Your favourite Bear Family releases

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

  1. Svein Arne

    Svein Arne Forum Resident

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    Should have been releasedc on vinyl with lots of pictures.
     
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  2. darling

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  3. Svein Arne

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    I got that.My CDs is a mess,no system.I got about 5000 CDs and it is growing.I guess i can blame Bear Family Records for that.:D
     
  4. GodBlessTinyTim

    GodBlessTinyTim Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Frank Virtue's Rocks CD opens with an earlier version of "Guitar Boogie" by the Esquire Boys on which he played bass instead of lead.



    If the guitar flourishes sound familiar, it's because the lead picker is occasional Saddleman/Comet Danny Cedrone. Compare it to his work on "Rocket 88", "Rock the Joint", "Shake, Rattle and Roll", and most notably "Rock Around the Clock". Cedrone died in 1954 before the song took off. Who knows where his career might have gone?
     
  5. Svein Arne

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    Bill Monroe live 1970:
     
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  6. hotshotskings

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    Any other new box sets expected in 2020 besides the Bobby Bare one? Should we expect 1 new box set released per year moving forward?
     
  7. GodBlessTinyTim

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    Latest acquisition, Tex Harper (AKA Rudy Preston AKA Harry Head) with Tommy Scott's band on 10" LP. I didn't get it until now because I thought all the songs were on Scott's Collector CD. Here's one you can only get on the BF album or on V/A rockabilly comps:



    The cover photo has to be one of the coolest publicity shots of any 50's rocker:

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    I wouldn't be surprised if announcements were delayed this year. Connie Smith and Rich-R-Tone ought to be on the horizon.
     
  8. melstapler

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  9. The Killer

    The Killer I'm Gonna Get Your Gumbo

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    I was just having an updated look at what's available by Mel Street, I've got a cheapy Best Of and Mel Street and Country Soul twofer from 2009. Really it's pretty woeful for such a great singer to have the best part of sod all of his music available to a standard he deserves.

    Come on Bear, get it together, you're letting us down, what with this, Johnny Paycheck, Stoney Edwards and Kay Adams, that's not really asking too much...
     
  10. Tribute

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    I really wish there were some more vintage country sets coming (vintage to me means before 1956; i.e. before Presley became a superstar)
     
  11. Svein Arne

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    Merle Haggard and other great country stars on Johnny Cash show:

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  12. melstapler

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    Definitely. The "Country Soul/Self-titled" twofer 1CD on Poker has since gone OOP and commands large sums from scalpers/opportunists. This was the only CD option focusing on Mel's Polydor recordings. All of the Gusto titles remain available and more recently, the Encore label released a budget-minded collection comprised entirely of previously-released material. I purchased the 2CD version, but haven't compared it to the Gusto discs which I believe can't be topped in terms of sound quality. The Encore label also released a similar Percy Sledge collection of previously released material and most of that material is found on Percy's Gusto releases.
     
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  13. bstone1994

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    What a fabulous thread, from which I’ve learned a lot! So many amazing releases with so much great music and documentation. I’m a big Western Swing fan and my latest (not sure why it took me so long) is the Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys box which is great. Others have expressed wish lists for future boxes—I’d love to see a second Merle Travis box—to my knowledge his great 1969 tribute album to the Delmore Brothers (with Johnny Bond) has never been released on cd, along with his CMH recordings. And it would be great to see BF do a Delmore Brothers box along the lines of the fabulous Blue Sky Boys box from several years ago. Thanks to all who have shared their passion and knowledge in these previous posts!
     
  14. GodBlessTinyTim

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    My ceaseless hunt for lost roots-music treasures has again brought me before the dreaded British Archive of Country Music. I gambled on two of their titles, one by Bill Browning and the other by "Hobo" Jack Adkins. It's the only compact disc release for both artists, and the only album of any kind by Adkins.

    Browning is best known for writing the eventual bluegrass standard "Dark Hollow", but he himself was a straight country artist who occasionally dipped a toe into rockabilly. The sound quality is decent throughout, and my biggest issue (besides it being a CD-R) is that they got his date of birth wrong by over ten years.



    Adkins was a prolific bluegrass journeyman who, unusually for the idiom, wrote all of his own songs. No PD fare, no Carter Family standards, no Bill Monroe covers. The arrangements are often so primitive that they sound more like regular country. If you told me was related to Hasil Adkins, I'd believe you. Sadly, many of the songs have brutally sharp, harsh audio. I can't tell for sure if it's the result of poor recording, or if they underwent some horrifying digital process. Imagine this except brickwalled:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klWKNNRadIg

    While I appreciate BACM for making these artists' work available to the masses, they deserve better treatment. Here's hoping Bear Family and other labels continue plumbing the depths of (relative) obscurity.
     
  15. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    Definitely. With Dagmar Anita Binge out of the business, Bear Family remains one of the last labels capable of delivering the quality releases of music from this genre and period. It's very interesting, because the sound can vary drastically from one BACM title to another. They seem to rely on their own source material, which I've noticed from comparing the same song on one of their discs against a non-BACM title.
     
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  16. hotshotskings

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    Looks like I need these 2 latest Christmas cds:

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  19. Svein Arne

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    If you got the latest news e mail from Bear Family you can buy these cheap.It is in german but they look like the english site so you knows where to click to buy them.
     
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  20. It isn't Christmas without one of Bear Family's well-tendered compilations.:righton: I always pull one out as the season nears.
     
  21. baptistbusman

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    I have a few of their discs, Cowboy Copas, James O'Gwynn, Jimmie Rodgers Snow... I sent them an email last night to subscribe to their "buddy" program to get the 3 new releases every other month for $35.00. I figured 99% of who they are featuring would never have any chance of getting any cd's released by anyone else.
     
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  22. GodBlessTinyTim

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    Just received: Carl Butler and the Webster Brothers - I Wouldn't Change You If I Could. The first 14 tracks featuring the Websters are phenomenal, the next dozen by Butler alone are very good, and the last four are decent but too syrupy. Recommended for Louvin Brothers fans.



    Welcome! Those are a couple good suggestions. It's honestly surprising they've never covered the Delmores. JSP has three boxes with what I would assume contains their complete released output, but they aren't consecutively chronological and thus would offer a Groundhog Day-esque listening experience.

    The Delmore Brothers - Classic Cuts 1933 - 41
    Delmore Brothers* - Volume 2 - The Later Years 1933-1952
    The Delmore Brothers - More From The 1930s Plus The 1940s And 1950s
     
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  23. MusicMan2020

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    Jason Wilburn , son of Doyle Wilburn, owns the Zero masters. When Loretta broke free from The Wlburn Brothers in the early 70's. The Wilburn's sued Loretta for breach of contract etc. The Wilburn's were the ones who brought Loretta to Decca/MCA, got her a lifetime contract etc. When the lawsuit was finally settled The Wilburn's ended up getting a percentage of the publishing of songs written by Loretta while she was under their management. Pretty ugly lawsuit. Loretta quit the Wilburn's because they wanted to quit touring which is how country stars of that era made money..
     
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  24. mpayan

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    Greatly missed. Giant oaks among us saps.

    I was blessed to have seen both Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard in my lifetime.

    I was walking the streets in New Orleans with some friends and just happened across an advertisement on an alley wall that said Johnny would be playing at the Hard Rock. I had to convince my friends that this was important not to miss. One went with me. Fantastic show. Great memory. Sorry for the friends that blew it off thinking Johnny Cash was some sort of hick hillbilly. Forgive them, they knew not what they did.

    I saw Merle twice. The most memorable one was with Bob Dylan. He opened. Of course I went to see Bob and thought Merle as the bonus. We had front row seats. Out came Merle and he made some joke about Dylan. I was excited to see Merle, especially up close like that. But I really was wanting Bob on stage.

    Then Merle opened his mouth and started singing. I kind of forgot about Dylan. My gosh, I never knew just how resonant and strong his voice was. I always liked his voice, but to hear him live is another level. He truely had a gift in that singing voice. My friend and I just looked at each other in awe. After the show we both blurted out the same thing "I never knew he could sing like. That was awesome."

    Im thankful to have seen both Merle and Johnny. One day it will be like having seen Hank Williams Sr. Same level.

    Just a little story. Thanks.
     
  25. So according to fellow forumites in this thread The Shangri-Las Appreciation Thread

    The Shangri-Las master tapes are floating around and probably available to license. This group is in dire need of definitive set.
     
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