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''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", "Go Home", "Overjoyed", and "Land of La La". 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.

Track listing

All songs written, produced and arranged by Stevie Wonder. Side one #"Part-Time Lover" – 4:12 #"I Love You Too Much" – 5:27 #"Whereabouts" – 4:17 #"Stranger on the Shore of Love" – 5:00 #"Never in Your Sun" – 4:06 Side two #"Spiritual Walkers" – 5:13 #"Land of La La" – 5:12 #"Go Home" – 5:18 #"Overjoyed" – 3:42 #"It's Wrong (Apartheid)" – 6:52

Musicians

"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


* 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


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

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Certifications




See also


*List of number-one R&B albums of 1985 (U.S.) *List of number-one R&B albums of 1986 (U.S.)

References

{{Authority control Category:Stevie Wonder albums Category:1985 albums Category:Motown albums Category:Albums produced by Stevie Wonder Category:Tamla Records albums