Legend

Legend

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by Bob Marley & the Wailers
     
 

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There's a reason why this best-of collection has been a steady bestseller since it debuted in 1984: It's got the goods. The 14 songs on Legend go a long way toward demonstrating why Marley rose to become an international superstar. The man melded potent hooks, straight-shooting sincerity, and reggae riddims into some of the most engaging pop anywhere. There's

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There's a reason why this best-of collection has been a steady bestseller since it debuted in 1984: It's got the goods. The 14 songs on Legend go a long way toward demonstrating why Marley rose to become an international superstar. The man melded potent hooks, straight-shooting sincerity, and reggae riddims into some of the most engaging pop anywhere. There's the propulsive "Could You Be Loved," the revolutionary "Get Up Stand Up," which he wrote with Peter Tosh, and the Dylanesque anthem "Redemption Song." The hit parade rolls on with Marley classics like "No Woman No Cry," "I Shot the Sheriff," and the aching love song "Waiting in Vain." Like Marley himself, these songs are truly charismatic. If you can't afford the remarkable Songs of Freedom box set, this disc captures the best of Bob. And that's pretty much the best there is.

The 2002 Deluxe Edition contains a second disc of remixes done around the original mid-'80s issue date of Legend, including the worldbeat dance mix of "Buffalo Soldier" that appeared on some versions of the original LP. Rounding out the first disc are two bonus tracks, "Easy Skanking" and "Punky Reggae Party." The entirely new repackaging boasts a 28 page booklet and rare photos.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The classic Marley album, the one that any fair-weather reggae fan owns, Legend contains 14 of his greatest songs, running the gamut from "I Shot the Sheriff" to the meditative "Redemption Song" and the irrepressible "Three Little Birds." Some may argue that the compilation shortchanges his groundbreaking early ska work or his status as a political commentator, but this isn't meant to be definitive, it's meant to be an introduction, sampling the very best of his work. And it does that remarkably well, offering all of his genre-defying greats and an illustration of his excellence, warmth, and humanity. In a way, it is perfect since it gives a doubter or casual fan anything they could want. Let's face it, the beauty and simplicity of Marley's music was as important as his message, and that's captured particularly well here.

The 2002 Deluxe Edition contains a second disc of remixes done around the original mid-'80s issue date of Legend, including the worldbeat dance mix of "Buffalo Soldier" that appeared on some versions of the original LP. Rounding out the first disc are two bonus tracks, "Easy Skanking" and "Punky Reggae Party." The entirely new repackaging boasts a 28 page booklet and rare photos.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
Label:
Tuff Gong / Umgd
UPC:
0600753030523
catalogNumber:
530305
Rank:
2436

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Marley & the Wailers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Joe Higgs   Percussion
Bob Marley   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt   Background Vocals
Aston Barrett   Percussion,Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Percussion,Drums
Tyrone Downie   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Donald Kinsey   Guitar
Earl Lindo   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bunny Livingston   Bongos,Conga,Vocals
Peter MacKintosh   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Alvin Patterson   Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar
Touter   Organ,Piano
Junior Marvin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Anderson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Producer
Steve Smith   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Errol Brown   Producer
Barry Diament   Engineer
Rob Fraboni   Engineer
Wailers   Producer

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Legend 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bob Marley continues to be one of the most influential artists of our time. Even after his death in 1981, his music has still continues to captivate listeners and draw support from fans. Bob Marley has revolutionized traditional Jamaican reggae music by adding more of a rock and roll sound in order to cross over to American and British fans. The essential ingrediants to to this revolution in reggae music was the adding of the rock guitar played by Al Anderson and the walking bass played by Aston ''family man'' Barret. The album ''Legend'' is a collection of some of his best songs which talk about love, politics, and the beauty of life. Since the release of ''Legend'', it has sold more than 10 million copies. Even though Bob is not with us today, his legend and music still live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wondeful CD. Couldn't be better. My whole family listens to this CD on the way to and during every summer vacation. This has been a tradition for about 8 years. It makes you feel good and happy. Anyone can listen to this great CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fron ''Stir it Up'' to ''Is This Love'' to ''Redemption Song'', this is probably the most definitive collection of Bob Marley & The Wailers songs I have ever heard. Sure, ''Songs of Freedom'' is excellent, but(forgive me for saying this) you really don't need it when you have ''Legend''. It's #1 on my list of best albums ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an essential cd to any serious music lover's collection! Bob Marley is the pinacle of Reggae music, and this is his best album! a must have!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are truely a Bob Marley fan you have got to have this CD. THis CD is truly wonderful. It is very relaxing and refreshing. You will most definitely enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
thank you again for the music you gave to everyone... you help me achieved my music degree and open my heart to music... legend is masterpiece and the best... to me ALL BOBS SONGS ARE REMEDIES...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It such a great compilation of songs... actually the BEST!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am new to regge but once I heard this cd I wouldn't stop listening to it! This is definatley the best cd I own. I strongly recomend you purchasing it. Listen to "Buffolo Soldier" and "I Shot the Sherrif" they are the 2 best songs on the cd. Buy and ENJOY!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Bob Marley's music and 'Legend' by far is the best compilation of his hits. Every single song on the album is good and is sung with such meaning. His music has really helped me get through a difficult time in my life. I listen to 'Legend' every day to and from work. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY AS WELL AS NATURAL MYSTIC I WWAS ISNPIRED BY THIS ALBUM AND I THINK BOB MARLEY IS ONE OF THE BEST ARTIST OF THIS CENTURY . THANX BOB FOR EVERYTHING .