Quarter-Finals: Right Side of the Bracket

These four tunes are classic, classy, and the four highest seeds from this side of the bracket.  Listen at Grooveshark here, and vote by commenting below or emailing LTDdotorg@gmail.com before 8pm on Monday.  Enjoy the rest of this fine weekend.

#2 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) vs. #7 Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)

I’d count Dusty as heavily favored- she’s been a fan favorite for months, while Ring of Fire’s posted less than stellar scores the last two rounds.  Dusty is the last remaining lady in the tournament, while Cash is the most violent drunk.

#3 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) vs. #6 The Weight (The Band)

Beautiful. Simple. Elegant.  Authentic and earnest.  Hard to argue with either of these tunes.

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24 Responses to Quarter-Finals: Right Side of the Bracket

  1. Gmo says:

    Again, scores g-mo/Dinah

    Soap 7.75/8
    Rof 9.5/8.5

    Sbm 9.2/9.5
    Tw 8.8/8

  2. lindsay says:

    Dusty/Johnny: 2/4
    This is, by far, my least favorite match-up in awhile. I don’t like either of these songs and I haven’t liked either of them. And I hate how I have Son of a Preacherman stuck in my head all the time. At least I like to sing along to Ring of Fire when I’ve got a little whiskey in me, though.

    Ben E./The Band: 7.5/8

  3. Adrock says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 5.1
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 9.5

    Dusty starts out like a house of fire, but it somehow feels so short and unfinished. It should be higher, but I just can’t do it. Despite also being short, Ring of Fire sounds complete – and phenomenal. I’m sure I’ll be swallowed in flames from the women in the audience, but big nod to Cash here.

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 6
    The Weight (The Band) 9.8

    Stand by Me is sweet and cool – but it just lacks the heft of some of its competitors at this point. The Weight is nearly perfect – but if Bohemian Rhapsody was a perfect 10, the Weight has to catch a slightly lower score, as its not QUITE as amazing in my mind. That would be a titanic final.

  4. G says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 8.5
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 5.5

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 7
    The Weight (The Band) 9.6

  5. aiko says:

    Not to be That Guy, but listening to these on vinyl really does make a difference. Also it makes it harder because they all sound a lot better.

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 10
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 7
    I’m keeping it consistent with Dusty. Still sounds perfect every time, haven’t gotten sick of it at all. Ring of Fire can go a little up and down, but it was up on this listening.

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.5
    The Weight (The Band) 5
    When The Weight comes on when you’re not expecting it, and you haven’t heard it for awhile, it’s sublime. It transports you. All the better if you’re on the road, travelling through the middle of nowhere. It’s a song that’s blossoms in freedom: in the confines of a structured music contest, it loses its magic. I sound like a hippie. Whatever.

  6. Janos Marton says:

    Me, Tim and Chalan on this round of voting.

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 7 7 6.5
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 7 4 8

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 8.5 8.2 8
    The Weight (The Band) 9 9.2 9

  7. Danno says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 5
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 9

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 7
    The Weight (The Band) 7

  8. DrJ says:

    Son of a Preacherman 9.8
    Ring of Fire 8.2

    Stand By Me 7
    The Weight 8.2

  9. Save Ferris says:

    Damn it. I missed the first half of the bracket because I was away from my computer. Although I’m sad Twist and Shout bit it, it was worth not voting to avoid my computer this weekend. And besides, I wouldn’t have given Under Pressure a two to go with my ten for Twist and Shout so no harm done.

    On to this round:

    #2 Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) 4 vs. #7 Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 10

    Dusty Springfield came to the state of Tennessee to record Son of a Preacher Man, but that state was already Cash territory when she arrived. SOAP is fine for what it is, but it’s kind of bland as far as soul songs go. If Respect doesn’t get this far, SOAP definitely doesn’t. Ring of Fire gets a ten from me once again because it’s not up against a song I care about, not to mention the fact that it’s pretty good. Dusty gets put in her place now that she’s (for the first time) up against a song I care about. For those of you who object, hate the hater, not the hate (it comes from an honest and caring place).

    #3 Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 5 vs. #6 The Weight (The Band) 10

    Two really lovely songs, both sad and perfectly suited for those times when you’re feeling lonesome. I can’t say anything bad about Stand by Me, but I love the Weight. I’ve rolled wearily into lots of small towns where I was a stranger during my travels and I can’t count the number of times this song has come to me even before I realized why it was there. Sam Cooke is classic; Levon Helm and Rick Danko sing just for me. I know they won’t carry the day, but I owe the Band a good healthy margin against the competition for all they’ve done for me.

  10. Matt says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 7
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 4

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9
    The Weight (The Band) 7

  11. The Catholic says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 10
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 3
    Johnny just sounds average, whereas Dusty rings clear and true.

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.5
    The Weight (The Band) 6.9
    Tough one, I think the Weight will take this, but Stand By Me is a damned good song.

    Damned good.

  12. Mark O says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) [9]
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) [6]

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) [7.5]
    The Weight (The Band) [8.75]

  13. Benji says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 7
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 6

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 8.5
    The Weight (The Band) 9.5

  14. GGT says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 6.5
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 8.0

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.5
    The Weight (The Band) 9.2

  15. Pillanattolvaj says:

    Son of a Preacher Man – 8
    Ring of Fire – 9

    Stand By Me – 9
    The Weight – 7

  16. natalie says:

    son of a preacherman – 8.5
    ring of fire – 5
    soap didn’t get me in the same way it usually does, but i just wasn’t feling johnny’s horn section at all today (that sounds dirty?). dusty wins for better use of horns.

    stand by me – 9
    the weight – 10

  17. Kate M says:

    Man, I really hope Dusty pulls this off. This was a hard match up for me as I also love the Man in Black. But at the end of the day, Dusty just moves me more and I hum this song the rest of the day…

    Preacher Man:
    Kate: 10
    Dennys: 9
    Randy: 6.5

    Ring of Fire:
    Kate: 8 (which surprised me, go figure, it’s Monday)
    Dennys: 7
    Randy: 8

    Weight: Great song but can’t hold against Stand by Me
    Kate: 8
    Dennys: 7
    Randy: 6

    Dennys: 9
    Kate: 10
    Randy: 9

  18. Mike says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 8.3
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 7.9

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.4
    The Weight (The Band) 9.1

  19. Astrid says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 7
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 10

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9.8
    The Weight (The Band) 6.2

  20. Meghan says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 8
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 10

    I keep liking Ring of Fire more and more each round. When I hear the mariachi horns I just get happy and happy’s tough to come by during exams.

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 9
    The Weight (The Band) 7

  21. Cristina says:

    Son of a Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield) 5.5
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) 9.5

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) 7
    The Weight (The Band) 8

  22. adam says:

    Son of a Preacherman (Dusty Springfield) = 5.5 (nice groove at the beginning but that’s about it)
    Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) = 9

    Stand By Me (Ben E. King) = 6
    The Weight (The Band) = 8.5

  23. Liz says:

    Son of a Preacherman – 7.5
    Ring of Fire – 7

    Stand By Me – 8
    The Weight – 7 – started much higher than sank as the song went on. so it goes.

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