When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
Anger - Marvin Gaye, Ashby, Delta
Is That Enough
Everybody Needs Love
Time to Get It Together
When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You [Instrumental]
A Funky Space Reincarnation
You Can Leave, But It's Gonna Cost You
Falling in Love Again
When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise)
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, an... more »d, 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« less
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
"Marvin Gaye completely lets his guard down and stands naked on HERE, MY DEAR, the record on which he speaks directly from his wounded heart. Much more than just the chronicle of his divorce from Anna Gordy Gaye, the album is also the portrait of a conflicted soul at the height of his torment and a heartbreaking metaphor for the healing power of music.
All of the songs are terrific and they are immaculately woven together. The doo-wop of the title track sits perfectly among the intense "Anger" and the lovely, lifting "Sparrow." The transitional songs "I Met A Girl" and "Everybody Needs Love" are gorgeous and pained, while "A Funky Space Reincarnation" brings in some sly humor at just the right moment.
Though every track is individually terrific (including "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You," the probing centerpiece to the set), the entire album should be thought of and listened to as a collective work. The compositions are loose and extremely complex, which is exactly why it went misunderstood by critics and audiences at the time of it's release. Possibly the most harrowing, emotional, and brutally honest releases to ever come from a mainstream artist. "
Marvin Gaye, a musical and philisophical genius...
email@example.com | Chicago, IL | 11/02/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1978, this album didn't go over very big with the critics and fans alike. I can tell you why. Fans were looking for the sensous, soul singing Marvin that would blindly adapt to the disco era of the time. Instead of following the disco(BLAH!) bandwagon, he created a masterpiece that was undeservedly a victim of harsh critisism and virtually ignored. In my opinion, this was truly one of Marvin's finest works. From the emotionally charged "I Met A Little Girl" to the final reprise of "When Did I Stop Loving You, When Did You Stop Loving Me", you can feel the anguish and pain of the real Marvin. A man crushed by two failed marriages, an oppressive cocaine habit, and an overall despair about life in general. It's almost hard to listen to "Here, My Dear" without feeling the deep emotions pouring out in Marvin's voice; not only is this an album about divorce, and failed love, but also a plea for help. An answer to the question, just what went wrong with the marriage and his life in general. Once again, I say this album was wrongly eclipsed by the @!#$!@ disco era. It deserves an enthusiastic five stars.P.S. Also, listen to "A Funky Space Reincarnation" for here Marvin is wishing that maybe another place or time, maybe things would be better. How heavy is that?! FIVE STARS!!!"
Marvin Gaye's Breakup Album
B. Bowman | Jersey, United States | 10/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you own a copy of "Let's Get It On" for when the relationship is going smooth, this is the album to get for when things fall apart. I've had this CD for ten years and it only gets better with time. Marvin Gaye captures all the emotions of a breakup and sings with so much emotion about his broken marriage that you can feel it yourself. He expresses the love he still has for his ex-wife, the anger about the court proceedings and attorney fees, and even takes a jab at her in the opening song for using their son to keep him in line. I think the vocal arrangements and harmonies on this album are incredible, and you get some insight into how Marvin worked in the studio from the liner notes, which also detail how the album came about. The liner notes also state how the album bombed when it came out due to the disco boom that was occurring at the time of it's release. This album definitely falls under the category of overlooked gem. If you are a Marvin Gaye fan or just had a relationship hit the skids, buy this disc."
Soothing for the bewildered & broken-hearted
Agile Viking | Kingdom of Norway, Europe | 06/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across this excellent gem last summer, during the final court proceedings etc. of the ugly break-up of a relationship. My ex kept suing and suing relentlessly, until she had exhausted all possibilities. She had been the greatest love of my life and... Well, don't wanna bore you with all the details.
During my trials & tribulations (literally), I was on an emotional rollercoaster of anger, self-doubt, the pangs of disprized love and what not, and absolutely nothing seemed to help. I was devastated and exhausted.
I picked up Gaye's masterpiece by coincidence, as I had seen it featured in the presentation of the all time top 100 hundred rock and pop albums, by one of the UK's largest music magazines. (Possibly Q or Mojo).
I was immediately attracted to it upon happening incidentally upon it in the shelfs of a music store, and started listening.
For all of last summer, I never *stopped* listening to it. I took it with me everywhere. Whenever pains and self-doubts and remnants of profound loving emotions for my ex came along, I put in my discman and was immediately balanced and brought into a pleasing, if somewhat bittersweet, equilibrium.
As noted by some, track no. 11, the 8 m and 12 sec puffed-up sci-fi opus of "A Funky Space Reincarnation" doesn't really belong on this album, and upsets the flow of it. But in the age of CD-players, Ipods etc., one can easily skip it, and I frequently did.
I agree completely that this is one of the top 100 albums of all time, and must definitely be one of the top 10 soul albums of the world history, at any rate.
I recommend it as the perfect antidote to an ugly and/or painful relationship break-up - as have many other reviewers on this product page - and especially in those cases involving court trials and/or lawyers.
This record will save you innumerable hours of pain and anguish, and possibly even drug store tabs.
I do not know how it will come across to someone who as of yet have been spared of harrowing relationship break-ups, and speculate that it might not resonnate fully to such fortunate, youthful people. Hopeless romantics should stay clear of it, and leave it to be cherished by those of us whose doctors would have easily prescribed it had they known it's healing capacities.
For the baggage-laden adults who have been in places where Gaye painfully wails and laments from in this everlasting, allways fresh and soulsoothing opus, I truly recommend this painstaking effort by the late soul-crooner, as his most elaborate, resonnating and to-the-core delivery effort, and as part of an anti-blues ("blue funk") regimen along with DVD's such as Atom Egoyans "Exotica", and the idiosyncratic Jim Carrey-effort of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".
Lucas W. Reynolds | VA USA | 12/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I owned "What's Going On" and "Let's Get It On" for a while before delving further into Marvin's catalogue, expecting that I wouldn't find anything to rival those two masterpieces. When I picked this album up a few days ago, I discovered that I couldn't have been more wrong. I can't say that this is his best album, but it certainly forces the question.
Everybody knows the story involving his ex-wife and the court order granting her the proceeds from the album, but it bears repeating just how much nerve it took to title this album "Hear, My Dear" and write the whole thing about their stormy relationship. Throughout the album, Marvin bitingly wonders why he's been forced to part with the fruits of his labor, and there is no denying the frustration that seeps through at every turn - "What could I do? The judge said she got to keep on livin' the way she's accustomed to." Yet, there is no denying the love he once had for Anna, the sense of loss, the anger and self-doubt - pretty much all of the emotions that anyone would go through during a divorce. It's all laid out here, for everyone to hear.
Musically, this is a fantastic album, and Marvin continues to impress me as a composer. The songs are subtly complex, with accents of jazz overtop the mellow yet undeniable funk. His vocals are, as always, bittersweet and smooth as can be. The real reason that "Hear, My Dear" deserves its classic status, though, is because Marvin put together a thematically consistent string of songs that, above all else, are honest. This is one of the most honest albums ever.
The one low point on the album is the somewhat plodding "A Funky Space Reincarnation". Here, Marvin spouts ridiculously goofball sci-fi lyrics that would make George Clinton cringe. All the more jarring is the juxtaposition of the song next to the deeply personal and dark material that surrounds it. One gets the impression that this is what the whole album could have been, and in that regard it does serve to make you even more pleased with what it actually turned out to be.
This one slight misstep aside, "Here, My Dear" represents a great artistic achievement for Marvin Gaye, and for popular music in general. At the same time sad, hopeful, funny and disturbing, it is an essential for any soul or funk fan. "