Label
Universal/Island Def Jam
Release date
19 Mar 2002
Running length
29 tracks
Running time
124:15

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Is This Love 3:51 456,967
2 Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman, No Cry (Live At The Lyceum, London/1975) 7:12 2,917
3 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Could You Be Loved 3:58 432,867
4 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Three Little Birds 3:00 507,703
5 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Buffalo Soldier 5:26 435,809
6 The Wailers - Get Up, Stand Up 3:19 87,081
7 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Stir It Up (Original Album Version) 5:31 4,630
8 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Easy Skanking 2:58 145,521
9 Bob Marley & The Wailers - One Love / People Get Ready 2:53 117,305
10 The Wailers - I Shot The Sheriff 4:41 86,109
11 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Waiting In Vain 4:16 337,419
12 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Redemption Song 4:06 427,306
13 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Satisfy My Soul 4:31 255,519
14 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus 1:08 314,686
15 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Jamming 3:31 397,754
16 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Punky Reggae Party 9:19 84,203
1 Bob Marley & The Wailers - One Love / People Get Ready (Extended Version) 7:00 3,318
2 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Waiting in Vain (12" single version) 5:57 590
3 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Jamming (12" Single Version) 5:34 18,267
4 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Three Little Birds (12" Mix (Dub Version)) 5:20 785
5 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Could You Be Loved (12" mix) 5:26 4,197
6 Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman No Cry 4:11 197,347
7 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Coming In From The Cold (1984 12" Single) 5:42 960
9 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Jamming (US Version) 3:21 477
10 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Waiting In Vain (US Version) 4:13 453
12 Bob Marley & The Wailers - Lively Up Yourself 2:55 178,604
13 Bob Marley & The Wailers - One Love / People Get Ready (Dub Version -1984 12" Remix) 4:56 78

About this album

Legend is a greatest hits collection of Bob Marley and the Wailers songs, released by Island records on May 8, 1984 (see 1984 in music). It is the best selling reggae album of all time. The original compilation, first issued on LP, contains 14 songs in their edited single format. Later it was released on CD with the same listing. It includes 10 of Marley’s 11 top 40 UK 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”.

The second CD version, remastered by Barry Diament, appeared in 1990 on the Tuff Gong label. Although the disc includes the same 14 songs, the tracks are their original album versions, e.g. Exodus and No Woman No Cry are over 7 minutes long.

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 second reissue of Legend and its two-disc Deluxe Edition counterpart.

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 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.

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