May 2, 2012

Here, My Dear (1978)


1. Here, My Dear 2:48
2. I Met a Little Girl 4:58
3. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You 6:11
4. Anger 3:58
5. Is That Enough? 7:42
6. Everybody Needs Love 5:41
7. Time to Get It Together 3:51
8. Sparrow 6:06
9. Anna's Song 5:49
10. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Instrumental) 6:03
11. A Funky Space Reincarnation 8:12
12. You Can Leave But It's Going to Cost You 5:27
13. Falling in Love, Again 4:36
14. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise) 0:40


In 1975, Marvin Gaye's wife filed for divorce. He could not pay child support or alimony and so in 1976 set to work on creating a "lazy, bad" album so that half of the royalties earned could go to his ex wife. Here, My Dear was going to be that "lazy, bad" album, but unfortunately for Gaye (and fortunately for us), he could not keep his feelings out of the album, and so what we have is a dark, emotionally raw album about the deterioration of marriage and everything that follows. What's Going On is the conscious one, widely regarded as his best album. Let's Get It On is the sexy one, almost as highly rated as What's Going On. Here, My Dear is the third classic, not as widely beloved as the other two, but one that some love more for its emotional truth and honesty. Sorta like Springsteen's Tunnel of Love or Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.

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