Posts Tagged ‘Marvin Gaye’


Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear    1979 Tamala

016I knew Marvin made one of the most important protest albums of all time (def the most beautiful) in “What’s Going On”, some of the greatest Motown tracks ever and probably the greatest come hither song ever(and my favorite vocal performance of all time) in “Let’s Get It On”…who knew he also made a fucking 2 LP concept album about his divorce to Berry Gordy’s niece. It is a raw and vulnerable soul confessional, the likes of which have never been seen before or since. He has made better albums and better songs, but the scope and depth of this project are big and heart-wrenching. He wasn’t concerned with hits here and just poured out lyrics chronicling his courtship, marriage, divorce and eventual rebirth of love. The grooves are here though. Also, the artwork shows how serious he took the concept of the concept album on divorce and the cycle of love’s beginning and end and beginning…



The album is an experience, to put it best. By the time you make it to side three, you are blown away by how fragile this man was. It’s hard to fathom Mr. Sexual Healing could be this insecure. The tracks are all expertly produced(as usual) and the ones that are less direct thematically(A Funky Space Reincarnation) are pure funk orchestra goodness. Still, I can’t seem to get past his artwork depicting him self as a tragic Greek figure with the house of love and justice burning down around him…the game of “judgement” monopoly is pretty ridicules too. Anyway, give this one a try. Especially on vinyl…it just adds something to it. I don’t know why.

When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You

Time To Get It Together

A Funky Space Reincarnation