Legend (Bob Marley & The Wailers album)

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Legend
Greatest hits album by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Released May, 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
Confrontation
(1983)
Legend
(1984)
Bob, Peter, Bunny & Rita
(1985)

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 essentially a greatest hits collection of singles in its original vinyl format, and the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 15 million copies sold in the United States and an estimated 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 December 27, 2014, it has spent a total of 342 nonconsecutive weeks on the Billboard album chart - the fourth longest run in history. On the September 20, 2014 edition of The Billboard 200, sales surged by nearly 56,000 albums, bringing the new peak of the album to #5 on the chart (Primarily due to a Google Music Store America discount price of 99 cents). Currently, the album sells approximately 3,000 to 5,000 US copies per week.

Content[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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] To date the album has sold 33,000,000 copies worldwide.[15]

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]

Disc one: Legend remastered
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "Is This Love"   Bob Marley Kaya (1978) 3:50
2. "No Woman, No Cry" (live) Marley, Vincent Ford Live! (1975) 7:08
3. "Could You Be Loved"   Marley Uprising (1980) 3:57
4. "Three Little Birds"   Marley Exodus (1977) 3:00
5. "Buffalo Soldier"   Marley, Noel Williams Confrontation (1983) 4:18
6. "Get Up, Stand Up"   Marley, Peter Tosh Burnin' (1973) 3:17
7. "Stir It Up"   Marley Catch a Fire (1973) 5:30
8. "Easy Skanking" (bonus track) Marley Kaya (1978) 2:57
9. "One Love / People Get Ready"   Marley, Curtis Mayfield Exodus (1977) 2:52
10. "I Shot the Sheriff"   Marley Burnin' (1973) 4:40
11. "Waiting in Vain"   Marley Exodus (1977) 4:16
12. "Redemption Song"   Marley Uprising (1980) 3:48
13. "Satisfy My Soul"   Marley Kaya (1978) 4:31
14. "Exodus"   Marley Exodus (1977) 7:40
15. "Jamming"   Marley Exodus (1977) 3:31
16. "Punky Reggae Party" (bonus track) Marley, Lee Perry Non-album single (1977) 6:52
Disc two: The Legend remixes
No. Title Original release Length
1. "One Love/People Get Ready" (extended version, remixed by Julian Mendelsohn) "One Love/People Get Ready" UK 1984 12" (cat. no. 12IS 169) 6:59
2. "Waiting in Vain" (remixed by Julian Mendelsohn) "Waiting in Vain" UK 1984 12" (cat. no. 12IS 180) 5:54
3. "Jamming" (remixed by Paul "Groucho" Smykle) "Could You Be Loved" UK 1985 12" (cat. no. 12IS 210) 5:33
4. "Three Little Birds / Three Little Birds (Dub Version)" (remixed by Julian Mendelsohn) "Three Little Birds" UK 1985 12" (cat. no. 12IS 236) 5:18
5. "Could You Be Loved" (remixed by Errol Brown and Alex Sadkin) "Could You Be Loved" UK 1985 12" (cat. no. 12IS 210) 4:18
6. "No Woman No Cry" (remixed by Eric "E.T." Thorngren) "Could You Be Loved" UK 1985 12" (cat. no. 12IS 210) 4:10
7. "Coming in from the Cold" (remixed by Eric "E.T." Thorngren) "Could You Be Loved" UK 1985 12" (cat. no. 12IS 210) 5:42
8. "Buffalo Soldier" (remixed by Eric "E.T." Thorngren) Legend (1984, U.S. version) 2:52
9. "Jamming" (remixed by Eric "E.T." Thorngren) Legend (1984, U.S, version) 3:20
10. "Waiting in Vain" (remixed by Eric "E.T." Thorngren) Legend (1984, U.S. version) 4:11
11. "Exodus" (remixed by Eric "E.T." Thorngren) Legend (1984, U.S. version) 8:48
12. "Lively Up Yourself" (remixed by Eric "E.T." Thorngren) previously unreleased 5:16
13. "One Love/People Get Ready" (dub version, remixed by Godwin Logie) "One Love/People Get Ready" UK 1984 12" (cat. no. 12 ISX 169) 4:55

Legend: Remixed (2013)[edit]

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."[16]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[17] 4× Platinum 240,000x
Australia (ARIA)[18] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[19] 2× Platinum 100,000x
Belgium (BEA)[20] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[22] Gold 36,703[22]
France (SNEP)[23] Diamond 1,000,000*
Germany (BVMI)[24] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[25] Platinum 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[26] 20× Platinum 300,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[27] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[28] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[29] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[30] 3× Platinum 150,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] 6× Platinum 2,826,912[32]
United States (RIAA)[33] 15× Platinum 13,470,000[11]
Summaries
Worldwide[34] - 33,000,000[15]

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

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ a b "THE FIFTH ALBUM OF THE AMERICAN POP / ROCK BAND MAROON 5, SIMPLY TITLED AS 'V' IS WORLD'S NO.1 ALBUM OF THE WEEK!". World Music Awards. December 4, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Legend-30th-Anniversary-Blu-Ray-Audio/dp/B00K6D20UE/ref=tmm_acd_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=
  17. ^ "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. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 20 Catalogue Albums – 20 May 2013". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "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
  20. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2008". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend". Music Canada. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  22. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  23. ^ "French album certifications – Marley B. & Wailers – Legend" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bob Marley; 'Legend')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "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
  26. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  27. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "Polish album certifications – Bob Marley – Legend - The Best Of" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  29. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  30. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Bob Marley; 'Legend')". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  31. ^ "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
  32. ^ "Top 40 Best Selling Albums UK". BPI. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  33. ^ "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
  34. ^ UNSUPPORTED OR EMPTY REGION: Worldwide.
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