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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 90169-1 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 28 million copies sold globally. In 2003, the album was ranked number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
As of April 2017, it had spent a total of 465 nonconsecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart—the fourth longest run in history. According to the 20 September 2014 edition of the Billboard 200, nearly 56,000 albums had been sold since some earlier edition, bringing the new peak of the album to #5 on the chart (primarily due to a Google Play discount price of 99 cents). Currently, the album sells approximately 3,000 to 5,000 US copies per week.
|"Is This Love"||3:52|
|"No Woman, No Cry" (live)||4:05|
|"Could You Be Loved" (7" edit)||3:33|
|"Three Little Birds"||2:56|
|"Buffalo Soldier" (remix)||5:24|
|"Get Up, Stand Up"||3:17|
|"Stir It Up" (edit)||3:38|
|"One Love / People Get Ready"||2:52|
|"I Shot the Sheriff" (edit)||3:46|
|"Waiting in Vain" (remix)||4:10|
|"Satisfy My Soul" (7" edit)||3:45|
Vinyl (July 7, 2009)
Special Edition edition
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Special Edition
Label: Tuff Gong
The album contains all ten of Marley's Top 40 hit singles in the UK up to the time,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.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 12 February 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.