Freddy Fender

The Best of Freddy Fender [Cleopatra]

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Cleopatra's The Best of Freddy Fender does have its virtues -- its 20 tracks makes it one of the most generous Fender samplers on the U.S. market, and it features his two best-known songs, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and "Before the Next Teardrop Falls." For some reason, though, the collection leaves out two other major hits, the number one "Secret Love" and the number two "Living It Down." The British import Greatest Hits (on Edsel) is a superior package, not only because it offers five more songs, but also because it features better sound and artwork. With a little more care and attention -- in song selection as well -- Cleopatra could have made The Best of Freddy Fender an essential purchase; as it stands, it's merely fine.

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