Here's Faron Young/Occasional Wife

Here's Faron Young/Occasional Wife

by Faron Young

CD

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Here's Faron Young/Occasional Wife

Hux's 2009 two-fer pairs 1968's Here's Faron Young and 1970's "Occasional Wife," two albums he recorded during the middle of his run at Mercury Records. Apart from some added sugar on the ballads, the rock rhythms of "Here's to the Girls" and the crisp Everlys-esque pop of "Stay Love," Here's Faron Young is a straightforward honky tonk record Young could have released back on Capitol in the '50s, right down to how Faron is in strong, assured voice. The collection of songs is quite strong, too, highlighted by the singles "I Just Came to Get My Baby" and "She Went a Little Bit Farther," both classic Texas 2-steps, as is "If You Ever Walk My Way Again," but he also has one of the earliest versions of "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," and a good drinking anthem in "Glass of Smile," helping make this into a solid LP. Occasional Wife steps with the times a little bit more than Here's Faron Young, boasting a bigger, sweeter production, and some awareness of a world outside of a honky tonk, particularly in how "The Whirlwinds of My Mind" winks at the late-'60s MOR standard "Windmills of Your Mind." Fitting the sly title, there's humor in evidence throughout this disc, whether it's on the wry "Everybody's Got Problems" or the George Jones-styled novelty "A Bunch of Young Ideas," but this record also has a fair amount of straight-ahead honky tonk, a tentative pop crossover on "Alabama Rose," equal parts Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard, and a historical turn in "The Guns of Johnny Rondo," a tune partway between Johnny Cash and Johnny Horton, and totally not fitting Faron. In other words, it's a bit of a jumble, but not an unenjoyable one, with the good stuff -- which does include the singles "If I Ever Fall In Love with a Honky Tonk Girl" and "Occasional Wife" -- slightly outweighing the clunkers.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2009
Label: Hux Records
UPC: 0682970001050
catalogNumber: 105

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faron Young   Primary Artist,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Jordanaires   Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Jim Buchanan   Fiddle
Chip Young   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar,Sitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Keyboards
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
Red Hayes   Fiddle
Henry Husinger   Fiddle
Nashville Sounds   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer,Audio Production
Harry Sukman   Composer
Joe Lubin   Composer
Jon Philibert   Liner Notes
Graves   Composer
W. Alley   Composer
Vickery   Composer
Travis   Composer
S.L. Manning   Composer
Redd   Composer
R. Parkhurst   Composer
Moeller   Composer
Mangino   Composer
Keith   Composer
J. Kandy   Composer
Hosea   Composer
Givens   Composer
Gerry Day   Composer
Reed   Composer
Kemp   Composer
Matson   Composer
Chesnut   Composer
Peters   Composer
G. Riddle   Composer
Sutton   Composer

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