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Final Curtain Four: Elvis Mania 2014 Tournament Semifinals

Elvis Presley in 1968

Elvis Presley in 1968

Welcome to the Final Curtain Four! The following songs have made it to the semifinals of The Mystery Train Blog’s Elvis Mania 2014 tournament:

  • Are You Lonesome Tonight
  • Mystery Train
  • Reconsider Baby
  • Suspicious Minds

The tournament will crown the Best Elvis Song based on your votes. To view the results of the first four rounds, check out the tournament’s page on Challonge.com.

The semifinals begin now. They pit the four remaining songs against one another. Vote for your favorite in the two matches below. If you have difficulty viewing the embedded version of the matchups, access them directly using this link.

Anyone can vote, not just those who made predictions or participated in previous rounds. You do not have to register.

Semifinals voting ends on Friday, April 4.

[April 4, 2014, Update: Semifinals voting is now closed.]

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Elvis Eight: Round 4 of the Elvis Mania 2014 Tournament

Elvis Presley in 1963

Elvis Presley in 1963

The following songs make up the Elvis Eight, for they have survived the latest round of The Mystery Train Blog’s Elvis Mania 2014 tournament:

  • Always On My Mind
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • Don’t Be Cruel
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Mystery Train
  • Reconsider Baby
  • Suspicious Minds

The tournament will crown the Best Elvis Song based on your votes. To view the results of the first three rounds, check out the tournament’s page on Challonge.com.

Round 4 begins now. It pits the eight remaining songs against one another. Vote for your favorite in each of the four matches below. If you have difficulty viewing the embedded version of the matchups, access them directly using this link.

Anyone can vote, not just those who made predictions or participated in previous rounds. You do not have to register.

Round 4 voting ends on Tuesday, April 1 (no fooling).

[April 1, 2014, Update: Round 4 voting is now closed.]

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Blue Suede Sixteen: Round 3 of the Elvis Mania 2014 Tournament

The Blue Suede Sixteen has now been set. Only 16 songs remain in The Mystery Train Blog’s Elvis Mania 2014 tournament:

  • Always On My Mind
  • An American Trilogy
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight
  • Burning Love
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • Don’t Be Cruel
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight
  • Heartbreak Hotel
  • It’s Now Or Never
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  • Mystery Train
  • Promised Land
  • Reconsider Baby
  • Suspicious Minds
  • Tiger Man

Based on your votes, the tournament will crown the Best Elvis Song. To view the results of the first two rounds, check out the tournament’s page on Challonge.com.

Round 3 begins now. It pits the 16 remaining songs against one another. Vote for your favorite in each of the eight matches below. If you have difficulty viewing the embedded version of the matchups, access them directly using this link.

Anyone can vote, not just those who made predictions or participated in previous rounds. You do not have to register.

Round 3 voting ends on Saturday, March 29.

[March 29, 2014, Update: Round 3 voting is now closed.]

Elvis Presley in 1972

Elvis Presley in 1972

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Elvis Mania 2014 Tournament: Time for Round 2

Elvis Presley in 1957

Elvis Presley in 1957

Round 1 of The Mystery Train Blog’s Elvis Mania 2014 tournament is in the books. The tournament will crown the Best Elvis Song, based on your votes. To view the results of the first round, which eliminated 32 songs from contention, check out the tournament’s page on Challonge.com.

Now, it is time to start Round 2, which pits the 32 remaining songs against one another. Vote for your favorite in each of the 16 matches below. If you have difficulty viewing the embedded version of the matchups, access them directly using this link.

Anyone can vote, not just those who made predictions or participated in the previous round. You do not have to register.

If you thought choosing songs in that first round was tough, just wait until you try this one out.

Round 2 voting will end in three days, on Tuesday, March 25.

[March 25, 2014, Update: Round 2 voting is now closed.]

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Elvis Mania 2014 Tournament: Round 1 Begins

The Mystery Train BlogPredictions have been locked in, so now it is time to begin The Mystery Train Blog’s Elvis Mania 2014 tournament! The tournament will award the title of Best Elvis Song, based on your votes.

Round 1 pits 64 Elvis songs against one another. Vote for your favorite in each of the 32 matches below. If you have difficulty viewing the embedded version of the matchups, access them directly using this link.

Anyone can vote, not just those who made predictions. You do not have to register.

Round 1 voting will end in three days, on the evening of Friday, March 21.

[March 21, 2014, Update: Round 1 voting is now closed.]

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ELVIS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE IN MEMPHIS Legacy Edition out today, with bonus Richmond concert

Before we begin, a reminder that there are less than 13 hours left to lock in your predictions bracket for Elvis Mania 2014. The person with the highest score will receive a Sony Legacy Edition CD of an Elvis title, courtesy of The Mystery Train Blog. See yesterday’s post for more details. [Update: Predictions are now locked.]

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Forty years ago today, on March 18, 1974, Elvis Presley rocked the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia. A live recording of the concert features on the second CD of a new Legacy Edition of Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis, in stores today from Sony.

The first CD features a complete version of the March 20 Memphis concert at the Mid-South Coliseum that RCA first released in an edited form in 1974. Elvis earned his third and final Grammy Award for his performance of “How Great Thou Art” in Memphis on that original 1974 album.

The Follow That Dream collectors label for Elvis fans restored the missing tracks from the Memphis concert and removed unnecessary audience overdubs in a 2004 Classic Albums CD release of the title, including a new mix. The same label also issued the expanded show in vinyl format as a 2-record set last year. This new 2014 Legacy Edition features yet another new mix of the Memphis concert.

The Richmond concert made its debut in 2011’s Forty-Eight Hours To Memphis on the FTD label. This new release features the same mix of the Richmond show as on the 2011 collectors CD.

The Elvis Presley Show crisscrossed back and forth from Virginia to Tennessee on that leg of his tour. Tickets for a March 12 appearance at the Richmond Coliseum sold out so quickly that Elvis’s management re-routed the tour to accommodate a second show there on March 18. Elvis performed four shows in Memphis on March 16 and 17, hit Richmond, Virginia, again on March 18, and then returned to Tennessee for concerts in Murfreesboro and Memphis on March 19 and 20, respectively.

RCA professionally recorded the March 20 Memphis concert for the album project. It is a 16-track recording (audio elements recorded on separate channels) that can be tweaked for optimum sound quality. The Memphis show is presented in stereo.

Though the background story remains mysterious, the March 18 Richmond concert was supposedly captured as a 16-track recording, too. If so, it remains missing from the Sony vaults – lost, stolen, or erased.

The Richmond concert audio source on both the 2011 and 2014 releases is a tape copy of a mono mix-down of the 16-track recording, with artificial reverb applied. In other words, no further changes can be made to the Richmond mix or reverb since the 16-track original is unavailable.

While Elvis’s sound engineers often made informal reference tapes of his shows from the soundboard mixing console, the Forty-Eight Hours To Memphis liner notes in 2011 only speculated about why RCA apparently recorded the Richmond concert in multitrack. The 2014 Legacy Edition refers to the Richmond show as a “test run concert” for the subsequent Memphis recording.

Five selections from an August 16, 1974, rehearsal at RCA Hollywood for an upcoming Las Vegas engagement round out the second CD of the release. Captured on a personal cassette recorder, the rehearsals are in comparatively poor sound quality. The five tracks were among twenty from the rehearsal included as part of the 2009 FTD release From Sunset To Las Vegas.

In addition to participating retail stores, the 2014 Legacy Edition of Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis is also available from Amazon and other online outlets.

ELVIS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE IN MEMPHIS (2014 Legacy Edition)

ELVIS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE IN MEMPHIS (2014 Legacy Edition)

Tracks

Disc One

Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis, March 20, 1974
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra/
02. See See Rider
03. I Got A Woman/Amen
04. Love Me
05. Tryin’ To Get To You
06. All Shook Up
07. Steamroller Blues
08. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
09. Love Me Tender
10. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On/Your Mama Don’t Dance/Flip, Flop & Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog
11. Fever
12. Polk Salad Annie
13. Why Me Lord
14. How Great Thou Art
15. Suspicious Minds
16. Introductions By Elvis
17. Blueberry Hill/I Can’t Stop Loving You
18. Help Me
19. An American Trilogy
20. Let Me Be There
21. My Baby Left Me
22. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
23. Funny How Time Slips Away
24. Can’t Help Falling In Love/
25. Closing Vamp

Disc Two

Recorded Live At The Coliseum, Richmond, March 18, 1974
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra/
02. See See Rider
03. I Got A Woman/Amen [edited with Memphis, March 20, 1974]
04. Love Me
05. Tryin’ To Get To You
06. All Shook Up
07. Steamroller Blues
08. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
09. Love Me Tender
10. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On/Your Mama Don’t Dance/Flip, Flop & Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog
11. Fever
12. Polk Salad Annie
13. Why Me Lord
14. Suspicious Minds
15. Introductions By Elvis
16. I Can’t Stop Loving You
17. Help Me
18. An American Trilogy
19. Let Me Be There
20. Funny How Time Slips Away
21. Can’t Help Falling In Love/
22. Closing Vamp

The August 1974 RCA Rehearsals
23. Down In The Alley
24. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues
25. Softly, As I Leave You
26. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
27. The Twelfth Of Never

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Elvis Mania 2014 Tournament: Create your bracket predictions

[March 18, 2014, Update: Predictions are now locked.]

I spend much time on The Mystery Train Blog giving my opinion of all things Elvis. Now, readers have a chance to stake out their own positions.

Introducing the Elvis Mania 2014 tournament. Sixty-four selections will compete for the title of Best Elvis Song, with readers of The Mystery Train Blog choosing winners in each round. Voting begins tomorrow evening (March 18), so now is your chance to fill out a bracket and lock in your predictions using the link below.

Go to the Elvis Mania 2014 Tournament page on challonge.com

At the end of the tournament, the person with the highest score will receive a Sony Legacy Edition CD of an Elvis title, courtesy of The Mystery Train Blog. The tie-breakers will be number of correct picks and order in which predictions were locked. Though I have created a predictions bracket for fun, the CD will simply go to second place should I happen to achieve the highest score.

Good luck!

Who will win Elvis Mania 2014?

Who will win Elvis Mania 2014?

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