many of the tracks on this release had already been recorded and released by label-mate leon ware. motown boss berry gordy offered them up to gaye, thinking they offered a suitable vehicle for his singular vocal talents. and make the material his own he surely did. the very real target of his affections was his then wife jan, whom he conspicuously refers to on the record. it's near the knuckle, personal stuff; no surprise, marvin was never one to shy away from baring his soul. marvin, along with fellow love god barry white (and the frequent power cuts of the decade), has been blamed for the 1970's pronounced spikes in birth rates. listening to this you can hear why.