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Legend - Bob Marley And The Wailers (1984)


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Legend - Bob Marley and the Wailers (1984)

Marley said, "reggae music too simple for [American musicians]. You must be inside of it, know what's happening, and why you want to play this music. You don't just run go play this music because you think you can make a million off it." Ironically, this set of the late reggae idol's greatest hits has sold in the millions. It is also a comprehensive, single-disc example of the universal soul he brought to Jamaican rhythm and Rastafarian spirituality, in the gunfighter ballad "I Shot the Sheriff," the comforting swing of "No Woman, No Cry" and the holy promise of "Redemption Song." Since its release, Legend has been, for many people, their first exposure to Marley, and to reggae in general. It is a superlative beginning -- but only the tip of his genius.

Total album sales: 10 million

Peak chart position: 54


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Legend is a greatest hits collection of Bob Marley & The Wailers songs, released on May 8, 1984 (see 1984 in music). The original compilation contained 14 songs, including 10 of Marley's 11 top 40 U.K. hits at the time, plus three songs from the early configuration of the Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston ("Stir It Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," and "Get Up, Stand Up"), and the last song released on Marley's final non-posthumous album Uprising, the fan-favorite "Redemption Song." A cassette release of the album featured two extra songs, "Punky Reggae Party" (the 11th top 40 hit), and "Easy Skanking," from the Kaya LP. These two songs were later included on both the 2002 reissue of Legend and its two-disc Deluxe Edition counterpart.

To date, it has sold over 12 million copies, making it a 12X Platinum or 1X Diamond record. It is the best-selling reggae record of all time. Despite some criticisms that the compilation weighs too heavily on Marley's later career and includes little to nothing from many of his highly-regarded earlier albums (including much of the work with Tosh and Livingston), it remains a perennial seller to this day and has served as an introduction to Marley's music for many fans.From Wikipedia

The Wailers in the mid-1960s. From left to right: Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh.


Bob Marley in concert, Zürich, 1980



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