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✨✧ CokersWe're Gonna Bop – The Complete Coker Family Recordings On Abbott & Decca 1954 to 1957 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The complete early recordings of The Coker Family – a multi-voiced family act from the Bakersfield scene of the 50s – working here in a very hip blend of country modes and early rockabilly styles! The tracks here offer different Coker family members in the lead – singers Al or Alvadeen, or guitarist Sandy, who's got a heck of a deft touch on his instrument – which makes his instrumental numbers here some real standouts in the set! And given the different leads, there's a really rich feel to the collection too – 32 tracks that make you feel almost like you've got one of those great Bear Family compilations in your hands, with lots of variety that really keeps things interesting. As usual with the label, the overall package is wonderful – over 70 pages of notes, images, and other details that really illuminate the group's short history! CD

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

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Charline ArthurBurn That Candle ... LP
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A great collection of raw early work from Charline Arthur – a female singer who bridged hillbilly and rockabilly modes, in a similar style to the young Wanda Jackson! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing.)

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Bobby BareAll American Boy (4CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $92.99 129.99
The great start of the legendary Bobby Bare – a singer who'd move onto rich new territory in the 70s, but who was also pretty darn fantastic in his early years too! Bobby's a hell of a singer – and here, he makes some real magic with songs that run the gamut – in a package that features some very obscure early work for Capitol, Challenge, and Fraternity Records – singles that most folks don't know about at all – before then moving into all the early RCA Records material that really helped put Bobby on the map in the mid 60s! The whole thing's done in the usual strong Bear Family style – and in addition to hits like "500 Miles Away From Home", "Detroit City", and "Miller's Cave" – the package also includes lots of obscure album cuts that are long out of print, and even some unusual German recordings too. CD

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Cliff BrunerCliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers (5CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s. New Copy 5CD ... $109.99 149.99
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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Carl Butler & The Webster BrothersI Wouldn't Change You If I Could ... CD
Okeh/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Carl Butler hit big for Columbia Records in the 60s, but these sides are from well before that time – killer country material cut for both Columbia and Okeh, often with help from the tight Tennessee duo of Earl and James Webster! The pair harmonize behind Carl's deeper lead on a number of tracks – really bringing out a Kentucky hills quality that you don't always hear on Butler's bigger hits – and the duo also get to work solo on a few cuts here, which were recorded in Nashville around the same time by Columbia producer Don Law. Together, the tracks are tremendous – skirting both the growing poise of the country mainstream, and some of the rootsier ideas of the hills – but never really bluegrass at all. As usual with Bear Family, the presentation is superb – from the detailed notes right down to the quality of the music – and the CD features 30 titles in all, with tracks that include "I'll Go Steppin Too", "Your Wedding Day", "It's My Sin", "Nothing I'd Rather Do", "Jealous Heart", "Cry You Fool Cry", "Seven Years Blues", "Kisses Don't Lie", "Seven Years Blues", "Borrowed Love", "Somebody Touched Me", and "It's All Left Up To You". CD

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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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Jumpin Bill CarlisleBusy Body Boogie – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
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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David Allan CoeMysterious Rhinestone Cowboy/Once Upon A Time ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1974/1975. New Copy ... $16.99 24.99
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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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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Jimmy DayGolden Steel Guitar Hits/Steel And Strings ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
More super hot gee-tar slinging rescued from obscurity by Bear Family! Jimmy Day is another one of the all time great country guitarists who is better known as a sideman, having backed up Ray Price, Willie Nelson and others, as well is who know how much session work. But he also recorded some damn fine instrumentals in the early 60s for the Phillips and Columbia labels – with amazing slide work and lots of groovy girly background vocals, and these 2 great early 60s LPs are compiled on this single CD. Tracks include "Steel Guitar Rag", "Panhandle Rag", "Roadside Rag", "Texas Playboy Rag", "Remington Ride", "Coconut Grove", "I Love You Because", "A Fallen Star", "Wild Side Of Love", "Funny How time Slips Away", and lots more. 24 tracks in all. CD

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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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Louis JordanRockin & Jivin 1956/1957 Vol 1 ... LP
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
The first volume in this great series that brings together the complete Mercury Recordings from the later years of this R&B great – including some never-issued tracks! LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Leon McAuliffeTulsa Straight Ahead – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe first rose to fame in the band of Bob Wills, where he also returned in later years – but in the late 40s, Leon went solo, and recorded a host of really wonderful singles for Columbia Records! This set's overflowing with gems from that time – including a few unissued tracks – and the music really shows the way that McAuliffe was a key force in moving all the hipness of western swing into some tighter small combo modes that forever improved the sound of country music in the 50s! Gone are the cowboy themes and old-time fiddles – and instead, Leon's wit and sharp steel guitar makes the music sparkle with a decidedly vibe – maybe all the charms of the Bob Wills band, but packed into a tighter country music punch. Titles include "Blue Guitar Stomp", "Birmingham Bounce", "Cimarron Rag", "Sh-Boom", "Run Em Off", "Eating Right Out Of Your Hand", "This Side Of Town", "Mr Steel Guitar", "Tulsa Straight Ahead", "Daylight", and "There's A Right Way A Wrong Way". 31 tracks in all – and a great set of notes! 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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Dan PennNobody's Fool ... LP
Bell/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 31.99
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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PetardsHitshock (180 gram pressing – with poster) ... LP
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 29.99
Maybe the standout album from The Petards – a German group who got their start during the big beat group boom, but who really start to trip out nicely on this album for Liberty! Lyrics are all in English, and sung in a freewheeling style that echoes some of the more soulful psych singers on the American and UK scenes – and although the instrumentation reflects the compact elements of the beat years, they're also filled with really wonderful touches that trip things out in the best way possible – especially on the organ and occasional flute! Songs are well-written and beautifully executed – surprisingly under-indulgent, and with a tunefulness that should have made the album more of an international hit at the time. Titles include "Mekka", The Dream", "Pictures", "Blue Fire Light", "Sunshine Rainshine", "Ruins Of Tookamoon", "Stone By Now", and "My World". LP, Vinyl record album
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PetardsPet Arts (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 47.99
A searing, sprawling double-length set from The Petards – an ultra-hip German group from the start of the 70s, and one who've got a really fantastic sound! The cover looks trippy, but these guys also have a nice sort of focus too – often using hard rock elements that really send things home – with searing guitar solos, and vocals that are clearly influenced by soul but recorded with echo – a bit like CCR, but more hard rock overall! The guitar work alone is great – well-conceived, and very different than more progressive styles of the period – much more like some of the best British groups inspired by blues, but turning out something really new. The extended length of the album makes for a few more introspective moments – which really help reflect the depth these guys are capable of – and titles include "Big Boom", "Fowling", "Cowboy", "Rainy Day", "Flame Missing Light", "Too Many Heavens", "Hello My Friend", and "On The Road Drinking Wine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Leroy PullinsI'm A Nut ... CD
Kapp/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Leroy Pullins is definitely a nut, but he's also a hell of a country singer – and one of the variety that reminds us that country music is often best taken with a sense of humor! Pullins has a wonderful voice, and a style that's open to some vocal trickery at certain moments – a bit like the sound effects and unusual inflections that Roger Miller might add to a tune – although Leroy's definitely his own man here, with a more open style that also resonates with early Jerry Reed material, and maybe some of the more playful tunes from Tom T Hall in the late 60s! The package is the first we've ever seen to really do justice to Leroy's work for Kapp Records – a too-short legacy that's collected here in a total of 27 tracks, including a few unissued numbers. Titles include "Testing 123", "I'm Killing Myself", "Knee Deep", "The Taterville Women's Auxiliary Sewing Circle", "I've Been Everywhere", "The Wall Around Your Heart", "Tears Tears Tears", and "Meter Maid". CD

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Hayden ThompsonRock A Billy Gal – The Sun Years Plus ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $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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Faron YoungHi-Tone Poppa – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
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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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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✨✧ VariousBig City Christmas – 30 Groovin & Croonin Tunes ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
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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✨✧ VariousChristmas On The Countryside – 27 Honky Tonkin Christmas Country Songs ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
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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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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VariousHave Yourself A Swingin Little Christmas ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/1950s. New Copy ... About October 5, 2019 (delayed)
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. 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 ... $11.99 12.99
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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VariousSun Shines On Hank Williams ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
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 ... $10.99 11.99
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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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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VariousTruckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels – The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock Vol 2 – 1969 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99 26.98
An amazing second chapter to this wonderful series – and like the first, a perfectly-chosen batch of tracks that shows the return of country styles to rock music at the end of the 60s! Most of the artists here are those of the LA scene – who had a surprisingly strong respect for the sounds of Bakersfield and Nashville – but the set also includes some other artists who really fit into the mix well – almost all of them big names of the time, or of later years – but working here in a sound that's still very fresh, and free from all the cliches that crept into country rock in the 70s! Bear Family really took a lot of care with the whole thing – and the set features over 50 pages of notes, telling the track-by-track tale of country rock from 1969 – a set of 23 titles that includes "Level With Your Sense" by The Corvettes, "Sin City" by The Flying Burrito Brothers, "Texas Me" by Sir Douglas Quintet, "Drug Store Truck Driving Man" by The Byrds, "Up On Cripple Creek" by The Band, "Make Me Smile" by Poco, "We Need A Whole Lot More Jesus" by Linda Ronstadt, "Ruby" by The First Edition, "I'm Movin On" by Elvis Presley, "Vaccination For The Blues" by The Sanland Brothers, and "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass" by Buck Owens. CD

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VariousYulesville – 33 Rockin Rollin Christmas Blasters For The Cool Season ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... About October 10, 2019 (delayed)
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✨✧ Johnny BondPut Me To Bed – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you only know Johnny Bond from his big novelty hit of the 60s, you'll find plenty to discover here – as this package features the young Johnny Bond – a heck of honky tonk singer, and one with a great way around a romping hillbilly tune! A number of these tracks are from rare Columbia Records sessions, issued for the first time ever – mixed with the kind of upbeat tracks that made Johnny a real standout in the postwar years – the kind of country singer who consistently served up the kind of tunes that got heavy play in all the backroom jukeboxes in beer joints from California to Carolina! Bear Family did a great job with the set, which has notes and packaging that really illuminate the material – 30 tracks that include "Honky Tonk Fever", "Son Of Old Casey", "The Little Rock Roll", "Tennessee Kentucky & Alabam", "Louisiana Swing", "Broken Doll", "Wildcat Boogie", "Sale Of Broken Hearts", "Somebody's Pushin", "Livin It Up", "Fast Women & Sloe Gin", and "Wild Cat Baby". CD

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✨✧ Joe CarsonHillbilly Band From Mars ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Cochran BrothersComplete Cochran Brothers ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from the Cochran Brothers – a duo who weren't really brothers at all, and who would go on to greater fame as individuals once they broke up! Eddie Cochran hit some early rock and roll stardom by the end of the 50s, and Hank Cochran is well-remembered as a country songwriter, and a singer in his own right too – but here, Eddie and Hank are working in the leaner, rawer style of the 50s "country brother" mode – not sweet harmonies, ala the Louvins, but instead this lean, often rocking mode that's a great example of the more rocking end of the hillbilly spectrum in the mid 50s! The set brings together rare singles issued on the Ekko and Cash labels, plus lots of other gems too – including related tracks with Al Dexter, Jess Willard, and Riley Crabtree. As usual with Bear Family, the notes and overall package are great – and titles include "Guilty Conscience", "Rockin & Flyin", "He's Graduation", "Tired & Sleepy", "Fool's Paradise", "I'm Ready", "Slow Down", "Open The Door", "Cryin In One Eye", "Broken-Hearted Fellow", "Latch On", "Your Tomorrows Never Come", "Mr Fiddle", and "Pink Peg Slacks". CD

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✨✧ Jim FordBig Mouth USA – The Unissued Paramount Album ... CD
Paramount/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Jim FordUnissued Capitol Album ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The legendary king of the honky tonks in all of his glory – served up here in a mighty nice package that brings together Columbia Records classics, overlooked gems, and even some rare material pulled from unreleased and transcription sessions! The package is way better and way different than a greatest hits collection on Lefty Frizzell – as the 35 tracks here really get to the heart of the genius of the man himself – the rawness and way with a tune that made Frizzell the immediate heir to Hank Williams, and that way of inflecting a tune with his voice, which set the tone for countless generations to come! If you've ever heard anyone mention Lefty, and wondered where to start, you can't do better than this set – a very well-chosen batch of tracks that includes "From An Angel To A Devil", "Shine Shave Shower", "Cigarettes & Coffee Blues", "Sunday Down In Tennessee", "I'm An Old Man", "Run Em Off", "Just Can't Live That Fast", "Mama", "If You Can Spare The Time", "Farther Than My Eyes Can See", "She's Gone Gone Gone", "Steppin Out", "Somebody Pushin", "Desert Blues", and "Sick Sober & Sorry". CD

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✨✧ Merle HaggardHag – The Studio Recordings 1968 to 1976 (6CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 6CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning selection of work from the great Merle Haggard – the second half of his Capitol Records studio career – some really amazing music that may well be even better than the sounds that first brought Haggard his fame! The box features 165 tracks in all, with over 20 unreleased numbers – and together, the music shows Merle both working at a vocal level he never had in the 60s, and using more mature, more expanded themes in his music – a depth that sometimes went overlooked in the 70s, because the man kept on turning out so many great records, they sometimes got lost in the shuffle! Yet that hardly happens here – as all the work gets to shine strongly in the spotlight – and the box also skips the concept albums and live records that dominated the early 70s, so that all you hear is Merle in the studio, continuing to make real magic for Capitol, well up to his 30th album for the label. A fantastic package, and maybe more of a surprise throughout for longtime fans of Haggard – as you'll discover plenty here you might have missed, and will fall in love with the man all over again. Packaged in the usual high-quality Bear Family style – with a huge hardcover book, full of notes and photos, and lots of details on the recording sessions! CD

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✨✧ Roger MillerKing Of The Road ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent collection of vintage work from the great Roger Miller – and one that's got a bit more going on than you might expect! Sure, the title's taken from one of Roger's big hits of the 60s – but the bulk of the set features his more obscure RCA material from the years before he broke big on Smash/Mercury – really unusual sides that have him honing his craft, sharpening his wit, and maybe sounding a bit more country than in later years! The Roger Miller here is still head and shoulders above the rest – and a heck of a songwriter too – and early RCA titles include "You're Part Of Me", "Fair Swiss Maidens", "I Get Up Early In The Morning", "Lock Stock & Teardrops", "Hey Little Star", "Footprints In The Snow", "Trouble On The Turnpike", "Burma Shave", "Sorry Willie", and "When Two Worlds Collide". The set also includes a few killers from the Smash years too – Roger Miller classics that include "Kansas City Star", "Chug A Lug", "King Of The Road", "One Dyin & A Buryin", "Dang Me", and "Engine Engine #9". CD

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

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

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✨✧ Leona WilliamsYes Maam – He Found Me In A Honky Tonk (3CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of work from one of the coolest, hippest female singers of the 70s and 80s – but an artist who doesn't always get her due! Leona Williams is best known for her association with Merle Haggard – both on and off stage – but she's also a wonderful talent in her own right, and the kind of song stylist we'd put right up there with our favorite few female country singers Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and maybe Tammy Wynette! Williams hardly ever cracked the charts, but she continued to record some wonderful material over the years – nearly all of which is included in this set – a package that includes all her early recordings for Hickory, later material for Sony, and lots more other recordings too. The set's got a massive 83 tracks in all – almost a mini-box set, in the best Bear Family tradition – right down to the extensive liner notes on this overlooked talent! CD

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✨✧ VariousAnother Banana Split Please – More Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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 ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ VariousBlues Kings Of Baton Rouge ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ VariousSun Gospel ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Dick CurlessHard Hard Traveling Man (4CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The wonderful second chapter of work from Dick Curless – material from a much shorter stretch than the first, but which is maybe even better overall! Curless worked through a number of different modes at the start, before finding a great focus as a rich-voiced country singer with a focus on road-bound songs in the 60s – a style he took to even greater heights on the later Capitol Records material here, which represents some of Dick's most obscure recordings. That work is presented here along with lots of unreleased tracks, and a fantastic live album at a Trucker's Convention in 1972 – plus a full CD of unreleased solo vocal and guitar racks made in his Nashville home studio in 1988. Curless is one of our favorite overlooked country talents – and this fantastic set finally gives these later years their due – all with the usual great Bear Family handling, which means very detailed notes and a heck of a lot of music! CD

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

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✨✧ Narvel FeltsMemphis Days ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lost chapter of work from the great Narvel Felts – an early rocker who recorded for Sun, hit big fame at Mercury, and somehow kept on going with a raw style that few of his contemporaries held on to over the years! Case in point is this set – which features a few rare 60s singles, and a lot more unreleased tracks – all of which have Felts in Memphis really knocking it out of the park – rocking like Carl Perkins at one moment, singing a blue-eyed ballad the next, and even coming up with some totally groovy novelty tunes that resonate with the best side of the Norton Records spectrum. The package comes early in the CD years for Bear Family – but already shows what a great job that label does of unearthing rare material, then giving it the right sort of presentation with lots of detailed notes and photos in a very large booklet. 26 tracks in all – including "Private Detective", "One Man At A Table", "Night Creature", "Sad & Blue", "She's In Your Heart To Stay", "Lovelight Man", "Lola Did A Dance", "Mr Pawnshop Broker", "Tongue Tied Jill", "I Had A Girl", "Slippin & Slidin", and "The Four Seasons Of Love". CD

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✨✧ Nate GibsonNate Gibson & The Stars Of Starday (with bonus track) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nate Gibson wrote the book on Starday Records – literally, a fantastic book on the history of the important rock and country music label – and here, he adds to the legacy of Starday by pulling together a host of older artists who recorded for the company, and taking them back in the studio to re-ignite the fires of old! The approach is almost like that of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their Will The Circle Be Unbroken album – in that Nate often steps aside to let a famous voice take the lead, or finds a way to duet without ever overstating his presence at all – really letting fresh sounds flow from artists who include Margie Singleton, Rudy Grayzell, Bill Clifton, Sleepy LaBeef, Frankie Miller Wade Jackson, Betty Amos, and many others. Titles include "Back To You", "Slippin Around", "Rain Rain", "Eighteen Wheels A Rollin", "Lonely", "Little White Washed Chimney", "Let's Get Wild", "We've Got Things In Common", "Duck Tail", "Ain't No Room In The Church For Liars", and "Sippin On A Sud". CD

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✨✧ Eddie HillHot Guitar – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... 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 Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper, & OthersGreat Tragedy – Winter Dance Party 1959 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mighty tribute to one of the greatest tragedies in the early days of rock and roll – the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper – the unfortunate outcome of the poorly-planned Winter Dance Party tour of the Midwest in 1959! This very cool set not only offers up tracks by those three artists, but also offers up radio ads recorded as part of the package tour too – then includes songs by other groups and singers who were part of the performance series – some of whom, famously, skipped the flight that night to ride the bus. The whole thing's a great slice of tragedy and triumph from the early days of rock – and features Winter Dance Party "radio promo" tracks cut by The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly – plus news reports of the evens, other Holly radio material, and songs that include "Three Stars" by Eddie Cochran, "Fake Out" by Frankie Sardo, "Little Red Riding Hood" by The Big Bopper, "I Can't Go On" by Dion & The Belmonts, "If You Can't Rock Me" by Debbie Stevens, "When Sin Stops" by Waylon Jennings, "Ting A Ling" by Buddy Holly & Three Tunes, and more – plus the "tribute" tracks "The Great Tragedy" by Hershel Almond, "Gold Records In The Snow" by Benny Barnes, and "The Ballad Of Donna & Peggy Sue" by Ray Campi. 40 tracks in all – with great notes too. CD

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✨✧ 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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✨✧ John D LoudermilkBlue Train ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great early work from John D Loudermilk – an artist who's maybe best remembered as the songwriter behind a big string of 60s hits for others, but who's also a heck of a great singer on his own! Loudermilk has this quality that's somewhat knowing, and maybe a bit sharper than the rest – kind of a precursor to the wit and sideways watching that would come from a later generation of country singers – served up here on tunes that seem to borrow equal parts of that genre, folk, and rock. The tunes are a great first chapter to the even wilder work that John would record later in the 60s – and the package features 26 gems that include "The Little Wind Up Doll", "You just Reap What You Sow", "Road Hog", "All Of This For Sally", "Google Eye", "Angela Jones", "Rhythm & Blues", "Mister Jones", "Bad News", "The Wife", and "Callin Dr Casey". CD

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✨✧ Roger MillerMan Like Me – The Early Years ... CD
Starday/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the early years of Roger Miller – the chart-topping country star of the mid 60s, best known for a few key hits – but actually a well-traveled journeyman who spent cut many records before hitting the big time! Most of the work here is from the prime years of Starday Records – where Roger was able to step out initially as a bit of a rocker – still country overall, but maybe with a rockabilly edge at times – on material that has a bit less of the jokes of later years, but which could have stood more than strongly enough on its own. There's also a few even-earlier tracks for Decca – other obscure material that has an even younger Miller really sounding great – again with maybe a bit less of the distinction of his hits, but still pretty wonderful and very different than the mainstream pack of the time. Bear Family serves the whole thing up with plenty of notes that get to the heart of these overlooked years – and titles include the great "Jason Fleming", plus "Country Girl", "My Pillow", "Poor Little John", "A Man Like Me", "The Tip Of My Fingers", "Playboy", "Hot Rod Lincoln", "I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today", "I Ain't Never", "Under Your Spell Again", and a nice take on "Who Shot Sam". CD

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✨✧ Bonnie Owens with Merle HaggardQueen Of The Coast (4CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue tribute to Bonnie Owens – a Bakersfield singer who's maybe best-remembered as the former wife of both Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – but who's also a hell of a talent in her own right! Bonnie's got a rich musical legacy that stretches back to before her association with the stars – and that legacy is captured here in all its glory, with early rare singles for the Tally, Pike, Del-Fi, and X labels, beginning in 1953 – then running through six full albums and a lot more singles done for Capitol Records – including some of her famous debut tracks with Merle Haggard, which you might have guessed from the cover! The box set comes with a hefty hardcover book that tells the full story behind Bonnie's sometimes-overlooked career – along with many photos, full discographical details, and lots more too – all to support the dozens of great tracks that make up her too-short recorded legacy. CD

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✨✧ Rufus ThomasSun Years Plus – His R&B Recordings 1949 to 1956 ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work from Rufus Thomas – rollicking rhythm & blues sides he cut for Sun Records early on in the pre-rock & roll years – plus more early work cut for the Star Talent, Meteor, Chess and Bullet labels! Given the soul genius that Rufus would later cut for Stax, it's not terribly surprising that his early work is a bit overlooked, but it's great stuff that's worth catching up on – with lots of jumpin' r&b, some slow rolling and gritty tunes, teary-eyed soul and bleary-eyed blues! Bear Family has put together a beautiful package with a thick booklet of notes and photos, with 29 rare tracks: "I'll Be A Good Boy", "I'm So Worried", "Who's That Chick", "Beer Bottle Boogie", "Why Did You Deegee?", "Juanita", "Married Woman", "Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)", "Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)", "The Easy Livin' Plan", "I'm Steady Holdin' On" and more. CD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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✨✧ Sonny BurnsReal Cool Cat – The Starday Recordings ... CD
Starday/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sonny Burns is definitely a real cool cat – one of the hippest artists recording on the young Starday Records label – at a time when the great Pappy Daily was bringing a lot of his Texas indie genius to the company! Sonny's a singer who often sings country, but with the attitude of a young rocker – maybe that mix of rocka/hillbilly you'd find in the early work of George Jones – who was one of Burns' label mates at the time – although Sonny has maybe more of a honky tonk vibe that comes through especially well on the mellow tunes! The set features a whopping 31 tracks in all, with beautiful notes and other images – and, no surprise, there's also duets with George Jones on two tracks too. Titles include "Powder & Paint", "Another Woman Looking For A Man", "Satan's A Waitin", "Frown On The Moon", "Let's Change Sweethearts", "Six Feet Of Earth", "Wrong About You", "Tell Her", "A Place For Girls Like You", and "Heart Like A Dollar Sign". CD

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

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

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✨✧ CuesWhy ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work by a group who recorded some tremendous work for Capitol Records in the late 50s – but who hardly got the same exposure as other vocal groups of the time! The Cues came about at a real turning point in vocal styles – in the late years of those postwar quartets who were still influenced by jazz and swing, and before some of the more soul and doo wop-based styles came into play – although they definitely pick up some of those as the tracks here move on! The group featured two wonderful lead singers – initially Ollie Jones, and later the great Jimmy Breedlove – who often stepped into the spotlight, and really sent he group's sound over the top. Most of their material's never been properly reissued – and this huge 28 track set features all their Capitol recordings, including a few unissued numbers – plus rare singles for the Lamb, Groove, and Prep labels too. Titles include "Much Obliged", "Burn That Candle", "Yes Sir", "Why", "Prince Or Pauper", "Only You", "Be My Wife", "Scoochie Scoochie", "I Fell For Your Loving", "Hot Rotten Soda Pop", "Warm Spot", "Rock N Roll Mr Oriole", and "Destination 2100 & 65". CD

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✨✧ Narvel FeltsNarvel Felts Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
All the great rocking tunes of Narvel Felts, collected together here in one mighty big package – a 35 track set that brings together classic singles for Sun Records and Mercury, plus a fair bit of other lost material too! Felts is one of the all-time Memphis great – a singer and guitarist who worked in the shadow of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins – and who retained his sharp edge and boundless energy throughout – so much so that his obscure early 60s recordings are often even sharper than his few minor hits. This package contains them all – as a long-overdue entry in the "rocks" series from Bear Family – with titles that include "Mr Pawnshop Broker", "Night Creature", "Kiss A Me Baby", "Cutie Baby", "Tony", "Chased By The Dawn", "Your True Love", "Rocket Ride", "Lola Did A Dance", "Mystery Train", "Dee Dee", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "Pink & Black Days", "Tongue Tied Jill", "Riverside Drive", "Foolish Thoughts", "Lonely River", and "Sweet Sweet Loving". CD

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✨✧ Merle HaggardUntamed Hawk – Early Recordings Of Merle Haggard (5 CD Box Set, Book) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy 5 CDs, Book ... Out Of Stock
Pure greatness! This set compiles all of the early work of the one and only Hag, from his early days at the indie Tally Records, through his first several years at Capitol. Pretty much everything Hag recorded up to and including Mama Tried – and not a stinker in the bunch! Includes all of the early album tracks plus singles and alternate versions, including "I Threw Away The Rose", The Bottle Let Me Down", "Mama Tried", "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive", "Green Green Grass Of Home", his absolutely perfect version of "Folsom Prison Blues" – all of the greats! Also included in the fantastic package is a huge book full of info about Hag's, let's just say, interesting personal life, recording details, tons of photos – flawless! CD

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✨✧ Hawkshaw HawkinsGonna Shake This Shack Tonight – Car Hoppin Mama ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Killer work from the mighty Hawkshaw Hawkins – an overstuffed set that distills his whole career into one mighty punch – with a heavy dose of material the singer recorded for both King Records and RCA! Hawkins was definitely one of those hillbilly singers who paved the way for rock and roll to come – and the tracks here are nice and lean, and pack plenty of punch – often just a strong focus on a strutting, strolling guitar line, with Hawkshaw's great inflections moving the lyrics along! The tunes here are very well-chosen, and showcase both Hawkshaw's wit, and his offbeat sense of bravado – on a set of 33 titles that include "I've Got It Again", "Car Hoppin Mama", "Action", "Sensation", "I'll Be Gone", "When You Say Yes", "Rebound", "Flashing Lights", "Back To The Doghouse", "Shotgun Boogie", "Stop Please Stop", "Pan American", "Got You On My Mind", "It Would Be A Doggone Lie", and "Pedro Gonzales Tennessee Lopez". CD

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✨✧ Jimmy Heap & The Melody MastersRelease Me ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic work from Ray Heap – a Texas singer who helped the state shake off some of the western swing modes of the past, and who recorded dozens of records in his day, including a few big hits – yet has somehow been forgotten in the shifting sands of time! Leave it to Bear Family to resurrect Ray's legacy in just the right way – putting together 30 of his beautifully-recorded tracks for Capitol Records – most of which have a beautiful blend of fiddle, steel, and rhythm guitar in the mix! Most cuts were recorded in Texas by Ken Nelson, and there's definitely this late western swing spirit in the phrasing – especially the way that the vocals can hit these bluer notes without ever losing hope – and in the way the fiddle dances alongside the steel – but the tunes also have that sharp Capitol sound that makes all elements ring out with a cool postwar vibe. Titles include "Then I'll Be Happy", "Girl With A Past", "Release Me", "You Oughta Know", "Cry Cry Darling", "Ethyl In My Gas Tank", "Just For Tonight", "Let's Do It Just Once", "This Night Won't Last Forever', "It Takes A Heap Of Lovin", "Butternut", and "A Lifetime Of Shame". CD

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✨✧ Joe Hill LouisBe Bop Boy – With Walter Horton & Mose Vinson ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Important work from Memphis blues legend Joe Hill Louis – a key postwar figure who was mostly known in the clubs for his act as a one-man band, but who also recorded often during the early years of Sun Records too! In fact, the work here is quite different than any sort of gimmick you might expect from Joe's usual routine – as the young Sam Phillips took great inspiration from the sound of Louis, and recorded him often during the earliest years of his studio and label – learning key lessons that he'd later apply to the bigger names that would make him his hits. The vibe here is nice and raw – similar to some of Sam's early sides with Howlin Wolf – and most numbers feature a combo, not Joe on his own – with players who include Walter Horton on harmonica, Albert Williams on piano, and Willie Nix on drums. Joe plays guitar and sings – often with a nice raw, full sound – on titles that include "She Treats Me Mean & Evil", "Tigerman", "We All Gotta Go Sometime", "My Love Has Gone", "Got A New Woman", "Sweetest Gal In Town", and "Keep Your Arms Around Me". The set also features related Sun Records material, all with Louis – "In The Mood", "West Winds Are Blowing", "We All Got To Go", and "Little Walter's Boogie" by Walter Horton – and "Mistreatin Boogie", "My Love Has Gone", and "Reap What You Sow" by Mose Vinson. CD

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

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✨✧ Little Junior ParkerLittle Junior Parker Rocks ... CD
Duke/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hard-wailing work from the mighty Junior Parker – the singer raised in Memphis, matured in Texas – and a huge force in the transition from blues to soul at the start of the 60s! As you'd guess by the title, the set brings together all Junior's harder-hitting numbers – work recorded for Duke Records over a span of just over ten years – with roots in grittier blues and R&B, but often given that special Duke touch that could add in more sophisticated elements without ever dimming the fire of the singer. The first three tracks on the set are Parker's earliest – recorded for Sun – and the package covers plenty of ground at the Duke label, with a total of 31 tracks in all, and a great set of notes. Titles include "Dangerous Woman", You're On My Mind", "The Next Time", "Driving Wheel", "Barefoot Rock", "Peaches", "My Dolly Bee", "That's My Baby", "Please Baby Blues", "I Wanna Ramble", "Mary Jo", "Annie Get Your Yo Yo", "Seven Days", "Crying For My Baby", "Yonders Wall", and his seminal recording of "Mystery Train". CD

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

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✨✧ Charlie RichBallads Of Charlie Rich ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic look at an almost-lost side of the talents of the mighty Charlie Rich – an artist who could effortlessly step between so many different genres, even if most folks only think of him as a rockabilly or country singer! Here, Charlie takes on ballads in a wide scope of modes – on tracks pulled from his years at Sun Records, RCA, and Smash – including some unissued material from the earliest years that may well be some of the best of the bunch! At Sun, Charlie's especially great on the ballads – and often brings a lot of blues phrasing to his piano work, which is then balanced with jazzier elements in his vocals – to a point where some of these tracks would stand up perfectly next to some of the best-known crooners of mid-century. As usual, Bear Family have done a knockout job – really packing the set with a lot of tracks, and providing full notes on the material – 39 tracks that include "Share Your Love With Me", "No Home", "The Best Years", "Every Day", "I Said Baby", "I'm Making Plans", "Stay", "Sittin & Thinkin", "The Loneliest Days", "Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave", "Who Will The Next Fool Be", "Time & Again", and "Cloud Nine". CD

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✨✧ Charlie RichCharlie Rocks ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Charlie Rich rocks – and in ways you might never expect, if you only know his later country pop hits – because the singer was one of the rising stars on Sun Records during the early days, and has a voice and talent that might even go head to head with the young Elvis Presley! Charlie's vocals here are amazing – with a range that's mindblowing, and every bit as much influence from R&B and jazz as his famous labelmate – perhaps even more of the latter, which gives Rich this inherent sense of inflection that even makes familiar tunes sound amazing. Yet there's a lot more going on here than familiar tunes – as the 31 track set brings together all the best bits from his early Sun years, plus key RCA and Smash Records material too – all rockers, with titles that include "Whirlwind", "Philadelphia Baby", "Big Man", "Little Woman Friend Of Mine", "Break Up", "That's My Way", "The Ways Of A Woman In Love", "Big Boss Man", "Stop Thief", "Goodbye Mary Anne", "You Made A Hit", "Popcorn Polly", "Gentle As A Lamb", "Charlie's Boogie", "That's Rich", "Rebound", "Lonely Weekends", "Midnight Blues", "Yes Ma'am", and "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water". CD

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✨✧ Al SearsSear-iously ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavy tenor from Big Al Sears – a player who rose to fame in the Duke Ellington group of the 40s, but really exploded as a solo act in the following decade! The set's a great overview of Sears loud-blown work of the 50s – and brings together material recorded for labels that include Coral, RCA, Herald, and Groove – including a number of unissued tracks that sound every bit as great as the more familiar singles! Some of the work is straighter jazz, other tunes have more of the raw power and tenor tricks you'd hear from Big Jay McNeely or some of the more R&B-oriented players of the period. Sidemen on the dates include Budd Johnson and Sam The Man Taylor on tenors, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Harold Baker on trumpet, and Mickey Baker on guitar – and some of the tracks here have vocals as well. Titles include "Easy Ernie", "Huffin & Puffin", "Shake Hands", "Brown Boy", "125th Street New York", "Here's The Beat", "Great Googa Mooga", "Rock & Roll Ball", "Love Call", and "Come A Runnin". 25 tracks in all, with full session details. CD

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✨✧ Connie SmithJust For What I Am (5CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible slice of work from the great Connie Smith – a country singer who rose to fame in the same generation that gave the world Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, but who may well be better than both of them combined! We're not sure why Connie never full gets her due, as the work here is wonderful – a huge amount of tracks recorded for RCA at a time when the label was not only giving her full support, but also really working to bring in some unusual material too – all collected here in a massive package that includes everything that Smith recorded between 1968 and 1972! The box includes all her albums, singles, and unusual material too – including duet recordings with Dallas Frazier and Nat Stuckey, and 14 unreleased titles too – some of which are very hip. The box has 151 tracks on 5CDs – and features a beautiful hardcover book, with loads of rare photos, other images, and detailed notes on the singer and her career from biographer Barry Mazor. CD

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

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✨✧ VariousBanana Split For My Baby – 33 Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The sounds of summer in the years before the Beach Boys and surf music – songs that proclaim the glory of the warmest months of the year, but in raunchy styles from the early years of rock and roll! Artists run the gamut from rockabilly singers, to R&B groups, to some surprisingly strong contributions from more pop-oriented acts – and as with other Bear Family packages of this nature, the whole thing is plenty playful – put together with a good deal of wit in the song choices and presentation! Titles include "Sunday Barbecue" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "The Sun Is Shining" by Elmore James, "Banana Split For My Baby" by Louis Prima, "Summer's Coming (demo)" by Ronnie Dawson, "Strollin On The Beach" by The Hollywood Flames, "Beach Time" by Roger Smith, "Suntan Tattoo" by The Valiants & Sandy Vale, "Summertime Love" by Roy Head & The Traits, "Beach Comber" by Jo Ann Campbell, "Night Theme' by The Mark II, "Moonlight Swim" by Nick Noble, "26 Miles" by The Four Preps, "Sunglasses After Dark" by Dwight Whitey Pullen, "Summertime Rock" by Rodney & The Blazers, and "The Big Beach Party" by The Jades with Pacer's Music. CD

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

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✨✧ Ric CarteyOooh Eee – The Complete Ric Cartey ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ric Cartey may not be the biggest name in late 50s rockabilly – but man, does he sure sound great on this set – the first-ever collection to bring together Cartey's classic singles for RCA, plus a wealth of other rare 45s too! Cartey hails from Atlanta, and recorded a bit for that city's famous NRC indie – but despite the setting, Ric's got a great romping sound that's definitely all his own – maybe less hillbilly than some of his contemporaries of the period, and always ready to romp out with a hard-wailing groove! Production on most of these numbers is great – the kind of spare, stark, echoey vibe that makes already-great elements sound even cooler – and the whole package features a huge booklet of notes that tell the tale of Ric's overlooked career in music. Titles include "Crying Good Bye", "Mellow Down Easy", "Oooh Eee", "Poor Me", "Go On Fool", "Scratchin On My Screen", "To Love", "Leave Me Loose", "Born To Love One Woman", "I Wancha To Know", and "Let Me Tell You About Love" – and CD also features 11 more bonus tracks related to the collection, by Sonny James, The Jiv-A-Tones, Charlie Broome, Bobby Wilson, and Chuck Atha. CD

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✨✧ David Allen CoeCompass Point/I've Got Something To Say ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1979/1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two records that top most of what mainstream country had to offer at the end of the 70s – back to back on a single CD! Compass Point is a record that celebrates ten years of freedom for David Allan Coe – a decade since he was released from prison – and a set that was also recorded at the famous Compass Point studios in the Bahamas, as you might guess from the title! Yet the sound of the record is prime Coe country at its best – tight, confident, yet nicely away from any too-mainstream modes – the balance between almost-stardom and too-honest that always makes for such great tension in his music. Titles include "Three Time Loser", "Gone", "Merle & Me", "Loving Her Will Make You Lose Your Mind", "Xs & Os", and "Heads Or Tails". I've Got Something To Say is a record that offers up plenty of bold statements from the legendary David Allan Coe – but it's also a record that opens the door for a host of great guests and friends – including vocals from Guy Clark, Larry Jon Wilson, Kris Kristofferson, and Bill Anderson. The tunes do a great job of touching on the kinds of themes that always matter to Coe – and titles include "Hank Williams Junior Junior", "The Bottle In My Hand", "Take It Easy Rider", "Back To Atlanta", "Take This Job & Shove It Too", "Lovin You Comes So Natural", and "Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands". CD

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✨✧ David Allen CoeHuman Emotions/Spectrum VII ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1978/1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Back to back David Allen Coe – two Columbia classics on a single CD! Human Emotions is one of those amazing 70s albums from David Allan Coe – from a time when he could mix his rough and rowdy roots with a new sort of sensitivity – all without making either side of his spectrum seem forced at all! Coe's a master of the mellow ballad – serving up love songs that are maybe more human, and feel less fake than most of the big country hits of the period – which are then mixed with tunes that tap into more of his hard-drinkin, hard-livin side of life – making for a richly satisfying tapestry of a mainstream country record! Titles include "You Can Count On Me", "Whiskey & Women", "Jack Daniels If You Please", "Suicide", "Tomorrow Is Another Day", "Would You Lay With Me In A Field Of Stone", "If This Is Just A Game", and "She's Finally Crossed Over Love's Cheatin Line". Spectrum VII is an interesting record – as the original cover looked a bit cheesy – with a bare-chested David Allan Coe standing on the beach, wearing a huge belt buckle bearing his name – but the record's prime work from a time when the singer was really coming into his own! Some of the rawness of his roots has been toned down a bit, but that's been replaced by a new sort of confidence that not only really works with the material, but which also puts Coe forward with a quality that should have made him a bigger crossover artist, if he wasn't still too darn country! Titles include "Seven Mile Bridge", "Fairytale Morning", "Sudden Death", "Rollin With The Punches", "On My Feet Again", "Now's The Time To Fall In Love", and "What Can I Do". CD also features the bonus track "Please Come To Boston" – Coe's superior recording of the 70s hit. CD

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✨✧ Champion Jack DupreeChampion Jack Dupree – Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title certainly gets it right – because although Champion Jack Dupree recorded some rootsier blues in his time, the music here is all pretty upbeat and rocking – and includes a fair bit of unissued titles recorded for RCA's Groove and Vik labels in the 50s! The set begins with a handful of rare early singles on the Red Robin label in the early 50s, then moves into the RCA work from the second half of the decade – and together, the tunes really have Dupree sounding wonderful as an upbeat singer on some really romping tunes! The music gets better and better as the 50s move on – and in fact, some of the unissued tracks are complete gems – presented here with very detailed notes in a really lovely package – the best Bear Family way. Titles include "Lonely Road Blues", "Dirty Woman", "Story Of My Life (fast version)", "Lollipop Baby", "Hello Darlin", "My Baby's Like A Clock", "Shake Baby Shake", "Drunk Again", "Nasty Boogie", and "The Wrong Woman". CD

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✨✧ Tompall GlaserOutlaw (Tompall & His Outlaw Band/The Wonder Of It All) ... CD
ABC/Bear Family (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Forget any of the hoke you might expect from the term "outlaw" used in country music – as records like this really help get at the genius shift that took place at the time! First up is the album Tompall & His Outlaw Band – seminal 70s sounds from the great Tompall Glaser – a figure who maybe came a bit later to the outlaw tag than some of his contemporaries, but who definitely summed up the music with a record like this! For years, Glaser was one of these background figures on the Nashville scene – smarter than most, and more talented than many too – finally able to find his voice with music like this, in the same generation that had Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings really getting the setting they deserved. Tom didn't write most of these songs, but he really makes them his own – thanks in part to his backing band, who have great sympathy for the man himself, and keep things in the right sort of small group, non-commercial mode throughout. Titles include "Drinking Them Beers", "What Are We Doin With The Rest Of Our Lives", "It Never Crossed My Mind", "The Bad Times", "Easy On My Mind", and "My Mother Was A Lady". The Wonder Of It All came out in the same year of 1977, and features Glaser in very similar space – working great magic with tunes of his own, plus some by his hip contemporaries – but all with a core vibe that really holds strong to everything that had made country music great, but which was lost by many at the time. Titles include "It'll Be Her", "Storms Never Last", "You Can Have Her", "Release Me", "Let My Fingers Do The Walking", and "My Life Would Make A Damn Good Country Song". CD

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✨✧ Bonnie GuitarOnly The Moon Man Knows – Rare Recordings 1951 to 1957 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime sounds from the great Bonnie Guitar – a really unique artist who was part jazz singer, part California country – and very much at home on these rare early singles! Most of the music was recorded in 50s Los Angeles – and has a way of mixing country twang with hipper, more sophisticated styles – always with this great level of production that has a nice current of darkness overall, which brings Bonnie's vocals and guitar together in this harmonic style that's not too far from other 50s great like Les & Mary Paul, or The Chordettes – neither of whom are a direct comparison, but who might make for great listening next to this CD. Many of these tracks haven't seen the light of day since their original issue on 78rpm discs – many of which are pictured in the very thick booklet, which also has lots of notes on the music – and the set features a total of 34 tracks, with titles that include "Hello Hello Please Answer The Phone", "If You See My Love Dancing", "Clinging Vine", "Open The Door To Your Heart", "Heart's Desire", "Please My Love", "Midget Auto Blues", "I Lost My Turkey", and "Don't Keep Me Waitin". CD

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✨✧ Alex Harvey & His Soul BandAlex Harvey & His Soul Band (aka Shout) ... CD
Polydor/Bear Family (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The lost second album from the young Alex Harvey and his Soul Band – a group who really live up to their name, and really take off with even more frenzy than on their debut! There's maybe a stronger blues rock punch here – of the sort that Harvey would be known for by the end of the 60s – but the tunes are also short, and more soul-based overall – yet manage to have more than enough space for some fantastic freakouts on tenor and guitar! Harvey's already a hell of a singer at this point, and along with the amazing instrumentation of the group, even familiar numbers are really transformed. Titles include "Ten A Penny", "Canoe Song", "You Ain't No Good To Me", "Sticks & Stones", "Shout", "Long Long Gone", and "Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby" – plus a version of "Shakin All Over" that may well blow away The Who Live At Leeds! CD has 20 tracks in all – and may have some bonus tracks not on the original album. CD

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