Rolling Stone - 1/25/95, p.53
Voted Best Reissue Album in the 1995 Critic's Poll.
Q - 3/00, p.126
Included in Q Magazine's "Best Relationship Albums Of All Time" - "...due to the chaotic state of his finances Gaye was ordered to give the profits of his next album to his ex-wife [Anna Gordy]. Result: this bizarre but gripping double, a bitterness concept album designed to make as little money as possible..."
Uncut - p.1025 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he most audacious, outrageous, darkly fascinating, musically complex and compelling work of Marvin's career."
Alternative Press - 5/01, p.104
Included in AP's "10 Essential Breakup Albums" - "...Some of the most personal material he ever recorded..."
Magnet - p.115
"HERE, MY DEAR is arguably the most untethered ode to the dissolution of love ever recorded....One of pop's defining concept works."
Vibe - 5/94, p.105
"...incorporates all of his techniques: sweet doo-wop romanticism...pop-gospel yearnings...and soul abandon...amid what could be called his most personal of records...Gaye may have been at his most lucid: vocally inventive, musically experimental, and finally, emotionally unrestrained...."
Q (Magazine) - p.1224 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he artist within prevailed and his flaying of every slippery, hurtful machination two people could possibly immerse themselves in during divorce gave way to a blunt appraisal of the relationship..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1234 stars out of 5
-- "[A] collision of warm singing and playing behind coolly calculated verbal stilettos..."
Blender (Magazine) - p.1044 stars out of 5
-- "[T]his is Gaye's most playable album....Gaye was the rare overextended romantic wreck who could make something of his failures."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.1004 stars out of 5
-- "[W]ith his heart worn firmly on his sleeve and with music at turns mournful and transcendental....Thirty years on it still sounds dangerous, illicit and thrilling."
Personnel: Marvin Gaye (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer); Gordon Banks, Wali Ali (guitar); Ernie Fields (alto saxophone); Charles Owens, Fernando Harkness (tenor saxophone); Nolan Smith (trumpet); Frank Blair (bass); Bugsy Wilcox (drums); Gary Jones, Elmira Colins (percussion).
Reissue producer: Cary E. Mansfield.
Recorded at Marvin Gaye Studio, Hollywood, California. HERE MY DEAR was originally released on Tamla (364) as a 2 LP set. Includes liner notes by David Ritz and Curtis M. Shaw.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot & Dan Hersch (DigiPrep Studios).
A concept album of some magnitude, although the subject matter could hardly have been comfortable listening for Anna, Marvin Gaye's ex-wife. She was the subject of Gaye's public 'divorce album', a clever idea if there were no real people involved. The illustration on the sleeve depicts love, marriage, pain and divorce, in addition to the scales of justice (equal). This lengthy album (originally a double vinyl) was poorly received by the critics, although now it has grown in stature, and it really does have considerable depth and melody. Let's face it, if Gaye sang a gardening seed catalogue from cover to cover it would be brilliant.