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|1. Here My Dear|
|2. I Met A Little Girl|
|3. When Did You Stop Loving Me When Did I Stop Loving You|
|5. Is That Enough|
|6. Everybody Needs Love|
|7. Time To Get It Together|
|9. Anna's Song|
|10. When Did You Stop Loving Me When Did I Stop Loving You|
|11. Funky Space Reincarnation|
|12. You Can Leave But It's Gonna Cost You|
|13. Falling In Love Again|
|14. When Did You Stop Loving Me When Did I Stop Loving You|
Pre-dating the voyeuristic tendencies of reality television by 20 years, Here, My Dear is the sound of divorce on record -- exposed in all of its tender-nerve glory for the world to consume. During the amazing success of I Want You and his stellar Live at the London Palladium album, Marvin Gaye was served with divorce papers from his then-wife Anna Gordy Gaye (sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy). One of the conditions of the settlement was that Gordy Gaye would receive an extensive percentage of royalties as well as a portion of the advance for his next album. Initially, Gaye was contemplating giving less than his best effort, as he wouldn't stand to receive any money, but then reconsidered at the last moment. The result is a two-disc-long confessional on the deterioration of their marriage; starting from the opening notes of the title track, Gaye viciously cuts with every lyric deeper into an explanation of why the relationship died the way it did. Gaye uses the album, right down to its packaging, to exorcise his personal demons with subtle visual digs and less-than-subtle lyrical attacks. The inner sleeve had a pseudo-board-game-like illustration entitled "Judgment," in which a man's hand passes a record to a woman's. One side of the sleeve has Gaye's music and recording equipment, while the other side of the board included jewelry and other luxurious amenities. Musically the album retains the high standards Gaye set in the early '70s, but you can hear the agonizing strain of recent events in his voice, to the point where even several vocal overdubs can't save his delivery. Stripped to its bare essence, Here, My Dear is no less than brilliantly unsettling and a perfect cauterization to a decade filled with personal turmoil.
Ordered by a judge to turn over the profits from two albums to the first wife he'd left, Marvin Gaye produced this bitter, sad, bewildered masterwork. Over sprawling funk tracks, he questions her, himself, love, family, and, of course, asks, "Why do I have to pay attorney fees?" Both incomparably smooth and incontrovertibly twisted, Here, My Dear is Gaye with the mask off: even the multiple vocal overdubs can't hide his pain and his weariness. --Rickey Wright
Genius.. Important to know what he was going through & the story behind this album...Published 12 months ago by O. S. A. Challenger
I bought this for my ex-wife after she collected a huge divorce settlement from me. How deliciously ironic, I thought, before sellotaping it to a brick and lobbing it through her... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Richard Shillam
a once hard to get and deleted album,now available through the likes of amazon if you loved marvin gaye then this is a must,tinged with a little bit of sadness,a great album with a... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2011 by simon tompkins
This is easily my favourite Marvin Gaye album.... and one of my all time favourite albums.Published on 24 Mar. 2010 by LD
Often overlooked in favour of the rightly regarded classic "Whats goin on", this album pushes the aforementioned quite close in terms of creativity and pure brilliance. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2009 by Simon Bourke
Marvin's spoken intro to the title track sums up the purpose of this set. Made to fund his divorce from Anna Gordy, Gaye had originally planned a quickly recorded album, low on... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2008 by Andy Edwards