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Legend (Rarities Edition) (Rarities Edition)
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording, Best of, 1984
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Originally released in 1984, Bob Marley's LEGEND illustrates the remarkable life and recording career of one of reggae music's most important figures. This iconic collection not only serves as the perfect introduction to the music of Bob Marley, it has become an essential part in every Marley collection. It remains the world's best-selling reggae album and continues to be one of the best-selling catalog albums, exceeding 15 copies in the U.S. alone and over 27 million worldwide.
Coupled with the original release of LEGEND on CD, this deluxe version features this iconic collection entirely mixed in 5.1 by the GRAMMY® Award winning producer Bob Clearmountain on Blu-Ray Pure Audio Disc™ and now includes the original, early studio version of 'No Woman No Cry,' in lieu of the previous live version. Also featured are two, previously unheard alternate takes of 'Easy Skanking' and 'Punky Reggae Party' recently discovered in the Marley vault. Classic Marley anthems include 'Three Little Birds,' 'Get Up Stand Up,' 'One Love/People Get Ready,' 'No Woman No Cry' and 'I Shot The Sheriff,' which was later a No. 1 hit for Eric Clapton, as well as 'Jamming,' 'Exodus,' 'Redemption Song' and 'Is This Love.'
Both the CD and Blu-Ray Pure Audio Disc™ are housed in a 28-page, case bound book featuring extended
liner notes, unseen photos and forewards written by Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and liner notes by
author of the book Marley, Christopher Farley.
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This review will be based on the sound quality alone. The music contained needs no review. It's Bob and it's great!!
Listening to this in 5.1. The rear channels are tastefully done. I am not a fan when the rear channels are overly aggressive and there is none if that here. The rear channels accent the front left and right and are never overpowering.
The main vocals are seated primarily in the center speaker. This works for this release. I have noticed on some poorly mixed 5.1 that vocals seated mainly in the center speakers can sound artificial or forced. Thankfully that doesn't happen here. The backing vocals are spread amoungst the C/L/R and sometimes in the rear depending on the song.
Bass: full, deep(not muddy) and blends well with the rest of the instruments. The top end is clear and crisp and never harsh.
Overall it's a winner in sound. My one gripe is that the source is not mentioned. I am normally more critical about my high resolution sources but this one sounds good and in the end that is what really counts.
I recommend this release. It's mixed well and it very enjoyable to hear Bob in 5.1.
I'll assume if you're interested in purchasing this you're already a fan of the album itself and trying to decide whether or not to part with $30 for a hi-rez, surround version of an album you already have.
Within just a few seconds of starting the album, I could already tell I was in for a treat. I don't think I ever realized how much musical activity was really taking place in some of these songs when I heard them in stereo. "Is This Love" will immediately demonstrate to you how much care went into the mix on this album. Marley's voice is primarily positioned in the center channel, but the rhythm and grooves heard throughout the album really have space to breath. Personally I enjoy very active surround mixes, but this mix doesn't seem to have settled for a single "design" for its surround throughout. Each song seems to have received a mix appropriate for its specific tones.
As for the mastering, dynamics on the album are *good*, but not quite great. A little more dynamic range probably wouldn't have hurt, but the clarity and the surround mix make up for it. To better explain, this is not an album that ever screams hi-rez in that "the artist is in the room with you" kind of way like certain SACD's or DVD-A or other recordings that came before it have (The Elton John SACD's come to mind). This may simply be my own preferences for what does or does not catch my ear, the different sounds of different recording techniques, and other influencing factors, but the sound is still extremely satisfying and detailed. It's a very *natural* sounding recording, almost sounding analogue, and that's not a bad thing to me. Not every disc needs to have razor sharp sound. This is a reggae album, and therefore a rounded, "warm" sound seems perfectly appropriate.
The packaging is a small, very nicely bound, book. No gloss printing here, so you won't have your dirty fingerprints smeared all over it after the wrapping comes off, which is good because of the way the discs are packaged. The book opens and features several small forewords followed by the lyrics. On either end of these printed pages is a thick, cardboard sleeve/page that holds disc 1 and disc 2 of the collection with a hole in the center allowing you to slide the discs out from the center without getting any fingerprints on them. Personally, I would have preferred a plastic disc holder as the cardboard does seem like it'll begin to split at the adhesive edges over time, but it's a minor nitpick on my part. That said, I wouldn't trade off your CD case copy of "Legend" just yet if, like me, you like to take discs with you in the car to listen to. This case is beautiful, but it definitely is not meant for heavy duty use or travel. It's just not built for it.
Size wise, if you're wondering how it will fit on your shelf, you're looking at a case about the same width as a blu-ray case, but just a teensy bit taller, perhaps a 1/4 of an inch or a centimeter for metric friends.
Overall, an excellent package that really is closer to a 4.5/5, but until Amazon starts letting me do .5 on my ratings, I'll abstain from rounding up.
So why did I only give 2 stars if the album is so great? Well it's because this is an overall review of the product purchased. It sucks that Amazon combines the reviews for multiple formats. Luckily there are enough 5 star reviews of the album that my review won't drag down the overall star rating. I bought the High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray version and I'm not at all convinced that it was worth paying twice the price of the CD version. This is one of my most played albums from my CD collection so I was super excited when it became available in what is claimed to be a higher quality audio format. I'm not going to claim to have the highest quality audio setup out there, but I do own what most would consider audiophile grade equipment. Definitely not stuff you're gonna be able to go out and purchase at your local bestbuy. Comparing the CD to the HFPA Blu-Ray the difference in sound quality was negligible. It's a great album worth owning, but unless you're a sample rate snob (in which case you should get the 192/24 FLAC version from HDtracks) you should pass on the HFPA BD version of any album, with the exception of the ones that include 5.1 playback (Legend is normal 2 channel). Pick up a used copy on CD for 5 bucks and use the money you saved to buy some of Bob's other music.
Oh and one last comical note. The Blu-Ray comes with a code to download a digital copy of all the tracks….in MP3. They are 320kps files, but it's still mildly hilarious that you are sent to the "High Fidelity Pure Audio" website to download tracks in a lossy file format.
I didn't want to endure the hassle of returning it, so I just kept it (the down-side of mail-order). Guess what? I did try to purchase the deluxe edition at a local record store. After trying two copies, it won't play on my Oppo Blu-Ray player (this 2-channel one plays fine). At least I was able to immediately drive there and get my money back.
I give up! If this is the future of hi-res audio, it's going to fail.