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Let's Get It On

Marvin Gaye

1973

Let's Get It On

Album Summary

Let's Get It On is the thirteenth studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It was released on August 28, 1973, by the Motown subsidiary label Tamla Records on LP. Recording sessions for the album took place during June 1970 to July 1973 at Hitsville U.S.A. and Golden World Studio in Detroit, and at Hitsville West in Los Angeles. Serving as Gaye's first venture into the funk genre, Let's Get It On also incorporates smooth soul and doo-wop styles alongside sexually suggestive lyrics, leading to one writer's description of it as "one of the most sexually charged albums ever recorded". Gaye infused ideas of spiritual healing in songs about sex and romance, in part as a way of coping with childhood abuses from his father Marvin Gay Sr., which had stunted his sexuality. Following the breakthrough success of his socially conscious album What's Going On (1971), Let's Get It On helped establish Gaye as a sex icon and broadened his mainstream appeal. It produced three singles—the title track, "Come Get to This", and "You Sure Love to Ball"—that achieved Billboard chart success. Let's Get It On became the most commercially successful album of Gaye's career at Motown, resulting in more creative control being given to him by the label. Its erotic balladry, multi-tracking of Gaye's vocals, and seductive funk sound also influenced later R&B recording artists and producers, with the title track specifically helping pioneer the slow jam and quiet storm formats.In retrospect, Let's Get It On has been regarded by writers and music critics as a landmark recording in soul. It increased the popularity of funk during the 1970s, while Gaye's smooth-soul sound marked a change from his record label's previous success with the "Motown Sound" formula. Among the most acclaimed LPs in history, it frequently appears on professional rankings of the greatest albums and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a historically important recording. In 2001, it was reissued by Motown as a two-CD deluxe edition release.

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Rating

3.76

Votes

6179

Genres

  • Soul
  • Funk
  • Indie
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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

I listened to this with my wife and now I'm pregnant, so - five stars.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

Oh, oh, oh Marvin you have just brought me to climax. I've jizzed all over my mum's neck. Fetch me a glass of milk and a Snickers at once.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
2

Let’s get it off

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Sex - The Album.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Fantastic. So good. Will resisten a million times. Makes me want to caress my plants.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Now that's more like it. Never listened to this one as much as What's Going On or Here My Dear for some reason but I should have! Another masterpiece. Always love the atmospheres he creates. Love him doing his own backing vocals and the interplay there. Listened to this one 2xs + deluxe edition bonus tracks.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Marvin's 13th and most successful album. This is smooth, smooth, smooth. A very easy listen. Some classify as smooth soul or slow jam. Sounds good to me. You definitely hear its influence on future late 70's/early 80's R&B and soul. Apparently, this album was a change in typical Motown recordings in that it was free-flowing album-oriented as opposed to their typical album containing-hit singles-next-to-each-other format. Certain artists have that liberty and I would think Marvin Gaye would be one of them at this point. The themes of these songs are very straight-forward: romance, lust and sex. Marvin's music and voice take it to another level. Some song highlights for me: the title track "Let's Get It On", "Keep Gettin' It On" - similar to the title track with a little more funk, "You Sure Love To Ball" - smooth jazz background music and a great female moan and "Just to Keep You Satisfied" - tremendous vocal performance with sweeping orchestral music. Really not a bad song on the album. I recommend listening to this album as a whole; there is a great flow to the music.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

4.1 - A luscious bedroom soundtrack strictly for grown folks, underpinned by sophisticated orchestration and Marvin Gaye's rich bari-tenor. Smooth and snag-free. My only knock is that "Keep Gettin' It On" sits lamely in the middle of the album as an unnecessary reprise of the title track.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

Far too sexy for me. Makes me feel uncomfortable. Fuck knows what that says about me.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye 1. Let’s Get It On - This is a classic how else am I supposed to rate this? 5/5 2. Please Stay (Once You Go Away) - I would make love to this 100%, it’s Marvin Gaye. 5/5 3. If I Should Die Tonight - I’m such a sucker for this. Gives me Disney princess type love. I want it so bad. 5/5 4. Keep Gettin’ It On - This song makes me wanna grind all over somebody. 5/5 5. Come Get To This - I would skip around the city to this, dance around the living room with the LOML to this 5/5 6. Distant Lover - IF I COULD RATE THIS HIGHER I WOULD. SOO GOOD. One of my all time faves ever I hold this song so close to my heart it’s unreal. 1000000/5 7. You Sure Love To Ball - I’m such a sucker for the saxophone, imagine getting undressed to this song. I’d die for it. 5/5 8. Just To Keep You Satisfied - For some reason I can see this song in a ballroom. Enchanting, beautiful, elegant. 5/5 Notes: My ratings were way too low on OK Computer. I’m noting it as a 4/5 because I keep wanting to listen to it and I’m enjoying it way more.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

2-3 Standout songs go beyond 5 stars and lift the slightly less good (but still groovin) tracks up from a 4. I'd say 4.5 but roundin' up.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Just so smooth. Who else could get away with a song called Let's Get It On and then a song three songs later called Keep Gettin It On. Unparalleled swagger.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

🍆💦

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Love Marvin Gaye, love his voice, but this album is extraordinarily repetitive

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

It's smooth. And classic. You've got to be in the right mood with the right person for this album to really shine.

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Fri Dec 11 2020
5

A classic 5/5

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Tue Nov 17 2020
5

Loved it. Followed it with Ain't That Good News by Same Cooke

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Sun Dec 20 2020
5

Groovy jams, thought provoking lyrics that still resonate today

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Simple tunes but a stunning voice and style.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Mega lækkert album. Smooth AF. Lutter gode numre

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Love love love

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

This shit a classic. Let's get it on is an ultra classic. The sound is just so perfect. Gaye is just so perfect. I dont know how you make something this smooth. 7/8 favorite song: Distant Lover.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Excellent R&B (and SBFM) album

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Simply an incredible album

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Tight, very sexual

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Really dug it.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Stellar

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

Real love songs that really fit the mood

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

MOre singular and personal than what's going on. Sweeping compositions on all the tracks. Super layered sound.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

My man Marvin gone too soon ❤️

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

A classic and always excellent.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Perfect soul.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Never disappoints. I think there are more bangers on this album than pop culture will admit. Let’s get it on is great. But this whole album was great.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Big sex energy

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Epic

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

10/10 A solid set of tracks all the way through. An old favorite for sure.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Beautiful album all throughout. Excellent voice and songs. 9/10.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Álbum reconocido a nivel mundial debido al primer sencillo del álbum. El álbum sigue una línea general de ritmo e instrumentos, pero nunca se vuelve aburrido

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Un clásico precioso

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Discazo de principio a fin

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

super good all the way through, with such a strong start

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

A classic for a reason

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

A classic, near-perfect album. The title track alone is worthy of 5 stars.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

Pure sex. The album that is playing in my head whenever SHACK is in smelling distance.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

One of the finest. Masterful, moving, soulful, spiritual and heartfelt. A wonderful example of the enduring power of music by one of its greatest exponents.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Great listen Friday morning

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

That'll put ya in the mood.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Marvin Gaye is a king and a saint. And I will listen to anything with his name on it.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Listened to it all the way through, multiple times! So good.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

So much passion in this music. It’s hard not to move and sway when listening.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Yes please.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

The slow music with the great melodic vocal. It's a good combination of listening and relaxation.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

This is a blast to listen to. Marvin Gaye, you knocked it out the park. The vocals are sublime and dreamy, the falsetto is incredible. I've enjoyed every song so far, nothing more to say.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Good stuff. Definitely strongly themed around the album title.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Top

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Classic Marvin Gaye album but I think I enjoyed What's Going On more.

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Sun May 16 2021
5

amazing album..one of the best.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

I've only heard the first song, wasn't expecting a story through the songs

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Fantastic from start to end

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Great album. Every song is great, a classic. Really hits a groove. So much soul & emotion.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
5

Sensual, soulful, funky. This album has it all. Loved every moment of it. My favourite songs were Let's Get It On, Keep Gettin' It On and You Sure Love To Ball.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

Glorious late night soulful grooves.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Come Get To This is my favorite song in the album which as a whole contains great R&B. Reminds me of sitting on a rooftop in the city watching the sunset.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Finally mother fuckers. History will eventually come around to realize this or "Here, My Dear" is Marvin's best album. The fact that he was able to take his unprecedented daddy issues and turn them into a joyful document encouraging the world to enjoy sex is something of a marvel. Marvin Gaye was so exceptional he even did all of his own background vocals here.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Comment unnecessary. But I'll say it anyway: utterly brilliant.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Marvin. Yes. Beautiful.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Precioso

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Hot damn, he's got soul.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

OOH ik geniet hier zwaar van

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

I very good album

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Amazing!

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

I've heard this album plenty of times, and it never fails to surprise and intrigue. An all-time great.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

One of The best all time

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

The Prince of Soul! Marvin Gaye will forever be a soul legend. I love the way he combines his passionate singing with so many instruments into one of the most memorable sounds in music. “What’s Going On” is one of my favorite albums, and this comes pretty darn close to matching it. Easiest 5 star I’ve given so far. Favorite: Keep Gettin it On

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Mmm hmmm.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

vibes were impeccable - bonafide classic

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Cool!

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Perfect soul album, simple as. Gaye is a master of fitting in just the right number of sounds, and each one seems distinctive on top of it. The runtime makes for an easy fit, but every minute is rich. And there's a slight bend toward tragedy.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Motown classic. I think there is not much to say.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Following up the most important and powerful album in then-recent memory would be a daunting task but Marvin turned this album into an ode for sexual magnetism and raunchy good times. Yet another step in the right direction in a decade where R&B and Soul found its footing and stamped its legacy. Essential listening.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

The hype is real, yo.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

I mean it’s Marvin Gaye

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

duh

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

It must have been hard even for Marvin Gaye to follow up What’s Goin’ On? (if we skip the Trouble Man soundtrack); having dealt with social issues and the environment, Gaye went for something a little more private, a little more sensual on Let’s Get It On. There are terrific tracks here and Gaye’s genius, especially as a vocalist, is apparent throughout. The backing singers are brilliant, I thought - no, wait, that’s all Marvin (except when it’s The Originals on Just to Keep You Satisfied). The jams are glorious and the only criticism is the brevity - a few tracks feel like kernels of ideas not quite fully formed and at half an hour - well, look, I guess that’s long enough for what Marvin had in mind…

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

Goat

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

You already know who it is

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

Someone should try having sex to this album - it's that good.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

this man is so horny!!!!!!!! but he’s nice with it!!!

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Tue May 24 2022
5

What am I gonna do, give this less than five stars or something? C'mon!

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

OoOoOoOOOOOOOO. I feel a little uncomfotable listening to this in the morning of a work day. but oooooooo Let's Get It On has gotten countless hopeless fools laid so its irresistable. Marvin's upper register is woah! If I Should Die Tonight is a great song.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

Fabulous album. Still stands up to scrutiny now and a joy to listen to. What a voice

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

LP

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Sun Jun 26 2022
5

One of my favorite albums.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

It’s a shame that this album is solely remembered for its title track because the rest of the album is truly “all killer, no filler.” Every single song is a carefully-crafted, passionate masterpiece that showcases all the different flavors of love. Tracks like “I Should Die Tonight” are inescapable representations of passionate and unconditional love, and songs like “Please Stay” are of course musical sex, but it’s songs like “Just To Keep You Satisfied” and “Distant Lover” that really make the album for me. The former is a complex goodbye song, and the latter synthesizes this heartbreak with the rest of the album’s longing: you can hear both the longing and pain in Gaye’s desperate pleas at the end of the song. This album perfectly sets the indescribable intricacies of love to music.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

So gooooooooooooood

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

I feel so HORNY and RESPECTED RN. DAMN. 9.7/10

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

A classic. Perfect vibes for hanging out with alex for the afternoon :'). Listeneed to the deluxe version on spotify which definitely took a minute haha. Highlights: "Distant lover", "lets get it on".... duhh

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

sad he didn't get to continue making beautiful, soulful music.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Jag säger Ja! Bara för smörigt, att jag måste tycka om det. Förför mig med den och jag är din!

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

prince of the soul

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