memories of the ’80s – Legend by Bob Marley and The Wailers

BobMarley-Legend.jpgThe mid 1980s brought the best of a band together with the release of Legend by Bob Marley and The Wailers. 

The compilation album is made up of songs recorded by the band between 1972 and 1983.

Included on the album are the band’s 10 top 40 hits and three additional songs from the original Wailers with Peter Tosh including Stir It Up, I Shot the Sheriff and Get Up, Stand Up.

Memorable songs included on the compilation album include Could You Be Loved, Three Little Birds, Exodus and Jamming.

Released May 1984 by Island Records, Legend has become the best-selling reggae album of all time, selling 15 million copies in the US and 33 million copies of the album worldwide.

A few critics wished the compilation included more of the political songs written by Marley, instead of the ones that are seemingly about fun, love and sun.

The album has spent 500 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 200 charts, the second longest run of any album issued. Island Records boasts that on average the album sells 3000-5000 copies per week around the world.

In almost 20 countries, Legend has been certified platinum and has been awarded 12x platinum in the UK and 15x platinum in the US.

The album has been chosen as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 best albums of all time.




About Waheeda Harris

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