Monday, June 27, 2011
A Holy Grail Of Sorts
Not very well-received back upon its release in 1964 or after its brief re-release 30 years later, Marvin Gaye's "When I'm Alone I Cry" has always been a minor obsession.
I first read it about in Rolling Stone, years ago, in a piece I think, about rare records. Back then, the 80s, this record was fetching offensive money. I had never been able to get a hold of one, and when I did finally hold one in my hands, I couldn't part with the $80 the dealer had wanted for it.
When it was finally released on CD, I riverdanced with joy, but something inside of me wanted more than just the music. Still for years, that affordable vinyl copy eluded me...until Saturday, where I snagged a mono copy...with a 5" top seam split and mild ringwear, but with a VG+ play rating...on eBay for $14.99. It only took 30 years.
As for the album itself, "When I'm Alone I Cry" is commonly flagged as a mediocre curio, but I think it is more than that. It's only the 4th record of Marvin Gaye's career, and Motown still wasn't sure if they wanted a soul singer or a crooner. I think they made the right choice, but Gaye's approach to these standards is about as perfect as it gets, even if musically, the arrangements are borderline schmaltz.
I happen to love this record, and as soon as I Paypal some money to that eBay seller, it will finally be mine.
Here's one for you to check out.
I WAS TELLING HER ABOUT YOU