- 21 Dec 20
The cover was released in 2018 as part of Amazon Music’s ‘Produced By’ series, but is now available on all other music platforms.
American singer-songwriter and record producer Al Green ('The Reverend') has released a cover of ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ - popularised by Freddy Fender.
Green first recorded the song with Matt Ross-Spang in 2018, ten years after his last release, 2008's Lay It Down.
“As a lifelong Memphian, I’ve always been a massive fan of Al Green and his producer Willie Mitchell,” Ross-Spang said at the time.
“Together they created some of the most enduring soul music. Sonically speaking, Willie and Al also really invented a distinct sound that separated them from Stax or Motown.”
Ross-Spang also mentioned the charming and friendly personality of the reticent reverend.
"When Al arrived at the studio he was already incredibly warm and gracious, but he really became animated and enthusiastic when we all started recording the song live in the room," Ross-Spang wrote.
"His passion and voice are just as strong as when he first found them as a young man."
Grammy Award-winning soul icon Green is best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including 'Take Me to the River', 'Tired of Being Alone', 'I'm Still in Love with You', 'Love and Happiness', and his signature song, 'Let's Stay Together'.
Listen to Green’s take on ‘Before The Next Teardrop Falls’ below: