Several here have already written lengthy reviews that I agree with, so I'll just hit two key points:
1. IF YOU'RE NEW TO BOB MARLEY OR REGGAE IN GENERAL, THIS SET IS A GREAT PLACE TO START! It has pretty much all the hits from his entire career as well as some lesser known gems. I'm not even a big reggae fan, but my wife got me hooked on Bob Marley, and after hearing the 14 or so cuts on the "Legend" cd, I wanted more. Here, across 34 tracks on 2 cd's, there's just not many songs you'll feel compelled to skip. If the price of this 2cd set is still a little high, you may consider the multi-platinum "Legend" cd instead, but be warned: "Legend" gives you just 14 or so tracks while "Gold" is just a coupla bucks more and gives you more than twice that (34) and includes every song on Legend except one.
2. Unfortunately, the one song omitted on this set is a huge one. "Three Little Birds" is one of Marley's most instantly infectious songs, with an ultra catchy chorus that can't help but put a bounce in your step ("Don't worry... about a thing; cause every little thing, is gonna be alright!"). It's clearly a signature song of his and would definitely be track #1 on any reggae compilation I put together. It's easily the favorite Marley cut for both me and my wife, and we rarely agree on much when it comes to music! And yet it couldn't be included in a 2 disc collection of what is supposed to be Bob Marley's "best" songs? Pathetic.
I'm still glad I upgraded my Legend cd to this as it's more complete and the remastered sound is fuller and richer than my old "Legend" cd, but the compiler of this set clearly felt they couldn't include every song from "Legend" for fear of making the "Legend" title completely irrelevent, but the fact of the matter is, they should have left off something else! Or better yet, just include everything from Legend and make this cd a small amount more and reduce the price of "Legend" to better differentiate the two titles.
So the music here is great, but the marketing on this stinks, and that's the only reason this set doesn't get 4 or even 5 stars from me!!