Bruce Springsteen Announces New Album Only the Strong Survive, Shares Video for Frank Wilson Cover: Watch

Bruce Springsteen is releasing a new album on November 11 via Columbia Records. The LP, Only the Strong Survive, is a collection of soul music covers. Below, watch the Thom Zimny–directed music video for Springsteen’s cover of Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do).”

On Only the Strong Survive, Springsteen covers songs performed by the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)”), transgender pioneer Jackie Shane (“Any Other Way”), Jimmy Ruffin (“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”), and others. He recorded his album with the E Street Horns, producer Ron Aniello, and backing vocalists Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Curtis King Jr., Dennis Collins, and Fonzi Thornton. In addition, the album features guest vocals from Sam Moore.

In a statement about Only the Strong Survive, Springsteen explained:

I wanted to make an album where I just sang. And what better music to work with than the great American songbook of the ’60s and ’70s? 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.

Only the Strong Survive follows Bruce Springsteen’s 2020 album Letter to You. It’s also the musician’s first collection of covers since April 2006’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.

Bruce Springsteen & The Street Band are heading out on tour next year. The band is playing North American shows in the winter and spring before continuing with European concerts in the spring and summer.

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