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''Legend'' is a greatest hits collection of Bob Marley & The Wailers songs, released by Island records on May 8, 1984 (see 1984 in music). It is the best selling reggae album of all time (13.5 million platinum in US), with sales of 25 million copies..
The original compilation, first issued on LP, contains 14 songs in their edited single format. Later it was released on CD with the same listing.
It includes 10 of Marley's 11 top 40 UK hits at the time, plus three songs from the early configuration of the Wailers with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston ("Stir It Up", "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up"), and the last song released on Marley's final non-posthumous album ''Uprising'', the fan-favorite "Redemption Song".
The second CD version, remastered by Barry Diament, appeared in 1990 on the Tuff Gong label. Although the disc includes the same 14 songs, the tracks are their original album versions, e.g. "Exodus" and "No Woman No Cry" are over 7 minutes long.
A cassette release of the album featured two extra songs, "Punky Reggae Party" (the 11th top 40 hit), and "Easy Skanking", from the ''Kaya'' LP. These two songs were later included on both the 2002 second reissue of ''Legend'' and its two-disc Deluxe Edition counterpart.
Despite some criticisms that the compilation weighs too heavily on Marley's later career and includes little to nothing from many of his earlier albums (including much of the work with Tosh and Livingston), it remains a perennial seller to this day and has served as an introduction to Marley's music for many fans. In 2003, the album was ranked number 46 on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
"Legend" holds the distinction of being the second longest-charting album in the history of Billboard Magazine. Combining its chart life on the "Billboard 200" album chart and the "Top Pop Catalog" chart, "Legend" has had a chart run + 1000 non-consecutive weeks, trailing only the 1600+ week run of Pink Floyd's ''The Dark Side of the Moon''.
In the UK, "Legend" has sold 2,826,912 copies (as of June 2009), making it the 25th biggest selling album of all time in that country (though to date it has apparently only been certified platinum six times denoting 1,800,000 copies shipped out) . In addition, its 400 weeks on chart make it the 5th longest runner. - Wikipedia