BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – ” Only the Strong Survive “

Posted: September 29, 2022 in MUSIC

Bruce Springsteen has announced details for his upcoming soul-covers album, “Only the Strong Survive”, and released the first single, an upbeat, joyous take on Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do).”

The Ron Aniello-produced album will be released on November 11th. There will be two duets with Sam Moore (one of Springsteen’s biggest influences, as a member of Sam & Dave), on it.

According to a press release, the album features “contributions from The E Street Horns, full string arrangements by Rob Mathes, and backing vocals by Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Curtis King Jr., Dennis Collins and Fonzi Thornton.”

Springsteen says in the press release, “I wanted to make an album where I just sang. And what better music to work with than the great American songbook of the Sixties and Seventies? I’ve taken my inspiration from Levi Stubbs, David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin, the Iceman Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Dobie Gray, and Scott Walker, among many others. I’ve tried to do justice to them all — and to the fabulous writers of this glorious music. My goal is for the modern audience to experience its beauty and joy, just as I have since I first heard it. I hope you love listening to it as much as I loved making it.”

The new album “Only The Strong Survive” is coming November 11th celebrates 15 soul music gems from the legendary catalogues of Motown, Gamble and Huff, Stax and many more. This 21st studio album from Bruce Springsteen will be available on CD, 2LP and all digital services.

This is the album’s track listings, along with the song’s original artists:

“Only the Strong Survive,” Jerry Butler
“Soul Days (featuring Sam Moore),” Dobie Gray
“Nightshift,” The Commodores
“Do I Love You (Indeed I Do,)” Frank Wilson
“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” The Walker Brothers
“Turn Back the Hands of Time,” Tyrone Davis
“When She Was My Girl,” The Four Tops
“Hey, Western Union Man,” Jerry Butler
“I Wish It Would Rain,” The Temptations
“Don’t Play That Song,” Aretha Franklin
“Any Other Way,” Jackie Shane
“I Forgot to Be Your Lover (featuring Sam Moore),” William Bell
“7 Rooms of Gloom,” The Four Tops
“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” Jimmy Ruffin
“Someday We’ll Be Together,” Diana Ross & The Supremes

The album cover says “Vol. 1,” so presumably Springsteen plans to release at least one more album in this vein.

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