In Square Circle

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In Square Circle
Studio album by Stevie Wonder
Released September 13, 1985
Recorded 1985 at
Wonderland Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, soul, funk, adult contemporary
Length 43:33
45:56 (CD version)
Label Tamla/Motown Records
Producer Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder chronology
The Woman in Red
(1984)
In Square Circle
(1985)
Characters
(1987)
Singles from In Square Circle
  1. "Part-Time Lover"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Go Home"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Overjoyed"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

In Square Circle is a 1985 studio album released by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder (his twentieth overall). The album features the hits "Part-Time Lover", "Go Home" and "Overjoyed" (which was left off Wonder's 1979 album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants and re-recorded for this album). The album won Wonder the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 28th Grammy Awards (his fourth award in the category, and his 13th Grammy overall).

In Square Circle broke into the Top 5 on the Pop Albums chart and spent 12 weeks at #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart.

"Go Home" was performed during the Grammy awards ceremony in 1985, in the famous synthesizer jam with Thomas Dolby, Herbie Hancock and Howard Jones.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stevie Wonder.

Side one
  1. "Part-Time Lover" – 4:09
  2. "I Love You Too Much" – 5:30
  3. "Whereabouts" – 4:17
  4. "Stranger on the Shore of Love" – 5:01
  5. "Never in Your Sun" – 4:07
Side two
  1. "Spiritual Walkers" – 5:12
  2. "Land of La La" – 5:14
  3. "Go Home" – 5:18
  4. "Overjoyed" – 3:42
  5. "It's Wrong (Apartheid)" – 3:29 (6:52 on CD)

Musicians[edit]

  • Stevie Wonder - Drums, synthesizers, piano, electric piano, harpsichord, accordion, percussion, harmonica, Yamaha CS80, vocoder, cora, environmental percussion (crickets, bird sounds, ocean, pebbles in pond, stone dropped, crushing leaves), lead & background vocals
  • Edwin Birdsong - Yamaha CS80
  • Larry Gittens - Trumpet
  • Bob Malach - Saxophone
  • Earl Klugh - Guitar
  • Ben Bridges - Guitar
  • Rick Zunigar - Guitar
  • Luther Vandross - Lead & background vocals
  • Syreeta Wright - Background vocals
  • Philip Bailey - Background vocals
  • Vincent Unto - Background vocals
  • Keith John - Background vocals
  • Melody McCully, Billy Durham, Peter Byrne, Renee Hardaway, Darryl Phinnessee, Deniece Williams, Howard Smith, Janice Moore, Chela Akins, Carolyn Garrett, Valencia Cox, Ruthell Holmes, Ray Gibbs, Musa Dludla, Thandeka Ngono-Raasch, Linda Bottoman-Tshabalala, Muntu Myuyana, Lorraine Mahlangu-Richards, Fana Kekana, Tsepo Mokone - Background vocals
  • Paul Riser - String arrangement
  • Bob Bralove, Brad Buxer - programming
  • Gary Olazabal - Programming, Engineer

Charting singles[edit]

Code: US Pop / US R&B / US Dance / UK

  • "Part-Time Lover" - 1 / 1 / 1 / 3
  • "Go Home" 10 / 2 / 1 / 67
  • "Overjoyed" 24 / 8 / - / 17
  • "Land of La La" 86 / 19 / - / -
  • "Stranger on the Shore of Love" - / - / - / 55

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[25] Gold 213,300[26]
Japan (Oricon Charts) 596,000[11]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[27] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. Consumer Guide Reviews: In Square Circle. The Village Voice. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ YouTube: "Synthesizer Showdown at the 1985 Grammys"
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  10. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1985" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
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  17. ^ "allmusic ((( In Square Circle > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
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  19. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1985". RPM. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
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  21. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1986". RPM. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  22. ^ "年間アルバムヒットチャート 1986年(昭和61年)" [Japanese Year-End Albums Chart 1986] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  23. ^ "Billboard.BIZ  – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1986". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  25. ^ "French album certifications – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select STEVIE WONDER and click OK
  26. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959-2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados 1979-1990". Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392. 
  28. ^ "British album certifications – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-09-26.  Enter In Square Circle in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  29. ^ "American album certifications – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-09-26.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH