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Author Archive: Troy Yeary

All Those Lonely Times: Elvis Presley’s 20 Best Country Songs

“You see, country music was always a part of the influence on my type of music, anyway. It’s a combination of country music and gospel and rhythm & blues. All combined, that’s what it really was. As a child, I was influenced by all of that. [...] Of course, the Grand Ole Opry was the …

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“Elvis Song Of The Year” for 2013

According to iTunes, out of 3,572 unique Elvis tracks in my collection, the one I played most often in 2013 was “Stay Away,” the flip side of “U.S. Male” in 1968. I played the track 22 times. Based on the traditional melody of “Greensleeves,” which also inspired the 19th century Christmas classic “What Child Is …

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In The Station/The Season Of Light

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” The Mystery Train Blog is currently on hiatus while I am busy in the offline world. I hope to return in 2014 with some occasional posts. Until that time, here’s hoping you have a Wonderful Christmas and a Merry New Year!

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Why STAY AWAY, JOE is better than it used to be

REVIEW: Stay Away, Joe (2013 FTD Edition) CD I never quite know what to make of Stay Away, Joe. The first time I tried to watch the movie as a teenager in the early 1990s, I couldn’t get past the non-stop party scene near the beginning. The whole thing just seemed so unbearable. Yet, over …

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iTunes Speedway: Race for the Elvis Cup

On the iTunes Speedway Ever since I finished backing up all of my Elvis music to iTunes, I have been wanting to do some number-crunching. I usually rate a song when I first place it on iTunes, using the built-in star ratings of 1-5 (I reserve 0 stars to mean “not yet rated”). I then …

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Triple Elvis powers a fresh vision of ALOHA FROM HAWAII

WARNING: This review contains major spoilers for Aloha From Hawaii: 40th Anniversary Edition. Elvis Presley’s 1973 Aloha From Hawaii television special still stands as a significant milestone in his legendary career. The January 14 concert aired live via satellite to certain parts of the world.  Over the next several months, it aired in other locations, …

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A Fleeting Moment

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” –Thomas Campbell

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