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(C45s)Before The Next Teardrop Falls/ Waiting for Your Love by Freddy Fender

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Label: ABC-Dot 17540 Year: 1975
Factory sleeve included
Condition: M- $10.00
Before The Next Teardrop Falls/ Waiting for Your LoveI found one! Good lord, I seek this original pressing everywhere I go... it's always on my want list. But because the record's a styrene pressing (the ones I've encountered are, anyway), its audio is too often distorted beyond listenability* and yet, the record could look like new. Well this new collection we're purchasing has turned up a winner One whose clarity of music and exquisitely quiet silent moments truly can make me weep. By the way, this single has an excellent B side as well... definitely worth making part of your Freddy Fender collection.

The song "Before The Next Teardrop Falls," the hit that finally gave Fender a national audience after years (his first chart single was in 1960 on Imperial!) of him working mainly in RnB and Rockabilly grooves, its arrangement, and Fender's tender, yet passionate expression of love for his "one that got away", strikes a chord in me that can literally render me speechless, I'm so moved. So finding a decent recording of this masterpiece is an endless quest. Enjoy!

Note: This beautiful, Near Mint copy comes in a vintage ABC Records factory sleeve. The labels grade very close to Mint (their only notable flaw is some faint wear on the B label). The vinyl also grades Near Mint, as it has a few very light scuffs indicative of storage wear. The audio is splendidly pristine!

I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do! Speaking of which, I find it inexplicable that neither Dave Marsh nor the Rolling Stone folks thought this song deserved inclusion in their respective lists of top songs/45s. In my opinion, this recording is essential listening for an understanding of the wide range of Country music that influenced future generations, and its crossover success (it topped both the Country and Pop charts) points to a hit deserving the top attention. That's why I give it a 2-star recommendation (our highest).

As I think about the song and Fender's sudden Country Music career (this was his first Country hit ever), it's interesting to speculate that Charlie Rich's similarly (but much longer) successful transition from RnB/Soul/Rockabilly artist to the Country market starting with his work with Billy Sherrill in the late 1960s and culminating in the 1973 cross-over smash "Behind Closed Doors" may have helped pave the way for legendary Rock/Rockabilly/RnB producer Texan Huey P. Meaux to begin to see the Country market as a logical progression for his client, fellow Texan Freddy Fender. The genius of pairing this singer with this song, and the simple elegance of the arrangement make for a magical moment in the history of Popular Music, whatever the genre. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Meaux got some of the idea from listening to Rich's extra-special 1974 hit "There Won't Be Anymore," which was actually recorded in 1965 but wasn't of interest to the Country market at that time. This Freddy Fender single has a lot in common with that Charlie Rich song, even thematically as they both deal with love lost, though Rich takes the opposite approach ("Don't Ever Come Near Me Again If You Leave Me Now"), whereas Fender is willing to wait forever for the chance to win her back.

* I have written extensively on styrene vs. vinyl elsewhere; in a nutshell, pristine styrene provides superior audio fidelity and dynamic range compared with (normal quality) vinyl, but vinyl is more durable; styrene is easily degraded with inferior playback equipment as was so often used for 45 records in the 1950s-70s).

Condition Detail:Label: M-   |   Vinyl: M-   |   Audio: M-Written by: V. Keith-B. Peters (A), B. Huerta (B)Produced by: Huey P. MeauxChart info: #1c in January, #1p in February 1975Track time(s): A: 2:32 | B: 3:04Mix: Stereo


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 Image available for this 45 record Before The Next Teardrop Falls/ Waiting for Your Love (M), ABC-Dot 17540, 1975: $12.00 
 Image available for this 45 record Living It Down/ Take Her A Message! I'm Lonely (M), ABC/Dot 17652, 1976: $6.00 
 Please Come Home For Christmas (M), MCA/Coll. 90151, 1977: $5.50 
 Image available for this 45 recordPlease Talk To My Heart/ Walk Under A Snake (M), Starflite 4908, 1980: $6.00 
  Secret Love (M-), MCA/Coll. 90059, 1975: $6.00 
 Image available for this 45 record Vaya Con Dios/ My Happiness (M), ABC/Dot 17627, 1976: $6.00 
  Wasted Days And Wasted Nights (M-), MCA/Coll. 90059, 1975: $6.00 
 Image available for this 45 record Wasted Days And Wasted Nights/ I Love My Rancho Grande (M-), ABC-Dot 17558, 1975: $8.00 

If you like this kind of music, take a listen to . . .
   (There's) No Gettin' Over Me/ I Live My Whole Life At Night by Ronnie Milsap (M), RCA 12264, 1981: $6.00 $5.00 
  A Lesson In Leavin'/ Love's So Easy For Two by Dottie West (M), UA 1339, 1980: $6.50
   A Little Bit Of Lovin' (Goes A Long Long Way)/ I've Got Ways Of Making You Talk by Vicki Bird (M), 16th Avenue 70413, 1988: $7.50
  Be My Baby Tonight/ Full-Time Love by John Michael Montgomery (M), Atlantic 87236, 1994: $5.50
   Before The Next Teardrop Falls/ Waiting for Your Love by Freddy Fender (M), ABC-Dot 17540, 1975: $12.00
   Before You Go/ (I Want) No One But You by Buck Owens (M), Capitol 5410, 1965: $20.00
  Before You Go/ (I Want) No One But You by Buck Owens (M), Capitol 5410, 1965: $12.00
   Daddy's Come Around/ The Calm at the Center of My Storm by Paul Overstreet (M), RCA 2707, 1990: $6.50
   Flight 309 To Tennessee/ Sexy Song by Shelly West (M), Viva 29597, 1983: $6.00
   He's A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen)/ Tryin' To Fool A Fool by Janie Fricke (M), Columbia 03899, 1983: $5.00
   I Loved 'Em Every One/ I Could Never Dream The Way You Feel by T.G. Sheppard (M), WB/Curb 49690, 1981: $6.00
  I Need A Vacation/ I Can't Walk Away by Rebecca Lynn Howard (M), MCA 1647, 2001: $5.00
   I Wanna Know Her Again/ Stout And High by Wagoneers (M), A&M 1215, 1988: $6.50
   I'm Already Blue/ I Don't Drink From The River by The Kendalls (M), Ovation 1143, 1980: $6.50
   Long Shot/ You Fool by Baillie And The Boys (M), RCA 8631, 1988: $5.50
   Love On Arrival/ Those by Dan Seals (M), Capitol 44435, 1990: $7.00
   Maybe Your Baby's Got The Blues/ My Baby's Gone by The Judds (M), RCA 5255, 1987: $7.50
   Once In A Lifetime Thing/ Wild Rose of Virginia by John Wesley Ryles (M), ABC/Dot 17698, 1977: $6.75
   There Won't Be Anymore/ It's All Over Now by Charlie Rich (M-), RCA 0195, 1973: $10.00
   Think Of Me/ Heart of Glass by Buck Owens (M-), Capitol 5647, 1966: $28.00
   This Crazy Love/ Where The Fast Lane Ends by The Oak Ridge Boys (M), MCA 53023, 1987: $6.00
   Walkin' Away/ Straight from the Factory by Clint Black (M), RCA 2520, 1990: $5.00
   What I Had With You/ I Gotta Get Back The Feeling by Sheila Andrews (M), Ovation 1138, 1980: $8.00
   Wild And Blue/ Honky Tonk Hearts by John Anderson (M), WB 29917, 1982: $6.00
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