Legend is a greatest hits collection of Bob Marley & The Wailers songs, released by Island Records on May 8, 1984. It is the best selling reggae album of all time (13.5 million platinum in the United States), with sales of 25 million copies. An entry in the Universal Music Entertainment (UME) Deluxe Sound+Vision series of CD/DVD combos, this repackaging unites two releases that were themselves reissues when they first appeared in 2002 and 2003: a two-CD "Deluxe Edition" of the compilation Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers, and a DVD reissue of the 52-and-1/2-minute home video of the same name, which added as a bonus the 85-minute documentary Time Will Tell.
While there is little argument that Bob Marley was the finest reggae performer and songwriter of his time, it is sometimes forgotten what an effective protest singer and dynamic spokesman for the underdog this pioneering poet also was.
Without a doubt, Bob Marley is (and has been for decades now) the global representation of all things reggae, not only for music but also for its culture. However, he wasn’t the first artist from the genre to achieve worldwide success (Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff were there before him, to name just a few) but he was the most charismatic and the one who created the most solid, extensive and influential catalog in the world of reggae. In The Many Faces Of Bob Marley we take a tour through his influences, roots, his lesser-known works, the side projects of his band (The Wailers), some remixes and rarities, plus his huge legacy. Con remastered sound, liner notes and a wonderful artwork, The Many Faces Of Bob Marley is an essential album for your collection!
There are countless Bob Marley collections out there, and more each year, most of them made up of Marley & the Wailers' pre-Island Records recordings done initially for the Jamaican market, and many of these are rather random, thrown-together affairs, possibly even legally dubious, reshuffling the same tracks in various configurations, often without liner notes or much annotation…
Originally released in 1984, Bob Marley's LEGEND illustrates the remarkable life and recording career of one of reggae music's most important figures. This iconic collection not only serves as the perfect introduction to the music of Bob Marley, it has become an essential part in every Marley collection. It remains the world's best-selling reggae album and continues to be one of the best-selling catalog albums, exceeding 15 copies in the U.S. alone and over 27 million worldwide. Coupled with the original release of LEGEND on CD, this deluxe version features this iconic collection entirely mixed in 5.1 by the GRAMMY® Award winning producer Bob Clearmountain on Blu-Ray Pure Audio Disc™ and now includes the original, early studio version of 'No Woman No Cry,' in lieu of the previous live version.
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.