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Bob Marley & The Wailers|Legend – The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers

Legend – The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers

Bob Marley & The Wailers

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The classic Marley album, the one that any fair-weather reggae fan owns, Legend contains 14 of his greatest songs, running the gamut from "I Shot the Sheriff" to the meditative "Redemption Song" and the irrepressible "Three Little Birds." Some may argue that the compilation shortchanges his groundbreaking early ska work or his status as a political commentator, but this isn't meant to be definitive, it's meant to be an introduction, sampling the very best of his work. And it does that remarkably well, offering all of his genre-defying greats and an illustration of his excellence, warmth, and humanity. In a way, it is perfect since it gives a doubter or casual fan anything they could want. Let's face it, the beauty and simplicity of Marley's music was as important as his message, and that's captured particularly well here.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Is This Love
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:03:52

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
No Woman, No Cry (Live At The Lyceum, London/1975)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:07:09

Steve Smith, Producer - Vincent Ford, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist

℗ 1975 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Could You Be Loved
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:03:56

Errol Brown, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - The Wailers, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chiao Ng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Three Little Birds
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:03:01

Bob Marley, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Mowatt, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyrone Downie, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Karl Pitterson, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Bidmead, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - I Threes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Junior Marvin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Buffalo Soldier
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:04:17

Michael Reid, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Errol Brown, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Noel George Williams, ComposerLyricist - Aston Barrett, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Get Up, Stand Up
The Wailers
00:03:18

Bob Marley, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Peter Tosh, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Wailers, MainArtist - Carlton Barrett, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Earl Lindo, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Neville O'Riley Livingston, Producer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Stir It Up (Original Album Version)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:05:31

Bob Marley, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Recording Arranger, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Platt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - Wayne Perkins, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tyrone Downie, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tosh, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - The Wailers, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bunny Wailer, Percussion, Bongos, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Keyboards, Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Wright, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Lee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stu Barrett, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Karen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Francisco Willie Pep, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Easy Skanking
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:02:54

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
One Love / People Get Ready
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:02:52

Curtis Mayfield, ComposerLyricist - Bob Marley, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Mowatt, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyrone Downie, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Karl Pitterson, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Bidmead, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - I Threes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Junior Marvin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
I Shot The Sheriff
The Wailers
00:04:41

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer - The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Waiting In Vain
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:04:11

Bob Marley, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Mowatt, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyrone Downie, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Karl Pitterson, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Bidmead, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - I Threes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Junior Marvin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Redemption Song
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:03:47

Errol Brown, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - The Wailers, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chiao Ng, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Satisfy My Soul
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:04:31

Alex Sadkin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, Executive Producer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Pitterson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Robert Ash, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Exodus
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:07:40

Bob Marley, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Mowatt, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyrone Downie, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Karl Pitterson, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - Carlton Barrett, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Bidmead, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - I Threes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Junior Marvin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Jamming
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:03:32

Bob Marley, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Marcia Griffiths, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Judy Mowatt, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyrone Downie, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Karl Pitterson, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rita Marley, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Producer, MainArtist - The Wailers, Producer - Carlton Barrett, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Aston Barrett, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, Fender Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Bidmead, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Barham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - I Threes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Junior Marvin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Punky Reggae Party (12" Version)
Bob Marley & The Wailers
00:06:52

Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - Jack Nuber, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Marley & The Wailers, MainArtist - Dick Cuthell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Godwin Logie, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album review

The classic Marley album, the one that any fair-weather reggae fan owns, Legend contains 14 of his greatest songs, running the gamut from "I Shot the Sheriff" to the meditative "Redemption Song" and the irrepressible "Three Little Birds." Some may argue that the compilation shortchanges his groundbreaking early ska work or his status as a political commentator, but this isn't meant to be definitive, it's meant to be an introduction, sampling the very best of his work. And it does that remarkably well, offering all of his genre-defying greats and an illustration of his excellence, warmth, and humanity. In a way, it is perfect since it gives a doubter or casual fan anything they could want. Let's face it, the beauty and simplicity of Marley's music was as important as his message, and that's captured particularly well here.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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