare discs and sound cylinders – and includes work by Jack Jackson, Grant Brothers, Roane County Ramblers, George Roark, Bill & Belle Reed, Charlie Bowman & His Brothers, Richard Harold, Proximity String Quartet, Ellis Williams, Ira & Eugene Yates, Clarence Ashley, Moatsville String Ticklers, and many more. CD

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✨✧ Bobby BareAll American Boy (4CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Cliff BrunerCliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers (5CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A mindblowing set of work from Cliff Bruner – a western swing pioneer who never gets the same attention as Bob Wills – but who sounds equally great to our ears with the music on this set! The package is a great antidote to some of those cheaply-packaged collections from the 78rpm era of early country – and presents Bruner at his best, with excellent sound, and a hugely detailed set of notes that support 117 tracks from Cliff's years at Decca, Mercury, and AYO – a long legacy of music that really captures the mid-south sound during some key transformative years! The Bruner band may well be jazzier than that of Bob Wills – but also hits strong with great fiddle work from the leader, and a succession of great sidemen who include Moon Mullican, Link Davis, and Bob Dunn. The set's a great testament to the genius of Bear Family – and was the first to really open up our ears to the genius of Cliff Bruner's music! CD

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✨✧ Jumpin Bill CarlisleBusy Body Boogie – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Overlooked genius from Jumpin Bill Carlisle – one of those postwar hillbilly figures who should have gotten some credit for helping bring rock and roll into the world! Bill's style is upbeat, romping, and plenty jumping – as you can probably see by the way that Carlisle jumped straight up in the air when playing – music that's rooted in country styles, but which has a very quick tempo and lots of wit in the songwriting – acoustic and electric guitar lines dancing around with plenty of bass kicking things up at the bottom – and Bill's work was often strongly supported by brother Cliff Carlisle, a great player on both dobro and steel guitar. CD features a massive 34 tracks in all – most of Bill's Mercury singles from the 50s, plus some Columbia Records material too – titles that include "Honey Love", "Busy Body Boogie", "Shake A Leg", "Doggie Joe", "Woman Driver", "A Mouse Been Messing Around", "Monkey Business", "Air Brakes", "Down Boy", "Tiny Space Man", "Knot Hole", "T'Ain't Nice", "Too Old To Cut The Mustard", and "Money Tree". CD

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✨✧ Lee EmersonIt's So Easy For You To Be Mean ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The only collection we've ever seen to feature the recordings of underground country singer Lee Emerson – a composer who gave plenty of other folks hits in the 50s, but who hardly got a chance to record on his own! Although, maybe we should take that back a bit – as the set features a surprisingly large amount of late 50s sides done for Columbia Records with producer Don Law – with Lee singing in this really great raw-edged way, often with guitar-driven backings that lie on the more rocking side of 50s hillbilly music! Emerson's sense of inflection is wonderful – up there with Lefty Frizell for immediate sense of feeling – and he also turns in a great duet with Marty Robbins on one number. The set also includes some even more obscure early 60s recordings for Mercury – a bit more rocking in conception, and recorded under the name of Heywood Jenkins – plus rare demo tracks from the 60s and 70s too. Titles include "Ben Ja Min Franklin", "I Know You're Gone", "I'm Gonna Rise & Shine Tonight", "I Cried Like A Baby", "You Can't Hear Me", "Totalin Time", "Lover Boy", "Waiting In The Shadows Late At Night", "Ain't It Funny How Stripes Can Turn Love Off", "I'm Gonna Go In Hiding", "Hossy Riding Police", and "A Pair Of Broken Hearts". 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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✨✧ Mickey & SylviaLove Is Strange ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic set of tracks from one of the coolest soul music duos of all time – guitarist Mickey Baker and sweet-voiced Sylvia Vanderpool – who'd later rise to fame as Sylvia Robinson, the guiding force behind New Jersey soul in the 70s, and Sugarhill Records during the early years of hip hop! This work is way before that fame, though – as Sylvia provides this fantastic counterpoint to the rougher vocals and raw guitar of Mickey – a hell of a player who uses his instrument in just the right way to bring bluesy inflections to the music, while never moving into blues or R&B modes at all. The package is still the best that's ever been done on the music by the pair – and features a massive 60 tracks in all, with a huge 52 page booklet of notes that also includes lots of recording details – in support of great tunes that include "Two Shadows On Your Window", "Love Is Strange", "Rise Sally Rise", "Forever & A Day", "Seems Like Yesterday", "What Would I Do", "Sweeter As The Day Goes By", "Love Lesson", "This Is My Story", "Where Is My Honey", "Shake It Up", "Rock & Stroll Room", "Bewildered", "There'll Be No Backin Out", "Summertime", and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Roger MillerKing Of The Road ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Dan PennNobody's Fool ... LP
Bell/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic set from the legendary Dan Penn – an artist who's maybe known more as a songwriter, but who's finally been given his due as a singer over the years! Back in the day, Dan recorded this gem, but it quickly fell between the cracks of the too-wide music business – yet since that time, the album's been wonderfully re-discovered – and hailed as one of the best illustrations of Penn's unique place in southern music – that special space between soul and country that made his contributions extremely important! The set was recorded in Memphis and Nashville, with a very inventive vibe – less straight soul than Penn's material of the 60s, but also not really rock or country, either – thanks partly to the blend of arrangements – which include help from both Bergen White and The Memphis Horns. Almost all titles are originals by Dan – and tracks include "Tearjoint", "Nobody's Fool", "Prayer For Peace", "Skin", "If Love Was Money", "I Hate You", "Ain't No Love", and "Raining In Memphis". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Carl PerkinsDiscovering Carl Perkins – Eastview, Tennessee 1952/1953 (10 inch LP & CD) ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very early work from Carl Perkins – so early, in fact, that these tracks not only predate his important rockabilly classics at Sun Records, they also predate the rise of Elvis Presley as well! The music is raw and rocking right from the start, and the emergence of these sides may well have Perkins get credit for being one of the true originators of a sound that so many others would copy – and in one of the key examples, the set features a version of "Good Rockin Tonight" that was recorded a few years before Elvis touched the track! The rest of the collection is equally great – with titles that include "Drinking Wine Spo Dee O Dee", "There's Been A Change In Me", "Devil's Dream", "Gone Gone Gone (alt take 1)", "Sure To Fall (alt take 1)", and "Prekins Wiggle/Dixie Bop (alt take 1)". Special 10" album comes with a bonus CD that includes all the material – and a 16 page booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Jerry ReedHere I Am ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Here's a side of Jerry Reed that few folks know about – late 50s material recorded for Capitol Records, many years before his big fame as a Nashville picker and one of the more outspoken singers in 70s country music! Yet even if Reed never hit big later, these sides would be more than enough – as Jerry's able to easily move between hillbilly and rockabilly modes, often using his guitar to emphasize the strength of his vocals – which may well be more focused here than later years, without the big shifts in style that can sometimes make his RCA records sound a bit schizophrenic! As always with Bear Family, the package is way better than some cheapo knockoff – as all tracks are from the Capitol Records vaults, and supported with really detailed notes – a whopping 30 titles that include "Teardrop Street", "I've Had Enough", "You Make It They Take It", "Your Money Makes You Purty", "Rockin In Bagdad", "Mister Whiz", "Bessie Baby", "I'm Stuck", "In My Own Backyard", "How Can I Go On This Way", "I'm A Lover Not A Fighter", and "Ba-Bee". CD

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✨✧ Faron YoungHi-Tone Poppa – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Faron Young was one of the coolest, classiest country singers on Capitol Records in the 50s – but he was also an artist who could serve up a hell of a honky tonk tune when he wanted – as you'll hear in this wonderful collection of tracks from the best early years of his career! The set's full of tunes that move from early hillbilly modes to later gems that really show Faron opening up his sound – all packaged with beautiful vintage-style artwork, and given a huge booklet of notes with lots of details on the 32 songs on the set! Titles include "Last Night At A Party", "That's The Way I Feel", "I've Got Five Dollars & It's Saturday Night", "I'm A Poor Boy", "I'm Gonna Live Some Before I Die", "Goin Steady", "Just Married", "Honey Stop", "Alone With You", "If You Ain't Lovin You Ain't Livin", "All Right", "It's A Great Life", "Hot Rod Shotgun Boogie No 2", "Snowball", "Go Back You Fool", "I Hear You Talkin", "Hello Walls", and "I Hate Myself". CD

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✨✧ VariousBakersfield Sound – Country Music Capitol Of The West 1940 to 1974 (10CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 10CD ... Out Of Stock
An amazing tribute to the Bakersfield scene – one that finally gives the California city the same sort of attention that we usually see in sets dedicated to Nashville! Bakersfield is well-known as the home of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but the city's got a long legacy of influencing country music for decades – a good deal of which is presented here, in a package that brings together loads of rare Cali country singles that we never would have heard otherwise, along with well-chosen cuts from some of its stars, and a fair bit of rare and unissued material too! At the center of the set is a huge hardcover book by Scott Bomar – hardcover, 12" square, and with 224 full color pages of notes and images on the genius of Bakersfield, and what made it such a unique country music spot. The 10 CDs feature nearly 300 songs in all – one disc of which is all rare live and unissued material – and in addition to work by Buck and Merle, the set features tracks by Wayne Morris, Jerry Cornelius, Vancie & Rita, Georgia Lynn, Kenny Hays, Tommy Lewis, Rollie Webber, Johnny Barnette, Bonnie Owens, Bobby Durham, George Latta, Owen Charles, Larry Daniels, Gene Moles, Al Brumley, Bill Handy, Leo Stephens, Faye Hardin, Tom Tall, Cliff Crofford, Kenny Vernon, Rose Lee Maphis, Oscar Whittington, Foyle Holley, Dick Curless, Red Simpson, Gary Paxton, Jim Ward, and many many more! CD

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✨✧ VariousBig City Christmas – 30 Groovin & Croonin Tunes ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection of Holiday tunes from the postwar years – lots of special, unusual tracks that go way past the hits – served up in a mixture of styles that includes work in the vocal group, early rock, jazz, and pop modes! The package definitely lives up to the standard we expect from Bear Family – with a great sense of depth, and an ability to really read between the lines when it comes to musical history of this period – on titles that include "Nuthin For Christmas" by Eartha Kitt, "Happy New Year Baby" by Jo Ann Campbell, "Snowshoe Thompson" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Snow" by Rosemary Clooney, "White Christmas" by The Four Lovers, "Christmas Twist" by Charlie Starr, "North Pole Rock" by Cathy Sharpe, "Christmas Spirits" by Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends, "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by The Cadillacs, "I Want Elvis For Christmas" by The Holly Twins, "Rockin Santa Claus" by The Moods, "I Want A Beatle For Christmas" by Patty Surbey & The Canadian VIPs, "Santa Claus Meets The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley, "Silent Night" by Frankie Lyman, and even a spoken "Christmas Greetings" by Ann Margret! CD

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✨✧ VariousBlues Kings Of Baton Rouge ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
There's been plenty written about the music of New Orleans – but this great little set pays tribute to the rich legacy of blues music just a bit west of the Crescent City – the hotbed of postwar material that flowed from the city of Baton Rouge! There's a really special vibe to this material – blues that's maybe a bit more gritty, maybe even swampy – different than material from Chicago, Memphis, or any other blues scenes at the time – tied maybe a bit to some of the Texas blues of the 50s in spirit, but done with very different execution overall! The package features 2CDs, 53 tracks, and a huge set of notes that really get at the special qualities in the songs – which include material from Excello Records and some smaller indies too. Titles include "Mean Woman Blues" by Whispering Smith, "I'm Goin In The Valley" by Silas Hogan, "Bugger Bugger Boy" by Lightnin Slim, "One More Day" by Slim Harpo, "Depression Blues" by Herman E Johnson, "Goodbye Slim Harpo" by Robert Pete Williams, "How Can I Stay" by Arthur Kelley, "Showers Of Rain" by Henry Gray, "Boogie Chillun" by The Nitehawks, "Naggin" by Jimmy Anderson, "Jelly Roll" by Butch Cage & Willie B Thomas, and "Strange Letter Blues" by Schoolboy Cleve. CD

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✨✧ VariousChristmas On The Countryside – 27 Honky Tonkin Christmas Country Songs ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe one of the coolest country Christmas collections we've ever heard – but then again, we'd expect no less from the folks at Bear Family! There's a lot of great original tunes here – which are mixed with country-fied takes on more popular Holiday songs from the midcentury years – often served up here by singers that were the bigger names of their generation, caught in a very special setting for the month of December! As usual with Bear Family, the presentation is great – vivid images inside and out – and notes on every single track – supporting a selection of 27 titles that include "I'll Be Walking The Floor This Christmas" by Ernest Tubb, "Senor Santa Claus" by Jim Reeves, "Christmas Dinner" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Snowdeer" by Carl Smith, "They Shined Up Rudolph's Nose" by Johnny Horton, "Santa Claus Jr" by Eddi Cletro, "It's Christmas Every Day In Alaska" by Hank Thompson, "It Was Jesus (undubbed)" by Johnny Cash, "Reindeer Boogie" by Hank Snow, "The Christmas Boogie" by Davis Sisters, "I'm Your Private Santa Claus" by Eddie Arnold, "I'm Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You" by Faron Young, "Captain Santa Claus" by Bobby Helms, "Santa's Big Parade" by The Louvin Brothers, and "Christmas In My Hometown" by Sonny James. CD

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✨✧ VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great look at the Elvis Presley universe – not sounds by the King himself, but music that first inspired his creations – and other songs that have contemporary artists inspired by the records that Presley was releasing during the early years of his career! The collection is fantastic – a great sideline to the famous sounds of Elvis and Sun Records – and there's a really great range of material included throughout, all supported by very detailed notes that really show the thought and care that went into the selection of tracks. The whole thing is as vibrant and colorful as the image on the cover – and titles include "All Shook Up" by David Hill, "Just Because" by The Shelton Brothers, "Baby Let's Play House" by Vince Taylor, "King Creole" by Dick Penrose, "Hard Headed Woman" by Paul Rich, "Baby I Don't Care" by Rodney Scott, "I Beg Of You" by Jimmy Lane, "Hot Dog" by Young Jessie, "I Need Your Love Tonight" by Col Joye & The Joy Boys, "Love Me" by Billy Williams Quartet, "Paralyzed" by Mickie Most & His Playboys, and "Mystery Train" by Vernon Taylor. CD

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✨✧ VariousHave Yourself A Swingin Little Christmas ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The ghost of Christmas past comes back to haunt us – but in the grooviest way possible, thanks to a fab selection of old school Holiday tunes from the folks at Bear Family! The music here is mostly from the 40s and 50s – and is mostly vocal overall, sung by artists who move through jazz, R&B, and pop vocal styles – often putting an extra sort of punch in a Christmas tune, with the kind of upbeat, optimistic quality that was often the best part of mainstream postwar music! There's few folks we'd trust more than Bear Family for a collection like this – and they do a great job – with titles that include "Here Comes Santa Claus" by The Mills Brothers, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Lionel Hampton with Sonny Parker, "Dig That Crazy Santa Claus" by Ralph Martierie, "The Christmas Spell" by Peggy Lee, "Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney" by Ella Fitzgerald, "I Need A Man For Xmas" by Thelma Cooper, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Johnny Mercer, "The Man With The Bag" by Kay Starr, and "Cool Yule" by Louis Armstrong. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousHave Yourself A Swingin Little Christmas – 27 Jazz & R&B Chestnuts For Your Holiday Season ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The ghost of Christmas past comes back to haunt us – but in the grooviest way possible, thanks to a fab selection of old school Holiday tunes from the folks at Bear Family! The music here is mostly from the 40s and 50s – and is mostly vocal overall, sung by artists who move through jazz, R&B, and pop vocal styles – often putting an extra sort of punch in a Christmas tune, with the kind of upbeat, optimistic quality that was often the best part of mainstream postwar music! There's few folks we'd trust more than Bear Family for a collection like this – and they do a great job, serving up 27 classic tunes that include "Merry Christmas Baby" by Lionel Hampton, "Here Comes Santa Claus" by The Mills Brothers, "Christmas Island" by The Andrews Sisters, "I Need A Man For Xmas" by Thelma Cooper, "What Will Santa Claus Say" by Louis Prima, "The Christmas Spell" by Peggy Lee, "Dig That Crazy Santa Claus" by Ralph Marterie, "Frosty The Snowman" by Perry Como, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by The Ames Brothers, "Let It Snow" by Les Brown, "The Man With The Bag" by Kay Starr, "Swingin Them Jingle Bells" by Fats Waller, "Christmas Boogie" by Sugar Chile Robinson, and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Johnny Mercer. 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousYulesville – 33 Rockin Rollin Christmas Blasters For The Cool Season ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Yulesville is coolsville – especially when it comes in the form of a killer collection of rare Christmas singles from the folks at Bear Family! The package is awash in the kind of groovy, sometimes goofy Holiday singles that broke big in the early years of rock and soul – a nice antidote to the sort of sleepier work that usually graced the record racks in earlier years – and the kind of music that's perfect for sipping egg nog into the wee small hours of Christmas morning! There's plenty of gems here that we've never heard before, and plenty of other great nuggets too – titles that include "Rock & Roll Christmas" by Cordell Jackson, "Wishing Is For Fools" by The Melodeers, "Jingle Jangle" by The Penguins, "Jingle Rock" by Tommy Lee & The Orbits, "Big White Cadillac" by Little Joey Farr, "Xmas Bell Rock" by Barry & The Highlights, "Twisten Bells" by Santo & Johnny, "Sleigh Bell Rock" by Three Aces & A Joker, "Winter Wonderland" by Allen & The Flames, "The Cactus Christmas Tree" by The McGuire Sisters, "It's Christmas Everywhere" by Paul Anka, "All Winter Long" by Linda Laure, and "Christmas Kisses" by The Bookends & Ray Anthony. 33 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ PetardsHitshock (180 gram pressing – with poster) ... LP
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Piano Red & Dr FeelgoodDoctor's In (4CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Loads of rare recordings – including RCA and Okeh Records sessions, some from the early soul music years – with a great book of notes, too! CD
(Out of print. Includes original box, book and all CDs in their cases.)
 
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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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Colin EscottI Saw The Light – The Story Of Hank Williams ... Book
Back Bay, 2004. New Copy ... $5.99 17.99
The story of Hank Williams – written by Colin Escott, the man whose words we've loved in countless liner notes over the years – and who's an even better writer when he stretches things out in a full length format! Forget the cover image – which is designed to cash in on the 2015 bio pic of Hank – as the book's much more timeless than that, and really goes into detail about Williams' music and career – with the kind of hefty research that's always made Escott's material for Bear Family Records so great, but fleshed out with a stronger sense of humanity here. The book is softcover, 374 pages, and includes great index sections – including a long Hank Williams Discography, and a songography too! Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Stanley BrothersEarly Starday/King Years – 1958 to 1961 (4CD set) ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $21.99 29.98
Our favorite years of the Stanley Brothers – material recorded after they'd left the bigger labels, and really started to hit their stride for the smaller indies King and Starday Records! Both companies were completely faithful to the growing sound of bluegrass, and really let the brothers take off and soar – unlocking that amazing harmony style that made their vocals so wonderful, and really honing their instrumental skills – often working alongside the mandolin of Bill Napier, whose talents here are tremendous! The set's way nicer than you might expect from the Gusto label – much more in a Bear Family mode, with very detailed notes, session information, and lots of images – all to support over 100 classic tracks, with titles that include "I Saw The Light", "Wild Bill Jones", "I'd Worship You", "Just Dreamin", "Beneath The Maple", "If I Lose", "Daybreak In Dixie", "Lonely Tombs", "Pass Me Not", "Purple Robe", "Wings Of Angels", "The Angel Of Death", "Your Selfish Heart", "How Mountain Girls Can Love", and our favorite-ever recording of "Man Of Constant Sorrow". CD

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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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VariousHave A Nice Day Volume 10 – Super Hits Of The 70s ... CD
Rhino, 1970s. Used ... $7.99
Featuring music by Albert Hammond, Hurricane Smith, Edward Bear, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Vicki Lawrence, Stealers Wheel, Dobie Gray, Skylark, Stories, Looking Glass, and The DeFranco Family. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousIt's Gonna Be Action Packed – The Complete Rockin Rarities (6CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 6CD ... $69.99 70.99
A stunning 6CD set – one that's overflowing with rare rockabilly, weird hillbilly, and lots of other raw and raunchy material from the glory days of the indie single! The box brings together all the material from the Rockin Rarities LP collection – a total of 11 full records, presented here with bonus tracks too – to make for almost 200 titles in all, all with the kind of gritty, underground vibe that makes digging through the late 50s/early 60s scene so great as the years go on! Despite the fact that we've got countless other collections of this sort of material – on labels like Bear Family, Stag-O-Lee, and Buffalo Bop – there's a huge amount here we'd never heard before, in a presentation that's very much in keeping with the excellent level that the Be label brings to their jazz box sets, or their Florida and Texas Box collections of other rare singles. There's way too many tracks here to even begin to list – but we can tell you that along with rare singles and unissued material, the set includes work by artists Johnny Fallin, Danny Carl, Teen Beats, Ward Darby & The Raves, Victor, Roosevelt Grier, Darrell Felts, Rockin Rebels, Carl Martin Trio, Tru-Tones, Outer Limits, Chy Guys, Gene King & His Mecaton Band, Satellite Band, DY & The Motivators, Artie Wilson, Gestics, Floyd Brown, Adrian & The Sunsets, and dozens of other artists you'll discover in this collection. CD

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

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VariousStrut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these artists are obscure, they're all pretty darn great – and are from a time when the music was really just still coming together – finding a very strong voice in a growing field of interest, but with a vibe that's very different than the more old-time sounds of just a few years before! "Hillbilly" is probably the operative world here – as the singles lean heavily on modes that were more popular before the bigger productions and presentations that ushered in mainstream country changes in the 60s – which means that there's plenty of twang on the guitar, lots of tight small combo instrumentation, and production styles that are more than raw enough for the mood of the tunes. We're huge fans of work from this period, but the collection was still filled with music we've never heard before – artists who don't even show up in the Bear Family or Hillbillies In Hell side of the spectrum – 32 rare gems from Ray Anderson, Tex Cherry, Leon Tassin, Cliff Shepherd, Bill White, Weldon Rogers, Slim Redman, Bobby Rutledge, Freddie Frank, Riley Crabtree, Penny West, Aubrey Bradford, Lou Millet, and many more. CD
Also available Strut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers (green vinyl pressing) ... LP 32.99

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VariousStrut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 34.99
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these artists are obscure, they're all pretty darn great – and are from a time when the music was really just still coming together – finding a very strong voice in a growing field of interest, but with a vibe that's very different than the more old-time sounds of just a few years before! "Hillbilly" is probably the operative world here – as the singles lean heavily on modes that were more popular before the bigger productions and presentations that ushered in mainstream country changes in the 60s – which means that there's plenty of twang on the guitar, lots of tight small combo instrumentation, and production styles that are more than raw enough for the mood of the tunes. We're huge fans of work from this period, but the collection was still filled with music we've never heard before – artists who don't even show up in the Bear Family or Hillbillies In Hell side of the spectrum – 32 rare gems from Ray Anderson, Tex Cherry, Leon Tassin, Cliff Shepherd, Bill White, Weldon Rogers, Slim Redman, Bobby Rutledge, Freddie Frank, Riley Crabtree, Penny West, Aubrey Bradford, Lou Millet, and many more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Strut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousCole Slaw Music Club – A Rhythm & Blues Revue ... CD
Cree (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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