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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 DolbyHerbie Hancock and Howard Jones.[4]

ContentsEdit

 [hide*1 Track listing

Track listing[edit]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]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]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]Edit

Peak positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1985/86) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[5] 8
Austrian Albums Chart[6] 12
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[7] 7
Dutch Albums Chart[8] 16
French SNEP Albums Chart[9] 11
Italian Albums Chart[10] 3
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[11] 3
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 7
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[13] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 2
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 4
UK Albums Chart[16] 6
U.S. Billboard 200 [17] 5
West German Media Control Albums Chart[18] 8

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1985) Position
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 29
French Albums Chart[20] 21
Italian Albums Chart[10] 21
Chart (1986) Position
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 91
Japanese Albums Chart[22] 19
U.S. Billboard 200[23] 18

Certifications[edit]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

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