Bruce Springsteen has unveiled ‘Don’t Play That Song’ today, the final advance preview of his 21st studio album ‘Only The Strong Survive’ out 11th November on Columbia Records. Behind a rich arrangement featuring strings, backing vocals and The E Street Horns, Springsteen offers a potent rendition of the chart-topper penned by Ahmet Ertegun and Betty Nelson, notably recorded by Ben E. King in 1962 and Aretha Franklin in 1970. With the release of ‘Don’t Play That Song’ an accompanying Thom Zimny-directed visual also arrives today, featuring a lively performance from Springsteen backed by a robust, extensive live band.
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‘Only The Strong Survive’ was produced by Ron Aniello, engineered by Rob Lebret and executive produced by Jon Landau at Thrill Hill Recording in New Jersey. Lead vocals are performed by Bruce Springsteen. The fifteen-song collection features soul music greats from the legendary catalogues of Motown, Gamble and Huff, Stax and many more. Previously released previews of the album include Frank Wilson’s ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’ and The Commodores’ ‘Nightshift,’ in addition to ‘Don’t Play That Song.’ Also featured on ‘Only The Strong Survive’ are guest vocals by Sam Moore, full-string arrangements by Rob Mathes and backing vocals by Soozie Tyrell, Lisa Lowell, Michelle Moore, Curtis King Jr., Dennis Collins and Fonzi Thornton.
Featuring lead vocals from Springsteen, ‘Only The Strong Survive’ marks his 21st studio album and was tracked at Thrill Hill Recording in New Jersey. Previously, Springsteen announced the new album alongside his version of ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)‘, which was originally performed and written by Frank Wilson and ‘Nightshift‘, first recorded by The Commodores on Motown Records in 1985, serving as a tribute to late soul music heroes Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson just after they passed away.