Marvin Gaye"Here, My Dear."

Label:Tamla – T 364 LP2, Tamla – T 364LP2
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Superior Press, Gatefold
Genre:Funk / Soul


A1Here, My Dear
Written-ByM. Gaye*
A2I Met A Little Girl
Written-ByM. Gaye*
A3When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
Written-ByM. Gaye*
Written-ByD. Ashby*, E. Townsend*, M. Gaye*
B1Is That Enough
Written-ByM. Gaye*
B2Everybody Needs Love
Written-ByE. Townsend*, M. Gaye*
B3Time To Get It Together
Written-ByM. Gaye*
Written-ByE. Townsend*, M. Gaye*
C2Anna's Song
Written-ByM. Gaye*
C3When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Instrumental)
Written-ByM. Gaye*
D1A Funky Space Reincarnation
Written-ByM. Gaye*
D2You Can Leave, But It's Going To Cost You
Written-ByM. Gaye*
D3Falling In Love Again
Written-ByM. Gaye*
D4When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise)
Written-ByM. Gaye*

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Superior Record Pressing Corp., Somerdale, NJ pressing identifiable by 2.75" shouldered outer pressing ring plus smaller approx. 1.390625" pressing ring.

This release differs from Here, My Dear: the title on the front cover is italicized and in quotes.
Title on front cover is "Here, My Dear.", title on labels is "Here, My Dear"
T 364 LP2 on cover and spine; T 364LP2 on labels.

Recorded & mixed at the Marvin Gaye Studio, Hollywood, California. Mastered at the Motown Recording Studio, Hollywood, California.

This is an auto-coupled release (Record 1: Sides A/D, Record 2: Sides B/C).

℗ 1976 Motown Record Corporation.
© 1976 Motown Record Corporation.
Printed in U.S.A.

"Special thanks to all the musicians who are too numerous to mention but who are all superstars!"

2nd cat. number appears on spine and sleeve reverse.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix side A, on label): T 364LP2-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix side B, on label): T 364LP2-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix side C, on label): T 364LP2-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix side D, on label): T 364LP2-D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variation 1): T-364LP2A-1̶8̶C̶ 13C PED Ja
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variation 1): T-364LP2B-1̶8̶C̶ 13C PED Ja
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variation 1): T-364LP2C-1̶8̶C̶ 13C PED Ja
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variation 1): T-364LP2D-1̶8̶D̶ 13D Ja PED
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variation 2): T-364LP2A-1̶8̶A 13A “Ja”
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variation 2): T-364LP2B-1̶8̶C̶ 13C PED Ja
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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variation 3): T-364LP2A-1̶8̶C̶ 13C PED Ja
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  • JKoods17's avatar
    Club Edition copy is missing, which I have. Unable to add as a release.
    • ChrisGonzalez15's avatar
      Believe my copy is a promo of this pressing, great sound!
      • MagicMarcus's avatar
        This is the best record ever recorded! My one pick for the island. There, i said it...
        • brandosoul's avatar
          Edited 2 years ago
          There's often esteemed admiration granted to those who expiate their inner pain into great art. Sparked, or rather embittered into action by his ex-wife Anna Gordy's successful alimony against him, this was Marvin Gaye's big pay-off to the madness in more ways than one and almost everyone derided it as a pretentious, meandering mess of dreary soap opera-scaled proportions. After flipping the course of black sexual politics with two landmarks of sensual bliss and salvation,—1973's Let's Get it On and 1976's I Want You—Gaye boldly crafted a highly confessional and idiosyncratic chronicle devoted to the dissolution of his first marriage and its emotional strain with Here, My Dear. Perhaps the directness of its tell-all exploits, or the improvised, raw nature of Gaye's expressive lyrics is what has drawn many to this album, along with its all-encompassing, subtly layered musical edge. But, the emotional range that is explored here is as staggering as its subject matter, which fuels the album's conceptual impetus. Vitriol melds with poignancy, self-pity and regret boil over into coldblooded narcissism and relief, and just when you think Gaye can't get anymore wickedly brilliant, he retreats off into an oddball, escapist moment of satirical humor and sci-fi fantasy to balance the brooding agony and realism exuded throughout this album. Indulgence and divorce never sounded as sweet as this and 40 years later, it's even sweeter. Soap operas and reality shows can kiss its royal ass, too.

          Incredible mastering on this 1978 original pressing. Lush and full all the way through, with just the right amount of warm low-end. Marvin's indelible voice and unparalleled musicianship just blanket an entire room. No pressing flaws, either. I don't own any other vinyl reissue of this one, as I can imagine any of them surpassing or equaling the quality of this one. Since this album was a commercial flop, the many copies that Motown pressed ended up in many a cutout bins shortly after its release, so there must be plenty still floating at record meets and shops for dirt cheap. The 1994 Gavin Lurssen remaster is incredible, nearly comparable to the superb mastering of this pressing. Hip-O Select's 2008 expanded edition is a must-have as well, solely for the great alternate mixes, which were reconstructed and remixed by well-respected contemporary producers and musicians from the original tape reels of the Here, My Dear sessions.
          • Leo-Holland's avatar
            I hope the expanded edition (2cd versions form 2007-2010) will be released on vinyl, just like they did with the 4lp release of What's going on. Anyone who knows if this will be the case?
            • blaksoulfire's avatar
              No need to add further remarks on the lore of this album; I will just add that nearly 40 years since its release time has vindicated HMD as a singular classic that gets better with each passing year. Musically complex and coherent as well as immaculately rendered. I love it more and more. Thank you Mr. Gaye for this great piece of art.
              • cante's avatar
                Still one of my favorite album ever….
                • rkcerman's avatar
                  One of my favorite albums ever, the production on it is incredible, especially on 'Is That Enough', which is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard.
                  • isaacmusicman's avatar
                    Edited 9 months ago
                    Divorce! Wow, nobody likes it, but at that time it was Marvin's reality. And just like all his other albums in the 70's, Marvin said everything that was going on in his life. "Here My Dear" blew my mind when I finally heard it in '95, and to me, if I was old enough, I would have bought it so Marvin could pay Ana what he owned her in alimony and child support. People slept on this one, and they should have been ashamed! Marvin told it like it was, but because it wasn't a "Let Get It On" record, people ignored it. Over 30 years later, I think it finally made enough money, but it was way too late. This also started troubles for him and Janis as well. But now that you know that it's thight, take a chance on this one.
                    • BadCatRecord's avatar
                      It's funny but I can remember walking into a local record store (yes, I'm old enough to remember record stores) and literally seeing piles of this album sitting in the clearance section. Stores literally could not give this double album set away ... Here we are a couple of decades later and suddenly "Here My Dear" has attained a sheen of respectability with publications like Mojo and Rolling Stone singing it's praises. The album's background is well known, so I'll limit the biographical comments to a brief executive summary.

                      By the mid-1970s Gaye and first wide Anna were engaged in open warfare. The fact Gaye was living with a much younger woman (Janice Hunter) and had already fathered a child with her certainly didn't help to mend fences. Fed up with the situation, Anna filed for divorce. Unfortunately for Gaye, the trappings of a rock star existence (multiple homes, lots of cars, expensive tastes in wine, women, and drugs left him almost bankrupt. Unable to cover Anna's demands for alimony and child support for their son Marvin III (the child was reportedly actually a result of an affair Gaye had with one of Anna's nieces), Gaye's lawyer suggested a settlement that would give her a $307,000 down payment based on guaranteed royalties and another $293,000 from sales of his next record. (Gaye died before paying Anne the balance.) Popular legend has it that Gaye's original plan was to release a lame album that would tank, leaving Anna with little in the way of royalties. That plan quickly fell apart when Gaye went into the studio. Exemplified by material like the in-your-face title track, 'I Met a Little Girl', 'When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You' and 'You Can Leave, But It's Going to Cost You' Gaye ended up recording an almost painful collection of autobiographical songs that reflected back on the marriage with Anna with plenty of finger pointing (the inner sleeve reflected a Monopoly-styled board game entitled 'Judgment' that included a man's hand giving a record album to an outstretched female hand) . Gaye rounded the collection out with a host of other personal demons that had plagued him through the years ('Anger' and 'Is That Enough'). Recorded over a two year timeframe, Gaye was initially reluctant to release the album, but Motown's insistence on releasing a new album and the need for cash ultimately saw him agree to release it. The results were far from commercial and critics drubbed the album which did little to generate sales (it proved Gaye's poorest selling release for Motown). For her part furious at the results which she saw as a slap at her privacy Anna threatened a lawsuit. Upset with the critical drubbing Gaye basically walked away from the album. He ended up splitting with his second wife and basically went into self-imposed exile.  

                      Hoping to recoup some of its investment Tamla tapped the album for a single in the form of :

                      'A Funky Space Reincarnation, Pt. 1' b/w 'A Funky Space Reincarnation, Pt. 2' (Tamla catalog number T 54298F)

                      Tamla also financed Gaye's first music video which you can see courtesy of the attached YouTube link:

                      The funny thing is I remember being distinctly disappointed when I originally heard the album. Of course at the time I was single, had never been in a really deep relationship and was more interested in melodies and grooves than insight. I recalling thinking that album was tuneless and a complete downer and I didn't listen to it for years afterwards. I don't know where my head was all those years ago, because it's a killer album. Part of the change probably has to do with the fact I've been married and divorced and experienced many of the same feelings. Yeah, Gaye's self loathing and mean spirited rants aren't something to be proud of, but the album is simply packed with classic, if overlooked tracks and the grooves were there, though occasionally submerged in a jazzy atmosphere. I was just to dumb to notice them the first time around. Besides, how can you not laugh at a track with a title like 'A Funky Space Reincarnation', or smile at the funky workout 'Anger'. Best description for this wonderful LP - the ultimate breakup album !

                      "Here My Dear" track listing:
                      (side 1)
                      1.) Here, My Dear (Marvin Gaye) – 2:482.) I Met a Little Girl (Marvin Gaye) – 5:033.) When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Marvin Gaye) – 6:174.) Anger (Ashby - Marvin Gaye) – 4:04
                      (side 2)
                      1.) Is That Enough (Marvin Gaye) – 7:472.) Everybody Needs Love (Townsend - Marvin Gaye) – 5:483.) Time to Get It Together (Marvin Gaye) – 3:55
                      (side 3)
                      1.) Sparrow (Townsend - Marvin Gaye) – 6:122.) Anna's Song (Marvin Gaye) – 5:563.) When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Instrumental) (Marvin Gaye) – 6:03
                      (side 4)
                      1.) A Funky Space Reincarnation (Marvin Gaye) – 8:182.) You Can Leave, But It's Going to Cost You (Marvin Gaye) – 5:323.) Falling in Love Again (Marvin Gaye) – 4:394.) When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise) (Marvin Gaye) – 0:47



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