New World Order (album)

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New World Order
Curtis Mayfield- New World Order.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 1996
GenreFunk, soul
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerCurtis Mayfield, Brian Fleming, Carlos Glover, Narada Michael Walden, James Fischer, Erik "E-Smooth" Hicks, Organized Noize, Daryl Simmons, Arnold Hennings
Curtis Mayfield chronology
Take It to the Streets
New World Order

New World Order is R&B/soul singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield’s final studio album.[1] The album got to No. 24 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 44 on the UK Albums chart.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Independent(favourable)[6]
New York Times(favourable)[7]

AllMusic described the album as "a touching, moving comeback".[4] Rolling Stone called the LP "a triumphant return".[5]

New World Order was Grammy nominated for "Best R&B Album".[9] Both the album's title track and the song "Back to Living Again" were also Grammy nominated for "Best Male R&B Vocal Performance".[9]


New World Order got to No. 14 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.[10] No One Knows About A Good Thing (You Don't Have To Cry) also rose to No. 21 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Curtis Mayfield.

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" (featuring 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" (featuring Erik "E Smooth" Hicks)4:38


  • Curtis Mayfield - vocals
  • Craig Love, Carlos Glover, Gary Thompson, Tomi Martin, Martin Terry - guitar
  • Charles Pettaway, Preston Crump, Ralphe Armstrong, Ralph Stacey, George Grier, Lebrian Scott - bass
  • Mavis Staples


Chart (1978) Peak
US Billboard Top Soul LPs 24[2]
UK R&B Albums 7[12]
US UK Albums 44[3]


  1. ^ Curtis Mayfield: New World Order. Warner Bros. Records. September 1996.
  2. ^ a b "Curtis Mayfield: New World Order (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  3. ^ a b "Curtis Mayfield". Official Charts.
  4. ^ a b "Curtis Mayfield: New World Order". Allmusic.
  5. ^ a b Coleman, Mark (November 14, 1996). "Curtis Mayfield: New World Order". Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ Gill, Andy (January 31, 1997). "Pop Albums: Curtis Mayfield - New World Order". The Independent.
  7. ^ Pareles, Jon (September 29, 1996). "New Releases". New York Times.
  8. ^ Light, Alan (November 1996). "Curtis Mayfield: New World Order". Vibe.
  9. ^ a b "Curtis Mayfield".
  10. ^ "Curtis Mayfield: New World Order (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "No One Knows About A Good Thing (You Don't Have To Cry)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Curtis Mayfield: New World Order". Official Charts.