Circle Slide

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Circle Slide
Studio album by The Choir
Released October 23, 1990
Recorded Neverland Studios,
Los Alamitos, California, 1990
Genre Alternative rock
Length 39:22
Label Myrrh / Epic
Producer Derri Daugherty
Steve Hindalong
The Choir chronology
Wide-Eyed Wonder
Circle Slide
Kissers and Killers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 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 #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[edit]

  • Derri Daugherty - Lead vocals, guitars, bass guitar
  • Steve Hindalong - Drums, percussion
  • Dan Michaels - Saxophone, lyricon

Additional musicians[edit]

  • 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")


  • Executive producer: Tom Willett
  • Producers - Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty
  • Co-producer, recording - Dave Hackbarth
  • Mixing - Steve Griffith for Clear Mix
  • Additional mixing - Dave Hackbarth
  • Mastering - Steve Hall at Future Disc
  • Art direction and design - John Flynn for F2 Design
  • Photography - Susan Goines
  • Associate art director: Roz

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