Legend (Bob Marley & The Wailers album)

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Greatest hits album by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Released May 8, 1984
Recorded 1972–1983
Genre Roots reggae
Length 51:01 (Original LP)
71:58 (CD Remaster)
138:47 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Tuff Gong/Island
Bob Marley and the Wailers chronology
Bob, Peter, Bunny & Rita

Legend is a compilation album by Bob Marley and the Wailers, released in 1984 by Island Records, catalogue BMW 1 in the United Kingdom and A1 90169 in the United States. It is a greatest hits collection of singles in its original vinyl format, and the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 13 million copies sold in the United States and approximately 25 million copies sold globally.[1][2][3][not in citation given] In 2003, the album was ranked number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Dave Robinson managing director of Island was the executive producer of the album but is not credited on the artwork. As of August 2014 it has spent a total of 290 nonconsecutive weeks in Billboard 200. On the September 20, 2014 edition of Billboard 200, sales surged by nearly 56,000 albums, bringing the peak of the album to number 5 on the chart (Majorly due to a Google Music Store America discount price of 99 cents). Currently, the album sells 3,000 to 5,000 copies a week.


It contains all ten of Marley's Top 40 hit singles in the UK up to the time,[4] plus three songs from the original Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston in "Stir It Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," and "Get Up, Stand Up," along with the closing song from the album Uprising, "Redemption Song." Marley enjoyed fewer chart hits in the United States, "Exodus," "Waiting in Vain," "Could You Be Loved" and "Buffalo Soldier" the only ones included on this collection.[5] Of the original tracks, only four date from prior to the Exodus album.

The cassette tape release of the album featured two extra songs, "Punky Reggae Party," the b-side to the "Jamming" single, and "Easy Skanking" from the Kaya album. A second generation compact disc remastered by Barry Diament appeared in 1990 on the Tuff Gong label. Although the disc includes the same 14 songs, the tracks are in their original album lengths rather than the edited versions for single release.

On February 12, 2002, the expanded 14-track edition with songs at album lengths were remastered for compact disc with a bonus disc consisting of 1984-vintage remixes for extended dance club singles and dub versions. In 2004, the Legend double-disc deluxe edition was reissued with the music DVD of the same name in the sound + vision deluxe edition. In 2010, Legend was made available as downloadable content for Rock Band. However, it was released without "Get Up, Stand Up", which was later included on Rock Band 3. In June 2012, a high fidelity audiophile version of the album was released on HDtracks in 96 kHz/24bit and 192 kHz/24bit resolutions.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (A)[7]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[8]

Legend holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine. Combining its chart life on the Billboard 200 and the Top Pop Catalog Albums charts, Legend has had a chart run of 992 non-consecutive weeks,[9] surpassed only by The Dark Side of the Moon at 1574 weeks.[10] As of the issue date of September 28, 2013, the album has charted on the Billboard 200 for 285 non-consecutive weeks. As of October 2014, the album has sold 11,660,000 copies in the US since 1991 when SoundScan started tracking album sales, making it the ninth best-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era.[11][12]

In the United Kingdom, Legend has been certified platinum six times, and is the 18th best-selling album in that country of all time.[13][14]

Track listings[edit]

When first released in the US in 1984, pressings contained remixes of "No Woman, No Cry," "Buffalo Soldier," "Waiting In Vain," "Exodus" and "Jammin'," done in 1984 by Eric Thorngren. (International pressings substituted the remixes for either album versions or 7" edits.) Pressings from 1986 on used the international version of the release until 2002, when a two-disc deluxe version released by Universal replaced all tracks with their respective album versions (except for "No Woman, No Cry," which is the full length version from the "Live!" album) and included the two extra tracks from the cassette release as bonus tracks. That version would be released individually as part of the "The Definitive Remasters" series.

Original 1984 US album[edit]

Original compact disc version[edit]

2002 Deluxe edition[edit]

Legend: Remixed (2013)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Waiting in Vain" (Jim James remix) 5:04
2. "Stir It Up" (Ziggy Marley remix) 3:34
3. "Three Little Birds" (Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley remix) 3:00
4. "Could You Be Loved" (RAC remix) 4:04
5. "No Woman, No Cry" (Stephen Marley remix) 4:41
6. "Get Up Stand Up" (Thievery Corporation remix) 4:21
7. "Satisfy My Soul" (Beats Antique remix) 6:11
8. "I Shot the Sheriff" (Roni Size remix) 5:55
9. "Exodus" (Pretty Lights remix) 4:16
10. "Easy Skanking" (Stephen Marley remix) 4:56
11. "One Love/People Get Ready" (Photek remix) 4:57
12. "Redemption Song" (Ziggy Marley remix) 3:54
13. "Is This Love" (Jason Bentley remix) 6:10
14. "Jamming" (Nickodemus and Zeb]] remix) 4:53
15. "Punky Reggae Party" (Z-Trip featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry remix) 5:34
16. "Buffalo Soldier" (Stephen Marley remix) 5:15

30th anniversary edition (2014)[edit]

In celebration of the 30th anniversary, the compilation was re-released (as its "The Definitive Remasters" form) in two formats:

  • A tri-color (red, yellow, green) double 180g vinyl set
  • A CD/Blu-ray 5.1 audio set; the Blu-ray disc contains the studio version of "No Woman, No Cry" and previously unheard alternate takes of "Easy Skanking" and "Punky Reggae Party."[15]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[16] 4× Platinum 240,000x
Australia (ARIA)[17] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[18] 2× Platinum 100,000x
Belgium (BEA)[19] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[20] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[21] Gold 36,703[21]
France (SNEP)[22] Diamond 1,000,000*
Germany (BVMI)[23] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[24] Platinum 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[25] 20× Platinum 300,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[26] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[27] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[28] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[29] 3× Platinum 150,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] 6× Platinum 2,826,912[31]
United States (RIAA)[32] 15× Platinum 13,470,000[11]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Doug Miller, "Concert Series: 'No Woman, No Cry'", BobMarley.com, February 26, 2007
  2. ^ "Top Earners for 2004". Forbes. 25 October 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Rolling in the money". iAfrica. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  4. ^ UK Chart Stats retrieved 1 September 2011
  5. ^ Billboard statistics from AllMusic retrieved 1 September 2011
  6. ^ Legend (Bob Marley & The Wailers album) at AllMusic
  7. ^ Robert Christgau review
  8. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  9. ^ Billboard retrieved 1 September 2011
  10. ^ Billboard retrieved 1 September 2011
  11. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (October 10, 2014). "Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S. Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ Grein, Paul (July 24, 2013). "Week Ending July 21, 2013. Albums: Different Paths For Jay-Z, Kanye". Chart Watch. Yahoo. 
  13. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/the-official-top-40-biggest-selling-albums-of-all-time-2288/
  14. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Legend-30th-Anniversary-Blu-Ray-Audio/dp/B00K6D20UE/ref=tmm_acd_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=
  16. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 20 Catalogue Albums – 20 May 2013". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 16 September 2011.  Enter Bob Marley in the field Interpret. Enter Legend in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  19. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2008". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend". Music Canada. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  21. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  22. ^ "French album certifications – Marley B. & Wailers – Legend" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  23. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bob Marley; 'Legend')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Italian album certifications – Marley B. – Legend" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 16 September 2011.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Marley B. in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  25. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  26. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  27. ^ "Polish album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend - The Best Of" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  29. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Bob Marley; 'Legend')". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  30. ^ "British album certifications – Marley B. & Wailers – Legend". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 September 2011.  Enter Legend in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  31. ^ "Top 40 Best Selling Albums UK". BPI. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  32. ^ "American album certifications – Marley, Bob & The Wailers – Legend". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 16 September 2011.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Now That's What I Call Music II
by Various Artists
UK number one album
May 19, 1984 – August 10, 1984
Succeeded by
Now That's What I Call Music 3
by Various Artists