Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Here, My Dear - Marvin Gaye

Here My Dear

Here, My Dear is a studio double album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released December 15, 1978 on Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at Marvin's Room in Hollywood, California from 1976 to 1977. A deeply personal and controversial album, Here, My Dear is notable for chronicling Gaye's ill-fated first marriage to Anna Gordy. Here, My Dear was initially a commercial failure, while receiving some critical favor from music writers. However, critical recognition of the album has improved significantly following further examinations by critics and compact disc-reissues. In 2003, the album was ranked number 462 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

All songs written by Marvin Gaye except where noted.
Original LP
Side one
"Here, My Dear" – 2:48
"I Met a Little Girl" – 5:03
"When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You" – 6:17
"Anger" (Delta Ashby, Gaye) – 4:04
Side two
"Is That Enough" – 7:47
"Everybody Needs Love" (Ed Townsend, Gaye) – 5:48
"Time to Get It Together" – 3:55
Side three
"Sparrow" (Ed Townsend, Gaye) – 6:12
"Anna's Song" – 5:56
"When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Instrumental)" – 6:03
Side four
"A Funky Space Reincarnation" – 8:18
"You Can Leave, but It's Going to Cost You" – 5:32
"Falling in Love Again" – 4:39
"When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise)" – 0:47

Marvin Gaye - vocals, synthesizer, drums
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
Nolan Andrew Smith - trumpet
Bugsy Wilcox - drums
David Ritz - liner notes
Michael Bryant - illustrations