What the World Needs Now Is Love

What the World Needs Now Is Love

by Wynonna JuddWynonna Judd


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Love as a healer, as salvation, as a panacea for the world's ills, as a moral compass -- not surprisingly, these variations on a theme dominate an album titled What the World Needs Now Is Love. The disc and its buoyant opener, "What the World Needs Now," are not to be confused with the Bacharach-David song made famous by Jackie DeShannon, although they share the sentiment that is triumphantly carried off by Wynonna Judd. She makes her case with fire-and-brimstone country rock, R&B-flavored workouts, and a couple of exquisite ballads that showcase her nuanced delivery, such as the one-off Judds reunion "Flies on the Butter (You Can't Go Home Again)," a nostalgic look back at an elegiac childhood, with momma Naomi supplying the captivating family harmony. Jeff Beck shows up to lay some screaming guitar on a gut-wrenching cover of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," but no one steals the show from a rejuvenated Wy, who is clearly on a mission. "It All Comes Down to Love" percolates along on a funky groove as Judd coolly lacerates TV evangelists, mealy-mouthed politicos, oily talk-show hosts, and Wall Street "suits" who prey on the desperate and lonely. The highlight, however, is a powerful trifecta of tunes: "Sometimes I Feel like Elvis," which rails against stardom's soul-numbing isolation; a roaring cover of the Elvis chestnut "Burnin' Love" (from Lilo & Stitch); and the low-key "Who Am I Supposed to Love," a jazzy bit of moody introspection that mourns lost love. Pondering the multifarious meanings of an age-old topic, What the World Needs Now Is Love finds Wynonna digging deep -- and soaring higher than ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2003
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187881129
catalogNumber: 78811
Rank: 64752


  1. What the World Needs
  2. Heaven Help Me
  3. It All Comes Down to Love
  4. Flies on the Butter (You Can't Go Home Again)
  5. I Will Be
  6. I Want to Know What Love Is
  7. It's Only Love
  8. Sometimes I Feel Like Elvis
  9. Burning Love
  10. Who Am I Supposed to Love
  11. Your Day Will Come
  12. (No One's Gonna) Break Me Down
  13. You Are
  14. Rescue Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynonna Judd   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Piano,Keyboards
Eric Darken   Percussion
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
David Campbell   Conductor
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stuart Duncan   Mandolin
Charles Everett   Violin
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Dann Huff   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gordon Kennedy   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Kent   Violin
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Cello,Harp,Viola
Susan Chatman   Violin
Karen Elaine Bakunin   Viola
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Bob Peterson   Violin
Norm Hughes   Violin
Rudy Stein   Cello
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gerry Hilera   Violin
John Hayhurst   Viola
Dan Smith   Cello
Sara Perkins   Violin
Michele Richards   Violin
Steve Mackey   Bass
Karen Jones   Violin
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Mick Jones   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements
Bryan White   Composer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Chuck Cannon   Composer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Austin Cunningham   Composer
Derek George   Composer
John Hudson   Engineer
Dann Huff   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Remixing
David Lyndon Huff   Loop Programming
John Jaszcz   Engineer
Wynonna Judd   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer,Producer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer,Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Producer
Steve Robson   Composer
Chris Rodriguez   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Jonathan Yudkin   String Arrangements
Sarah Nagourney   Composer
Bobby Blazier   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Jed Hackett   Engineer
Bob Farrell   Composer
Kathryn Darnell   Composer
Mark Hagan   Engineer
Holly Lamar   Composer
Tanya Leah   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
James Dean Hicks   Composer
Jeremy Stover   Composer

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