Do I Have To Dance All Night Redux
Yes, Do I Have To Dance All Night is the same song that was featured in yesterday’s Leonard Cohen Video Of The Day – but this is the 1980 version, which has a significantly different arrangement.
Compared to the 1976 rendition, the version of “Do I Have To Dance All Night” performed on the 1980 tour has a distinctly slower tempo and a less disco-more Eastern sound1 which utilizes the style and talents of his band, Passenger, the jazz fusion group co-founded by Roscoe Beck which featured oriental instruments (John Bilezikjian on oud and mandolin and Raffi Hakopian on gypsy violin), and Sharon Robinson, the backup singer for the 1980 tour.2
More to the point, it’s the 1980 version of my personal favorite overlooked, underrated, inexplicably album-excluded Leonard Cohen song.
Leonard Cohen Plays Amsterdam Oct 30, 1980
As is true for the 1976 rendition, there is no video of a live performance of the 1980 Do I Have To Dance All Night so I have cobbled together a montage video comprising an audio recording of the Canadian singer-songwriter set to Cohen-associated still photos and video clips.3
Photos: Oct 30, 1980 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert
By a happy coincidence, a recently published Heck Of A Guy post, Rare, Unpublished Photos Of Leonard Cohen In Concert: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam – Oct 30, 1980, offered four photos (included in this post as well) by Pete Purnell that were taken at the same performance at which the audio portion of the video was recorded.
Leonard Cohen – Do I Have To Dance All Night
Audio Source: Radio broadcast – Oct 30, 1980 Amsterdam Concert
Video by Allan Showalter
- See Another Best Leonard Cohen Song Some Of You Still Haven’t Heard [↩]
- Sharon Robinson and Jennifer Warnes were the backup vocalists on the 1979 tour, but Warnes did not return for the 1980 tour. [↩]
- A listing of the specific sources of the visual segments of this video can be found at Do I Have To Dance All Night (1980 Version) Video Sources. [↩]