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Album Review: Conway Twitty – ‘Look Into My Teardrops’

Look Into My Teardrops was the second album Conway Twitty released in 1966, as well as his second release for Decca Records. The album consists of many covers of then-popular hits, as was the tradition at the time.

The album produced two low to mid charting singles. The title track, which peaked at #36 is a lovely mid-paced number co-written by Harlan Howard. “I Don’t Want To Be With Me,” a wonderfully catch up-tempo number with an engaging melody, was self-penned and hit #21.

Nat Stuckley’s “Don’t You Believe Her” was recorded by both Ray Price, with whom it is most associated, and Gene Watson. Twitty’s version is excellent, although I would hardly recognize it’s him singing if I didn’t already know.

“Almost Persuaded” had been a signature #1 hit for David Houston that same year. Twitty’s take on the steel-drenched ballad is excellent. The same is true for “I Made Her That Way,” co-written by George Jones. Twitty also included Jones’ “Take Me,” which is as good as one would expect.

Twitty follows with his fabulous take on “The Wild Side of Life,” which Hank Thompson had made iconic fourteen years earlier. “There Stands The Glass” is arguably one of the hardest country songs to sing and Twitty, unsurprisingly, knocks it out of the park.

“If You Were Mine To Lose,” the album’s other Twitty original, is very good. If you’ve been following our #1 singles this week in country music history posts, then you know Bobby Helms had a massive #1 with “Fraulein” sixty years ago this year. Twitty reprises it here, with smashing results.

Howard’s “Another Man’s Woman” is an additional track original to Twitty. While very good, the song is far from iconic. The album closes with “Before I’ll Set Her Free,” which falls along similar lines, but with a very engaging lyric.

As far as albums from the 1960s that I’ve reviewed go, Look Into My Teardrops is one of the better ones. Twitty does a wonderful job throughout tackling both iconic and new songs. I highly recommend seeking it out if you’ve never heard it.

Grade: A

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4 responses to “Album Review: Conway Twitty – ‘Look Into My Teardrops’

  1. Paul W Dennis November 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I purchased this album and HERE’S CONWAY TWITTY in the summer of 1968 at the US Navy Exchange in Little Creek, VA, the first of many Conway Twitty albums I would purchase. “Look Into My Teardrops remains one of my two or three Conway Twitty favorite songs , and I loved this album as well

  2. Ken November 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I definitely agree with Jonathan’s overall review. Conway’s second Decca release continued to polish his country credentials. If you heard this album without being familiar with Conway’s 1950’s/early ’60’s recordings you might never guess that he was once a rock & roll star. He sounds authentically country on his excellent remakes of the Hank Thompson, Webb Pierce and Bobby Helms songs.

    In late 1966 country radio was not totally convinced of Conway’s viability as a country act. Thankfully Owen Bradley and Decca saw his potential and gave the green light for a second album despite Conway’s minimal chart success and sales from his LP and two singles. Country radio’s continued reluctance to add the next two new singles hurt their potential. I believe that the title track is the stronger of the two. Written by Harlan Howard and Don Bowman it was recorded by Waylon Jennings almost a year earlier. First released as the flip side of Waylon’s single “Anita You’re Dreaming.” it was also included on his first RCA Victor LP. Conway’s arrangement features a catchy fretted dobro lead with a full production and chorus. Hard to believe that infectious song only reached #36. However the second single “I Don’t Want To Be With Me” was more successful on the charts rising to #21. But to me that track sounds like a demo with a rather sparse arrangement and minimal accompaniment. Not a track that I would have tagged as a potential hit.

    As with Conway’s previous album the two songs selected as flip sides for the single releases were very strong. “If You Were Mine To Lose” and “Before I’ll Set Her Free” were likely written all or in part by Conway although both were published under the name of Conway’s second wife Mickey Jaco (as was “I Don’t Want To Be With Me”) Both are superb ballads with straight ahead country arrangements.

    Legendary songwriter Harlan Howard encouraged and assisted Conway to make the transition from rock & roll to country music. That relationship allowed Harlan to easily pitch his songs to Conway. “Another Man’s Woman” is a great Harlan Howard song and Conway gives an excellent performance of that ballad too.

    To be clear Nat Stuckey was first to release his own song “Don’t You Believe Her” as his second single for the Paula label in 1966 [Paula 233] That uncharted release preceded his own first top-ten hit “Sweet Thang.” later that year. Nat’s recording was as good or perhaps even better than Conway’s. Ray Price’s Nashville Sound string-drenched M-O-R version came out two years later as a track on his “Take Me As I Am” LP. Price’s recording sounds like a Broadway Show tune by comparison. To be honest I’ve never associated that track with Price but admittedly I’m not a big fan of Ray’s late 1960’s over-orchestrated style. Gene Watson’s more recent version is far better.

    I also rate this album an “A”

    • Tyler Pappas November 6, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Ray Price also did “Don’t You Believe Her” on the album “Another Bridge to Burn” and is fantastic. Reba McEntire also covered the song. I think Reba might have really loved that particular album because she also recorded “I Want to Hear It from You” which was also off “Another Bridge to Burn”. Might just be speculation but either way they are great songs.

  3. Luckyoldsun November 7, 2017 at 1:06 am

    What’s with the constant shifting between “… HER Teardrops” and “… MY Teardrops”?

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