Here, My Dear

Label
Motown
Release date
5 Apr 1994
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
73:01

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Here, My Dear 2:49 25,489
2 I Met A Little Girl 5:03 14,875
3 When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You 6:16 29,227
4 Anger 4:03 25,388
5 Is That Enough 7:47 12,984
6 Everybody Needs Love 5:47 12,229
7 Time To Get It Together 3:53 12,847
8 Sparrow 6:12 11,200
9 Anna's Song 5:54 12,436
10 When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Instrumental) 6:04 7,229
11 A Funky Space Reincarnation 8:19 17,836
12 You Can Leave, But It's Going To Cost You 5:31 9,564
13 Falling In Love Again 4:39 10,882
14 When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise) 0:44 7,934

About this album

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.

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  • Akayz7

    i've listened to this at least 20 times and I've never stopped being moved by the groove and soul.

    21 Sep 5:07pm Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    After a man has gone through some things in life, this album becomes hard to listen to.. sad feelings dressed up in the finest threads.

    9 Sep 8:04pm Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Desert island album.

    6 Feb 2:29am Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Great album but it gives me the blues ...

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Best break up album of all time.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • showMeYour_List

    Marvin is my top musician of all times (got all his albs and more, read "Divided Soul" of David Ritz, got several DVDs...) I tend to consider "Here My Dear" as my favourite album. I have the deluxe version, so there are some other takes of the songs too (especially the funky "time to get it together"). It is so rich and took me some time to get all the nuances but with time I learned to love every single song of this album. Further I have the impression to hear Marvin's development in his music. With this album he took one more step to more funky and groovy arrangements. Fav. tracks: Here My Dear Is That Enough? A Funky Space Reincarnation Time To Get It Together (alt. ext. mix) And the lyrics...."if you ever loved me with all of your heart, you'd never take a million dollars to part", (When Did You Stop Loving Me,...) "When it's flaming HOT" 'from Anger', "...if you trying to break a man, I don't understand...why do I have to pay attorney fees"from "is that enough" and others.

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • RZA07

    From the heart

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Vhien

    This is Anna's song. That made the album....one of my favorites by him. And if you know the song...you know what makes that song so awesome. I don't think I've ever heard a more personal set of songs in my life. >> For real.

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • Kmm12

    His most amazing work. Personal, vulnerable and brilliant. It felt like I was reading someone's diary, Listening in on a private conversation, walked in on him as he was chainging. I've never heard an entire album with this level of intimacy. And musically it's lush and rich and layered. True perfection.

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • thesoulution28

    I slept on this one for a while, I'm glad I woke up :D This is so good!

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • FruitfulTree

    Most poignant of all albums...

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • Charliel33

    "Is that enough" awesome funky track!!!!!!!!! My favorite of him

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • urizen81

    Top album. So many good vocal hooks

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • querubina

    Me encanta Anna's Song.

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • juhmeese

    amazing.

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • pjbird

    His best album

    28 Jul 2008 Reply
  • StretchMeOut

    this album was to his ex-wife after their divorce. damn, he let her have it for real.

    14 Jul 2008 Reply
  • mediajorge

    bittersweet never tasted so good. love, love, love this album. :P

    4 Jun 2008 Reply
  • carol107

    I remember buying this one when it first came out...The Boy was Baddd...

    10 May 2008 Reply
  • Ladypolitik

    So beautifully bitter -- Hah! I agree with hank_kingsley.

    15 Dec 2007 Reply
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