Here, My Dear

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/1994
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 737463631020
  • Catalog Number: 6310
  • Sales rank: 20,225

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marvin Gaye Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Charles Owens Tenor Saxophone
Wally Ali Guitar
Gordon Banks Guitar
Frank Blair Bass
Elmira Collins Percussion
Ernie Fields Jr. Alto Saxophone
Fernando Harkness Tenor Saxophone
Gary Jones Percussion
Charles Owen Tenor Saxophone
Nolan Andrew Smith Trumpet
Bugsy Wilcox Drums
Wali Ali Guitar
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Arranger, Producer
Jack Andrews Mastering
Candace Bond Executive Reissue Producer
Tony Houston Engineer
Cary E. Mansfield Reissue Producer
Bill Ravencraft Engineer
Fred Ross Engineer
Art Stewart Engineer
Ed Townsend Producer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Delta Ashby Producer
Dana Smart Reissue Coordinator
Tony N. Todaro Reissue Design
Michael Bryant Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soul is Soul

    If you didn't hear the pain and suffering that Marvin went through in this album, you didn't hear Marvin Gaye's soul. The conflicts in his head were set to music, the rest just wrote itself. Powerful agnst ridden and pure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate R&B Album

    If Soul Music gets its name from a heartfelt expression of joy and pain, ''Here My Dear,'' is clearly its ultimate expression. Gaye's mix of doo-wop, r&b and experimental funk is legendary as a recording of lost love, recorded during his contentious divorce trial. One can hear him crying into the microphone. But, oh what crying. The melodies are tight, the overdubbing of Gaye backing up Gaye are otherworldly intricate and his voice, expressed inat least four different modes has never sounded so good. This is soul singing at it's purist, done by Marvin at his best. Some reviewers have mysteriously faulted Marvin for not being fair to his wife. What artist - what human being is ever fair about heartbreak? We're not concerned about him telling an objective account, we're mesmerized by a journey deep into the heart of a mastersinger. When he sings/screams the simple line, ''Anna - ANNAAA!'' on ''Anna's Song,'' you know you are witnessing the essence of soul music.

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