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Faron Young

The Complete Capitol Hits of Faron Young – 2000 (Collectors' Choice Music)

Reviewed by Jon Johnson

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One of the three giants of the post-Hank Williams era (along with Ray Priceand Webb Pierce), Faron Young has experienced something of a revival ofinterest over the past few years. Chalk that up partly to a younger breed oftraditionally minded singers such as Wayne Hancock who frequently namecheckYoung as an influence, as well as Young's recent long-overdue induction intothe Country Music Hall of Fame.

While not quite an expanded version of the Country Music Foundation's 1995 collection (up until now probably the best single-disc collection of Young's Capitol-era recordings available in the U.S.), this new album is, refreshingly, exactly what it purports to be; a 2-disc compilation of all 41 of Young's Capitol hits between released between 1953 and 1962.

Though missing some of the inspired non-hits of the earlier CMF collection(such as "Tattle Tale Tears," "Just Married," and "In the Chapel in the Moonlight"), the new title touches on expected favorites as well as oft-neglected chestnuts such as "Everytime I'm Kissing You," "Face to the Wall," and "I'll Be Satisfied With Love." All in all, an excellent addition to any Faron Young collection, featuring a number of tracks long out-of-print in the U.S.