Only The Strong Survive (Covers Vol. 1)

Commercially Released: November 11, 2022
Label: Columbia
Produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen
Recorded by Rob Lebret and Ron Aniello at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ
Mixed by Rob Lebret with Ron Aniello at at Thrill Hill Recording, Colts Neck, NJ
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
Design by Michelle Holme and Meghan Foley
Photography by Danny Clinch, except the Night Shift Portrait by Rob DeMartin


Only The Strong Survive is the twenty-first studio album by Bruce Springsteen, featuring a collection of fifteen soul music greats. It was released by Columbia Records on November 11, 2022, and was tracked at Thrill Hill Recording in New Jersey, produced by Ron Aniello, engineered by Rob Lebret, and executive produced by Jon Landau. The release marked Bruce Springsteen's first studio album since 2020's Letter To You, which debuted at #1 in eleven countries. Featuring lead vocals by Springsteen, Only The Strong Survive celebrates soul music gems from the legendary catalogues of Motown, Gamble and Huff, Stax, and many more. The album also feature guest vocals by Sam Moore, as well as 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.

Bruce Springsteen 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."



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