Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Remastered)

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Barnes & Noble - Sharon Gordon
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Sharon Gordon
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 specially-packaged, fully remastered 2002 version of Legend includes two bonus tracks, "Easy Skanking" and "Punky Reggae Party."

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The classic Bob 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 sticks to his later output for Island Records. 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. [This Japanese issue adds "Easy Skanking" and the Lee "Scratch" Perry-produced "Punky Reggae Party" as bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731454890427
  • Catalog Number: 548904
  • Sales rank: 188

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Is This Love (3:50)
  2. 2 No Woman No Cry (7:08)
  3. 3 Could You Be Loved (3:57)
  4. 4 Three Little Birds (3:00)
  5. 5 Buffalo Soldier (4:18)
  6. 6 Get Up Stand Up (3:17)
  7. 7 Stir It Up (5:30)
  8. 8 Easy Skanking (2:57)
  9. 9 One Love/People Get Ready (2:52)
  10. 10 I Shot the Sheriff (4:40)
  11. 11 Waiting in Vain (4:16)
  12. 12 Redemption Song (3:48)
  13. 13 Satisfy My Soul (4:31)
  14. 14 Exodus (7:40)
  15. 15 Jamming (3:31)
  16. 16 Punky Reggae Party (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Marley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Joe Higgs Percussion, Background Vocals
Rita Marley Background Vocals
Judy Mowatt Background Vocals
Al Yasha Anderson Guitar
Aston Barrett Percussion, Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Percussion, Drums
Tyrone Downie Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Marcia Griffiths Background Vocals
Bernard Touter Harvey Organ, Piano
Donald Kinsey Guitar
Earl Lindo Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bunny Livingston Bongos, Conga, Vocals
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar
Peter McIntosh Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson Percussion
Technical Credits
Steve Smith Producer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Errol Brown Producer
Ernest Gold Composer
Margaret Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
Ted Jensen Mastering
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
Zonker Roberts Tape Research
Vartan Art Direction
Bob Marley & the Wailers Producer
Neville Garrick Reissue Art
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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    How Island Records Got Bob Marley's Legacy Right

    Listening to "Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers" is quite personal to me and I'll tell you why. I originally had "Legend" on cassette for a few years. I loved the cassette so much that the tape began to screech from being worn out so much. When CDs started coming around, I ditched the cassette version of this record and I was amazed for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the sound was much better than the cassette, something which most of us now seem to take for granted. And second, the selections on the CD version of "Legend" were much better than the cassette. For example, the CD contains Marley's magnificent live version of "No Woman, No Cry" from his 1975 concert album. The cassette, meanwhile, had a remixed studio version that somehow turned this heartbreaking song into a dance tune. Another blaring example was "Buffalo Soldier", one of Marley's last songs, which told the tale of African slaves brought to America to fight in the Civil War and those who survived were forced off the mainland. It remains one of Marley's strongest songs. But on the cassette version, "Buffalo Soldier" is remixed and made to sound more like a disco tune, stripped of its striking message. A lot of other people have noticed this. Fortunately, the folks at Island Records noticed it as well as "Legend" became the biggest selling reggae album in the world. So much so that Island re-issued the album as a two-record set. The first CD contains all the great Marley songs in their original form, showcasing Marley in all his glory as the showman ("Jamming"), the lover ("Could You Be Loved?") and the human rights activist ("Exodus"). He even managed to sneak a couple of children's songs here and there with "Three Little Birds" and "One Love/People Get Ready". There are also two additional songs here: "Easy Skanking" (about the joys of ganja smoking) and "Punky Reggae Party" (bringing back the memories of punk and reggae as a joining, driving musical force in late 70's England). The second disc, on the other hand, contains remixed versions of most of these songs and some of them were from the cassette version of "Legend". If nothing else, it serves as a reminder as to how the record company pretty much learned its lesson and gave Marley's hits the eventual respect it deserved. With this year being the 30th anniversary of Marley's death, reggae has yet to give us a musician of Marley's talent, stature or foresight. Then again, with timeless songs about freedom like "Get Up, Stand Up", which fit it nicely with what's been happening in Wisconsin and The Middle East lately, one has to admit that Marley and his music will be more than enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Buy...

    This is a good collection for all Bob Marley fans out there. It covers a wide span of his career and has songs for any occasion. I don't like the bonus songs, though. I feel that they detract from the gems in the rest of this album.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    timeless, epic music

    i first heard legend in paris, france in the mid 1980s, and have purchased it as gifts for many throughout the years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must have to music listener's collection

    I chose not to give the album a 5 star rating on challenging because that's not an appropriate way to describe the content of a relaxed, easy going musician such as Bob Marley. Legend epitomizes Marley's zest for joy, peace, and harmony in music. The songs cause the listener to relax just as if Marley were right there listening with them. This album is particularly enjoyable in the summertime when traveling or along a beach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Sound

    I hadn't really ever sat down and listened to any Bob Marley music before buying this CD. I bought it because of the Will Smith movie Legend. This is a very mellow, super sound quality CD, great for relaxing and enjoying terrific music. If you need something to just chill out on, this is it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The best single disc of hits

    This is the best single CD of Marley's hits. For those who want more, the best is the 4 disc 'Songs of Freedom' box. A great talent who's work would have been so much better if he hadn't wasted his life on Rastafarian superstitions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential to any music lover

    Absolutely wonderful. This is an album that can carry you away and put you on the beach in Jamaica. I firmly believe that if everyone in the world owned and listened to this album, there would be no more war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bob marley is one of the greatest ragge singer songwriters in the world

    This is one of the best of bob marleys cd's. My cousin Ryan loved "3 Little Birds", it was one of his favorite songs before he died.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OK - but not the best

    Was Bob Marley a great musician/songwriter/performer? Without question. Was he 'the BEST'? That could be argued. In my opinion, "Legend", even though it is a "greatest hits" compilation, doesn't contain his best work. Pick up 'Catch a Fire' or 'Exodus'. You'll be MUCH happier. Also - check out the following albums if you love reggae/ska: 1. Congos - Heart of the Congos 2. Abyssinians - Satta Massagana 3. Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey 4. Peter Tosh - Equal Rights 5. The Maytals - Funky Kingston 6. Jimmy Cliff - The Harder they Come 7. Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man 8. Culture - Two 7's Clash 9. Buju Banton - 'Til Shiloh 10. Dennis Brown - Visions None of these will dissapoint. I promise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Robert Nesta Marley

    Bob Marley is the greatest musician of all time. All of his songs will south your soul. Let the legend live on forever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good

    Well i realy wasnt into regge music but this cd is alot better than most of all the other cds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top Notch Album

    Bob Marley was an incredible talent. He didn't want violence and instead of protesting in the streets, he protested in song. This album has all of the greatest Bob Marley songs one after another. Great addition to any collection. Bob Marley and the heart of reggae continues to live on in albums like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It gets old....but its still good

    It think bob marley is the best reggae artist of all time but this album wasnt one i thought his true "goodness". I thought it got old after awhile, but to introduce some to reggae it would be a great cd to get them because some of bob's best songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Marley Intro

    Usually I don't support compilations, but this is one of the few i'd take the time to review. While it's impossible to condense Marley's career onto one album, it does a good job. This is by no means complete, you should get Marley's classic albums like Exodus, Live, Catch a Fire, Burnin, and all the others, but this is a good place to start out. Pretty much my only complaint is that they cut "No Woman No Cry" down, which might not have been such a bad thing if they wouldn't have done it right at the beginning of a good guitar solo. Get the full version of the song on the Live album. This is a great song list, and it's sure to convert many new people into Marley fans for years to come. This music is timeless, and it really shows Marley's genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music for the soul

    Lyrics are inspired from and to the soul of humanity. The musicalization, and instrumentation, as well as the sounds, evoque true tropical magic that steals anyone's thoughts into a heavenly and sweet universality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BOB'S BACK!!

    Bob MArley, is the man of reggae and this compilation should satisfy the hunger of all reggae fans old and new!

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