Mastered at Abbey Road From The Original Tapes!
Includes 2 UK Bonus Tracks!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 48/500!
The 35th anniversary of Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend is celebrated by the Marley Family and Island Records with a double LP, 180 gram vinyl reissue. Originally released on May 8, 1984, its the bestselling reggae album of all time, and one of the most successful compilations in any genre, with worldwide sales of a staggering 28 million, of which 15million are in the US alone.
The vinyl-only reissue comprises the original "BMW1" version of Legend, with the addition of two bonus tracks that were originally on the cassette release, "Easy Skanking" and "Punky Reggae Party." The 16 songs that comprise the retrospective are genre-defining landmarks, on a collection crammed with instantly recognizable gems such as "Get Up Stand Up," "One Love/People Get Ready," "I Shot The Sheriff," "Three Little Birds," "Jammin'" and "Exodus."
Other anthemic hits from the album including "No Woman No Cry" and "Is This Love" feature the backing vocals of the I Threes, the female trio that comprised Marleys wife Rita, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.
"Did you know that, as of this writing, there are 339 versions of this Bob Marley best of listed on Discogs? It's one of the most popular greatest hits comps ever put together ever since its first pressing in 1984. 35 years later, Island Records is still finding new ways to repackage and resell this to a new generation of music fans. While a purist like myself would encourage young listeners to seek out Marley's full-length albums rather than Legend, if you'e looking for a quick entry point, there's no finer. And the collection has never sounded as good as it does on this fresh pressing. There are details in songs like 'I Shot The Sheriff' and 'Jamming' that I've never heard before, even on the best remastered CDs. Which is really what you want to have happen when digging into this material that, if you're my age, you've heard a trillion times. That's not to discount Marley and his unbeatable talent. With so much repeat business, the music starts to become background static that you can easily ignore. This LP puts the music right in your face and reminds you how sparkling clean these melodies feel and how his songs of love and liberation can cut right through in the right context." - Paste Magazine, Record Time: New & Notable Vinyl Releases, June 2019
• 35th Anniversary Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Mastered at Abbey Road from the original tapes
• As originally released, on vinyl for the first time since 1984
• 2 UK bonus tracks
• Gatefold jacket
The Wailers 1972-1981:
Bob Marley, lead vocals, rhythm and acoustic guitars, percussion
Peter McIntosh, piano, organ, guitar, vocals (left to follow solo career in 1974)
Bunny Livingston, congas, bongos, vocals (left to follow solo career in 1974)
Joe Higgs, percussion, backing vocals
Aston "Family Man" Barrett, bass guitar, percussion
Carlton (Carlie) Barrett, drums, percussion
Al Anderson, lead guitar
Julian (Junior) Marvin, lead guitar, backing vocal
Tyrone Downie, keyboards, percussion, backing vocal
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, percussion
Rita Marley, backing vocals
Marcia Griffiths, backing vocals
Judy Mowatt, backing vocals
Earl "Wya" Lindo, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Earl "Chinna" Smith, lead and rhythm guitar, percussion
Donald Kinsey, lead guitar
Touter, piano, organ
1. Is This Love
2. No Woman No Cry
3. Could You Be Loved
1. Three Little Birds
2. Buffalo Soldier
3. Get Up Stand Up
4. Stir It Up
5. Easy Skanking
1. One Love / People Get Ready
2. I Shot The Sheriff
3. Waiting In Vain
4. Redemption Song
1. Satisfy My Soul
4. Punky Reggae Party