New World Order (album)

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New World Order
Studio album by Curtis Mayfield
Released January 7, 1997
Genre Funk, soul
Length 63:01
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Curtis Mayfield, Brian Fleming, Carlos Glover, Narada Michael Walden, James Fischer, Organized Noize, Daryl Simmons, Arnold Hennings
Curtis Mayfield chronology
Take It to the Streets
New World Order

New World Order is Curtis Mayfield’s final album. He was paralyzed during the recording, but still managed to both sing and oversee the project. According to Australian radio station Triple J, Mayfield managed to painstakingly record his songs by lying on his back, the only way he could get enough air into his lungs, and singing one line at a time. After he recorded each line, the songs were edited together.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Curtis Mayfield. 

No. Title Length
1. "New World Order"   5:36
2. "Ms. Martha"   4:21
3. "Back to Living Again"   5:11
4. "No One Knows About a Good Thing (You Don't Have to Cry)"   5:19
5. "Just a Little Bit of Love"   5:27
6. "We People Who are Darker than Blue feat. Roger Troutman"   5:02
7. "I Believe in You"   4:58
8. "Here But I'm Gone"   5:18
9. "It Was Love That We Needed"   4:14
10. "The Got Dang Song"   5:17
11. "The Girl I Find Stays On My Mind"   3:58
12. "Let's Not Forget"   3:42
13. "Oh So Beautiful"   4:38


The album received a generally positive rating on AllMusic, where it was described as "a touching, moving comeback from Curtis Mayfield". The songs were described as "hit-and-miss", but it was said that the main strength of the record was that it illustrates Mayfield's ability to make music which is still vital.[1]