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I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:11 pm

Both versions are great but I just favour Cyndi's slightly slower groove.
Interestingly, the track was actually written for Roy [who recorded it first] but was only issued posthumously after Lauper's notable 1989 hit single rendition.

Other artists have covered it since, but none have come close to matching the intensity of either of these versions, IMO.

It's also tempting to think what job a rejuvenated Elvis would have made of this track - as the material seems ideal for him.

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Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:20 pm

Yeah, I always liked both versions but rather stick to Cindy's sultry, sexy version...

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:47 pm

NOBODY BEATS ORBISON :roll:

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:57 pm

Yeah, yeah Rob. :roll: :D
It's a close call as noted, but you've got to agree that Cyndi lays down a tremendous version, right?
Her phrasing is absolutely sublime - in fact it's very "Elvis-like" in parts, if you listen closely.

P.S. When's Caroline making a return to your av'? :lol:

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:25 pm

When the French Open is underway :P I still am confident she will capture her first Grand Slam.

Hey howcome you left out Celine ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvz_gW5C2cY&ob=av2e

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:47 pm

I prefer Orbison's "Heartbreak Radio" before his rendition of "I Drove All Night".
But I don't think he wasn't very good at singing Rock 'n' Roll. I think "Ooby Dooby" is downright awful, I prefer Janis Martin's version.

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:54 pm

I like Roy Orbison's version a lot better.

It's a shame that Cyndi Lauper had a big hit with it instead of Roy.

It was written for Roy so he should have had a hit with it.

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:26 am

Then there's the "more contemporary" Celine Dion version......

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Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:48 am

Celine certainly hits all the right notes in all the right places, but it leaves me unmoved in comparison to the brilliant versions of Cyndi and Roy.

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:20 am

Definitively the Roy Orbison version for me. Listing to Cyndi Lauper again today, the first 30 seconds could be Lisa Marie Presley. For me Lauper's crowning moment was "Time After Time" which is a fine tune.

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:21 pm

I prefer the stellar version by Roy ,but thats just me ,although Cyndi does a great job too

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Sat May 12, 2012 4:30 pm

Big Orby fan, so he just nicks it for me, but man it was close, those high notes won me over ...............

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Sat May 12, 2012 9:50 pm

TCB-FAN wrote:Then there's the "more contemporary" Celine Dion version......

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Thank you, I'll pass on this one! :shock: :?

Re: I Drove All Night - Lauper vs Orbison

Thu May 17, 2012 11:58 pm

I prefer Roy Orbison's version, he's one of my favourites!! :D