In Square Circle

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In Square Circle
Stevie Wonder In Square Circle CD cover.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1985
Recorded1984–1985
StudioWonderland Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length46:00
LabelTamla
ProducerStevie 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: August 24, 1985
  2. "Go Home"
    Released: October 1985
  3. "Overjoyed"
    Released: January 1986
  4. "Land of La La"
    Released: April 1986
  5. "Stranger on the Shore of Love"
    Released: July 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

In Square Circle is the twentieth studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, released in 1985. The album features the hit singles "Part-Time Lover" (#1), "Go Home" (#10), "Overjoyed" (#24), and "Land of La La" (#86). The album won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards.

In Square Circle made the Top 5 on the Pop Albums chart, and spent 12 weeks at number one on the Top R&B Albums chart. It also made #5 on the UK Album Chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written, produced and arranged 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" – 3:43
  5. "It's Wrong (Apartheid)" – 3:29

Musicians[edit]

"Part-Time Lover"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, synthesizers, drums
  • Luther Vandross – lead vocal, background vocal
  • Syreeta Wright – background vocal
  • Philip Bailey – background vocal
  • Keith John – background vocal
  • Melody McCully, Billy Durham, Peter Byrne, Renee Hardaway, Darryl Phinnessee – background vocal

"I Love You Too Much"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, synthesizers, drums, percussion

"Whereabouts"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, synthesizers, drums, percussion
  • Keith John – background vocal
  • Darryl Phinnessee – background vocal
  • Deniece Williams – background vocal
  • Howard Smith – background vocal

"Stranger on the Shore of Love"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, synthesizers, drums, harpsichord, accordion

"Never in Your Sun"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, synthesizers, drums, percussion, harmonica

"Spiritual Walkers"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer, drums, percussion
  • Edwin Birdsong – Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer
  • Larry Gittens – trumpet
  • Bob Malach – saxophone
  • Janice Moore, Cheta Akins, Carolyn Garrett, Ruthell Holmes, Kay Gibbs, Valencia Cox – background vocal

"Land of La La"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, synthesizers, electric piano, percussion, drums
  • Ben Bridges – guitar
  • Rick Zunigar – guitar
  • Renee Hardaway – background vocal

"Go Home"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, synthesizers, drums, vocoder
  • Bob Malach – saxophone
  • Larry Gittens – trumpet

"Overjoyed"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, acoustic piano, environmental percussion (incl.: crickets, bird sounds, ocean, pebbles in pond, stone dropped, crushing leaves), Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer
  • Earl Klugh – guitar
  • Paul Riser – string arrangement

"It's Wrong (Apartheid)"

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, synthesizers, drums, percussion, kora
  • Musa Dludla, Thandeka Ngono-Raasch, Linda Bottoman-Tshabalala, Muntu Myuyana, Lorraine Mahlangu-Richards, Fana Kekana, Tsepo Mokone – background vocal

Personnel[edit]

  • Stevie Wonder – producer, performer, writer, composer
  • Bob Bralove, Brad Buxer, Abdoulaye Soumare – synthesizer programming
  • Gary Olazabal – synthesizer programming, recording engineer, associate producer, audio mixing
  • Bobby Holland – photography (album cover/booklet), concept designer (album cover)
  • Renee Hardaway – concept designer (album cover)
  • Johnny Lee – art direction (album cover)

Notable performances[edit]

"Go Home" was performed during the 1986 Grammy Awards ceremony as part of a synthesizer jam with Thomas Dolby, Herbie Hancock, and Howard Jones.[5] It was also performed, along with "Overjoyed," on the May 7, 1983, episode of Saturday Night Live, which Wonder hosted.[6]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for In Square Circle
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[27] Gold 213,300[26]
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[28] Gold 10,000*
Japan (Oricon Charts) 596,000[12]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[29] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ 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.
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  6. ^ "May 7, 1983". The SNL Archives. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  20. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1985". RPM. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
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  23. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2014-04-27.
  24. ^ "Billboard.BIZ  – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1986". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2014-04-27.
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  26. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
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  28. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1988". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  29. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  30. ^ Solo Exitos 1959-2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados 1979-1990. Iberautor Promociones Culturales. 2005. ISBN 8480486392.
  31. ^ "British album certifications – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-09-26.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type In Square Circle in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ "American album certifications – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-09-26.