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Bobby 'Blue' Bland - Dreamer
Bobby 'Blue' Bland
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
19,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Bobby ’Blue’ BlandBobby ’Blue’ Bland (1930 – 2013) was one of the leading US-American Blues, R&B and Soul entertainers. He knew how to combine the intensity of Gospel music with the expression of the Blues. His voice sounded as he wanted to bear witness to one's resolve but he was able to let his voice sound soft, sometimes cool but always culitvated so he could also reach the fans of Frank Sinatra and Nat ’King’ Cole with tremendous success. He formed his remarkable style of singing out of many different influences, characteristic and remained solely reserved for Bobby ’Blue’ Bland.Duke-Label & ABC DunhillBlands voice was always the center of attention. After his huge successes during the 1950s and 1960s for the Duke label, he moved to ABC Dunhill when Duke was sold. He could reach a wider white audience in the early 1970s with his two LPs, ’His California Album’ and ’Dreamer’, plus productions together with B.B. King. ’Dreamer’ was the record company's trial to produce an album in California with the cool Soul appeal of the city of Los Angeles. As a timeless Soul and Blues classic the album 'Dreamer' contains the in recent years often sampled track Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City, one of the musical back bones to one of the favorites by Jay Z. The whole album is a wonderful soundtrack for those lonely nights alone and blue in a sleazy joint trying to forget a lost love in a bottle of bourbon.Dreamer’Dreamer’ is the warm velvet cover against cold loneliness with so many great songs like I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me) and Whose Foolin’ Who?, the bluesy Cold Day In Hell, Lovin’ On Borrowed Time and When You Come To The End Of Your Road. I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry has indeed the lyrical quality of The Thrill Is Gone. The production by Steve Barri and Michael Omartian sounds full and ponderous. The accompanying musicians, guitarists Dean Parks and Larry Carlton, bassist Wilton Felder and drummer Ed Green, ranked as being part in the cream of L.A.'s studio musicians. When ’Dreamer’ was first issued in 1974 a controversial discussion started regarding the production and the arrangements containing a brass section and strings. But now, forty years later, the LP album counts as one of the great masterpieces of its genre and the songs became standards in the repertoires of many Soul and Blues performers. Newly remastered with its original gatefold cover jacket the first real reissue on vinyl after 43 years comes from Bear Family Records!Grammy® as a lifetime achievement award in 1997Bobby ’Blue’ Bland was inducted into the ’Blues Hall of Fame’ in 1981 and 11 years later the induction into the ’Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame’ followed. He received a Grammy® as a lifetime achievement award in 1997.1-LP, 180 gram Vinyl-LP, 10 tracks
Ella Mae Morse - Barrelhouse, Boogie, And The Blues
Ella Mae Morse
Barrelhouse, Boogie, And The Blues
10" | 1954 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
25,99 €*
Release:1954 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ella started her career in 1940 as chirpster for Jimmy Dorsey's Big Band Outfit but was instantly fired, whe the schooladministration stated, she was only 14 years old, not 19. The administration could have avoided some very great recordings, if Ella hadn't tried again in 1942, when she was 17 and was hired by bandleader and pianoace Freddie Slack. 'Cow Cow Boogie' with Slack charted for Capitol Records and started a string of hits, that ended in 1954 with '40 Cups Of Coffee'. Big Band Swing was completely out for the bobbysoxxers, the 'Big Beat' was the real thing to come next. Capitol had a vision, took its good looking singer with the right voice for RnB and recorded a full album that was issued in 1954 with songs that are RnB-blueprints today, backed by the solid sending arrangements by Big Dave Cavanaugh. The record was issued as a full longplayer, 3 Eps and … an wonderful ten inch records. It was 'Barrelhouse, Boogie and the Blues' with its extraordinary artwork by painter Harold M. Kramer. During the preparation for this reissue we noted, that nearly every issue of this motiv was completely different in original print quality, colors, hue, saturation and nearly every sleeve was damaged and stained. It was no restoration, it was forensic, as we wanted to do the work from the scrap, not using the illustration from the Bear Family Box.
Dale Hawkins - Boogie Woogie Teenage Girl / Lulu
Dale Hawkins
Boogie Woogie Teenage Girl / Lulu
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Bear Family Productions)
9,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Limited 7'' Single 45 RPM in picture sleevenumbered edition, limited to 500 copies
Buddy Holly - Countrywise
Petards, The - A Deeper Blue
Petards, The
A Deeper Blue
LP | 1968 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
19,99 €*
Release:1968 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Petards (with emphasis on the second syllable) were founded in 1964 by the brothers Klaus and Horst Ebert in Schwalmstadt, Hessen, in central Western Germany and emerged from the Magic Stompers created two years earlier. Together with Rüdiger Waldmann and Hans-Jürgen Schreiber the original formation was finally found.In 1967 - now with Arno Dittrich on drums - the Petards won the SWF (Südwestfunk Baden-Baden) Young Musicians Festival and they got the chance to record their first album in the Maschen recording studio, south of Hamburg. 'A Deeper Blue' was released in November 1967 on the cheapo label Europa and was sold for just 5.00 DM (German Marks).Single releases, Shoot Me Up To The Moon and Golden Glass, made it to the top of the 'Frankfurter Schlagerbörse' (Franfurt Schlager exchange) broadcasted by Hessischer Rundfunk, and the SWF-Hitparade. The Petards quickly consolidated their reputation as one of the best bands from Germany and moved to a bigger record company, Liberty. But more about that later.
T-Bone Walker - Classics In Jazz
T-Bone Walker
Classics In Jazz
10" | 1953 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
25,99 €*
Release:1953 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
What DiMaggio was to baseball, what Lindbergh was to aviation, Aaron (T-Bone) Walker is to the Blues. No orthodox singer, T- Bone has no eyes — never did have — for croon-ing Hit Parade ballads of the moment. His forte is the twelve-bar Blues, which he treats three ways while accompanying himself on a polished electrically amplified guitar. T-Bone's "ways" include (1) fast Blues, (2) slow Blues and (3) slowest Blues, and he wheels 'em and deals 'em. more times than not, in precisely that order. With Les Hite's California orchestra, then in the 1940s with Freddie Slack, Walker attracted unusual attention as a guitarist and Blues bawler. Finally, as it must to all deserving men, success brought success to T-Bone and his titanic talents. He went out on his own, "just for myself," and recorded a dozen or more best-selling records among his other accomplishments. The best of these are presented between these covers. The Blues, T-Bone is adamant, can mean most anything lyrically. Happy times, frustrating times, plain bad times. You'll hear these moods— and more — as T-Bone paints pictures in indigo throughout the selections within this package. Onstage ...Center ... Front ...The Great T-Bone and his Guitar!
Percy Sledge - The Percy Sledge Way
Percy Sledge
The Percy Sledge Way
LP | 1967 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
19,99 €*
Release:1967 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The American soul, R&B, and gospel singer Percy ’Tyrone’ Sledge (1940–2015) will always be remembered for recording When A Man Loves A Woman, an epochal Southern soul hymn. The million-selling tune was released on Atlantic Records in March 1966 and went to the top of the US R&B and pop charts. It was Atlantic’s first gold record! Although he recorded up-tempo tunes as well, Sledge achieved his strongest success when devoting himself largely to mid-tempo tunes and soul ballads and lyrics dealing with the emotions of loss and desire. ’The Percy Sledge Way’ was originally released on Atlantic in 1967 and finds Sledge at the top of his game. The album, here re-issued in its original form, contains eleven classic soul and R&B numbers including The Dark End of the Street, You Send Me, Drown In My Own Tears, I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now), and Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms), a country song already a hit for Faron Young, Patsy Cline and Solomon Burke. Spooner Oldham and Jerry Weaver are featured on piano and organ, Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson and Marlin Green are the guitar players, it’s David Hood on bass and Roger Hawkins on drums – some of the finest Southern soul studio musicians. Bear Family’s re-issue comes with the original artwork and has been carefully re-mastered by Tom Meyer for our exquisite 180gram vinyl release.
Bill Haley - Crazy Man Crazy
Bill Haley
Crazy Man Crazy
10" | 1957 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
26,99 €*
Release:1957 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Saddlemen renamed into The Comets in 1952 and 'Crazy Man Crazy' might be the first Rock and Roll recording that charted (Billboard#15, Cashbox #11). The winter 1953/1954 brought the bands final recording session for Essex-Records and on April 1st 1954 the first recordings were made for the Decca Company in New York. Then history was written, as "Rock Around The Clock" and "Shake Rattle And Roll" became instant hits and became blueprints for decades. For getting a piece of the hot cake, Essex re-issued the old recording of the band worldwide via the London-Company. The UK and german London 10" came with a solid yellow background and a sketched guitarplaying cowboy singing his stuff. Completely different was the australian issue in 1955: Differend compilated and a completely different artwork with the wild bunch of musicians in a birdcage to show, how crazy this new kinda music was. But customers bought the records they knew from the radio and silverscreen so this little gem went into obscurity. As it is still a very decorative wallhanger, it is still very driving hot music with the addition of two bonustracks.
Wanda Jackson - Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson
10" | 1959 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
22,99 €*
Release:1959 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Wanda Jackson, when with Hank Thompson, was persuaded by Elvis Presley to hop on the Rock 'n' Roll waggon from Country and Western. 1956 brought a contract with Los Angeles based Capitol Records, and the wild stuff of label mate Gene Vincent was obviously very influential on Wanda's work for Capitol. Both, Wanda and Gene, had the same producer: Ken Nelson. Wanda's recordings are still landmarks in the history of Rock 'n' Roll. Her stage dresses were hot: very tight, high heels and long earrings, way too hot for the late 50s. Fujiyama Mama charted number 1 in Japan. Maybe that was the reason for releasing the original 10" album. Let's Have A Party, her greatest Rock 'n 'Roll hit, is also included. Although it charted in 1960, it was recorded in 1958, so we can only guess the year of the original pressing as 1959/1960. The original sleeve was covered outside and inside with clear plastic, strong foil welded all around. It was hard work to reproduce the artwork without removing this plastic. So the original is still waterproof, like this compilation with its two bonus tracks.
Tages - Studio
LP+DVD | 1967 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
23,74 €* 24,99 € -5%
Release:1967 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
It happened in 1967... ‚The Summer of Love’ may date back 50 years, but ’Tages – Studio’ will remain a timeless classic. Every household should get its copy!!! Tages (pronounced "tah-guess") are universally known as the best sixties pop band from Sweden. They struck it big early, hitting the Swedish #1 with Sleep Little Girl in 1964! Their efforts in the psychedelic era would be their last. ’Studio’ should sit comfortably next to other masterpieces of the year 1967, a few notches closer to ’Odessey & Oracle’ than ’Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Thanks to the tape cuts, orchestration, harmonies, and studio tricks, it sounds like the guys got their hands on a copy of Brian Wilson's then yet unreleased ’Smile’ tapes. Certainly, anybody willing to spend enough time exploring all the rabbit holes in the Beatles’ catalog owes themselves a trip through this marvelous record Have You Seen Your Brother LatelyThe album opener, Have You Seen Your Brother Lately, proves how apt the name ’Studio’ is for such a creatively produced statement. Few won't be sold within the first few seconds, hearing a looping string quartet surrender to a commanding rhythm highlighted by pounding drums and boxy plucked bass lines. Delicate touches of grand piano and kazoo bust open the door to an album rife with auditory treats and excellent craftmanship. Vocals are good, reminding of an edgier Colin Blunstone, with plenty of fine backup parts. ’Studio’ comes across of rather diverse nature. It's My Life, the second track growls out dark guitar distortions straight from the Move arsenal under workout vocal leads. The drums stand out, consistently providing ahead-of-their-time, vicious beats. Tunes are often loaded with orchestration like the soft ballad, People Without Faces, and bouncier brass marches like What's The Time and She's Having A Baby Now. Tasteful psychedelic treatments abound in backwards guitar leads, weird stomp boxes, and sound effects sprinkled throughout the record. First time on DVD, everThe accompanying previously unreleased DVD of ’Dalamania’ was produced by Swedish national TV, SVT and shows the Tages on the height of their psychedelic career. This little piece of rock history appears to be such a thing as the Swedish version of the UK Beatles movie, ’Magical Mystery Tour’. Since its original broadcast in 1968, ’Dalamania’ has remained unnoticed on the shelfs of SVT. First time on DVD, ever. An album like ’Studio’ should have propelled the Tages to the top 500 lists, worldwide, rather than remain a Swedish Rock ’n’ Roll footnote. Members of the Tages would form Blond in 1969 a band that disbanded in 1970.1-LP (Gatefold sleeve) with 8-page booklet 25x25 cms) plus bonus DVD in cardboard sleeve (DVD5, b&w, 30 mns, English, 4:3, NTSC, region: 0)
Geater Davis - Sweet Woman's Love
Geater Davis
Sweet Woman's Love
LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Bear Family Productions)
18,99 €* 19,99 € -5%
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soul/blues singer/songwriter Vernon ’Geater’ Davis (1946 – 1984) was born in Kountze, Texas. When record producer Allen Orange heard Geater and another singer, Reuben Bell, perform he decided to record both in Birmingham, Alabama. It was the start of his own record label in 1970, ’House of Orange’. One of the label’s first releases was Sweet Woman’s Love by Geater Davis which went up to #45 on the Billboard R&B charts. His follow-up releases did not follow-up on the initial success.After House of Orange closed its doors in 1972, Geater went on to record for several smaller independant record labels like 77, Ace, and MT, and he contiinued to write or at least, co-write his own songs. With the exception of Your Heart Is So Cold in 1973 which reached #64 on the Billboard R&B charts, his records did not sell particularly well. But Geater toured extensively on the chitlin circuits for a soul and blues audience. He died of a heart attack in Dallas, Texas in 1984. He was barely 38 years old.Geater Davis never achieved major succes and stardom. This vinyl re-issue of the legendary House of Orange LPS-6000 should put the limelight on one of the most talented soul singers from the South.
Boom! Boom! Deluxe - Boom! Boom! Deluxe
Boom! Boom! Deluxe
Boom! Boom! Deluxe
10" | 2018 | EU | Original (Bear Family Productions)
14,99 €* 19,99 € -25%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Boom! Boom! Deluxe! are the legendary New Zealand Rock n' Roll and Rockabilly band - Fantastic fun live, playing a a mix of their own songs and authentic 1950's and 1960's classics, as well as a few clever re-workings of modern songs in the Rockabilly style! You WILL dance!!
Johnny Hallyday - Shake The Hand Of A Fool
Johnny Hallyday
Shake The Hand Of A Fool
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Bear Family Productions)
22,49 €* 29,99 € -25%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Johnny Hallyday was born on June 15, 1943 in Belgium, and after leaving his birth country resided in Switzerland, California and eventually settled in France. While in his teens Johnny discovered rock ‘n’ roll music, became a performer and eventually the public bestowed upon him the title of 'French Elvis'. Sadly Johnny Hallyday died on 5 December 2017 aged 74, and more than a million people lined the Champs Elysees in Paris to pay homage, while a parade of around 700 bikers lent a rock ’n’ roll tribute alongside the solemn cortege. With such a large public acknowledgement to the man it is only fitting that we at Bear Family Records should offer a tribute to the legendary performer. This double album focusses on then 19 year old Johnny’s American recordings when he recorded three sessions in Nashville, on February 20, 21, and May 21, 1962, all of which were produced by Shelby Singleton. The sessions further benefited from the hiring of the cream of Music Cities session instrumentalists. The resulting recordings with numerous session men in attendance had the sound supplementary augmented and made fuller from the inclusion of; sympathetic session singers, saxophone, piano and harmonica being the instrument of the times was with subtlety used on many of the recordings. This double album presents a young melodious rocker giving his interpretation in English of former hit records with prime examples being from Rhythm 'n' Blues: I Got A Woman, Rock 'n' Roll: Be Bop A Lula, Feel So Fine, Teenage Rocker: You're Sixteen, Hallo Mary Lou and the evergreen multi genre encompassing Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home. Producer Shelby Singleton’s wife Margie penned and offered to Johnny an infectious original song Shake The Hand Of A Fool, which is a middle tempo rocker with a subtle infusion of rock ‘n’ roll and country blended together ''c'est très bien''. The plaintive flip side ballad Hold Back The Sun had previously recorded in French by Johnny under the title of Retiens La Nuit. The song was a co-write song from fellow Frenchman Georges Garvarentz and Charles Aznavour. Naturally Johnny’s version was far from tremulous and his melancholy vocal has the direction towards the youth market and he makes this song his own. Prior to a 1990 Bear Family album King For Tonight (Queen For Tonight for British singer Helen Shapiro) and a great cover of Benny Joy’s unissued I Need A Whole Lotta You, languished in the tape vaults, and one can wonder why such vibrant songs were never issued.As is the case with many home-grown rockers only a few managed to competently compete with their American idols albeit within their own homeland, and you can include Johnny Hallyday alongside Cliff Richard, Billy Fury or Ted Herold with this testament. These songs although eagerly snapped up by the French public, were sadly virtually unknown in other countries. This tribute to Johnny Hallyday not only offers an insight into the American sessions it offers an opportunity for new ears to discover this wonderful and engaging musician and should help to regress this unevenness of his fan base.As always with Bear Family you will hear the best possible sound from our products, and our albums are full of rare and often previously unavailable photographs, and the informative sleeve notes from writer Martin Hawkins will enrich your knowledge of Johnny Hallyday.À la douce mémoire de Johnny Hallyday.Mark Armstrong, January 2018 2-LP Vinyl album (180g) in gatefold sleeve with 20-page booklet (25x25cms)
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