The legacy of Bob Marley and his band, The Wailers is the stuff of legend. Not only has he widely influenced peers, but he has also influenced countless bands who have somehow integrated a form of reggae into their music. And there are a lot of those.
Bob Marley began his recording career as early as 1962, but did not sign with Island Records, where he acquired most of his short-lived fame, until 1972. In 1973, his Catch A Fire album was released, followed by Burnin’, also in 1973. However, it was his 1974 release. Natty Dread, that put him on the map. Natty Dread provided his high charting, as well as a “No Woman, No Cry”, a potent hit.
Bob Marley released several more strong albums, with a string of important singles over the next few years. In 1977, he was diagnosed with a melonoma that eventually took his life in 1981.
In 1984, Island Records assembled a ‘best of’ collection called Legend. That album performed miraculously on the charts, efficiently cementing Bob Marley as one of Rock’s most important musicians. With 14 tracks in the original release, the album sold well. Over time, the album has been revisited as expanded and remastered reissues.
On July 1, Island will revisited the title once again as a 30th Anniversary 2-disc (CD/DVD) celebration.
As of now, I have no important info related to this particular release. I do expect that to start drifting out shortly. when it does, I will update this page.