Cos - Bruce Springsteen will return on November 11th with a new album of classic soul and R&B covers. Entitled Only the Strong Survive, the album sees Springsteen put hit own spin on songs by Diana Ross and the Supremes (“Someday We’ll Be Together”), The Commodores (“Night Shift”), and Aretha Franklin (“Don’t Play That Song”).
The 15-song tracklist also boasts covers of The Temptations (“I Wish It Would Rain”), The Four Tops (“When She Was My Girl”), The Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore), Jerry Butler (“Western Union Man”), and Jimmy Ruffin (“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”) The album takes its name from Jerry Buttler’s 1968 song “Only The Strong Survive,” which leads off the tracklist.
As a preview, Springsteen has shared his cover of Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” alongside a music video directed by Thom Zimny.
LETS. FUCKIN. GO.
What a pleasant surprise on a chill Thursday morning. New music from The Boss.
One of my favorite artists in the world, covering my favorite, and the greatest music genre in the world -
Granted, we're not getting original songs, from the second greatest songwriter that's ever lived, no. But we are getting his spin on some of the greatest songs ever created- Motown and Soul smashes.
I mean look at this tracklist.
Only the Strong Survive Tracklist:
01. Only The Strong Survive (Jerry Butler)
02. Soul Days (Dobie Gray)
03. Night Shift (The Commodores)
04. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (Frank Wilson)
05. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore (The Walker Brothers)
06. Turn Back The Hands of Time (Tyrone Davis)
07. When She Was My Girl (The Four Tops)
08. Western Union Man (Jerry Butler)
09. I Wish It Would Rain (The Temptations)
10. Don’t Play That Song (Aretha Franklin)
11. Any Other Way (Jackie Shane)
12. I Forgot To Be Your Lover (William Bell)
13. Rooms of Gloom (The Four Tops)
14. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted (Jimmy Ruffin)
15. Someday We’ll Be Together (Diana Ross and The Supremes)
I can already feel the tears coming for Bruce's rendition of "Someday We'll Be Together", one of the most beautiful songs (from one of the most beautiful voices) of all time.
Wanna talk about another tear jerker? "What Becomes of The Brokenhearted?"
Thank God we have an absolute JAM like "Nightshift" on here, otherwise, we're just looking at one of the greatest breakup albums of all time
Also, "Do I Love You?" originally by Frank Wilson (talk about a song right in The E Street Band's wheelhouse
Bruce said in his video release on the project, “This time, I decided to do something I’ve never done before: make some music that’s centered around singing, around challenging my voice.” And that looks to exactly what he's going to do. And the fact that he threw a "Vol. 1" behind this to insinuate we're going to be getting a series of these covers albums has me rock hard. So hyped about this.