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New World Order is R&B/soul singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield’s final studio album. He was paralyzed during the recording, but still sang and oversaw the production. According to Australian radio station Triple J, Mayfield recorded his songs by lying on his back, the only way he could get enough air into his lungs, and singing one verse at a time. After every verse for a song had been recorded, they were edited together for the finished, continuous track. New World Order received three Grammy nominations for "Best R&B Album", "Best Male R&B Vocal Performance" for the title track "New World Order" and "Best Male R&B Vocal Performance" for the track "Back to Living Again".

New World Order
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


Track listingEdit

All tracks 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


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]