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Legend: 30th Anniversary Edition (CD + BluRay Pure Audio Disc)

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  • Audio CD (July 8 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00K6D20UE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 307 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Blu-ray Pure Audio Discs: No Compression, No Compromise. Blu-ray Pure Audio Discs Offer True High-Resolution 24-bit/96kHz Audiophile Sound. Universal Music Group has gone back to the original master tapes to deliver fully uncompressed, high-resolution versions of many of your favorite albums on Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc. Mastered at 24bit/96kHz, Blu-ray Pure Audio Discs deliver the sound the artists originally heard in the studio when these classic albums were recorded. These discs provide all the recorded musical information. While convenient due to their small file size, today's heavily compressed music files do not represent the true fidelity of the original album. Recordings are transferred from the original master tapes and delivered in high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio. No compression is utilized, and the sound quality is vastly superior to MP3 or standard CD. Three separate choices of audio file format for playback: PCM 2.0, Dolby True HD, or DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1 available where noted). Your preferred audio format is chosen either by pressing the "Audio" button on your Blu-ray remote or via your onscreen menu display.

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Even as greatest hits packages go, Legend is an utter gem. Every song is inspired, in a class of its own, whether the real version of "I Shot the Sheriff", the hymnlike "No Woman, No Cry" or the sheer joy of "Jamming". Even allowing that Marley never wrote any bad material, Legend is still the crème de la crème, the heart and soul of the Jamaican people packed into one five-inch compact disc. He was unique and the message of this record, more than any other, is that he died far too soon. --Chris Nickson --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.


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"Legend: the Best of Bob Marley" is one of the best selling albums/CD's ever. This single CD contains Marley's most famous songs, which is also the most famous reggae music ever, you've heard most of these songs for the past 30+ years! For most people, this CD is all they need to own of Marley & The Wailers.

I compared this remastered CD with the original and found the sound to be greatly improved --- cleaner, clearer, drier, louder, more rounded spectrum (the original had over emphasized mids and highs), more natural. It was "remastered from the original 2-track master tapes".

Some people have already commented that the original CD used singles mixes and this remastered CD uses album mixes. I have the remastered "Exodus" CD (see my separate review on that CD for more info), and this CD has the same mixes and remastered sound. As far as I can tell, most mixes are the same except that many songs on the remastered CD are longer --- that's probably what was meant by album vs singles mixes. Only the song "One Love/People Get Ready" has a noticeably different mix --- the original CD had the backing vocals far more upfront and with more effect (reverb), which may be more pleasant. "Redemption Song" is noticeably louder, maybe too loud, since it is just voice and acoustic guitar.

The original CD totalled 50:07, while the remastered CD totals 72:33. Here's a breakdown of the approximate time differences between songs which differ on the 2 CD's.
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I first bought this album in the 80s and it was a great break from teenage angst. Fast forward 30 years. Now it creates an oasis in a hectic & stressful work environment. This album is still as fresh and uplifting as the first time I listened to it. A required piece of anybody's music library. Classic. No wonder this artist is so revered that he could have become the Prime Minister of Jamaica if he was still around.
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Legend is an excellent title for this CD. Bob Marley was a legend and still remains a legend after his death. This CD contains some of his best hits. Highly recommended to Bob Marley fans and even those who are new to his music. Love and miss your genius Bob.
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I've owned this album since it was released in 1982 and have always treasured it.

A few years ago, Island/Polygram came out with Legend 2 which was a weak attempt to do an unnecessary follow up.

LEGEND is a great sampler of what Bob Marley, Bob Marley and the (original)Wailers, Bob Marley and the (post Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh)Wailers were about.

Having own quite a few of his blackmarket/ underground concerts none of the official "live" recording of the Wailers stacks up against the ones that are privately owned and circulated, but there is the sense in listening to the few live tracks on this album of what a Bob Marley & The Wailers concert meant.

This is a phenomenal album and the benchmark of what reggae was and what reggae should have always been.

5 gargantuan stars.
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This album is aptly named; Bob Marley's music has touched the world, and this compilation does even more justice to his brilliance than the original release of "Legend" -- better, crisper sound and "Exodus," in its complete form. There was never an excuse for having the shorter version of this great song on this album and it always took away from the album for me but now Legend is the perfect album. This reissue has improved and the sound is great, all the lyrics and a good essay on Bob, and the 2 new "Bonus" tracks is a great addition to this package. "Exodus" is the best reason to toss your old "Legend" aside.

Everyone knows all the great songs from this great man. With sweet songs like "Is This Love, "No Woman, No Cry" (a recording of the famous live performance), and the empowering "Get Up Stand Up." There is a song for nearly any mood. It seems that EVERYONE, whether they're into hip-hop or rock or country can dig Bob Marley. Not many artists can do what he had done. That being said, this album is just about the most versatile disc conceivable. Feeling a little low - just play "Three Little Birds" or "Is This Love?" Need some music to get your party started? play the infectious "Jamming" and "Could You Be Loved" will do the trick. Looking to chill out with your significant other? "Waiting in Vain" (just about the most beautiful song ever conceived) or "Stir It Up" will set the mood straight.

Most of the tracks on this album are songs that were paramount for Bob Marley and the Wailers' career in the seventies and eighties. Bob Marley's "Legend" is an excellent album, definitely a must have.
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Bob Marley is a figure that attracts attention from any music lover.
Leading and popularizing the entire Reggae genre, Bob Marley's music and persona are larger than life. He tackles themes of inequality and Rastafarian doctrines in his lyrics to energetic, heartfelt songs.
The CD opens with "Is this Love", as the bouncing and almost funky guitar make way to Bob Marley's lovely voice. Just a fun song to listen to while chilling. The best part of the song is the verse.
"No Woman No Cry" is a live cut, and a change of mood, to soft and poignant. Very simple the whole way through, it's not his best song but an important classic nonetheless.
"Could You be Loved" has this amazing energy, a kicking beat. The switch between relative major and minor tonality is an example of Marley's ability to naturally elicit emotion through the music. When he gets to the part "Could You be Loved, and be loved", you are forced to feel it.
"Three Little Birds" is a great song to with great harmonies from the ladies. A nice arrangement by Bob, and another great message from Bob.
"Buffalo Soldier" is a cool song, one of my favorites. Great instrumentals from the band.
"Get Up Stand Up" is a song that describes Bob's answer to much of the injustice in Jamaica and the world. Meaningful and funky, Marley means business.
"One Love" is a lasting melody that you've surely heard on resort commercials, such as Sandals. It speaks Carribean.
"Shot the Sherrif", covered by Eric Clapton, is a strange song. Original concept. It is one of the most bouncing, so I like it. Bob goes all out vocally as well. Nice vocal effects too.
"Waiting in Vain" is cool. Very relaxed. Almost has an American R&B feel to it. Very chill. A nice fadeout at the end.
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