Family Records Bcd 15826 EI

Connie Francis - Kissin, Twistin, Goin Where The Boys Are [1996, 5CD Box, Bear Family BCD 15826 EI]

Connie Francis - Kissin, Twistin, Goin Where The Boys Are (1996)
Country/Pop/Pop Rock | EAC Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log | MP3 CBR 320Kbps | Covers -> 18 Mb
Bear Family Records | BCD 15826 EI | ~1909 + 900 Mb | FileSonic, FileServe

Five more CDs of Connie Francis, picking up right where Bear Family's earlier White Sox, Pink Lipstick set left off, in 1960 – although its 300-plus minutes of music only cover the period of 1960 to 1962. By this time, Connie Francis was established as one of the top female vocal talents of her generation, and she was ready to experiment – you hear her successful move into country music, wonderful outtakes, and never-issued songs from her early-'60s sessions…
Babatunde Olatunji - Drums Of Passion And More (1959-66) {4CD Box Set Bear Family Records BCD 15 747 DI rel 1994}

Babatunde Olatunji - Drums Of Passion And More (1959-66) {4CD Box Set Bear Family Records BCD 15 747 DI rel 1994}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.54 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 578 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 48 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1959-66, 1994 Bear Family Records | BCD 15 747 DI
World Music / African Folk / Worldbeat / African Traditions / World Fusion

Having come to the U.S. from his native Nigeria to study medicine, percussionist Babatunde Olatunji eventually became one of the first African music stars in the States. He also soon counted jazz heavyweights like John Coltrane ("Tunji") and Dizzy Gillespie among his admirers (Gillespie had, a decade earlier, also courted many Cuban music stars via his trailblazing Latin jazz recordings). And, in spite of it being viewed by some as a symbol of African chic, Drums of Passion is still a substantial record thanks to Olatunji's complex and raw drumming.
Ferlin Husky - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (2016) {Bear Family Records BCD 17415}

Ferlin Husky - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight (2016) {Bear Family Records BCD 17415}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 245 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 158 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 88 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1950s, 2016 Bear Family Records BCD 17415
Country / Bakersfield Sound / Country Pop / Honky Tonk

Ferlin Husky shares billing on his volume of Bear Family's ongoing rockabilly and country-boogie series, Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight, with Simon Crum and Terry Preston – two aliases he adopted in the thick of and at the start of his career, respectively. Unlike Collectors' Choice Music's 2002 collection Country Music Is Here to Stay, the focus of this 2016 set is not on the novelties of Simon Crum. Instead, this rounds up 32 sides Husky recorded in any incarnation, with the uniting factor being its swing.
Merle Haggard - Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969 - 1976 (2007) {6CD Bear Family Records BCD 16749}

Merle Haggard - Hag: The Studio Recordings 1969 - 1976 (2007) {6CD Bear Family Records BCD 16749}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 2.98 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 1.06 Gb | Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 19 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2007 Bear Family Records | BCD 16749
Country / Bakersfield Sound / Honky Tonk / Folk Rock / Progressive Country / Traditional Country / Western Swing Revival

Merle Haggard, RIP. In Memoriam. Merle Haggard, an icon of American music, died at his home in California on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. It was the singer, songwriter, and musician’s 79th birthday. In 2008 he battled lung cancer, and was hospitalized in December 2015 with double pneumonia. Haggard returned to the stage soon after, but was sidelined again in February due to continuing health concerns. “A week ago Dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday,” Merle’s son and lead guitarist, Ben, revealed the day his father died, “and he wasn’t wrong.”
Chuck Berry - Rock And Roll Music: Any Old Way You Choose It (2014) [16CD Box Set] {Bear Family Records}

Chuck Berry - Rock And Roll Music: Any Old Way You Choose It (2014) [16CD Box Set] {Bear Family Records}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 6.53 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 2.89 Gb | Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 37 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2014 Bear Family Records | BCD 17273 PL
Rhythm & Blues / Blues / Rock & Roll / Early R&B

Chuck Berry fanatics, your ship has come in, and it’s the Queen Mary — or maybe we should call it the Queen Maybellene. As you’d expect from the Bear Family label, which specializes in gargantuan reissues, this 16-CD, 396-song box doesn’t simply span Berry’s career, it embraces virtually every musical note the man has ever issued. You’ll find all of his released album tracks and singles, starting with an obscure 1954 recording and including everything from the Chess, Mercury and Atco labels, plus every surviving alternate take. Also here are five CDs’ worth of concert performances from 1956 to 1972.
Sleepy LaBeef - Larger Than Life (1955-1979) {Bear Family 6CD Box Set}

Sleepy LaBeef - Larger Than Life (1955-1979) {Bear Family 6CD Box Set}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 2.23 Gb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 67 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1996 Bear Family Records | BCD 15662
Country / Rockabilly / Traditional Country

All of Sleepy LaBeef's most important records – from his early singles for Starday to his latter-day sides for Sun – are included on the mammoth, six-disc box set Larger Than Life. LaBeef recorded for a number of different labels during his career, and during that time, he explored a variety of roots music, from rockabilly and country to blues and soul. Spanning three full decades, Larger Than Life contains 158 tracks, including all of his recordings for Starday, Dixie, Columbia, and Sun.
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant - Flamin' Guitars (1997) {4CD Set Bear Family BCD 15956 rec 1949-62}

Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant - Flamin' Guitars (1997) {4CD Set Bear Family BCD 15956 rec 1949-62}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 823 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 566 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 201 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1949-62, 1997 Bear Family Records | BCD 15956
Country / Jazz / Americana / Western Swing

Perhaps the most difficult thing in writing about a box set like this is how to convey in words – few or many – the magic, wonder, and intimidating musicianship that is contained on these recordings. Over four CDs, the seeds, roots, branches, and trees of a musical partnership were formed and lived out on the public stage, and remain all but unknown to those who were not country music fans during the era. While one Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant compilation has appeared on Razor & Tie, as a single disc it only begins to offer the legend of this pair of musical innovators.
Jerry Lee Lewis - At Sun Records: The Collected Works - "What the Hell Else Do You Need?" (2015) [18CD Box Set] {Bear Family}

Jerry Lee Lewis - At Sun Records: The Collected Works - "What the Hell Else Do You Need?" (2015) [18CD Box Set] {Bear Family}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 4.55 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 2.80 Gb | Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 59 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2015 Bear Family Records | BCD 17254 RL
Rock & Roll / Country / Rhythm & Blues / Rockabilly / Honky Tonk

Sam Phillips didn't record anybody else the way he recorded Jerry Lee Lewis. With other artists, he pushed and prodded, taking his time to discover the qualities that made them uniquely human, but with Jerry Lee, he just turned the tape on and let the Killer rip. There was no need to sculpt because Lewis arrived at Sun Studios fully formed, ready to lean back and play anything that crossed his mind. Over the course of seven years, that's more or less how things were run at Sun: Lewis would sit at the piano and play, singing songs that were brought to him and songs that crossed his mind, and Sam never stopped rolling the tape.
Buddy & Ella Johnson - 1953-1964 (1992) [4CD Box Set] {Bear Family}

Buddy & Ella Johnson - 1953-1964 (1992) [4CD Box Set] {Bear Family}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.43 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 657 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 42 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1992 Bear Family Records | BCD 15479 DH
Rhythm & Blues / Rock & Roll / Jazz / Swing / Blues / Early R&B / Jump Blues

Four discs (104 tracks in all) that exhaustively document the Mercury, Roulette, and Old Town output of big-band veteran Buddy Johnson, whose eternally swinging outfit was seductively fronted by his sister Ella (along with several interchangeable male crooners). Buddy's band wasn't as big as it once was during his Mercury tenure (tenor saxman Purvis Henson was at the core of the blazing horn section), but the tightly arranged New York-style sizzle remained.
Orion (Jimmy Ellis) - Who was that masked man? (1999) [4CD Box, Bear Family BCD 16330 DI] Re-up

Orion (Jimmy Ellis) - Who was that masked man? (1999) [4CD Box, Bear Family BCD 16330 DI]
Rock'n'Roll/Country | EAC Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log | MP3 CBR 320Kbps | Covers -> 16 Mb
Bear Family Records | BCD 16330 DI | ~1822 + 677 Mb

Let's call a spade a spade. Orion is an Elvis impersonator. No more, no less. That he's a good Elvis impersonator is important, since if he wasn't, Sun probably wouldn't have tried to promote his recordings as if they were genuine Elvis material, even going to the extremes of overdubbing Orion's voices on recordings by such Sun stalwarts as Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. This doesn't make him any better, but it sure makes him fascinating, particularly because he is gifted at mimicry and these are pretty good evocations of Elvis at his peak…