Circle Slide

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Circle Slide
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 1990
StudioNeverland Studios, Los Alamitos, California
GenreChristian alternative music
LabelMyrrh / Epic
ProducerDerri Daugherty, Steve Hindalong
The Choir chronology
Wide-Eyed Wonder
Circle Slide
Kissers and Killers
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Circle Slide is the sixth studio album from Christian alternative rock band The Choir, released in 1990.

Recording history[edit]

Bassist Robin Spurs is credited with playing on two songs. Derri Dougherty, the band's vocalist and guitarist, is credited with playing bass on three songs, while David Miner and Mike Sauerbrey (the band's former bass player) play on one song each. Circle Slide was Spurs's last appearance on an album by the Choir. She joined Rachel Rachel on that group's second album.

Circle Slide marks the first time lyricist Steve Hindalong alludes to or quotes from his previous work. The title track refers to "children of time," the title of a song from Chase the Kangaroo, while "Blue Skies" alludes to both "Happy Fool" and "Robin Had a Dream" from Wide-Eyed Wonder. Hindalong has continued this practice on almost every subsequent release by the Choir.

The album was listed at No. 53 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Steve Hindalong. All music by Derri Daugherty and Hindalong.

  1. "Circle Slide" – 7:23
  2. "If I Had a Yard" – 4:16
  3. "A Sentimental Song" – 5:01
  4. "Merciful Eyes" – 4:55
  5. "Tear for Tear" – 1:20
  6. "About Love" – 4:03
  7. "Blue Skies" – 4:04
  8. "Laugh Loop" – 1:46
  9. "Restore My Soul" – 6:34


The Choir

  • Derri Daugherty - lead vocals, guitars, bass guitar, producer
  • Steve Hindalong - drums, percussion, producer
  • Dan Michaels - saxophone, lyricon

Additional musicians

  • Robin Spurs - bass guitar, vocals
  • Mike Sauerbrey - bass guitar ("Restore My Soul")
  • David Miner - acoustic bass ("Blue Skies")
  • Mark Heard - background vocals ("About Love")
  • Jerry Chamberlain - background vocals ("Merciful Eyes")
  • Sharon McCall - background vocals ("A Sentimental Song")
  • Nancy Hindalong - spoken words "and purple flowers" ("If I Had a Yard")
  • Emily Hindalong - laugh tracks ("If I Had a Yard, "Laugh Loop")


  • Tom Willett - executive producer
  • Dave Hackbarth - co-producer, recording
  • Steve Griffith for Clear Mix - mixing
  • Dave Hackbarth - additional mixing
  • Steve Hall at Future Disc - mastering
  • John Flynn for F2 Design - art direction and design
  • Susan Goines - photograph
  • Roz - associate art director]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Album of the Year (winner) - Campus Life
  • Alternative Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year (winners) - Harvest Rock Syndicate
  • Favorite Alternative Band, 1990 (winner) - CCM Magazine


  1. ^ Allender, Mark W.B.. Circle Slide at AllMusic