Heartland (The Judds album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 2, 1987
LabelRCA Nashville/Curb
ProducerBrent Maher
The Judds chronology
Rockin' with the Rhythm
Christmas Time with the Judds
Singles from Heartland
  1. "Don't Be Cruel"
    Released: January 1987
  2. "I Know Where I'm Going"
    Released: April 27, 1987
  3. "Maybe Your Baby's Got the Blues"
    Released: August 17, 1987
  4. "Turn It Loose"
    Released: January 9, 1988

Heartland is the third studio album released by RCA Nashville in 1987 by the American country music duo The Judds. It features the singles "Don't Be Cruel" (a cover of the Elvis Presley song), "Maybe Your Baby's Got The Blues", "Turn It Loose", and "I Know Where I'm Going". The album was released in Europe under the title Give a Little Love and featured six bonus tracks. It reached number 1 on England's country albums chart in 1987, soon after The Judds toured there.[1]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores

Billboard reviewed the album in the issue dated February 7, 1987. The review said, "With each new outing, the Judds become more vocally adventurous and more eager to assert their delicate mastery over wide-ranging material, new and old. This album–as mournfully country as "The Sweetest Gift" and as airily jazzy as "Cow Cow Boogie"–floats confidently just above grasping tentacles of format. Maher relies almost totally on acoustic backing to trace and emphasize the Judds' vocal beauty; Heartland has all the elements to earn the Judds universal acceptance."[3]

Cashbox published a review of the album in the February 28, 1987 issue which said, "The names under these cuts are a testament in themselves to the star power the mama/daughter duo now possesses: Don Schlitz, Craig Bickhardt, Brent Maher, KT. Oslin, Troy Seals — and on and on. There are some standouts in the crowd nonetheless, including "Turn It Loose", "Old Pictures", and the citified, tongue-in-cheek "Cow Cow Boogie". And, men, you don't need Dr. Ruth–just listen to "Maybe Your Baby’s Got The Blues"."[4]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic rated the album three out of five starts. He felt the album "walks a thin line between roots rock and mainstream country," but criticized it as sounding "a tad uneven...because the great songs...outshine the ballads." He concluded that this "doesn't make [it] a bad or substandard record in any way, just one that creates a tension within itself that remains unresolved."[2]

Track listing

Heartland track listing
1."Don't Be Cruel"2:28
2."I'm Falling in Love Tonight"3:44
3."Turn It Loose"
4."Old Pictures"4:29
5."Cow Cow Boogie"
  • Benny Carter
  • Gene de Paul
  • Don Raye
6."Maybe Your Baby's Got the Blues"3:31
7."I Know Where I'm Going"Bickhardt, Maher, Schlitz3:38
8."Why Don't You Believe Me"
  • Maher
  • Potter
  • Schlitz
9."The Sweetest Gift (A Mother's Smile)"James B. Coats3:53
UK Give a Little Love bonus tracks
10."Give a Little Love to Me"
  • Bickhardt
  • Potter
  • Maher
11."Had a Dream (For the Heart)"Dennis Linde3:10
12."John Deere Tractor"Lawrence Hammond3:28
13."Isn't He a Strange One"Kent Robbins3:25
14."Blue Nun Cafe"2:27
15."Change of Heart"Naomi Judd3:28
  • Note: Track 10 is previously unreleased, while tracks 11–15 are taken from the 1984 EP Wynonna & Naomi.


The Judds
Additional Musicians
  • Produced & Mixed by Brent Maher
  • Engineered by Brent Maher, Joe Funderburk & Jim McKell
  • Mastered by Glenn Meadows



  1. ^ Hurst, Jack (March 26, 1987). "On the Record". Chicago Tribune. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b "Heartland - The Judds". AllMusic. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "Reviews // Albums // Spotlight" (PDF). World Radio History. Billboard. February 7, 1987. p. 70. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  4. ^ "Country // Album Reviews" (February 28, 1987). World Radio History. Cashbox. p. 36. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  5. ^ "The Judds Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  6. ^ "The Judds Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  7. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1987". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  8. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1988". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2021.