NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during the 13th annual Stand Up for Heroes to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Bob Woodruff Foundation )

Yes, it’s true. My ears found the new Bruce Springsteen covers surprisingly good. His new covers album Only The Strong Survive, takes us into a deep dive of Bruce Springsteen’s soul, with fifteen covers that are to me, unexpectedly good.

Bruce Surprised Me

My journey with the Boss started of course, in the late 1970’s and 80’s enjoying his hits on the radio. How could you not like Born To Run and of course, Dancin’ In The Dark. BUT, what I didn’t get was the image of rock royalty that the media and fans portrayed.

People would talk about Bruce like he was Elvis, or the Beatles. I didn’t get it. 

That all changed when I saw him LIVE. Years ago a friend invited me to see Bruce LIVE in Chicago. I believe it was The Tunnel Of Love Tour. It was an experience I’ll never forget. There was one point in the show, where Bruce climbed on a piano, and played his guitar for AN HOUR. I didn’t even know the songs. They were deep cuts. But his ENERGY and soul came off the stage and filled the hearts and souls of everyone there. I know, it sounds crazy, but somehow, he connected all of us as one. It was nuts! He truly ROCKED, standing on a piano for an hour. At that point I said, to myself: “I get it. He’s the Boss!”

Bruce Sings From His Soul

Ever since that concert experience, I hear his songs differently now. It’s like my soul has grown Springsteen ears. I don’t hear his songs, I feel them.

So when I heard about this covers album, to hear that he was covering soulful artists like The Commodores, and The Supremes, I got curious.

Let’s take a listen to some of the tracks and judge together.

If you’re a fan, you may agree and find these Bruce Springsteen covers surprisingly good.

Listen with your soul.

  • The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore


    Written by the Four Seasons writers Bob Gaudio and Bob Crew. Original artist was Frankie Vallie. 

  • Nightshift

    Original Artist-The Commodores

    Tribute to Marvin Gaye, and Jackie Wilson.

  • Someday We'll Be Together

    The Boss Singin The Boss! Diana Ross

  • Only The Strong Survive

    Original Artist-Jerry Butler

  • What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

    Original Artist: Jimmy Ruffin

  • Turn Back The Hands Of Time

    Original Artist: Tyrone Davis

  • Jaybeau Extra: Rhinestone Cowboy!

    This cover is off of the Western Stars soundtrack.

    Glen Campbell did the original, which is my favorite version. But, in this version, you can hear Bruce’s admiration for Glen.

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