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From the battleground

13 Feb

You can see first pictures of Bear Family’s new “Battleground Korea” set here.

The book looks like this:


Coming next: Johnny Hallyday.


Happy New Year

2 Jan

(Woody Guthrie’s notebook, January 1943)


Work in progress (to be continued…)

23 Nov

Coming soon

29 Sep

Several projects we’ve been working on are at the manufacturing stage now and will be available soon.

From Bear Family Records there’s a (typically massive) box set with 20 CDs about the Louisiana Hayride. The first samples arrived earlier this week:

And here’s a preview of the 224-page book!

Just out on Bear Family is the magnificent Woody Guthrie set – which was presented at a show in Berlin recently, co-hosted by Bear Family, Woody Guthrie Publications and the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.

Later this year Ruf Records will release the long-awaited Luther Allison box (two boxes, actually: it comes as a CD set and a 180g vinyl LP set, both including a hardcover book and four DVDs with live recordings). This will include 7 original albums, newly remastered by Pauler Acoustics – several of these titles haven’t been available on CD and/or vinyl previously. Also, in the vinyl box three of these titles come as gatefold double-LPs. The hardcover book features liner notes by Art Tipaldi, a complete Luther Allison discography, memories and dedications from Luther’s friends and fellow musicians, and lots of pictures and memorabilia from the Luther Allison archives. Here are some sample pages:

What’s Cookin’

28 Sep

A big box just arrived with stuff from the Lefty Frizell archives:

For the new edition of the legendary Bear Family box (which will feature 14 additional hours of audio content…!) this has to be checked, catalogued and (most of it) scanned and restored. The new hardcover book will be massive!

Good timing – as we’ve just finished work on two Luther Allison boxes for Ruf Records, and several big sets for Be Records and Bear Family (more later).

Here’s Woody

31 Jul

The first copies have just arrived from the printers – here’s a look at the new Woody Guthrie set from Bear Family:

The set collects the recordings (feat. 20 previously unissued tracks) from the two Tribute Concerts at the Carnegie Hall in 1968 and at the Hollywood Bowl in 1970 and includes two hardcover books: one is packed with photos from the concerts (by Jim Marshall and David Gahr) and rehearsals/soundchecks, plus essays focusing on several aspects of Woody’s life and work. And of course a proper Bear Family set wouldn’t be complete without hundreds of illustrations – albums of Woody Guthrie’s music from around the world, covers of foreign editions of his books, as well as rare pictures from the Guthry Family archives.

The second book is a reprint of the “TRO Tribute Songbook” featuring lyrics and musical notation of most of the songs performed at the concerts. And even if you think you know Woody’s songs by heart, here’s your chance to discover brilliantly magic lines like

“In the misty crystal glitter of that wild and windward spray…”

More Jazz!

3 Apr

New from BE! Jazz – a six CD-box set of recordings from the “Jazz am Rhein” open air festival 1967 & 1968, featuring big bands like the Kurt Edelhagen All Star Band as well as smaller combos with Manfred Schoof, Peter Trunk, George Gruntz and Dusko Goykovich. The booklet has contemporary reviews in German and English plus concert pictures, posters, tickets and more.