Bruce Springsteen’s Only The Strong Survive, his first new studio album since 2020’s Letter To You, is a collection of soul music gems that celebrate the legendary songbooks of Gamble and Huff, Motown, Stax and many more.
Only The Strong Survive celebrates soul music gems from the legendary catalogues of Motown, Gamble and Huff, Stax and many more. This 21st studio album from Bruce Springsteen also features guest vocals by Sam Moore, plus 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 himself commented, “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.”
Only The Strong Survive was tracked at Thrill Hill Recording in New Jersey, produced by Ron Aniello, engineered by Rob Lebret, and executive produced by Jon Landau. It is available in all formats, with the vinyl version featuring an etching on side D and inclunding a 12 x 24 poster.
Springsteen will reunite with the legendary E Street Band in February for his 2023 international tour.