- Number of Discs: 5
- Released: June 15, 1994
- Label: Bear Family
This box set includes a 40-page booklet with notes by Colin Escott and rare photos.
Country crooner Faron Young was one of the biggest names in Nashville in the late '50s and early '60s, laying down countless classic tracks for Capitol Records. Enormously influential in his heyday, he straddled the line between pure honky tonk and smooth countrypolitan stylings, but exuded pure class 100 percent of the time. Young's later life was plagued by alcoholism and personal problems, and he eventually killed himself, but unlike other tragic country figures his legend diminished after his death. Decades down the road, with his Capitol treasure trove criminally under-represented, the country archivist label Bear Family answered fans' prayers with this exhaustive five-disc document of Young's early work.
The two sides of Young's musical personality are displayed in all their glory here. The smooth balladeer who made Willie Nelson's "Hello Walls" a pop crossover hit, and the hellbent honky-tonker howling out a debt to Hank Williams on "Your Cheatin' Heart" could not have existed without each other, and that dichotomy is played out in a comprehensive and intriguing way throughout THE CLASSIC YEARS.