German Reissue Label Bear Family Records To Be Distributed In U.S. By MVD Entertainment Group
June 15, 2016 at 12:34 PM (PT)
BEAR FAMILY RECORDS, the GERMAN independent record label specializing in reissues of archival country, rock 'n' roll, rhythm & blues, blues, folk and soul music, will have exclusive distribution in the U.S. for the first time via MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. The label has been in existence since 1975, founded by collector RICHARD WEIZE, starting 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 '60s 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. Historically, BEAR FAMILY material has had only limited availability in the U.S., stocked at ERNEST TUBB RECORD SHOPS and through mail order sources. With the MVD deal in place, BEAR FAMILY box sets will be widely available in the U.S.
BEAR FAMILY's DETLEV HOEGEN commented: "By joining the MVD ENTERTAINMENT group of labels, BEAR FAMILY is making the next step. While as a record label we are preserving the past, with MVD as our distribution partner we are meeting the challenges of today's global market."
HOEGEN also presides over CREE RECORDS, a new-ish imprint of BEAR FAMILY specializing in CARIBBEAN, calypso, soul, funk, reggae, disco, and obscure EUROPEAN releases. The label is heavily expanding in the vinyl market and will have approximately 20 new titles on LP (12" 180 gram, 10", and 45s).
MVD COO ED SEAMAN added: "We are so proud to be working closely with DETLEV and his team, and especially proud to be affiliated with such a strong brand as BEAR FAMILY. This opens new doors for our growing business and allows MVD to expand further into the high end music collector's market."
For a complete list of BEAR FAMILY distributed titles, click here.