Your favourite Bear Family releases

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by GodBlessTinyTim, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    The superstar himself, the guy that started it all (and it's not Elvis!)..... The man himself, Richard Weize.
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    Anybody who owns Anything! to do with Bear Family, has this guy to Thank.
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  2. baptistbusman

    baptistbusman Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bloomsdale, MO
    I agree. I’ve been enjoying the Bakersfield set for the past few week. It’s beautiful and was well worth what I paid for it, but it’s hard to sit and just listen to it without constantly picking up the book and searching for who is singing. I’ve learned a lot, but I wish now that we could get a complete Bobby Austin set, early Tony(Johnny) Booth, Bob Morris, Herb Henson, Lewis Tally and others. It would have been nice to have the unreleased Haggard tracks though. I’m sure Theresa Haggard and her lawyer had a good reason to get them removed, but it’s a shame and I’m sure Merle would have loved them being released.

    Another harsh reality when I’m searching for Bear products is that I own a ton now and it’s getting hard to find what I need. I’m all country/rockabilly and I convinced myself I don’t need the new Fats Domino as I could spend then money getting a few other sets.

    Ernie B/Millions of Records has awesome Bear Family prices, he told me he’s going to be getting a few more titles in stock in coming weeks. I have my eyes on the first Bill Monroe set and Chuck Wagon Gang.
     
  3. Svein Arne

    Svein Arne Forum Resident

    Location:
    Norway
    In late 80s i sent a long list of music i wanted released on CD to Richard.Most everything on that long list has been released the way i wanted it:pleased:.I hope i sometimes in the future will see the list completely released,looks great so far.:tiphat:
     
  4. spanky1

    spanky1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    East Tennessee
    I didn't realize he was selling Bear Family products again. Those prices weren't bad. I've been looking at the Haggard TROUBADOUR set for quite a while.
     
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  5. hotshotskings

    hotshotskings Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Diego
    Richard Weize will be in Bakersfield next week!

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  6. Steve...O

    Steve...O Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    Does anyone know if the reported issues with the Ray Price box (missing harmony vocals on multiple tracks as well as missing steel guitar on others) were ever corrected or even addressed?

    I love Bear and have many boxes, but have to say their communication leaves a ton to be desired. Many boxes appear to have gone OOP (including one of the George Jones sets) and we hear that they repress / reprint all the time but can't get any responses on specific questions on FB or via email. Issues like the Acuff DVD and Price CDs get reported by buyers and are greeted by silence.

    They are good people who work really hard and I appreciate all they do; I just think a little openness would get them even more goodwill.

    For those interested, Bill Anderson wrote in one of his newsletters within the last few months that Bear did contact him about doing a second box. It will be interesting to see if this materializes given the alleged fate of the Decca masters.
     
  7. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident

    I actually wish I had not purchased the Bakersfield set. Money is getting tighter and I should have saved it for something else. No more compilation mixed bag products for me.
     
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  8. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident

    Many of the single CDs have been out of print for years
     
  9. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    I'd love to shake Richard's hand. Wish I were a couple of miles closer.....
     
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  10. Mychael

    Mychael Forum Resident

    Don't know what you mean by "get reported", but everyone who told Bear Family about their faulty Roy Acuff DVD (it was only an issue with the first batch of boxes) got a replacement disc.
     
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  11. Svein Arne

    Svein Arne Forum Resident

    Location:
    Norway
    Can i send my faulty Roy Acuff DVD to Bear Family and get a working DVD in return?
     
  12. Mychael

    Mychael Forum Resident

    Why not?
    (When did you buy it – only the first few copies had the faulty disc...)
     
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  13. baptistbusman

    baptistbusman Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bloomsdale, MO
    Yes, I still wish there was some explanation about the Ray Price set. The songs missing background vocals were recorded after Van Howard was gone and Ray was overdubbing his own harmony vocals.
     
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  14. Mychael

    Mychael Forum Resident

    I guess that's your explanation right there.
     
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  15. Judge Judy

    Judge Judy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Every note that she sings is worth hearing. There's nothing on any of the box's seven discs that isn't worth hearing, if only because she was such a stellar talent. The only gripe I can see is with BF's usual approach of having different takes of the same song on the same disc, which some people find repetitive. I'm not one of them.
     
  16. Steve...O

    Steve...O Forum Resident

    Location:
    USA
    Thanks. Does that mean Bear made a conscious decision to not include the originally released versions in favor of a new version without the overdubs? That's their right, but wish they'd be upfront about this. If I decide to order this set that means I have to keep my Columbia issued CDs to have the original version so in my collection.

    On the Acuff DVD issue there were posts on this forum and others from buyers who said they contacted Bear and got no response. The Bear home page makes no mention of a disc replacement program. I've sent questions on their official FB page asking if specific sets are going to be reprinted and got no response and it doesn't appear that anyone else who asks questions gets responses either. It's frustrating trying to order their product in the States and finding "back order" notices and not knowing if it truly is a temporary deal or permanent.

    Again, I love and respect Bear and the extreme vast majority of what they do is great stuff. Communication is a key component of success especially for a niche product.
     
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  17. spanky1

    spanky1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    East Tennessee
    Not sure that explains why the the background vocals are missing. According to a discussion on a different forum, there are a handful of songs that had background vocals on the original Columbia releases, but are missing on the Bear Family set.
    Ray Price Bear Family Cd set - mssing vocals? - The Steel Guitar Forum
    I had a chance to get this set a few years ago at a great price, but declined after I read about those issues.
     
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  18. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident

    Personally, I always prefer non-overdubbed versions. But I would just get the BF set and keep your copies of overdubbed versions. The Ray Price set is priceless. How are you going to get all of those rare recordings otherwise.

    Having said that, I keep my LPs of Hank Williams with overdubbed strings. They are horrible, and I never listen to them.

    Re Acuff DVD, I wrote to Bear Family about my defective copy when it was first released, and I never got a reply. I still only have my defective copy. Maybe Mychael can help.
     
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  19. Svein Arne

    Svein Arne Forum Resident

    Location:
    Norway
    I got it in 2016.This is the first time it is been confirmed that a faulty DVD can be changed into a perfect working DVD.I need a clear answer today if i can mail it tomorrow when Postoffice is open and send it.:D
     
  20. Fishleehooke

    Fishleehooke Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dayton
    I bought the Merle Haggard Untamed and the following Hag Box. I also go the Waylon Jennings Box. They are fantastic. Untamed is the one I am going through and it sounds superb and is really well put-together. Anyone heard or have the Roy Orbison, Everly Brothers, Buck Owens, or Johnny Cash ones? They are in my cart and trying to sort which ones to get first.
     
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  21. baptistbusman

    baptistbusman Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bloomsdale, MO
    Oh I wouldn’t let those few songs keep you from getting it. It’s an A+ set, awesome book and the music is 100% perfect, except for the 4 or 5 that doesn’t have the overdubbed vocals.
     
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  22. RSteven

    RSteven Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brookings, Oregon
    The Roy Orbison "blue" box set is just fantastic with the best sound I have ever heard on Roy's definitive Monument Records period. A very nice booklet with a complete discography as well. This might be my favorite Bear Family box set I have out of the dozen or so collections I own. Well, the Jim Reeves Welcome To My World box is also a favorite as well.
     
  23. A lot of companies, even big mainstream ones, in all types of media are gonna learn this lesson in the coming year or three.
     
  24. Mr. H

    Mr. H Forum Resident

    I’ve had issues with two sets from Bear Family. I contacted them and received responses and replacements on both issues. I have no problem with them in that regard.
     
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  25. Judge Judy

    Judge Judy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    The Roy Orbison and Buck Owens boxes are among my favorites, but the Everlys boxes and the Johnny Cash boxes are great too. Honestly, it's hard to go wrong with any of them.
     

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