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Bear Family Records

Bear Family Records is a German independent record label specializing in reissues of archival country, rock 'n' roll, rhythm 'n' blues, blues, folk and soul music. The label has been in existence since 1975, founded by collector Richard Weize, started with the double LP "Going Back to Dixie" by Bill Clifton. Bear Family's oldest recording archives date back to 1896, but a great deal of their releases contain material from the 1960s and '70s. The label has become known for its extravagant box sets and the company describes itself as "a collector's record label" due to its primary business, which is reissuing rare recordings in CD format in small amounts.