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Re-releasing Legend

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The family of reggae king Bob Marley, Island Records and Universal Music Enterprise (UMe), have collaborated to release a vinyl reissue of Legend , his mega-selling 'best of' album that was first released in May 1984.

The double album will be released on June 14, according to a release from Tuff Gong International, the Marley-owned company. It includes the original songs as well as two bonus tracks, Easy Skanking and Punky Reggae Party.

Easy Skanking was released as part of Marley's 1978 album, Kaya. Punky Reggae Party was a one-off single produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry in 1977, at the height of the United Kingdom's punk rock movement.

Legend is one of the best-selling albums in pop music. Released three years after Marley's death at age 36, it contained 14 songs that helped make him and his band, The Wailers, synonymous with reggae.

They include Get Up, Stand Up, I Shot The Sheriff, No Woman No Cry, Jammin', One Love/People Get Ready, Three Little Birds and the epic Exodus.

Along with Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of The Moon, it is a staple on Billboard magazine's catalogue chart. Billboard estimates Legend has sold over 28 million copies worldwide.

Marley was signed to the Chris Blackwell-owned Island Records, which initially released Legend. Most of the Island catalogue, including Marley's work for that company, is distributed by UMe, the current owners.


— Howard Campbell