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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 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.


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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 in 24 bit / 96,000khz and 24 bit / 192,000khz resolutions.


Professional ratings
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Source Rating
Allmusic [6]
Robert Christgau (A)[7]
Sputnikmusic [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 January 2014, the album has sold 11,470,000 copies in the US since 1991 when SoundScan started tracking album sales, making it the No. 9 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]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]Edit

Original compact disc version[edit]Edit

2002 Deluxe edition[edit]Edit

Legend: Remixed (2013)[edit]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


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

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

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