Personnel: Stevie Wonder (vocals, accordion, harpsichord, synthesizer, drums); Luther Vandross (vocals, background vocals); Brad Buxer, Gary Olazabal, Bob Bralove (programming); Darryl Phinnessee, Deniece Williams, Howard Smith , Renee Hardaway, Billy Durham, Melody McCully, Peter Byrne, Philip Bailey, Syreeta Wright , Keith John (background vocals).
Photographer: Bobby Holland .
From putting out a couple albums a year to only three studio albums between 1980 and '85, some might have thought Stevie Wonder's muse took a vacation. However, between his many cameo appearances, Steve Wonder released IN SQUARE CIRCLE in 1985. It was a slight return to the great music he penned in the '60s and '70--a playful yet earnest blend of funk and soul--but with a more tailored sound. The hit single "Part-Time Lover" best exemplifies that blend. Although the music's programmed nature is evident, Stevie's keyboard and drum parts are aces. And of course, he gets a little help from an all-star cast, including Philip Bailey, Deniece Williams, Luther Vandross and Stevie's own diamond-in-the-rough Syreeta Wright, among others.